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Kremlin wants foreign invaders out of Syria

The countries, whose armed forces are illegally staying in Syria must leave the region, Putin's official spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on May 18. Russia deployed its troops in Syria in accordance with the request from the legitimate government of the country. The forces of all other countries are staying on the territory of a sovereign state without any legal rights and grounds. In doing so, they violate international law, Peskov said. Earlier, French President Emmanuel Macron said that the United States, France and their allies should stay in Syria to build the new Syria after the destruction of the Islamic State terrorist organization (banned in Russia).

Fri, 18 May 2018 16:33:00 +0300

Putin's powers likely to be extended for three consecutive terms

Representatives of the Chechen parliament submitted amendments to the Constitution of the Russian Federation with a suggestion to extend the powers of the Russian president for three consecutive terms.Submitting the proposal to the State Duma, Chechen MPs said that such amendments would be required on account of the complex international situation. According to them, the amendments will not harm Russia's democratic foundations of the state - they will give the people an opportunity to choose their future for themselves. The Russian Constitution provides for only two consecutive presidential terms. Vladimir Putin took office as President of Russia in 2000. His second term ended in 2008, and Putin nominated his old-time associate Dmitry Medvedev, who at the end of his term proposed his predecessor to run for president again. Putin took over again in March 2012. In March 2018, he took part in the presidential election for the fourth time to gain a record 76.6% of the electors' support.In 2008, amendments to the Constitution came into force to extend the presidential term from four to six years.

Fri, 18 May 2018 16:02:00 +0300

Russia officially announces plans to create offshore zones

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev announced plans to create territories with a special legal status already in the near future. The territories are to be established on Russky Island in Vladivostok and on Oktyabrsky Island in the Kaliningrad Enclave, TASS reports. "In Russia, there are already territories of advanced development with a special legal regime. There are quite a few of them, including the Free Port of Vladivostok. We are planning to create special regions with a special legal status and a special tax regime in the Far East Region (Primorsky Krai) and in the the Kaliningrad Enclave," Medvedev said. Best practices of advanced legal regulation, when tested in experimental areas, can subsequently be applied for the Russian economy in general, he added. The news about the plans to create special offshore zones in Russia surfaced on April 10. The government views this approach as a measure of support for Russian oligarchs and their companies that have fallen under Western sanctions. Later, Deputy Prime Minister and Putin's aide in the Far East, Yuri Trutnev, said that offshore zones should be established for all companies, rather than for those that have been sanctioned.

Wed, 16 May 2018 19:16:00 +0300

Russian nuclear-powered submarine passes through Arctic ice. Video

A video of Russian nuclear submarine Yuri Dolgoruky passing through ice in the Arctic was uploaded on there Twitter page of Krasnaya Zvezda TV channel. The footage shows the nuclear-powered submarine passing near the Ruslan icebreaker. The K-535 Yuri Dolgoruky submarine is the leading sub of Project 955 Borey. The submarine is an element of the Russian nuclear triad: the Yuri Dolgoruky is armed with Bulava ballistic missiles. The submarine is 170 meters long and 13.5 meters wide.

