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Russia Launches Massive Arctic Military Drills

AP | By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV | Posted 03.17.2015 | World

MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian military on Monday launched sweeping military maneuvers in the Arctic and other areas, a show of force ordered by Presiden...

Russia Holds Large-Scale Military Exercises In Disputed Territories

Reuters | Posted 03.05.2015 | World

MOSCOW, March 5 (Reuters) - Russia's Defense Ministry said on Thursday that large-scale military exercises had started in southern R...

Putin Spending Big On Military Modernization Despite Russia's Economic Woes

AP | VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV | Posted 04.06.2015 | World

MOSCOW (AP) -- Hundreds of new Russian aircraft, tanks and missiles are rolling off assembly lines. Russian jets roar through European skies under NAT...

Putin Signs New Russian Military Doctrine

Reuters | Posted 02.25.2015 | World

MOSCOW, Dec 26 (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a new military doctrine, the Kremlin said in a statement on Friday. ...

Sweden: Russian Military Jet Nearly Collides With Passenger Plane

AP | JAN M. OLSEN | Posted 12.13.2014 | World

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — For the second time this year, a Russian military aircraft turned off its transponders to avoid commercial radar and near...

Russia Is Returning to Soviet Military Strategy

Alexander Golts | Posted 01.31.2015 | World
Alexander Golts

With oil prices falling, corrupt officials see defense spending as their last opportunity to pocket government funds -- and they have no intention of sharing that windfall with foreign defense industry competitors. Putin's recently announced policy of substituting Russian goods for previously imported products will enable those senior officials to siphon off a significant portion of budgetary funds.

Russia Holds Military Exercises On Islands Partly Claimed By Japan

Reuters | Posted 10.12.2014 | World

MOSCOW, Aug 12 (Reuters) - Russia began military exercises in a Pacific island chain parts of which are also claimed by Japan, a Russia...

How Russian, Ukrainian Forces Stack Up

Reuters | Posted 05.04.2014 | World

By Peter Apps LONDON, March 4 (Reuters) - Underfunded, underequipped and with its senior leadership often seen close to Moscow, Ukrain...

Putin Vows To Increase Russia's Arctic Military Presence

AP | VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV | Posted 12.10.2013 | World

MOSCOW (AP) — Expanding Russia's military presence in the Arctic region is among the top priorities for the nation's armed forces, President Vladimi...

Return of the Cold War

Allan Topol | Posted 10.14.2013 | World
Allan Topol

President Obama's cancellation of the summit with Putin demonstrates the extent of the deterioration in American Russian relations. In a short time, the U.S. and Russia have moved from what some in Washington viewed as a hopeful partnership to an adversarial relationship.

Russia Flexes Military Muscle In Biggest War Games In Decades

AP | VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV | Posted 07.16.2013 | World

MOSCOW -- President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday watched Russia's biggest military maneuvers since Soviet times, involving 160,000 troops and about 5,000...

China, Russia Hold Largest-Ever Joint Naval Drills

AP | Posted 07.05.2013 | World

BEIJING -- China and Russia kicked off their largest-ever joint naval drills on Friday in the Sea of Japan, a further sign of the broad-based progress...

Putin Orders Surprise Military Exercises

Reuters | Posted 05.28.2013 | World

MOSCOW, March 28 (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin ordered the launch of large-scale Russian military exercises in the Black Sea region on Thursd...

Putin Calls For Drastic Army Upgrade

AP | NATALIYA VASILYEVA | Posted 02.27.2013 | World

MOSCOW -- Russian President Vladimir Putin told the country's top brass on Wednesday to drastically upgrade the armed forces in the next few years as ...

Russia To Examine Soldiers' Genitals As Part Of 'Gay Tattoo' Directive?

Posted 01.26.2013 | Gay Voices

Russia is reportedly planning to go to shockingly intimate lengths to ensure that its military is devoid of gay participants. The St. Petersburg T...

Putin Reshuffles Top Military Officers

AP | VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV | Posted 11.09.2012 | World

MOSCOW -- President Vladimir Putin on Friday reshuffled the nation's top military brass following the defense minister's ouster, and instructed the ne...

Accidental Explosions Rock Russia Military Site

AP | Posted 12.09.2012 | World

MOSCOW — A series of blasts from exploding shells rocked a Russian military test site on Tuesday, breaking windows and releasing giant clouds of...

Russia's Military Stands To Get Stronger

Reuters | Posted 10.11.2012 | World

MOSCOW, Aug 11 (Reuters) - Russia's military will get 1,600 new warplanes and helicopters by 2020, President Vladimir Putin said on Saturday, as par...

Russia Test-Fires New Missile

AP | Posted 07.23.2012 | World

MOSCOW — Russia on Wednesday successfully test-fired a new intercontinental ballistic missile with an enhanced capability to penetrate missile d...

Russia Ready To Make Pre-Emptive Strike

AP | MANSUR MIROVALEV | Posted 07.03.2012 | World

By MANSUR MIROVALEV, Associated Press MOSCOW -- Russia's top military officer has threatened to carry out a pre-emptive strike on U.S.-led NATO mis...

Russia Completes Ballistic Missiles Test

AP | Posted 02.26.2012 | World

MOSCOW — A ballistic missile that is to be a cornerstone of Russia's nuclear arsenal has completed its rocky test program and will be commission...

Medvedev To Reduce Unpopular Military Draft

AP | VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV | Posted 01.25.2012 | World

MOSCOW — The Russian military will rely increasingly on volunteer soldiers and sharply reduce the number of draftees, President Dmitry Medvedev ...

Russia: Fifth Of Defense Budget Stolen Due To Corruption

Posted 07.24.2011 | World

MOSCOW (Reuters) - A fifth of Russia's state defence spending is stolen every year by corrupt officials, dishonest generals and crooked contractors,...

Russia To Create Arctic Military Force

AP | VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

MOSCOW — Russia plans to create a new military force to protect its interests in the disputed Arctic region, a Kremlin strategy paper says. The...

Russia Introduces Rearmament Plan, Including 'Strategic Nuclear Forces'

BBC | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has said Moscow will begin a comprehensive military rearmament from 2011....