Voices from Russia

Saturday, 4 January 2014

The Bear is BACK… AV-MF to Expand Air Patrols in Arctic

00 AV-MF Il-38 ASW MP aircraft. 04.01.14

AV-MF Ilyushin Il-38 ASW/maritime patrol aircraft at an airbase in the Russian Far North

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00 The Bear is back... and he's here to stay. 04.01.14

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On Friday, Captain First Rank Vadim Serga, a Russian Navy spokesman, said that Northern Fleet combat aircraft would extend the ranges of their patrol flights over the Arctic in 2014 using a network of revamped Soviet-era airfields, saying, “In 2014, naval aviation units of the Northern Fleet will significantly expand the geography of Arctic patrol flights, especially, by using Temp airfield {on Kotelny Island: editor} on the New Siberian Islands”. Captain Serga said that Tu-142 and Il-38 ASW/maritime patrol aircraft carried out over 30 patrol missions in the Arctic last year. In December, President Vladimir Putin ordered the armed forces to boost their presence in the Arctic and complete development of military infrastructure in the region in 2014. Minoborony announced plans to deploy a combined-arms force in the Arctic by 2015.

4 January 2014

RIA-Novosti

http://en.ria.ru/military_news/20140103/186198885/Russian-Navy-to-Expand-Air-Patrols-in-Arctic.html

Editor’s Note:

Watch the usual troglodytes in Congress scream about “Russian overreach”. That’s a crock of shit. These flights are no different from American flights over Alaska or Hawaii. These tossers say such to try to get more money for their big-bucks corporate paymasters… not because these flights are a threat to anyone. Russia’s cut back severely on defence expenditures for twenty years to try to rebuild the economy… the American economy‘s knackered because of constant warfare over twenty years (plus inane tax cuts for the Affluent Effluent). As they say, one of these things is not like the other…

BMD

Monday, 23 December 2013

23 December 2013. A Photo Essay. Our Great Russian Motherland… At the Top of the World… Vrangel Island

00 Vrangel Island RF. 01. Polar Bears. 07.12.13

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00 Vrangel Island RF. 02. Musk Oxen. 07.12.13

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00 vrangel Island RF. 03. Bird w Chick. 07.12.13

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00 Vrangel Island RF. 04. Snow Fox and Snow Goose. 07.12.13

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00 vrangel Island RF. 05. Snowy Owl. 07.12.13

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00 Vrangel Island RF. 06. Polar Bears. 07.12.13

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00 Vrangel Island RF. 07. Snow Foxes. 07.12.13

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00 vrangel Island RF. 08. Snowy Owl. 07.12.13

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00 Vrangel Island RF. 09. Snow Fox. 07.12.13

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00 Vrangel Island RF. 010. Polar Bear. 07.12.13

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Vrangel Island is in the Far North, in the Chukchi Sea, near the Bering Strait, administratively part of the Chukotka Autonomous Okrug… that is, it’s near Alaska (but Sarah Palin can’t see it from her house… silly wabbit). It’s a large island, being some 7,600 square kilometres (2,930 square miles) in extent. To give you some perspective on its size, Long Island (including Brooklyn and Queens) is 1,401 square miles (3,630 square kilometres), roughly half its area. However, Long Island has 7.7 million inhabitants (5400/sq mi, 2,100/sq km), whilst Vrangel is almost uninhabited, having only two small settlements due to the severe polar climate. The Vrangel Island Federal Strict Nature Reserve takes up the entire territory of the island, in addition to nearby Gerald Island, and includes 40 kilometres (25 miles) of the waters immediately offshore the islands. The island is the northernmost UNESCO World Heritage Site.

BMD

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