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Friday, 11 July 2008

11 July 2008. Out and About…

Mi-38 helicopter is the best on the world market

Euromil Mi-38 helicopter

Aleksei Samusenko, the general designer of the Euromil helicopter manufacturing enterprise in Moscow, stated at the HeliRussia 2008 exhibition that the Mi-38 helicopter, which is currently being developed in Russia, has no competitors on the world market. According to Mr Samusenko, the helicopter’s maximum ceiling is 8,300 meter (26,246 feet). This is the only helicopter that can fly at such a height. It has a very low level of vibration, which can be compared with that of an automobile. This is quite an important feature. New advanced technology has been developed to make the rotor blade a vital element of the helicopter. The blades are made out of composite materials and guarantee unlimited use. “We could not break them even on the testing ground”, Mr Samusenko said. In short, this is a state –of-the-art helicopter. The Euromil company shall start to deliver Mi-38 helicopters to clients starting in 2010-2011.

9 July 2008

http://www.ruvr.ru/main.php?lng=eng&q=29468&cid=50&p=09.07.2008 (in English)

“See-all” optical monitoring system developed

Experts at the Ural Optical and Mechanical Enterprise developed an advanced optical system for monitoring, SON-730 for special services and rescuers. It helps to get high-quality and stable images under any conditions and different types of shooting: daytime and night, poor visibility, and rocking and vibration. The system could be used to follow drug traffickers, patrol border regions, rescue people who are in trouble, and monitor traffic. A high sensitive thermal observation device integrated into the system fixes the difference in temperatures between the surrounding and the object under monitoring at a distance. This has made it possible to discover forest fires and defects in power supply lines and oil and gas pipelines. In fact, the enterprise exports its products to 75 countries.

9 July 2008


Stone Age settlement discovered in Armenia

Armenian archaeologists discovered a Stone Age settlement in the south of the country. They believe that there are traces of ancient wine-making. The complex is in the Areni-1 cave and belongs to the Stone and Copper-Stone Ages (3900-3700 BC). Owing to the favourable micro-climate in the cave, organic materials are well-preserved. Parts of clothes, woollen and other materials give an opportunity to study the technology of the Stone Age. Scientists believe there was an ancient wine-making complex in the cave. They discovered well-preserved seeds and vines. The Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography in Armenia has already received proposals about joint work from several international organisations.

9 July 2008


Satellite launched as part of the Sea Launch project

Another satellite will take off as part of the Sea Launch project on 15 July. This report comes from the press service of the Sea Launch Corporation in Long Beach, California. The Odyssey launch pad and the Sea Launch have left the port of Long Beach. This time, a Russian-Ukrainian rocket will carry to orbit an American “DISH-Network” satellite which services 14 million subscribers of satellite television throughout the United States.

10 July 2008


Nursery for Mediterranean Turtles built on the Black Sea

A nursery for the Mediterranean turtle was built in the Black Sea resort of Gelendzhik. According to Eco-Watch for the Northern Caucasus, the nursery provides all conditions necessary for the reptile’s living and propagation. The nature protection complex is part of the project “Attention, Turtles!” carried out with the support of the World Wildlife Fund. The Mediterranean turtle was entered into the Russian Red Book and the International Red Book of Endangered Species.

10 July 2008


World’s largest clock installed in Moscow

Big Ben is still the world’s largest four-sided chiming clock. Sorry, Charlie!

A clock with a 30 by 12 metres (99 feet by 40 feet) display was installed on a building now under construction in Moscow. It shows the precise time in hours and minutes. The clock is installed at a height of 230 meters (755 feet), and it also shows atmospheric pressure and temperature.

11 July 2008


Massive campaign against Sea Breeze-2008 launched in the Ukraine

Baba speaks her mind. Don’t mess with Baba, you’ll be sorry!

Patriotic Ukrainians launched a massive campaign against the Sea Breeze-2008 joint exercises with NATO. Left-wing parties, Communists, Socialists, and Russian-speaker’s rights organisations launched this campaign. Aleksandr Golub, a leader of the Communist faction of the Ukrainian parliament, told our correspondent that over 70 percent of population opposes joining NATO. But, the Ukrainian government ignores their opinion. The manoeuvres, where US forces play a key role, will be staged in Lvov, Nikolaev, and Odessa oblasts and in the Crimea.

11 July 2008


Editor’s Note:

The Bushies are playing with matches… deliberately. They should know that actions such as this are provocations. Oh, yes… “democracy”… they are intent on grabbing bases close to Russia, no matter what real Ukrainians wish or the risk that they run. In short, George W Bush is a lunatic and the largest menace on the world scene today.


UN General Assembly refuses to discuss so-called Ukrainian “Holodomyr”

Vitaly Churkin (1952- ), Russian ambassador to the UN. Kudos for muzzling the Uniates!

The General Committee of the General Assembly of the United Nations has, acting on a Russian request, advised the international community to refrain from discussing the so-called Ukrainian famine of the early 1930’s. The Ukrainian delegation brought the topic up for discussion. Vitaly Churkin, the Russian Ambassador to the United Nations, dismissed the Ukrainian suggestion as historically and politically false. He said that not only the Ukraine suffered, as many other parts of the former Soviet Union suffered from in the famine of the early 1930’s.

11 July 2008


Editor’s Note:

Sanity prevails! The Galician Uniate fanatics are not only cut off at the pass, they are muzzled. Well done, Mr Churkin! These people are irritating in the extreme. Over many years, I have despaired of hearing sense from any of them. So, if they pipe up with their nationalistic moonshine, I retort… loudly. Don’t mess with Mother Russia!


