Russian News From Russia: August 28th, 2009!

LUKoil’s U.S. GAAP net profit down 50% to $3.36 bln in 1H09:
Russia’s largest independent oil company LUKoil announced on Friday a 50% year-on-year drop in its U.S. GAAP net profit in the first half of 2009 to $3.362 billion.

IMF to allocate 195 million euros to Latvia:
The International Monetary Fund has given Latvia another 195 million euros ($278 million) under a deal agreed last year to help the Baltic country cope with a severe recession.

Russia sends ceremonial guards to Libya parade:
Russia will send an honor guards company to Libya to take part in a military parade dedicated to the 40th anniversary of the Libyan revolution on September 1.

Six injured by suicide bombers in Chechnya:
Three police officers and three civilians were injured early on Friday when two suicide bombers blew themselves up in Chechen town of Shali, a Chechen police spokesman said.

Infrastructure collapse: allegation or reality?:
MOSCOW. (RIA Novosti economic commentator Vlad Grinkevich) – The accident at the Sayano-Shushenskaya Hydroelectric Power Plant is one of the biggest man-made disasters in modern Russia. It has exceeded the Chernobyl catastrophe in the amount of the simultaneously released energy and the scale of destruction.

Soviet and Russian anthem author Mikhalkov dies at 96:
The legendary Soviet-era children’s writer and poet Sergei Mikhalkov, who penned the lyrics to the Soviet and modern Russian national anthems, died on Thursday at the age of 96.

Arctic Sea hijack suspects charged with piracy, abduction:
Eight men detained last week on suspicion of hijacking the Arctic Sea cargo ship have been arraigned on piracy and kidnapping charges.

Russia international reserves down $2.3 bln to $398.3 bln in week:
Russia’s international reserves, largely holding gold and foreign exchange, were down $2.3 billion to $398.3 billion in the week of August 14 – August 21.

Nicaragua plans meat exports to Russia from 2010:
Nicaragua plans to supply 12,000 metric tons of beef and pork products to Russia annually from 2010, the country’s agriculture and forestry minister, Ariel Bucardo, said on Thursday.

Customs officials seize 80 kg of heroin on train in south Russia:
Customs officials in southern Russia have seized a record stash of about 80 kg (176 lbs) of heroin, a spokesman for the local customs office said on Thursday.

Who needs the destabilization of South Ossetia?:
MOSCOW. (RIA Novosti commentator Dmitry Babich) – Someone obviously tried to spoil a double holiday in the South Ossetian capital of Tskhinvali by staging an explosion on Wednesday.

Russia reports 211 swine flu cases:
The number of people diagnosed with the swine flu virus in Russia has risen to 211, Russia’s chief sanitary official said on Wednesday.

Russia Mourns: Sergei Mikhalkov has passed away at 96 years old!

The legendary Soviet-era children writer and poet Sergei Mikhalkov, who penned the lyrics to the Soviet and modern Russian national anthems, died on Thursday at the age of 96.

“He died of old age – he simply fell asleep,” his grandson, Russian film producer Yegor Konchalovsky, said. Yegor Konchalovsky also said the funeral would most likely take place on this Saturday.

Korolyov, (A great writer and literary critic.) said: “This is a great loss to our culture, and to our literature – Mikhalkov was a symbol of a whole era.”

Apart from his two sons, Mikhalkov is survived by his wife, 10 grandchildren and several great grandchildren.

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Why is Russia Buying Unmanned Drones?

The Dozor-600 is the first Russian unmanned long-range aerial vehicle capable not only of sending back images, but also of carrying weapons.

I am going to add a correction after Peter has given me more information. I did not research this with much detail and went by what Russia Today has been expressing on this subject. I now realize that Russian has an assortment of unmanned drones and I truly did not know that. In my eyes the fact that Russia has been talking and stewing over Israel unmanned drones was because they did not have any of their own to use. Or the ones they had were such poor quality that they were useless. It seemed to me that the war with Georgia a year ago was the first time I heard that Russian needed to buy unmanned drones from Israel…

After reading what Peter has given me for information he is totally correct and Russia has a large selection of unmanned drones in which they have used and build.

So thanks to Peter for correcting me on my information.

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Putin Hits it on the Nail Head as Russia Opens New Pipeline!

Putin attributed the lack of progress to U.S. influence over the world.

Putin said at the new gas pipe line opening at South Ossetia “What is happening now … attests to one thing: Not many members of the international community use their sovereignty in the full sense of the word,”. He also said, “All of them, being under pressure from one superpower, the United States, are executing its political will without comprehending — and not wishing to comprehend — the gist of events.”

The fact is: Putin is right and he went on to say, “I am sure that the situation will gradually change because no one wants to be a vassal,” Putin also elaborated and said. Cold War-era thinking in terms of blocs will gradually dissolve in the reality of modern times.”

The one thing that I like about Putin is that he says what he thinks and what he thinks is very correct. Putin is what I call a straight shooter…

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