Metropolitans Yazigi and Ibrahim-Kidnapped in Syria

The YPG: Bishops kidnapped by Feteh El-Hesun group

ANF – NEWS DESK 28.04.2013

West Kurdistan People’s Defense Units (YPG) released a written statement on the kidnapping of Greek Orthodox Archbishop of Aleppo, Boulos Yazigi, and the Syriac Orthodox Bishop, Yohanna Ibrahim, in Syria on 22 April.

The statement by YPG General Command said that two bishops were kidnapped by an armed group led by Feteh El-Hesun and affiliated to Free Syrian Army. YPG said they have reached this conclusion as a result of the research of YPG units.

YPG evaluated the kidnapping as an inhuman act against Syrian revolution and called on the FSA and the National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces to urgently release the bishops. YPG also called on the Coalition to apologize to the Christian world for the incident.

YPG warned that they will go into action to save the bishops in the event that they are not released soon.


MOSCOW, April 23 (Itar-Tass) – Militants operating in Syria have kidnapped two Christian metropolitans, Itar-Tass was told late night Monday by archpriest Nikolai Balashov, a deputy chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s department for external church relations.
He said the information on the abduction had been provided by his counterparts in Syria.
‘Metropolitan Paul (Yazigi) of Aleppo, who is a brother of the Patriarch John of Antioch, and the Syrian Jacobite Metropolitan of Aleppo & Environs, Gregorios Yohanna Ibrahim, were seized by militants on the road from Antioch to Aleppo Monday, April 22,” the Right Reverend Balashov said.
The Russian Orthodox Church urges all the Christians of the world to pray for the salvation of their brethren in Syria where the militants subject them to purges and persecution on the territories, which the government does not control anymore.
Earlier, the Chairman of the department for external church relations, Metropolitan Hillarion said he was keeping close contact with the hierarchs of the Antioch Orthodox Church. “They tell me that Christianity is exterminated up to the last believer in the territories where rebel groupings come to power – the Christians are either expelled or simply killed.”


There is an increasing incidence of abductions of Christians for ransom.
His Beatitude Hillarion underlined Syria’s centuries-old experience of tolerant co-existence of Moslems and Christians of various denominations – Eastern Orthodox, Roman Catholics, Syriac Catholics, Maronite Christians, and Armenian Apostolic Christians.
“Syria has given shelter two more than 2 million Iraqi refugees and several thousand of them are Christians,” he said. “Now we can plainly state that external armed interference is going on in that country.”
“Thousands of paramilitaries and extremists disguised as opposition forces have unleashed a civil war in Syria,” Metropolitan Hillarion said. “Extremist groupings and the so-called Jamaats consisting of Wahhabi militants, whose arming and combat training has been financed by foreign countries, are purposefully exterminating Christians.”


Since the abduction of the Orthodox Metropolitans and the murder of their driver who was a deacon, on 22 April 2013 no new information is publicly available. Unlike other abductions where demands were made or ransom sought such as the nuns of St .  Thekla in Maaloula or the beheading of priests uploaded on U-Tube; there has been only silence.  If ransom or depraved publicity were not motivations then what was?
It falls within the realm of plausibility that after being targeted and kidnapped by the cia supported FSA the Bishops were handed over to their cia paymasters for interrogation and subjected to the “black prison” system operated by the cia.
20 months have passed and their appears to be no active investigation being carried out. Syria is in the midst of ongoing conflict and thousands of people remain missing, with limited resources their investigation appears to have gone cold. The fact that John and Paul were (as are the vast majority of all Christians in Syria) supporters of President Assad,


and could have been seen as  organizers as well as respected international voices opposed to the Israeli plan of arming  moderate cannibals to overthrow Syrias secular form of government. Combined with the logistical professionalism of the crime, the fact that cia/mossad are known to have embedded agents throughout the “Islamist” groups operating in Syria make it   unlikely to have occurred without cia  approval and or participation. The kidnappers were paid of course and the Bishops were removed from being threats, according to those inflicted with an obsessional quest to bring down the Syrian government.
Perhaps hidden away within the unreleased portion of the US.  torture report remains the truth as to what happened to the Christian Bishops from Syria. Does the CIA only torture Moslems? 



Libya: UN warns of human rights violations as factional fighting continues

Libya human rights update 23.12.14

Libya: UN warns of human rights violations as factional fighting continues


23 December 2014 – Libyan civilians have been subject to targeted killings, forced displacement and acute humanitarian conditions amid an escalation in fighting in the North African country, a new United Nations human rights report has warned.

According to the report, released today and jointly produced by the UN Human Rights Office and the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), civilians caught in the fighting have been subjected to indiscriminate shelling, abduction, torture and execution as well as deliberate destruction of property as factional violence ripples across the country.

In western Libya, in the area of Warshafana, fighting between rival armed groups has resulted in the deaths of an estimated 100 people and injured 500 more in a spell of hostilities that lasted from late August to early October.