Wed, 16 May 2018 18:29:00 +0300

Russia will not be the only country to use Crimean Bridge

Russia will not be the only country to use the Crimean Bridge which President Putin is opening today, on May 15. Ukraine and European countries will be able to use the bridge for profitable transit to Asia, Senator Sergei Tsekov of the Republic of Crimea said. On May 15, Russian President Vladimir Putin takes part in the opening ceremony of the automotive section of the Crimean Bridge - a super 19-kilometre-long construction from mainland Russia to the Crimean Peninsula. The state contract for the construction of the bridge provided for the launch of the automotive section in December 2018, but the first stage of the project has been delivered six months ahead of the deadline. For motorists, car traffic on the bridge will be opened on May 16 at 05:30 MSK. Local residents - Crimeans and Kuban residents - will be the first to drive through it.Sergei Tsekov, Senator from the Republic of Crimea, a member of the Federation Council Committee on International Affairs, told Pravda.Ru that the bridge has established direct connection with Russia. "Crimea has now been linked to Russia. This gives us additional opportunities in economy, social sphere, logistics," the official said. Indeed, the construction of the bridge to the Crimea removes the transport blockade of the Crimea, which will be broken completely when the railway section of the bridge is launched in 2019. "This is a major event for the country after Russia's reunification with the Crimea," Sergei Tsekov said in an interview with Pravda.Ru.According to the senator, Russia has showed itself as a highly developed technological country having built the bridge. Russia used state-of-the-art technologies for the construction of support structures installed deep into the seafloor. This bridge is not only the longest one in Russia, but also in Europe.Sergei Tsekov is convinced that the bridge will be protected accordingly from saboteurs. A special service will be established to protect both the surface and the underwater elements of the bridge. "The bridge is important for both the Crimea and Russia. It is important for Ukraine, it is important for Europe, and I am confident that over time the bridge will be used by various economic structures of Ukraine to transport products to the territory of the Crimea. When the relationship between  Ukraine and Russia becomes normal - and it will become normal -  both the territory of the Crimea and the bridge itself will be used for the transit of goods from Ukraine and Europe to Asia. Therefore, the opening of the Crimean Bridge is a landmark event in the life of the European community," the official told Pravda.Ru. The construction of the Crimean Bridge, connecting the Crimea and Russia's Kuban region, began two years ago. The bridge is 19 kilometres long: 11.5 km on land and 7.5 km across the sea.  The bridge across the Kerch Strait consists of parallel road and railway sections. The bridge has four lanes, the maximum speed of movement is 120 kilometres per hour. The railway consists of two paths. The estimated speed of passenger trains along the bridge is 120 kilometres per hour, the speed for freight trains is 80 kilometres per hour.Lyuba LulkoPravda.Ru Read article on the Russian version of Pravda.Ru

Tue, 15 May 2018 14:45:00 +0300

Russian ground-based radar systems nullify advantages of USA's F-22

Russian ground-based radar systems outperform US F-22A fighters depriving them of strategic advantage.Russian radar stations detected US Air Force aircraft that approached  Tu-95MS bombers over the neutral waters of the Pacific Ocean last Friday, the Krasnaya Zvezda newspaper wrote. According to commander of long-range aviation of the Russian Air Force, Lieutenant-General Sergei Kobylash, Russian ground-based radars, having detected US fighter aircraft approaching Russian strategic bombers notified the Russian pilots of the manoeuvre in advance.Commander of the group of bombers, Lieutenant-Colonel Alexander Manyagin, stressed that the pilots of F-22A fighter aircraft were behaving in a proper way without showing aggressive intentions.Kobylash also said that the American pilots were accompanying the Russian aircraft for about 48 minutes.Pravda.Ru Read article on the Russian version of Pravda.Ru

Mon, 14 May 2018 14:44:00 +0300

Most Russians do not even notice Western sanctions

A recent opinion poll conducted by Levada Center targeted such an issue as the effect of Western sanctions on Russia. The survey was conducted in different parts of the country among 1,600 people aged 18 years and over.It turned out that 80% of Russian citizens do not experience serious inconveniences because of the sanctions. Eighteen percent acknowledged that they had experienced difficulties, which they associated with sanctions against Russia. As many as 33% of respondents did not notice even slightest difficulties, whereas 45% did not suffer serious damage. Three percent of the polled saw "very serious problems", and 15% - "quite serious problems" in the effect of economic sanctions of the West against Russia. The political and economic pressure of the West caused by Russia's position on Ukraine, does not bother 26% of the polled. Forty-two percent said that they were "not too worried" about the pressure that Western countries have been putting on Russia.Twenty-one percent of respondents said that they saw the attitude of the West to the Russian Federation as alarming. Nineteen percent are sure that the same word can describe Russia's attitude to Western countries. A quarter of respondents are convinced that the West fears Russia. At the same time, the Russians are calmer in their attitude to the West than vice versa. 40% of Russians believe that in our country the West is perceived without any special feelings, 14% see similar attitude of the West to Russia.More than a half of Russians feel that Russia is being isolated from other countries. Fifteen percent of the polled answered positively to this question, while 41% responded "most likely, yes." Pravda.Ru Read article on the Russian version of Pravda.Ru

