Vlad Putin “wins” the “election” in Russia:
Vladimir Putin and his supporters are celebrating victory in Russian elections, that will give him a third presidential term after spending the last four years as the country’s PM.
With nearly all the ballots counted, he secured nearly 64% of the vote, election officials say.
Just as grouchy as the old bear, at times:
A Russian scientific spacecraft whizzing out of control around the Earth, and expected to re-enter the atmosphere on Saturday, may have failed because it was struck by some type of antisatellite weapon, the director of Russia’s space agency said in an interview published Tuesday.
I’m no submariner, but this can’t be good news:
After battling for hours to extinguish a blaze aboard a nuclear submarine, Russian firefighters finally gained control of it early Friday by submerging the stricken vessel at a navy shipyard.
There was no radiation leak, the authorities said.
Television showed a giant plume of smoke [...]
Vladimir Putin is back, and he’s looking to get the band back together:
At the beginning of his first term as Russia’s president, Putin sought contacts with Cuba, Libya and North Korea. As he prepares for a third term, he has expressed interest in creating a “Eurasian Union” with Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. [...]
China’s rise, and her increasingly aggressive maritime focus gathers all the press these days. About the only other naval news of interest is the gutting of the Royal Navy. It’s easy to forget that there are other naval powers who retain a keen interest in the maneuver space of the sea.
Ecce: An interesting article in Novosti [...]
Better check what it’s wired to:
U.S. intelligence agencies concluded in a classified report late last year that Russia’s military intelligence was responsible for a bomb blast that occurred at an exterior wall of the U.S. Embassy in Tbilisi, Georgia, in September.
The highly classified report about the Sept. 22 incident was described to [...]
Vladimir Putin is apparently eying another go at the Russian premiership:
RUSSIAN Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has decided to run for the presidency next year, raising the possibility of a power struggle with his protege Dmitry Medvedev, the incumbent Kremlin leader, say highly placed sources.
The once-close relationship between Mr Putin, the tough-talking former [...]
Harder than it looks, according to the WSJ:
Sergei Fetisov, a 23-year-old welder, signed on for one of the most ambitious projects in Vladimir Putin’s Russia: rebuilding the remains of the once-mighty Soviet Red Army.
A cornerstone of that effort was the creation of special combat-ready units staffed entirely by professional soldiers, not conscripts. [...]
This report, if true, ought to be enough to fit the final nail into the transatlantic coffin:
Information about every Trident missile the US supplies to Britain will be given to Russia as part of an arms control deal signed by President Barack Obama next week.
Defence analysts claim the agreement risks undermining Britain’s [...]
The Spetsnaz don’t play.
As Noonan tweets, that’s one more job I wouldn’t want.