At the same time, the report notes, fighting in the neighbouring Nafusa mountains left 170 people dead. In addition to the casualties, the fighting has also caused a humanitarian crisis with at least 120,000 people forced to flee their homes, resulting in consequent shortages in both food and medical supplies.

Meanwhile, in the eastern city of Benghazi, an uptick in violence has seen 450 people killed since October as residents continue to face shortages in medical care. Moreover, upwards of 15,000 families – some 90,000 people – have been displaced, according to reports received by UNSMIL.

“Dozens of civilians have been abducted by all sides, solely for their actual or suspected tribal, family or religious affiliation, often as hostages in order to exchange them for others held by the opposing side,” continues the report. “UNSMIL has also received allegations of torture and other abuses which are consistent with earlier patterns of ill-treatment of detainees, but are a cause of even greater concern because of the heightened political tensions and the ongoing active hostilities.”

In a press release accompanying the report’s publication, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, warned all parties involved in the violence that they remained responsible for any human rights violations committed during the fighting.

“As a commander of an armed group, you are criminally liable under international law if you commit or order the commission of grave human rights abuses or fail to take reasonable and necessary measures to prevent or punish their commission,” he explained. “I urge all those in positions of authority to declare publicly that acts amounting to violations and abuses of international human rights and humanitarian law will not be tolerated.” “All those suffering in this violence deserve to live in safety with their rights fully protected,” the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Libya and head of UNSMIL, Bernardino Léon, added in the press release. “I appeal to all Libyan political and military leaders to engage, as a matter of urgency, in a genuine political dialogue to take Libya out of the current crisis.”

At the same time, as the situation in the country rapidly deteriorates with the displacement and re-displacement of populations in the western outskirts of Tripoli, Benghazi and the southern region of Ubari, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) warned that Libyan civilians are facing a “deepening” humanitarian crisis as well.

Winterization items needed to shelter the displaced from the fast-advancing cold weather are increasingly in demand, the agency said in a press release, as displaced families continue to live in public facilities such as schools, parks and abandoned buildings. Nonetheless, despite the fighting, UNHCR is working to provide 2,000 sleeping mats, 1,460 mattresses, 1,590 plastic sheets, 1,485 kitchen sets, 1,620 school bags and 1,810 jerry cans to over 1,000 families in distress.

“Although the security situation in Libya continues to be volatile, UNHCR has managed to resume distribution of core relief items in the country from our warehouse,” Saado Quol, the agency’s Chief of Mission in Libya announced. “We understand assistance is also needed in the east and south, where access is severely restricted. We are exploring how additional humanitarian items can be distributed to the eastern cities. ”

Persistent fighting kills hundreds, causes mass displacement across Libya – UN report


GENEVA / TRIPOLI, 23 December 2014 – Fighting in recent months between armed groups in western and eastern Libya, as well as in the south, has resulted in hundreds of civilian deaths, mass displacement and acute humanitarian conditions for those trapped in conflict zones, a new UN human rights report released Tuesday warns.

The report published jointly by the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) and the UN Human Rights Office, documents indiscriminate shelling of civilian areas, the abduction of civilians, torture and reports of executions, as well as deliberate destruction of property, among other serious abuses and violations of international law in various parts of the country.

In western Libya, in the area of Warshafana, fighting between rival armed groups has killed an estimated 100 people and injured 500 between late August and early October. The fighting has caused a humanitarian crisis, with at least 120,000 people forced to flee their homes and severe shortages of food and medical supplies. Hundreds of houses, farms and other businesses have also been destroyed. Fighting in the Nafusa mountains, bordering Warshafana, has also reportedly resulted in 170 deaths.

In Benghazi, since the fighting escalated in mid-October, 450 people have reportedly been killed. Residents are facing serious shortcomings in medical care, as hospitals have been hit or occupied by armed groups. UNSMIL has also received reports of fighters wearing uniforms of the Libyan Red Crescent Society and using one of its ambulances to carry out a suicide attack. Tit-for-tat attacks on property have also led to the destruction of many houses. More than 15,000 families – some 90,000 people – have been displaced from Benghazi. Of these, more than 5,600 Tawerghans have been displaced for the second time – three years after their first forcible displacement by armed groups from Misrata.

“Dozens of civilians have been abducted by all sides, solely for their actual or suspected tribal, family or religious affiliation, often as hostages in order to exchange them for others held by the opposing side,” the report states. “UNSMIL has also received allegations of torture and other abuses which are consistent with earlier patterns of ill-treatment of detainees, but are a cause of even greater concern because of the heightened political tensions and the ongoing active hostilities.”

Political and human rights activists, media professionals and other public figures have been targeted by armed groups, with many having been abducted, threatened or had their homes looted or burned.

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein warned all the parties involved in the fighting that grave abuses of international human rights and international humanitarian law are criminally liable, including before the International Criminal Court which is investigating the situation in Libya.