Mon, 14 May 2018 13:30:00 +0300

Russia about to launch super bridge to Crimea

Russia is about to finish the construction of the bridge to the Crimea. The automotive part of the bridge has already been delivered to the customer.The bridge is to be launched for automotive transport later this May. It was said that the works were carried out in accordance with required levels of quality, the established estimate and ahead of the contract period. The construction of the bridge has been completed in early May 2018 instead of December 2018. Workers are currently installing road signs and safety systems while continuing the work on the railway part of the Crimean bridge. The construction of the 19-kilometer long bridge consisting of parallel automobile and railway sections started in February 2016.Pravda.Ru Read article on the Russian version of Pravda.Ru

Thu, 10 May 2018 13:12:00 +0300

Putin’s biggest challenge in Russia is Putin himself

In his inaugural speech, Vladimir Putin spoke about such things as "deep protection" and "bureaucratic deadness" that Russia needs to struggle with. There were other highly important things in his speech that deserve attention. In particular, Putin spoke about the need for a comprehensive breakthrough in many areas and said that the decisions that the authorities are going to make during his current term as president will determine the future of the country for decades to come. Everything is more or less clear about the Russian conservatism and traditional values. However, Putin's message about the need for a breakthrough and the need for freedom as the basis for this breakthrough appeares as a new and fresh feature in Putin's public appearances. It seems that the president spoke about it for the first time during his most recent Address to the Federal Assembly. He reiterated those theses in a more concise form in the inaugural speech.

Tue, 08 May 2018 18:49:00 +0300

Russian opposition activists desperately urge the West to topple President Putin

Former musician Alexey Lebedinsky, for example, bluntly stated that "it is high time to shoot." "It is about time people should resort to terror to respond to terrorism of the state against people to eliminate the bastards that have seized power," the singer said. In an interview with a Ukrainian publication, Lebedinsky said: "We can not ask the civilized world to save the Russian people from its tyrants, we can't admit to ourselves that we don't have the guts for it, because those in power are strong, unpunished and merciless." According to him, "peoples deserve their rulers, and I'm increasingly sorry for the herds of people on the whole. I'm also increasingly sorry for certain people who understand their helplessness in trying to change anything."

Tue, 08 May 2018 14:06:00 +0300

Russians do not want 'superpower status' - they want full fridges

The Russians will remember Vladimir Putin's third presidency for the efforts that led to the revival of Russia as a superpower. At the same time, however, the distribution of income still remained unfair. Are the Russians ready to make sacrifices endlessly? According to recent polls conducted by WCIOM and Levada public opinion research centres, 45-47 percent of Russians consider the retrieval of the status of a great power to be the main achievement of Putin's presidency from 2012 to 2018. About 45 percent of respondents, that is the same number, believe that the head of state failed to ensure "a fair distribution of income in the interests of ordinary people."President of the Institute of Regional Projects and Legislation, Boris Nadezhdin, told Pravda.Ru that Russia has two signs of a superpower: a strong army and membership in the UN Security Council. "In terms of prosperity, economic development and life expectancy, we, unfortunately, are not among the world leaders. This is what people pointed out," the political scientist said in an interview with Pravda.Ru. Russia has become a superpower in military terms. Putin made Russia become larger as a result of the Crimean referendum. Yet, there were certain failures in Putin's presidency as well - for example, economic stagnation."Most Russians support Russia's reunification with the Crimea and efforts to modernise the army. Those people are happy and are ready to endure hardships further. On the other hand, the educated part of the population does not like the fixation on Armata tanks and Iskander missile systems. A lot of people prefer to leave Russia and move to the territory of a probable enemy," Boris Nadezhdin concluded in an interview with Pravda.Ru.The head of the fund for electoral processes and politics, Andrei Mironov, told Pravda.Ru that against the backdrop of sanctions and an aggressive information war, the Russians always begin to unite, but the bulk of the population wants social reforms to take place. Mr. Mironov does not think that the population is ready to endure hardships in favour of maintaining the status of a great power. "If it were a real war that would imply military actions, then the population of Russia would be prepared for privations. Yet, I do not think that people will be willing to look into their fridges and see less food there now. They do not want worse healthcare and worse education either. In a nutshell, people want their fridges to be full," Andrei Mironov said. Pravda.Ru Read article on the Russian version of Pravda.Ru

