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Russian Military Boosts Arctic Presence

UPI | Feb 18, 2014

The Russian military is beefing up its presence in the arctic as nations begin to eye potentially plentiful natural resources in the region, officials said. Russian military officials told RIA Novosti the move comes after an order from Russian President Vladimir Putin to increase logistical and transportation infrastructure in the region. The m... more

Russia to Add 40 Ships to its Navy In 2014

UPI | Jan 06, 2014

The Russian navy will add 40 ships to its fleet this year, including a new missile-launching submarine, the Kremlin said. The Vladimir Monomakh -- he third Borey-class ballistic missile sub to enter service -- will be joined by a diesel-powered Varashavtanka-class boat. The Borey class is designed to carry 16-20 nuclear missiles and has an upd... more

Charges Filed Against Former Russian Defense Chief

Associated Press | Nov 28, 2013

MOSCOW - Criminal charges were filed Thursday against the former Russian defense minister, who was accused of using servicemen and government funds to build a road to a vacation home and do landscaping work on the property. Anatoly Serdyukov lost his job a year ago over a corruption scandal. Some of his close associates have faced criminal char... more

Putin Says Russia Will Expand its Arctic Presence

Russian President Vladimir Putin arrives at Belfast International Airport, in Northern Ireland, on Monday, June 17, 2013.

Associated Press | Oct 03, 2013

MOSCOW - President Vladimir Putin pledged Thursday that Russia will expand its presence in the Arctic, adding that work is underway to restore a major Soviet-era military base there. Speaking at a meeting with activists of the main Kremlin party, United Russia, Putin said the Arctic region is essential for Russia's economic and security interes... more

Russia Begins Observational Flyovers of US

UPI | Jul 29, 2013

Russia began observational flights over the United States on Sunday under the international Open Skies Treaty, officials said. The monitoring missions are being carried out by a Tupolev Tu-154M/LK-1 aircraft through Aug. 12, RIA Novosti reported. "The missions will be carried out from the Travis Air Force Base [in California] and Wright-Pa... more

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