“As a commander of an armed group, you are criminally liable under international law if you commit or order the commission of grave human rights abuses or fail to take reasonable and necessary measures to prevent or punish their commission,” High Commissioner Zeid warned.

“I urge all those in positions of authority to declare publicly that acts amounting to violations and abuses of international human rights and humanitarian law will not be tolerated.”

The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Libya, Bernardino Leon, urged all sides of the conflict to immediately cease armed hostilities.

“All those suffering in this violence deserve to live in safety with their rights fully protected”, Leon said. “I appeal to all Libyan political and military leaders to engage, as a matter of urgency, in a genuine political dialogue to take Libya out of the current crisis.”

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and the Gulen Affair

28% of Turkeys population believes EU membership is a good thing for Turkey. Down 10% from just six months ago according to Eurobarometer.

Federica Mogherini-European Commission High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Johannes Hahn, Commissioner for European Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, recently lashed out at the  Turkish criminal justice system.
Using the undefinable and worn out trite phrase- against “European values”, leaving  many to wonder if “European values” are merely instructions from Washington on what is politically acceptable. 
What the high muckety  mucks are hysterical about isnt the 4,600 civilian deaths in Ukraine. Apparently the daily onslaught of civilian casualties there is acceptable to their “values”. 
Federica and Johannes are extremely concerned about a Turkish criminal investigation.
In Turkey there was a police operation  launched recently against certain  media personalities and police officers in 13 provinces.
Seen as subversive and embedded elements within Turkey which have conspired to manipulate and impede justice this “parallel state” has allegedly committed grave crimes including murder with police protection. 


Viewed by casual observers the Gulen movement is merely a quasi religious group who’s cult like followers are governed by Gulen. (currently residing in the US and believed to be close to or controlled by a US intelligence agency.)

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has responded to critics from the EU at the General Assembly of Foreign Economic Relations Board or DEIK in Istanbul, on Saturday, 20 December 2014. Some highlights from his speech are questions and remarks concerning an apparent European  double standard applied to Turkey and his Administration. Recently as a part of an ongoing probe into corruption, journalists were among those detained which the EU has denounced as being against “European values”.



The President said: “Turkey is not a country whose agenda is determined by others………….. It is a not a country which gained its international dignity through headlines or fake reports.”

“They say the detained people are journalists. Do journalists not commit crimes?” Erdogan said.
“EU delivered a statement on its non-business day. How sensitive they are over this country!” (A remark referring to Saturday when EU Commission offices are closed for the weekend.)

“Like it or not, you will respect the decisions of Turkish judiciary and the rule of law.” Erdogan said speaking as though to European and world leaders as well as others who have been seen as meddling in Turkey’s internal affairs. 

“They kept silent over the biggest torture claims of the history. We watched the events in Guantanamo……. If all of these happened in Turkey, would they keep silent like that?”

“Israel killed 16 journalists this year. Why did you keep silent?…… In Egypt, dozens of journalists including Turkish ones were taken into custody. Why did not you say anything?”

“While 50 journalists are questioned in related to UK’s phone hacking scandal, why did not you say the press are silenced?”

Reminding an arson attack on a house of Turkish citizens in Sindelfingen, Germany last year, Erdogan said: “There are still no perpetrators. Can you answer for this? Then, which justice are you talking about?”

A development concerning this ongoing situation is an arrest warrant being issued for Gulen.
Turkish Prosecutors Request Arrest Warrant for Erdogan Foe Gulen

Turkish prosecutors on Friday requested an Istanbul court to issue an arrest warrant for the US-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen who has emerged as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s number one foe.

The request by prosecutors said Gulen, who has lived in exile since 1999, led a “criminal” group acting against the “rules and laws in media, economy and bureaucracy,” the state Anatolia news agency reported.

State television TRT reported earlier that the court had already delivered an arrest warrant for Gulen but later withdrew its report.

According to a copy of the request published in Turkish media, Gulen is charged with setting up and directing an “armed terrorist organization” as well as using intimidation to deprive a person of their freedom.

The court will now have to give its approval for the arrest warrant to be issued.

Erdogan accuses Gulen of running a “parallel state” and being behind sensational corruption allegations against his inner circle that broke on December 17 last year.

But the United States has so far paid little attention to repeated requests from Turkey for Gulen’s extradition from his secluded compound in the state of Pennsylvania.

The Neo Crimean War

         The Neo Crimean War
Over the centuries Russia has defended Crimea from occupation schemes. Wars that spanned from the Golden Hordes, Ottaman Empire to the third Reich of the 1940s have been fought over Crimea. 
Konstantin Simonov, and  Leo Tolstoy are two of the greatest literary figures in Russian history.
Both were deeply influenced by their experiences while covering on the scene of the epic battles, constant struggles and human misery to defend the strategically important peninsula known as Crimea


Today once again Russia is tasked with defending Crimea. Having passed legislation in Washington that allows for lethal weapons to be furnished to the puppet government in Kiev, the EU balked and Obama trotted out new sanctions aimed specifically at Crimea. The EU readily went along in a face saving display of “cosmetic unity.”
(Obama is loathe to impose new measures without backing from Brussels, where there is no unity on the need for future sanctions, with Francois Hollande even suggesting on Thursday that existing ones should be lifted.