Mon, 07 May 2018 21:38:00 +0300

Putin Forever

The inauguration ceremony for President Putin was held in the Moscow Kremlin on May 7. This has been Putin's fourth inauguration. A few minutes before noon, the president left the First Building of the Kremlin, where his office is located, and went to the parade residence of the head of state - the Grand Kremlin Palace - to take the oath. Putin went to the inauguration on a "Cortege" project vehicle.At the Grand Kremlin Palace, Putin ascended the Grand Main Staircase and strolled through the halls of the palace - Georgievsky, Aleksandrovsky and Andreevsky - to the sound of a counter march and fanfare. Putting his right hand on the Constitution, Putin said the text of the oath. The chairman of the Constitutional Court of Russia announced that the head of state was sworn in. Putin received the symbols of power and a duplicate of the president's standard was raised over the residence to the music of the Russian anthem.Then Putin addressed the citizens of the Russian Federation. In his speech, Putin called Russia a country of "grandiose victories and accomplishments" and thanked the Russians for their support at the last presidential election. "In this support, there is faith and hope that Russia will continue to strengthen its power, and people will live better," he said.The president also assured that, when taking office as president, he "particularly keenly" realises his "enormous responsibility to everyone" in Russia. Serving Russia is "above everything else to me," he said. "It is my duty and meaning of life to do everything for Russia, for its present and future, peaceful and prosperous." "There is no time for swinging," Putin concluded.Vladimir Putin noted that Russia has been able to achieve a lot recently. Russia has learned to defend her interests and managed to revive the pride of the Fatherland. The country also ensured its security and defence capability. These areas will be given first priority attention in the future, he assured, but the main purpose now is associated with settling domestic issues, ensuring safety and health of Russian citizens. "Our guide is Russia for people," Putin said. "We need breakthroughs in all spheres of life," he said. Improving the quality of life of Russians, including education and healthcare, as well as protecting motherhood and childhood would be his prime objectives as president, Putin said adding that he would make every effort to achieve those goals.At the end of the ceremony, artillery weapons fired 30 solemn volleys from the side of the Kremlin embankment. Afterwards, Putin walked through the inner passage of the Grand Kremlin Palace to Sobornaya Square to see the parade of the Presidential Regiment, where more than 2,000 guests were waiting for Putin to appear. Vladimir Putin refused from the traditional passage of the presidential motorcade along Moscow to the Kremlin, which became a peculiarity of the ceremony. As for the list of foreign guests, who were invited to attend the inauguration, there was temporary charge d'affaires of the Lithuanian Embassy in Moscow Giedrius Galkauskas and American actor Steven Seagal, who received Russian citizenship in 2006. Seagal came to the inauguration with his wife.Pravda.Ru

