Bodies of More Than 200 Stalinist Purge Victims Discovered

The remains of 208 people believed to have been victims of the Stalinist purges have been discovered by a search team near Voronezh, Interfax reported Friday.

Members of the Don Search Team, who were responsible for uncovering the bodies, said that the executions were almost certainly carried out during the most grievous months of the Great Terror, between January and February, 1938.

An anthropological investigation will now be carried out on the remains in a bid to compare any biological data with archival records.

Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, a number of research groups have sought to find and honor the victims of political repression, as well as conducting proper burials for unknown fallen soldiers.

Russia eyes stronger naval presence in Mediterranean

MOSCOW, May 12 (Xinhua) — The Russian Navy plans to strengthen its Mediterranean task force and increase the number of its warships, Navy Commander Admiral Viktor Chirkov said Sunday.

Currently, the navy is forming the headquarters of the Mediterranean task force, Chirkov said during a celebration of the 230th anniversary of the Black Sea Fleet.

“We are selecting and appointing officers to posts in accordance with the headquarters structure. The headquarters will include twenty officers, mainly from the Black Sea Fleet,” Chirkov told local media.

The Mediterranean task force will comprise warships from the Northern, Baltic, Black Sea Fleet and probably the Pacific Fleet, Chirkov said, adding it plans to have five to six warships and support vessels from those fleets starting from this year.

The number of warships in the task force could be increased, and nuclear submarines may also be included depending on the scope and complexity of future missions, he added.

Chirkov also highlighted the role of the Black Sea Fleet in defending Russia’s national interests in the Black Sea and other areas of the world oceans. The Black Sea Fleet ships will become “foundation” of the Mediterranean task force, said the official.

Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said earlier that a decision of deploying a permanent task force in the Mediterranean had been made.

Besides targeting areas, the Mediterranean task force could also fulfill missions in the Atlantic and Indian Oceans if necessary, Chirkov said.


TRANSNISTRIA: consulat rusesc ilegal la Tiraspol, fără acceptul Chişinăului, iar grupul armatelor ruse si-au innoit echipamentele militare

Soldiers of Moldova's self-proclaimed separatist Dnestr region march during a military parade in Tiraspol

Liderul Partidului Acţiunea Democratică, Mihai Godea, susţine că Federaţia Rusă a deschis la Tiraspol un consulat. Despre aceasta Mihai Godea a anunţat cu puţin timp în urmă la şedinţa legislativului. Asta chiar dacă anterior autorităţile de la Chişinău au declarat că un consulat poate fi deschis în regiune doar cu acordul Chişinăului.În context, Mihai Godea a solicitat audierea în parlament a vicepremierului pentru Reintegrare, Eugen Carpov, a ministrului Apărării, Vitalie Marinuţa, dar şi a ministrului de Externe, Iurie Leancă.„Negocierile în formatul 5+2 au intrat în impas. La Tiraspol a fost deschis un consulat ilegal, fără acceptul Chişinăului. Totodată, a avut loc înnoirea echipamentelor militare a grupului armatelor ruse”, a spus Mihai Godea.Menţionăm că autorităţile de la Chişinău au declarat că Rusia va putea deschide un consulat în regiunea transnistreană doar dacă vor fi întrunite condiţiile solicitate, printre care retragerea trupelor ruse de pe teritoriu.Discuţii pe marginea deschiderii a două consulate ruseşti, la Bălţi şi la Tiraspol, au fost duse toamna aceasta. În cadrul vizitei reprezentantului preşedintelui rus pentru regiunea trasnsnistreană, vicepremierul Dmitri Rogozin, la Chişinău, s-a decis deschiderea unui consulat rus la Bălţi. Oficialul a declarat că urmează să fie efectuate toate măsurile formale în vederea deschiderii consulatului.

Patriot Deployment Could Derail $4B Missile Deal

ANKARA — A Turkish move to deploy NATO’s Patriot ground-to-air missiles on its southern border with Syria has antagonized regional rivals Iran and Russia. And defense industry sources say it could obviate the need for the country’s $4 billion competition to build its own anti-missile and air defense architecture.

Turkey officially has asked NATO to deploy Raytheon’s Patriot missile launchers and Lockheed Martin’s Patriot Advanced Capability-3 missiles, saying that neighboring Syria’s civil war threatens its security.

Military officials from Germany and the Netherlands, owners of the NATO systems, are conducting site surveys to determine possible deployment locations. NATO’s top official, Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen, has pledged to finish the deal soon.

The request is creating tension in the region. Turkey’s former ally, Syria, and its allies Iran and Russia condemned the move.

The relationship between Turkey and Syria has gone from bad to worse since the uprising to oust Bashar al-Assad, the Syrian president, began almost two years ago. Damascus has long accused Ankara of harboring, financing and arming rebels fighting to oust Assad. Russia agrees with Syria and is warning that the surface-to-air missiles could lead to a regional crisis.

Sergei Lavrov, Russia’s foreign minister, said: “Any buildup of weapons creates threats and risks. Any provocation can cause a very serious armed conflict. We would like to avoid it by all means. We are perfectly aware of Turkey’s concern over the security on its border.”

Rasmussen sought to reassure Moscow that Turkey’s decision is purely to protect its own territory.