These economic means and mechanisms are part of wider hostilities in the futile quest of separating Crimea from Russia . The hybrid war for Crimea concotted by the Neo fascists in Washington (Victoria Nuland and her ilk) also involves the insertion of terrorists into Crimea to destabilize and create fear and public uncertainty. Perhaps more importantly terrorism is seen as a way  to discourage foreign investments.
India recently announced sending a delegation to Crimea in advance of new bi-lateral business transactions.  The fukus axis which likes to pretend to represent a delusional entity known as “the world community” (howbeit that it fails to include anything or anyone more than those with unipolar vision) responded by threatening the visa status of Indian citizens who travel there.
Attempting to travel from Ukraine after having been missing for years, an individual (wanted by the Russian authorities in connection with a terrorist event in 2002 that left some  130 civillian dead after having taken over a theatre) named Hassan Zakayev was


detained at a border crossing with false identity documents apparently supplied by the Ukrainian government. Also confirmed was a thwarted attack upon the Crimean Prosecutors Office of Natalia Poklonskaya which apparently  involved mailing and/or delivering  explosive packages.

SIMFEROPOL, December 19. /TASS/. Crimean Prosecutor Natalia Poklonskaya confirmed to TASS that an attempt to attack her office was prevented.


Thanks to militia guards who were in the office, an attack on people, including staff of the prosecutor’s office, was prevented, she said, praising the militia. “Well done,” she said commenting on media reports on perpetrators planning to blow up the Crimean prosecutor’s office.
Poklonskaya did not elaborate.
“The information is closed. A criminal case has been opened over the incident. I have no right to reveal the information,” she said.
The Rossiiskaya Gazeta newspaper cited militia commander Sergey Turchanenko as saying that unknown persons twice put explosive devices on the office’s premises.
Law enforcement sources confirmed one of the facts to TASS. A bag with explosives was found near the office, they said.

Infiltration of terrorists into Crimea have on more than one occasion been halted by the ever vigilant FSB and border crossing guards. Crimea is known as a sanctuary of peace, tourism, and political stability.

MOSCOW, December 18 (Sputnik) – Hassan Zakayev, suspected for organizing the 2002 terrorist attack in Dubrovka, was detained in Crimea on Thursday, carrying a fake passport, according to spokesman for Russia’s Investigative Committee (RIC) Vladimir Markin, Russian Kommersant newspaper reports.
Zakayev has been on the international wanted list for 12 years; however, the 41-year old Chechen lived in Ukraine with fake documents. The suspect was arrested when he tried to leave Ukraine and enter Crimea. According to Kommersant, Zakayev has been sent to Moscow for further investigation.
During the early 2000s, Zakayev was accused of transporting weapons and homemade explosive devices to Moscow that later were used by suicide bombers. These explosive were then used to set up bombs in Moscow.

Russia Remembers Nord-Ost Incident
Besides, Zakayev is accountable for two other terrorist acts. He organized a blast in one of Moscow’s McDonalds restaurants and was one of the organizers of the infamous Nord-Ost hostage crisis, RBK News reports.
On October 23, 2002, 40 Chechen militants took more than 900 hostages, who were watching the popular musical Nord-Ost in one of Moscow’s theaters in Dubrovka. Following three days of negotiations, Russian security forces stormed the building, killing the attackers. Some 130 hostages died in process.
Now with the arrest of Zakayev, Gerikhan Dudayev is the only person remaining, who is suspected of organizing the terrorist act in Dubrovka, Kommersant reports.

Moscow judiciary have confirmed the arrest of a new defendant in the 2002 siege of the Dubrovka theatrical center in Moscow, Khasan Zakayev.
A warrant for the arrest of Zakayev took effect in the middle of November, a source in the Moscow City Court told Interfax. The hearings are being held in camera as the defendants are being tried on the counts of terrorism.
According to the Moscow Presnensky District Court, the period of the defendant’s arrest has been extended until February 2015.
“Zakayev has been formally indicted on three counts: perpetration of a terror attack, membership in a criminal group and illegal storing of a weapon,” a source familiar with the situation told Interfax.
From the front lines of an anti-terror operation
Zakayev refused to plead guilty.
The newspaper Kommersant recalled on Wednesday its earlier report which said the arrest of a 41-year-old native of Chechnya, Khasan Zakayev, a suspected co-organizer of the Dubrovka terror attack in October 2002, had caused the re-opening of the criminal investigation.
More than 900 people were taken hostage during the Nord-Ost musical performance at the Dubrovka theatrical center on October 22, 2002. They were held captive for three days. The theater building was stormed in the morning of October 26. All terrorists were killed in the police operation. One hundred and thirty hostages died.
The Moscow City Court sentenced six accomplices of the terrorists from 8.5 to 22 years in prison in 2003-2007.
Yet none of the organizers was captured. Shamil Basayev was killed in the explosion of a truck carrying weapons and ammunition in Ingushetia on July 10, 2006. Khasan Zakayev and Gerihan Dudayev used fake ids and escaped from the police for twelve years.
Their whereabouts were unknown in 2007, and the Moscow prosecution service suspended the criminal inquiry into the Dubrovka theater siege.