Voice of Russia World Service

Slavic Festival Brings Continents Together

President Aleksandr Lukashenko (1954- ) opening the Festival Slavyansky Bazaar in Vitebsk

URL for video of Marina Deyatova: http://www.liveinternet.ru/users/3101475/post114082468/play

Performers and cultural figures from all continents have gathered at a traditional Slavic Festival in Vitebsk, Belarus. The Festival “Slavyansky Bazaar in Vitebsk” was established right after the disintegration of the Soviet Union in 1992 at the initiative of Russia, Byelorussia, and Ukraine, who sought a new way for integration. It’s the 17th such event this year, and it kicks off today.

Byelorussian Deputy Culture Minister Vladimir Rylatko commented, “Slavyansky Bazaar originated as a protest from the artistic communities of Ukraine, Russia and Belarus against the break-up of the family of Slavic peoples. The forum’s priority is to preserve our common cultural space and good neighbourly relations. Though, the banner of the festival invites all willing to join, saying that the doors of the Slavic house are open for all”.

Indeed, the Slavic house has flung its doors open to representatives from all continents. The housewarming audiences will be applauding to groups and lead singers from 35 countries, including Portugal, Austria, Venezuela, South Africa, China, Israel, and of course, Russia, Belarus, and Ukraine. “Slavyansky Bazaar”, according the Culture Minister Aleksandr Avdeyev, is also a social and political highlight whose festive atmosphere facilitates understanding and constructive talks. A new cultural cooperation agreement between Slavic countries is to be signed in Vitebsk within the next few days.

This year, guests to the Vitebsk Festival will see theatrical shows and films, visit exhibitions and a book fair, and judge the participants of a song contest and the mastery of music performers working in different genres. Saturday, 12 July, is the Day of Russia, which will feature a full spectrum of Russia’s multi-ethnic culture.

11 July 2008

Olga Bugrova

Voice of Russia World Service


OPEC says that an Attack on Iran could Send Oil Prices Skyrocketing

Abdulla al-Badri, the Secretary General of OPEC, warned that reduction in or halting of Iran oil exports could lead to unpredictable consequences on the world oil market. If Iran is attacked, the price of a barrel of oil shall increase uncontrollably, Mr Badri warned. Iran is currently the second-biggest oil producer behind Saudi Arabia, producing 4 million barrels daily. OPEC shall not be able to make up for the loss of Iranian crude on the international market, the International Herald-Tribune wrote, quoting the OPEC secretary general.

Mr al-Badri, therefore, urged a peaceful solution of the problem of Iranian nuclear programme, which is believed by some Western countries to have a military purpose, an accusation strenuously denied by Iran, which says that it is engaged in nuclear technology development for peaceful purposes only. Until now, this quarrel between states has not been blamed for constant price fluctuation on the global oil market; the weak US dollar is credited with that dubious leading role.

This explanation is disputed by Boris Rubtsov, head of the faculty of securities and financial engineering at the Financial Academy, who believes that the role of the dollar has been blown out of proportion. “To my mind, the major reason is a reduction in exploratory prospecting for crude oil deposits as well as a huge increase in consumption by the booming economies of India and China. The weakening of the dollar is also a contributing factor, but, not the leading one”.

It is now established that there is a close link between the price fluctuation of crude oil and geopolitics; at any rate, it is widely believed that Thursday’s price hike in crude oil in America and Britain was caused by Iran’s test firing of a series of rockets. The firing led to an almost 6 dollar (139.58 roubles. 3.76 euros. 3.02 UK pounds) increase in the price of a barrel of crude oil, now selling at more than 141 dollars (3,280 roubles. 88.46 euros. 70.89 UK pounds) per barrel, a serious signal to politicians.

11 July 2008

Voice of Russia World Service


NATO Expansion is an Attempt to Undermine Current International Relations

The results of the NATO aggression against Federal Yugoslavia in 1999, an action unsanctioned by the UN. May God have mercy on us for such an enormity.

Albania and Croatia signed a protocol on joining NATO. In short, NATO is expanding. This worries Russia, which considers the move as a return to the Cold War. Naturally, Russian concerns are linked with the approach of NATO alliance close to its borders. Reportedly, the alliance has been discussing the so-called NATO Membership Plan for Ukraine and Georgia, a programme of assistance to individual needs of countries wishing to join NATO. If the two countries were admitted to the alliance, the move would undoubtedly harm Russia’s national security.

Russia established cooperation with the alliance under the Russia-NATO Council, especially in fighting international terrorism. Moreover, Russia has allowed the transportation of non-military cargo through its territory to the NATO forces fighting against Taliban in Afghanistan. NATO is also fighting against the flow of narcotics to the world market from Afghanistan. However, despite cooperation, Russia considers NATO expansion as an attempt to undermine the current system of international relations. If the majority of European states joined the alliance, some could try to use it as a replacement for the United Nations, and act through it on the international scene in the interests of the alliance rather than on the basis of international law. The US is attempting to realise its dream of a unipolar world by expanding the alliance.

In the opinion of General Leonid Ivashov, the president of the Academy of Geopolitical Issues, “This is a movement to unify Europe and put it under the domination of American capital. Americans simply try to bring into play several new NATO members, the governments of which are under their control. As a whole, NATO is turning into an instrument that shall be used to seize natural resources and key communication lines. The unification of Western civilisation under the domination of American capital is a preparation for a fight for resources”.

President Dmitri Medvedev recently suggested working out a legally-binding European Security Treaty. The new treaty would be based on the UN Charter and would exclude bloc politics by the countries that join the treaty. It would be best if the treaty were approved at a common European summit. In fact, several European countries have welcomed the President Medvedev’s proposal.

10 July 2008

Anatoly Potapov

Voice of Russia World Service


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