Mon, 07 May 2018 15:17:00 +0300

There's only one man who can help Russia and the West bury the hatchet

President Vladimir Putin considers an attempt to restore relations between Russia and the West, but his maneuver is limited to one man only - Alexey Kudrin, The Financial Times believes. An article in the authoritative newspaper about the upcoming reshuffling in the upper echelons of the Russian authorities after Putin's inauguration says that Putin considers appointing ex-Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin to an important position to make him responsible for the economic strategy and efforts to establish contacts with Europe and the United States.Western leaders would see such an appointment as a sign of Russia's desire for compromise, although it remains unknown when Mr. Kudrin managed to become a symbol of this desire, let alone the assumption that Putin was considering such an option. References to "an unnamed official of the Russian government" and "a former official from the Cabinet" are not very convincing.However, the article gives the name of one expert - economist Yevgeny Gontmakher. "If Kudrin joined the administration or government, it would indicate that they have agreed on a certain agenda of change, including in foreign policy, because without change in foreign policy, reforms are simply impossible in Russia," he said, the newspaper wrote, adding that "it would be a powerful message, because Kudrin is the only one in the top echelons with whom they will talk in the west and towards whom there is a certain trust."Why is Kudrin the only one? Why is there "a certain trust" to him in the West? There are no answers to these two questions either. It is worthy of note that Mr. Gontmakher is a member of the Kudrin Committee of Civil Initiatives. During the recent election campaign, he was a confidant of presidential candidate Grigory Yavlinsky, whose electoral program was built around the need to come to terms with the West as soon as possible. It is an open secret that Mr. Kudrin, who was dismissed from the post of the Finance Minister in 2011, is still a part of the Kremlin. He participates in the development of economic programs. In 2012 and 2015 he was offered to head a relevant department at the presidential administration, but it did not go any further. Of course, it never occurred to anyone to assume that Mr. Kudrin was perhaps the last chance for Russia to restore relations with the West.Judging by the article in The Financial Times, the idea is about the effectiveness of Western sanctions, which began to influence both the domestic political situation in Russia and personnel decisions. Mr. Kudrin believes that it is impossible for Russia to adapt to them now. In general, the motives behind the hypothetical appointment of Mr. Kudrin seem very doubtful, just like the sources that substantiate such a development. Oleg ArtyukovPravda.RuRead article on the Russian version of Pravda.Ru

Fri, 04 May 2018 17:58:00 +0300

Russia protests against efforts to force Russian language out from UN

Russia's representatives at the UN issued a statement against the current trend to force the Russian language out from the United Nations.According to Russian diplomats, it is necessary "to prevent the development of a situation in which the knowledge of English turns into a "pass" to the UN world, as it undermines the very fundamental principle of the worldwide coverage of the Organization." "Any steps taken to the detriment of language parity are unacceptable," the message posted on the Twitter account of Russia's mission to the UN said. A statement from representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maxim Buyakevich, also said that  the Russian side continues to "expect the Department of Public Information (DPI) of the UN to provide an adequate level of funding for translation services in Russian, as well as efforts to prevent the reduction of their quality."Pravda.Ru Read article on the Russian version of Pravda.Ru

Thu, 03 May 2018 21:53:00 +0300

Putin sacks five Interior Ministry generals

Vladimir Putin signed a decree to dismiss five generals of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Military District, as well as prosecutors of Udmurtia and the Tula region. Sixteen people received new jobs as part of personnel reshuffling. President Putin signed the decree on personnel reshuffling at the Ministry for Internal Affairs, the Investigative Committee and prosecution authorities. The document dismissed five generals and two prosecutors.In accordance with the decree, the heads of investigative departments of the Perm region and the Ryazan region, lieutenant general of justice Olga Zabbarova and Major General Vladimir Mahleidt, the head of the Central Directorate of the Ministry of Internal Affairs for the Perm region, Lieutenant-General Victor Koshelev, the head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs for the Murmansk region, Major Igor Batalov, and first deputy head of the forensic center of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Major-General Ivan Lukin, were dismissed from their positions. Putin also fired deputy head of the Central Directorate of the Ministry of Internal Affairs in the Krasnodar Territory, Colonel Yuri Kuznetsov.Prosecutors of the Tula region and the Republic of Udmurtia, Alexander Kozlov and Sergey Panov, also lost their posts.Previous mass personnel rotation at law enforcement agencies was carried out in early April, when  eleven generals from the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the Ministry for Emergency Situations, the Investigative Committee and the Federal Penitentiary Service were fired, whereas 15 high-ranking officers received new posts. A source at the central apparatus of the Ministry for Internal Affairs said that the personnel was reshuffled due to the fact that the generals reached the age of 60 and were "simply sent off to retirement."Pravda.Ru