Russian Railways-An Innovative Response


The worlds second largest railway system with over 85,000 km. of track (and still building) is in Russia. In St. Petersburg the Central Museum of Railway Transport is at the
Varshavsky railway station.


There on public display is a rail based RS-23 ICBM  also known as Scalpel.  Recently announced from officials within the  Russian Ministry of Defense are plans to reintroduce the rail based deployment of ICBMs.   “Bulava” and “Yars”  missiles will be configured to  train cars as part of a rolling and virtually undetectable platform.
This is a brilliant and relatively inexpensive defensive means of countering and defeating any attempt for an enemy to achieve “first strike” capability. The Bulava missile (RSM-56)  is an extraordinary solid fuel multiple warhead (10) with flexible use at sea and land. Currently it is installed in the Borei class submarines.  The Yars (RS-24)  also carries 10 independently guided warheads with 150-300 mega ton yields. 
The US nuclear first strike doctrine which has produced the European “missile shield” was based on assumption that once Russia had scrapped the Modolets rail based ICBM system it would take decades to reintroduce apparently due to the manufacturing having been done in Ukraine.
The Start 3 Treaty on nuclear arms reduction has no provision concerning a rail based ICBM system as neither parties had one at the time of signing (2010).


The new Russian rail based ICBM launch platforms will be operational within 3-4 years.  Interestingly the costs for defeating the first strike doctrine are expected to be minimal thus in keeping with President Putin’s strategy of not being caught up in an expensive arms race, but rather use “innovative” defense solutions.
After all, the 85,000 km.  of rail is preexisting, the missiles already built and the vast expanse of the worlds largest country is still in need of railways for commercial as well as industrial usage.

After having spent hundreds of billions of dollars in attempting to construct a nuclear first strike capability, the US and its delusional denizens will have to once again accept the reality of MAD. The name defensive shield was mis-leading and its stated goals of being  defense against Iran is a lie. The entire program was offensive and targets Russia.

At Gunpoint Celestial “Killers”: Why America Was Frightened of Russian “Bears” and “Swans”

At Gunpoint Celestial “Killers”: Why America Was Frightened of Russian “Bears” and “Swans”
December 8, 2014, 8:37


Strategic bombers Tu-160 and Tu-95MS will be flown along the borders of Russia over the Arctic, Atlantic, Pacific and Indian oceans, providing military parity with the United States. This was recently announced by Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, which aroused a storm of indignation in Washington and Brussels confident that the situation is “not justified” numerous flights of Russian strategic bombers regularly patrol remote areas of the planet.



“Implementation of the crews flying over the Pacific, Atlantic and Arctic Ocean is considered natural for training pilots of strategic aviation work” – said the TV channel Star former commander of long-range aviation and a former Air Force Commander Peter Deinekin. – “In its duration and distance they are fully in line with those of the strategic bombers United States.” Therefore, the general did not see any problems that our missile went back to the traditional routes of the combat patrol.
“We have always shown their abilities to those who provoke us to all sorts of conflicts, – says Deinekin. – The crew of long-range aircraft, which I commanded, from the beginning of the “cold war” is constantly operating at reconnaissance aircraft carrier battle compounds USA. We drifted to the Faroe Islands in the west to the Philippines in the Pacific Ocean. In recent years, such operations for economic reasons was not done,  and the Americans have forgotten that we can still do.”
The General said, “flying around the corner,” as they call these pilots flying long-range aircraft, our Air Force began in the 80s of the last century in response to the deployment of US cruise missiles, long-range in northern Italy, southern Germany, and England. Takeoff from “Engels” near Saratov, our Tu-95MS (NATO members call him “Bear”) and Tu-160 (NATO classification in “Black Jack”, and we call this plane “White Swan”) can easily reach the coast of the US, Great Britain, suddenly find themselves in the Indian Ocean off the coast or Australia.
Under them were specially made by the so-called airfields “jump” intermediate base, where the crew can relax, technical services refuel, conduct maintenance of machinery. Today some of these airfields: near Vorkuta, Vladivostok, Belarus Baranovichi on Kant air base in Kyrgyzstan. Was tested the possibility of basing the Tu-160 in Venezuela. These sites allow aircraft to fly from our borders to 12 thousand kilometers, and even further.


“To fly to the United States ten, but even with two aerial refueling machine may just half an hour to be in close proximity to the coast of America, – says Peter Deinekin. – The appearance of our home bases in Latin America allows our aircraft to be  in close proximity to the United States indefinitely. And Americans, of course, do not like.”


