On Saturday during the morning ceremony, the Iranian Lieutenant General Hussein Salami, commander-in-chief of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps stated “The Islamic Republic will take revenge on all those who are indirectly or directly involved in the martyrdom of General Suleimani, and this is a very serious message.”
On Saturday, Russian Alexey Stolyarov aka Lexus pranked the Head of the European Parliament David Sassoli. David Maria Sassoli is an Italian politician and journalist, a member of the Democratic Party. Sassoli, a member of the European Parliament since 2009, was elected its President on 3 July 2019.
This weekend, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko gave an interview pertaining to the seven steps to the new Belarus that the opposition, led by Svetlana Tichanovskaya, is planning to implement. Lukashenko’s interview was a feeble attempt by the president to discredit the opposition.
Belarus continues to experience a challenging situation. There have been casualties and mass arrests. This week, President Alexander Lukashenko met with the Russian President, Vladimir Putin. During the meeting, Putin provided Lukashenko with financial aid and support.
This month, Russia conducted the first demonstration flight, via an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), of its small-size gas turbine engine MGTD-20. The flight was successfully held at the base of Kazanbash aviation center, in the Republic of Tatarstan. The engine was manufactured by 3D-printing.
Russia conducted one of its most powerful attacks on the terrorists in Syria. The Russian military destroyed facilities where foreign private military contractors were training militants. At the same time, it is reported that the Iskander-M complex was used against them for the first time.
Russia announced the new cruise missile that is a joint venture between Russia and India. The Russian-Indian cruise missile in the new version will be able to hit radio detection and guidance aircraft with the AWACS system. The air-to-air missile system is named BrahMos, for the name of the joint venture.
Russian president Vladimir Putin and the President of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, held an official meeting in Sochi on Monday. The closed talks between the presidents of the two nations lasted almost five hours. Lukashenko’s visit to Sochi brought a lot of attention, not only from the former Soviet Bloc but also the West.
During the Cold War era, Germany tested its nationwide warning systems twice a year. In the early 1950s, West Germany created a system for notifying the country’s population of emergency situations. These could, at that time, be natural and man-made disasters that threaten the lives of the population.
The US Treasury Department imposed sanctions against Ukrainian MP Derkach and three Russian nationals. The information was posted not eh US Treasury website. The sanctions were imposed for Derkach’s attempts to influence the US election campaign. The list of sanctions also includes three Russian citizens.
During an interview on the September 11, 2020, the acting head of the Investigative Department for Transport of the Russian Interior Ministry in the Federal District Sergey Popov stated that the full chronology of the Alexei Navalny stay in Tomsk has been established.
Belarus entered its second month of civil unrest. This month, there have been more arrests of the key opposition members in Minsk. However, President Alexander Lukashenko managed to stay in power. Russia was one of the few nations who recognized the results of the presidential election in Belarus last month to be legitimate.
Russian police are set to ask Germany for permission to interrogate the Russian opposition politician, Alexei Navalny, who is currently undergoing treatment at a hospital in Berlin after being allegedly poisoned. Even though Navalny’s doctors affirmed that he was poisoned, the claim has repeatedly been rejected by the Moscow authorities
There have been a lot of changes happening in Russia and Belarus. Within the past six years, these developments include the annexation of Crimea in 2014 and the amendments to the Russian Constitution. At present, the protests and tumultuous political situation as a whole are of concern.
The Polish telegram channel Nexta, which became one of the main channels for the Belarusian opposition to report news and organize actions together, conducted a poll. The poll conducted was pertaining to the question, “are you ready to join the self-defense units and fight back against the punishers?”
The Russian holding company Technodinamika, which is part of the Rostec State Corporation, intends to start mass production of corundum ceramic armor in the near future. The announcement was made on Monday via a press release. The material more effectively protects against armor-piercing bullets and projectiles than steel.
The Russian opposition politician Alexéi Navalny, who is currently undergoing medication in Germany on alleged poisoning, is reportedly responding well to medication. The German doctors treating Navalny at Berlin’s Charite Hospital have announced today that he has come out of the induced coma.
The Russian historian Sergei Trifonov during the interview on the Russian State TV channel “Zvezda” said that he found ” traces” of the Amber room. Zvezda is a Russian state-owned nationwide TV network run by the Russian Ministry of Defence. As of January 2008, Zvezda’s CEO was Grigory Krichevsky, previously known for his work on Vladimir Gusinsky’s NTV Channel in the late 1990s.
Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko says he has solid proof to the effect that the alleged poisoning of Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny was merely ”stage-managed” by Western powers as a way of discouraging Russian President Vladimir Putin from getting involved into Belarus’ affairs.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that the Russian opposition leader, Alexei Navalny’s poisoning case was an “attempt to murder using nerve agents,” and said she hoped that Russia would clarify its position. Navalny was sent to Berlin for treatment after a sudden illness in Russia in mid-August.
Russia is expected to change the policy to reflect the upcoming geopolitical conflict in the Eastern Mediterranean. It should be noted that Russia does not have a traditional or historical attachment to this conflict. However, the conversion of Hagia Sophia into a mosque by Turkey impacted the Russian Orthodox Church and caused a wave of dissatisfaction.
Russia announced the creation of the moon GPS system. The General Director of the ISS, named after Reshetnev Nikolay Testoedov, stated that the Russian specialists are ready to create satellites for navigation on the moon. With the help of satellites created in ISS JSC, a wide range of services is provided both in Russia and far beyond its borders.