Thu, 03 May 2018 20:01:00 +0300

Putin: Russia ready for 2018 FIFA World Cup

Russian President Vladimir Putin said that preparations for the World Cup were nearly finished. "The preparation for the World Cup, which our country is hosting this year, is almost complete. Russia is ready for the tournament," Putin said at a meeting of the supervisory board of the organizing committee of the 2018 World Cup.FIFA's chief Gianni Infantino said earlier that nothing was threatening the 2018 World Cup in Russia. "We guarantee that the 2018 World Cup in Russia would be completely clean with regard to doping cases," the FIFA president said.Pravda.Ru Read article on the Russian version of Pravda.Ru

Thu, 03 May 2018 19:04:00 +0300

The West worried about Russia's efforts to reduce military spending

According to German experts, military spending in the world reached its peak in 2017 since the end of the Cold War. A report from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) says that global defense spending in 2017 made up $1.7 trillion, which was 1.1 percent higher than in 2016. China was ranked first on SIPRI's list as Beijing increased its defense spending by 12% at a time to $228 billion. The United States decided to increase its spending on military needs to $700 billion in 2018.

Thu, 03 May 2018 18:49:00 +0300

Russian senator says where military conflict between Russia and USA may spark

Representatives of Russia's Council of Federation believe that a direct military conflict between the United States and Russia may spark only in two places of the world. Alexei Pushkov, a member of the Council of Federation, said that there are two places in the world, where Russia and the USA may start a direct military conflict with each other. "There are two zones of potential confrontation between the USA and Russia - Syria and the Baltic region. USA's military activities in the Baltic may trigger  a serious crisis," the senator wrote.

Thu, 03 May 2018 17:21:00 +0300

Russia to parade her aircraft-carrier killer sub in St. Petersburg

Nuclear-powered submarine of Project 949A Antey will take part in the main naval parade in St. Petersburg for the first time.The Antey submarine is known as a "killer of aircraft carriers." The underwater missile cruiser will take part in the Day of the Navy in St. Petersburg, sources at the Russian Navy said.Project 11356 Admiral Makarov frigate will be another participant of the parade in Russia's northern capital. The frigate will be used for the parade fo the second time. Russian Defense Minister, Army General Sergei Shoygu, earlier said that more than 40 warships, including 18 new, as well as 25 aircraft and helicopters would take part in the naval parade in St. Petersburg this year. Project 949A Antey nuclear submarines were developed in the Soviet Union. In total, eleven of such submarines were built, now there are eight of them left in the Russian Navy. The displacement of each such submarine reaches 24,000 tons. The sub is equipped with 24 launchers of Granit cruise missiles and six torpedo tubes.Pravda.Ru Read article on the Russian version of Pravda.Ru

Sat, 28 Apr 2018 14:56:00 +0300

Russia's liquified natural gas becomes major threat to USA

American experts believe that by the middle of the next decade, Russia will make the United States move from its position as the world's third largest exporter of liquefied natural gas (LNG).A report from the Center for Global Energy Policy at New York's Columbia University titled "A Changing Global Gas Order" said that Russia's LNG project in Yamal would give  Russia the title of the world's fourth largest LNG exporter. In this case, Russia will follow Qatar, Australia and the United States, before it starts competing for the third place with the USA, the report says. The demand for natural gas has been growing in the world as thermal power plants operating on other fuels are removed from service. The depletion of the Groningen gas field in the Netherlands also affects the situation. Earlier, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that the development of the liquefied natural gas market is one of Russia's priorities in the field of energy policy.It is worthy of note that in 2016, Russia broke the post-Soviet record for daily oil production. The average daily oil and condensate production in Russia in December increased to 11.21 million barrels. Earlier, Bloomberg noted that oil production in Russia in September exceeded the mark of 11 million barrels per day for the first time in the post-Soviet period since 1991.Oil production in Russia in December 2016 amounted to 47.4 million tons. Average daily oil exports from Russia in December increased by 3.86% and amounted to 5.36 million barrels.Pravda.Ru Read article on the Russian version of Pravda.Ru

Sat, 28 Apr 2018 12:17:00 +0300