On the edge of Europe
Subject border patrols military aircraft lifted last month on a regular basis, mainly in response to complaints from Western governments on Russian warplanes.
November 3 Commander of NATO forces in Europe, US Gen. Philip Breedlove said the growth activity of the Russian Air Force, stressing that the Russian aviation supposedly uses a more sophisticated combat system and an increasing number of planes and flies a little further than usual.
The representative of the US Department of State- Jen Psaki said that Russia has no need to increase the scale of training flights. She noted that the US authorities understand the need for training work in the armed forces. Nevertheless, she said, “we do not see that the security situation justify such activities.”
And together in NATO, according to sources, the newspaper Die Welt, said that “the Russian check our airspace throughout the year”. A NATO spokesman said on the “Voice of America” that “the intensity of these provocative flights higher than the height of the cold war. So last Sunday a few strategic bombers Tu-95 and Tu-22 were identified by the national armed forces of Latvia over the neutral waters of the Baltic sea, close to the outer border of the Latvian territorial waters, – with alarm reported by the press center of the Latvian army.


Under the wing of the plane

Bombers Tu-95MS and Tu-160 is the main reserve of the Supreme Commander-in-Chief in case of nuclear war. In the structure of launch on warning, counter-nuclear strike they were assigned the role of “killer cells” that make the “control head” after the impact of the strategic missile forces and strategic nuclear submarines. Air missile “off” survivor military infrastructure of the enemy. However, they could be used also as  the main percussive tool. The coordinates of the ground-based missile launchers known to the adversary. It is easy to track a strategic submarine in the ocean. But to understand where strategic bombers, almost impossible.
Onboard each machine – deadly arsenal: guided aerial bombs and cruise missiles and long-range. For example, the newest cruise missile Kh-555. According to some, their range is about 3.5 thousand kilometers. In flight, the machine not only changes the height, but may fly above the earth’s surface, around the terrain. Against her powerless not only modern anti-aircraft missile systems, but also created the American NMD. At the target the missile displays the homing head that retrieves data from it’s own opto-electronic, and multi-channel satellite navigation system GLONASS. The accuracy of hitting the target, plus or minus a few inches. Vladimir Putin was present at one of the final stages of testing X-555. The four released with bomber missile accurately hit the “window” of an abandoned home on the range “Pemba” under the Vorkuta, where the script was hiding terrorists.


Recently it was announced that from 2016 all Russian Tu-160 is equipped with upgraded turbojet engines of the type NK-32. Production of these engines was discontinued in 1993. The resumption of their production means that the Tu-160 will be the main striking force of strategic aviation in Russia for a long time.

According to the plans, each of the 66 heavy bombers Tu-160 and Tu-95 will get new management systems, navigation and sighting systems. This will allow machines to apply not only to new strategic cruise missiles, long-range Kh-555, but any other precision-guided bombs and missiles. And this, in turn, will give the opportunity to bring the bombers to solve not only the problems of nuclear deterrence, but also the application of missile attacks by conventional means.

Strategic stimulus


Constant combat duty long-range aviation aircraft Russia has decided to resume in 2007. From this moment, says General Deinekin, our aircraft has completed over several hundred sorties in remote regions of the world in terms of tactical anti-aircraft neighboring countries”. For comparison, in the period of greatest activity of our strategic aviation in the Soviet period 1985-1987 years of such flights was 170.

The patrol pilots learn not only how to navigate in unfamiliar airspace, refuel in the air, but also conduct electronic reconnaissance and practice the use of weapons (planes fly without missiles, but the goals are fixed radars, their coordinates are entered into the onboard computer). Plaque pilots increased from 40 to 140 hours per year. It is almost comparable with a touch of Americans – 180 hours.

Russia also may not like the fact that the American strategic bombers B-52 are in constant readiness for combat use,” explains General Deinekin. According to him, recently, the Americans threw six B-52 at Andersen air force base on GUAM. This is one of the four positions of the strategic bombers of the U.S. air force. The location of the database provides direct support to the crews of bombers to deploy forces in Europe, Southwest Asia and Pacific region. Andersen is one of the two most important U.S. military bases in the Asia-Pacific region. Another island of Diego Garcia in the Indian ocean.


“From a military point of view, the Americans are well aware, in any point of our bombers go on combat patrols, ” says General Deinekin. – Didn’t have time to turn their planes take positions on either side of us. Lead, pass each other on the chain. So something extraordinary in the words of Shoigu no,” said the General. Another thing is that due to aggravation of Russian-American relations is presented as something beyond. Especially because in recent years the Americans believed that Russia has lost the ability to perform such a long and difficult journeys, and because of “old age” aircraft is not able to reach the shores of America. Time has shown that this view was erroneous. “White Swans” and “Bears” again forced to remember that Russia has its own interests in the field of security in the world.