Belarus has been embroiled in protests all August. The protests intensified after the presidential election on the August 9th. The election was flawed, yet Russia recognized the election as legitimate. Nevertheless, the opposition leader Svetlana Tichanovskaya had to leave the country, due to the alleged attempt on her life.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has reiterated his readiness to establish direct contact between US officials and the Islamic Republic of Iran. Direct negotiations between the two countries could be an important step in reaching an agreement. However, experts remain skeptical.
The United States is considering imposing sanctions on seven Belarusian officials believed to be responsible for electoral fraud and violence against peaceful protesters, a senior US State Department official revealed on September 1. The move by Washington could create friction with Moscow.
Alexander Stuchilin, the Deputy CEO of Rezonans, a Russian military research company, has claimed that Iran used the company’s radar systems to track down American stealth F-35 jets. He said that the Iranian military used the Rezonans-NE detection system to pinpoint the heading of F-35 stealth jets, and gain other critical information.
The Russian Foreign Ministry announced the expulsion of the senior diplomat from the Norwegian Embassy in Moscow. The ambassador was invited to the Russian Foreign Ministry and informed that as a response, one of the senior diplomats of the Norwegian Embassy was also declared ‘persona non grata”.
On Saturday, Aug 29, 2020, thousands took to the streets in the “anti-Corona protests”. There was an attempt to close Berlin by the law enforcement. The government tried to stop the planned demonstration due to the concern of the Coronavirus spread. Nevertheless, thousands took to the streets.
The Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko has made a statement pertaining imposing sanctions against Lithuania. Lithuania has been on the forefront of the Belarusian tumultuous situation. The leader of the opposition Svetlana Tichanovskaya has fled Belarus shortly after the election. At present, she continues to reside in Lithuania.
The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a warning to the Russian citizens pertaining the threat of the prosecution by the American law enforcement agencies and special services when traveling to the United States. Such statement was issued, due to the recent arrest of the Russian citizen Yegor Kryuchkov on August 22 in the US.
The German Federal government has announced that their priority is to develop “green” hydrogen, which they are going to produce in North Africa on the basis of electricity from renewable sources. However, one of the main questions ponders, that the import of hydrogen could interfere with the drinking water shortage in Africa.
On Friday, a Russian language teacher was arrested in the Ukrainian city of Kherson. She is remanded in custody until October 9th. This is unsafe, as Coronavirus numbers continue to increase in Ukraine. The pandemic is taking a huge toll on Ukraine now. The accused, Tatyana Kuzmich, is charged with treason.
Talks surrounding Cuba and Russia re-establishing close ties have been surfacing since 2014. During the Cold War, the Soviet Union provided financial support to Cuba. However, after the collapse of the USSR, it halted. Back in the 1970s, the Soviet Navy ships visited but never had a full fledged base in Cuba.
The turmoil continues in Belarus. The President of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, asked Russian President Vladimir Putin to set up a back up law enforcement unit to assist with the situation in Belarus. Putin confirmed the request and creation of such unit on the Russian news program on Thursday.
Russia announced at the Army 2020 Expo that the developers of the Vityaz-D deep-water vehicle plan to create a larger version of it, which will be equipped with manipulators. It will receive increased dimensions and manipulators for interaction with the ground and other objects on the sea floor.
The new supersonic missile of the long range Hermes has been unveiled at the Army-2020 Expo. The expo wraps up on August 29. The Army 2020 is funded by the Russian Ministry of Defense. According to the representative of the Shipnov Instrument Design Bureau the supersonic missile can destroy all foreign tanks.
Alexei Navalny has received attention from the Western leaders. His alleged poisoning by tea in Siberia, and consequent induced coma, made the international headlines. Currently, he is receiving treatment in Charite Clinic in Germany. Chancellor Angela Merkel demanded the alleged poisoning to be investigated by Russia.
Belarus is on the verge of default. The Coronavirus pandemic impacted world economies and continues to cause a strain. However, outside of the coronavirus impact, Belarus’ political situation and challenging economic situation caused a drop in the foreign exchange earnings.
The Coronavirus pandemic continues to be on the news forefront. There are over 24 million infected and over 828,000 infected around the globe. The Coronavirus has changed the trajectory of communication in the professional segment. Zoom became very popular during the pandemic and mandatory closures.
Russian citizen Yegor Kryuchkov was detained in Los Angeles, California this week. According to the US federal authorities, he and his accomplices tried to bribe a US national employed in a US company to aid in downloading malware to the computer system, whilst allowing to gain and download this particular company database.
Russia will hold gubernatorial elections in September. It is highly likely that there will be unrest in Russia leading into and shortly after the elections. The poisoning of Alexey Navalny will be used as a tool to push his agenda. Navalny has been on the news around the world, and many are pressuring Russia to investigate.
Alexander Lukashenko managed to suppress Belarus’ Maidan. The protests continue, but without the same vigor. However, it is only a temporary measure. Eventually, the forces will get stronger, and it is highly likely this will be his last term. If he manages to get through it, it will be with the help of Russia.
German doctors treating the firebrand Russian opposition politician, Alexei Navalny, made an announcement on Monday. Owing to the medical tests that the German doctors conducted, they are convinced that the politician was poisoned. They did not however, give a detailed account of their findings.
A new weapon has been unveiled during this week at the Army-2020 Expo. The new weapon is designed by the Central Research Institute of Precision Engineering. The weapon is specifically engineered for the Russian special forces. One if its main advantages is its silent operation.
Russia premiered the new BMP at its Army 2020 forum. The Army 2020 continues until August 29. For the first time, the BMP-3 Manul was demonstrated at the stand of the Kurgan machine-building plant (Part of JSC NPO “high-Precision complexes” of Rostec group). The new BMP has a redesigned BMP-3 chassis.