“The Turkish government stressed that the deployment will be defensive only, and that it will in no way support a no-fly zone or any offensive operation,” he said. “The security of the alliance is indivisible. NATO is fully committed to deterring against any threats and defending Turkey’s territorial integrity.”

Analysts agree.

“Turkey has its own reasons to have the systems on its soil. These reasons are political, security-related and also financial,” said Ceyhun Erguven, an analyst based here. “It is normal that a member country requests logistical assistance from NATO because it feels threatened.”

The move could nullify Turkey’s own program to build long-range anti-missile and air defense systems on its soil, industry sources said.

For the estimated $4 billion contract, the pan-European company Eurosam, maker of the Surface-to-Air Missile Platform/Terrain Aster 30 system, is competing with a Raytheon-Lockheed partnership marketing Patriots; Russia’s Rosoboronexport, marketing the S-300 system; and China Precision Machinery Export-Import Corp., offering its HQ-9.

Turkey’s top decision-making body on defense, the Defense Industry Executive Committee, had its most recent meeting in July and said that talks would continue with four key foreign suppliers. The committee’s next meeting is scheduled for late December or early January.

Turkey has no long-range air defense systems. All of the candidate systems, in theory, are capable of hitting an incoming aircraft or missile.

Many Western officials and experts say the Russian and Chinese systems in the Turkish competition are not compatible with NATO systems. The fear is that either country’s potential victory could inadvertently provide it with access to classified NATO information, and as a result, may compromise NATO’s procedures.

Despite this criticism, Turkey so far has resisted dropping the Chinese and Russian options.

Analysts say the deployment of NATO assets on Turkish soil may add to doubts that Turkey needs to independently build an air defense system and spend a huge amount of money.

“The arrival of the Patriot systems, if endorsed by NATO, would already meet Turkey’s requirement of a solid air defense system,” Erguven said. “This may even lead to the cancellation of Turkey’s own contract for a similar system.”

A procurement official familiar with the program said the matter would be thoroughly discussed, with a final decision made at the next meeting ofIndustry sources say even if Turkey proceeds with its national air defense system contract, procurement officials might feel obliged to shortlist the U.S. and European contenders and drop the Russians and Chinese.


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Dmitry Rogozin

The Moscow District Court of St. Petersburg dismissed a lawsuit of nine St. Petersburg to the singer Louise Veronica Ciccone known to the world as Madonna. Activists of a so called Trade Union of Russian Citizens (PGR, a social organization of the orthodox and conservative character) and their supporters were suing the singer and the organizers of her concert in St. Petersburg for the sum of 333 million rubles. However, the plaintiffs will have to pay – in order to compensate the legal costs of the defendants.

The concert of the Madonna took place in St. Petersburg SKK (the Petersburg Sports and Concert Complex) on August 9, 2012. Nine people from the audience saw propaganda of homosexuality and, accordingly, a violation of the city law prohibiting that in the speech of Madonna. They filed a lawsuit for the sum as compensation for moral damage from her concert. The defendants were the singer herself, Petersburg Sports and Concert Complex, and Planeta Plus JSC (a division of PMI Corporation, engaged in organization of prestigious concerts).

The writ was served on Madonna to her residence in New York, but neither she nor her representatives were not in court. A notice of obtaining the writ wasn’t reported in St. Petersburg.

The judge Vitaly Barkovsky ruled Madonna innocence in violation of Russian and St. Petersburg legislation. The court overruled the claims to the organizers of the concert as well. However, the plaintiffs believe that they are right. They believe that the verdict was affected by the world fame of the singer and they intend to challenge the judgment. However, it is necessary to note that legal and judicial practice in Russia on cases of this kind has not yet firmly established. To a large extent, the restraint of the court was determined by the lack of precedents developed in the U.S. and Europe.

Recall, after a concert Vice Premier Dmitry Rogozin used a known abusive word of the singer Madonna, commenting in his microblog on Twitter her performance in protection of participants of Pussy Riot group. And although the name Madonna was not called, it was clear both from a record context, and from the subsequent correspondence of the high-ranking blogger with readers that it was referred specifically to her.



Doumentary:Secrets of the Dead – Umbrella Assassin

Terrorists with roadside bombs have the world’s attention at the moment, but once upon a time a different breed of killer stalked the earth. It wasn’t so long ago, and for those who remember the strange death of the Bulgarian writer Georgi Ivanov Markov in 1978, revisiting of the case on “Secrets of the Dead” series will tickle some brain cells. For those new to the tale, the episode, titled “Umbrella Assassin,” will be even more compelling. It turns out that those James Bond movies were not fiction after all.  Mr. Markov wrote novels and plays that displeased the hard-line Communist president of Bulgaria, Todor Zhivkov, and in 1969 he defected to the West, eventually ending up in England doing commentary for the BBC and Radio Free Europe.

Documentary:In Memoriam Alexander Litvinenko

The search for the possible perpetrators lead to a political difficult situation that reminded us of the dark days of the Cold War.

Three years ago Aleksander Litvinenko told his life story to documentary maker Jos De Putter. It is a wild tale full of conspiracies, assassination attempts and imputations. Litvinenko talks about his time with the secret service, about his experience in Chechnya, and in particular about the series of bomb attacks on Russian territory that led to the seizure of power by Vladimir Putin. According to Litvinenko those attacks were the work of the secret service.