For reference

What was the beginning of the strategic aviation

The appearance of distant strategic aviation in its current form, Russia is obliged US. Atomic bombing of the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, in early 1946, the U.S. army strategic air command (SAC) demanded that the USSR develop adequate measures. April 3, 1946 resolution of the USSR Council of Ministers was established long-range aviation of the Armed Forces composed of three air armies, control of which was based in Smolensk, Vinnitsa and Khabarovsk. In 1947, in the far aviation has come a strategic bomber Tu-4, Arsenal which has nuclear weapons.

However, the main combat power and the takeoff of strategic aviation occurred in the 70-80-ies of the twentieth century. Then armed with entered combat aircraft, Tu-22M, Tu-95MS, Tu-160. It is today the burden of nuclear deterrence of potential adversary. Armed cruise missiles, long-range strategic bombers capable of inflicting powerful blows on any point of the globe both nuclear and conventional munitions. For example, the Tu-22M very effectively in the Afghan war.


Long-range aviation of Russia

Tu-95 was adopted in 1957, 64 pieces. Now the Tu-95MS is the basis of the strategic air forces of Russia. Wingspan – 50.04 m  (64 ft 5 in)
Length – 46.17 m (151 ft 6 in)
Maximum speed – 920 km/h (510 knots, 575 mph)
Range – 15,000  km
Crew of 8 people.
The aircraft up to 12,000 kg payload. The Tu-95MS she was introduced to free-fall bombs caliber from 1500 to 9000 kg, both high explosive and nuclear, suspended in the fuselage compartment. Tu-V took under the fuselage (dimensions not allowed to be placed in the compartment) tactical nuclear bombs with a capacity of 20 and 50 megatons, weighing up to 22 tons. Also provided for the suspension of the bomb with a capacity of 100 MT. The missile can also take on ventral suspension 2 containers for small calibre bombs. Can carry cruise missiles, long-range Kh-55 (nuclear) and Kh-555. Defensive armament Tu-95MS consists of 2 twin 23-mm twin cannon GSH-23L gun placed in the aft defensive installation. Ammo – 2500 shots.

Now the modernization of Tu-95MS to version Tu-MM. The replacement will be subject to electronic equipment. The bombers will have a new sighting and navigation system, which will allow you to use the new strategic cruise missiles X-101. Will also appear navigation system GLONASS. It is planned to upgrade a few dozen bombers, and the other to cheat. Modernization is designed to extend the life of the aircraft until 2025.

TY-160 adopted in 1987, released 15 pieces. Wingspan – 55.7/35.6 m Length – 54.1 m Height of 13.1 m wing Area of 232 sq m Maximum speed at an altitude of 2000 km/h Range with maximum bomb load: 10 a 500 km flight Duration 15 hours a Crew of 4 people. This is the most powerful aircraft in the world. On Board can accommodate 12 cruise missiles with nuclear warheads or bomb weapon weighing up to 40 tons. By the beginning of 1994 was released about 30 aircraft (at the beginning of 1993 19 aircraft were based in Ukraine). The bomber is equipped with a bed, toilet, and electronic device for heating food. Structurally, the Tu-160 is close to American strategic bomber B-1, but unlike it all the combat burden is on the inner gimbal. On the basis of Tu-160 Tupolev Design Bureau is currently developing advanced Russian bombers of the fifth generation.


US Strategic Air
Boeing B-52 Stratofortress was created in the 50 years of the twentieth century as a high-altitude bomber to attack using free fall nuclear bombs. Produced 85 pieces, 56 of them in the ranks. Wingspan – 56.39 m. The length of the aircraft – 49.05 m. Maximum speed – 1013 km / h. Crew – 6 people. Bomb load depends on the modification of the aircraft: B-52B – 19504 kg; In-52G – 23 000 kg; B-52H – 28,600 kg. Nuclear: 8 x B-28 (1.45 Mt) or 12 V-41 (1 Mt) or 12 V-53 (9 Mt) or B-61 Mod.1 (fusion). Guided missiles: 12 AGM-84 Harpoon; 12 KR AGM-86B (200 kt); SD 20 “air-to-air” AGM-69 SRAM. The US is now modernizing veteran bomber.

B-1 Lancer appeared in 1965, 88 pieces, the ranks are all instances. Wingspan – 41.67/23,84 m Length – 44.81 m (b-1A – 46 m). Maximum speed – 1324 km/H. the Practical range of 12,000 km Armament: three internal compartments can accommodate up to 84 bombs MK.82 caliber 227 kg (500 pounds) or 24 bombs MK.84 caliber 907 kg (2000 pounds); or up to 8 cruise missiles AGM-86B launched into the air, 24 the short-range missiles AGM-69, 12 atomic unguided bombs-28 or-43 or 24 bombs b-61 or b-83; such weapons can also be 8 external racks under the fuselage.


The number of strategic bombers in Russia:
As of 2012 in the long-range aircraft the Air Force had 32 Tu-95MS (about 60 in storage). These aircraft placed 512 cruise missiles, long-range. There are 16 Tu-160 with 168 cruise missiles X-555. The total number of nuclear warheads – 680.
The number of strategic bombers in the United States:
B-52H – 85 pieces (56 of them in the ranks), 1-1.4 thousand. Nuclear bombs. B-2 – 21 pieces (16 of them in the ranks) – 550 BU. The total number of nuclear warheads – 1950.

Third Borei-class nuclear sub handed over to Russian Navy



The third Borei-class (Project 955 ) ballistic missile nuclear submarine, the Vladimir Monomakh, has been handed over to the Russian Navy, a defense industry source told TASS Wednesday.

A notice of acceptance has been signed at the Sevmash shipyard by a state commission, the source said.

It was earlier reported that the submarine will be officially adopted for service in the Russian Navy on December 19. Only when the Russian Navy Ensign is raised over the vessel will it officially become part of the Navy.

The Borei-class submarines are designed by the St. Petersburg-based Rubin Design Bureau for Marine Engineering. These submarines armed with the Bulava intercontinental ballistic missiles with nuclear warheads are intended to become the backbone of Russia’s naval strategic forces for the coming decades.

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Transfer of forces to Russia’s new Arctic command to be completed by mid-December

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Transfer of forces to Russia’s new Arctic command to be completed by mid-December
The command staff of the brigade is taking advanced training at military training centers
Forces of the Western, Central and Eastern Military Districts will be transferred to the new united strategic command in the Arctic by December 15.

The entire Northern Fleet will be transferred to the command, a high-ranking defense ministry source told TASS on Wednesday.

The fleet will remain at its bases, but will be transferred in full, including Pechenga-based Brigade 200 of ground troops, which joined the Northern Fleet forces earlier, he said.

Partially Command One of the air force and the air defense with its units and the infrastructure, partially Command Two and Command Three of the Central and Eastern military Districts and some other forces will be transferred by the date, he added.

Russia will create first of two brigades destined for a new Arctic united strategic command already by late March 2015, the source told TASS.

“Facilities of military and social infrastructure in a military township in Alakurtti (northern Russia’s Murmansk region) where this brigade will be based are about to be built. Decrees for appointments to high posts are issued for all its command officers, but no one is appointed yet, because housing is not yet built for servicemen, though work is in full swing. Construction is expected to end in March 2015. A military formation is planned to form completely by the end of this month,” the high-placed military source said.

The command staff of the brigade is taking advanced training at military training centers, he added.

Asked about progress in setting up a second Arctic brigade the source noted that its exact deployment place has not yet been determined, though it will be stationed in Russia’s Arctic Yamal-Nenets autonomous area. “It is only clear that according to plans a brigade should be created in 2016,” the source added.
Russia’s Defense Ministry establishes Arctic Command

A new Joint Strategic Command, dubbed North became operational December 1 in the Russian Arctic on the basis of the Northern Fleet.

The formation of the Arctic military command is part of Russia’s ongoing extensive program to build up military presence in the Arctic. Last March, President Vladimir Putin said that the armed forces’ training and development efforts should incorporate measures to increase the combat component of the Arctic group. The Defense Ministry has since made several steps along these lines. Russia’s Defense Ministry is going to build 13 airdromes and 10 radars in the Arctic.

Russia announced it was recreating its military base on the Novosibirsk Islands in the Laptev Sea. An airfield was opened on Kotelny, the largest island of the archipelago. Another military airport, Rogachyovo, commissioned on the southern island of the Novaya Zemlya Archipelago, is capable of accommodating fighter jets.

The construction of the Tiksi airdrome in Yakutia’s northernmost locality, inside the Arctic circle, will be completed in 2015. Three airdromes – in the Alykel community (the Krasnoyarsk Territory), in Vorkuta (the Komi Republic), and in Anadyr, the administrative center of Chukotka, will be expanded.

The Russian Northern Fleet will be detached from the Western Military District by December 1 to become the main striking force of the mooted Unified Strategic Command (USC) Sever (North).

Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu said in late October that Russia will have full radar coverage of the Arctic region this year, while next year it will be ready “to meet unwanted guests” both from the north and from the east

China Expressing Huge Interest in Russia’s New Tank



China has showed great interest in the new T-14 Armata tank developed by the Russian Federation and even expressed its wish to become the first foreign purchaser of this machine. The manufacturer does not comment on this information, but according to unofficial sources, is strongly opposed. For Russia, the issue of the Chinese access to the latest technology is of strategic importance.

During the AirShow China 2014 exhibition held in November in Zhuhai, Russia has almost agreed to supply the country with Su-35 fighters and S-400 Triumph anti-aircraft missile systems. At the same time, China has become Russia’s first foreign partner that expressed interest in the advanced T-14 Armata tank. The representative of Uralvagonzavod refused to talk about it, citing the fact that it is not within the competence of the enterprise.

“We are not the subjects of military and technical cooperation and do not comment on these issues,” the…

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