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Russia again test launches the RT-2PM Topol / SS-25 SICKLE mobile ICBM. Major media coverage of the announcement of Su-57 series production (LRIP). Russia continues its effort to block operation of the OneWeb broadband SV constellation over Russia. Chernobyl redux? Bone update and USAF EWSP pod upgrades – finally we are seeing movement after a decade of post “next-war-itis” stagnation.

Twenty articles on Russia’s descent. Possibly most interesting is UK based Pastukhov’s assessments of the Muscovy unrest, comparing it to the pivotal student revolt in 1899, during which the public attitude shifted fundamentally, leading to the events of 1905 and 1917, and the fall of the regime. Even if attitudes have shifted against the incumbent Chekist regime in Muscovy, any major revolt is likely to turn Russia into a bigger Syria, as regime loyalists, and other ultra-nationalist elements try to retake the country. Pushback from Siberian Tartars is also interesting – this shows the regime has lost them.

Ukraine IR update – some is very interesting, like the Mayor of Kyiv meeting with Giuliani in NY. Crimea / Black Sea update – large scale Russian VKS EX is not being reported in Ukrainian media.

Donbas update – ceasefire is beginning to unravel, as they always do. Another Russian covert operator bagged. SBU to become a dedicated counter-intel organisation. Military aid donors detailed. An extensive industry update, most interesting is Gen Drozdov’s brief on the AF, that has deployed its first upgraded SA-3 GOA and SA-12A GLADIATOR batteries, with more to be deployed this year as mothballed stock is overhauled and upgraded. TB2 RPV updates, and armour overhauls and upgrades detailed – the AFU is quietly rebuilding its inventory of Soviet AFVs. 

Politics and economy update. Some nasty political payback games in Kyiv.

OCU update – Filaret’s rebellion is collapsing. Curious ROC update on discord between Pagan believers and the ROC in the Caucasus.

Russia’s Strategic Rocket Forces Test Fire Nuclear-Capable Topol ICBM | The Diplomat

This marks the second test of a variant of the three-stage solid-fueled ICBM in 2019.Russia’s Strategic Rocket Forces have test fired a road-mobile Topol intercontinental-range ballistic missile (ICBM) from the Kapustin Yar practice range in the Astrakhan Region in south Russia on July 26, the Russian Ministry of Defense (MoD) said in a statement. “On July 26, 2019, a combat unit of the strategic missile forces conducted a test launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile of the Topol mobile ground-based missile system from the Kapustin Yar state central practice range in the Astrakhan region,” the MoD said. The Topol ICBM reportedly hit its target in Sary-Shagan, located near Lake Balkhash in Kazakhstan, about 1,600 kilometers from the Kapustin Yar ballistic missile test site. All test objectives were met, according to the MoD. The Topol variant test launched on July 26 was reportedly a RT-2PM Topol (NATO reporting name: SS-25 Sickle). The Russian MoD in the past has also identified the missiles used in these experimental test launches as Topol-E, “an experimental missile for conducting the trials of new types of ICBM,” according to TASS news agency. The RT-2PM Topol first entered service in 1985. The ICBM is expected to be phased out in the coming years and will be replaced by an upgraded Topol variant. The last test of a Topol ICBM, the Topol MR (aka RS-24 Yars/NATO reporting name: SS-27 Mod2 or SS-29),  took place in February 2019. Notably, the stated aim of the February 2019 test launch was “to check, tactical, technical and flight characteristics of the prospective missile system,” according to the MoD, which could refer to the development of a new maneuverable reentry vehicle (MaRV), decoys or other penetration aids. There have also been reports of a new independent post-boost vehicle (IPBV).

The execution of the contract for the supply to the Defense Ministry of 76 Su-57 fighters began – РИА Новости, 29.07.2019

MOSCOW, July 29 – RIA News. The Sukhoi company has launched production of fifth-generation Su-57 fighter jets ordered by the Russian Defense Ministry, RIA Novosti was told in the office of Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov, who oversees the defense industry complex. So in the apparatus commented on the information of OKB im. Sukhoi (part of the United Aircraft Corporation) that the Su-57 fighter has been launched into mass production. “Currently, the Sukhoi company has begun to fulfill contractual obligations. As a result of the execution of the contract, the Russian Defense Ministry will receive the most advanced multi-generation fighter of the fifth generation, which will enhance the combat capabilities of domestic Aerospace Forces,” the Borisov staff said. They recalled that the contract for 76 vehicles was signed during the international military-technical forum “Army-2019”. In 2018, at a similar exhibition, a contract was signed for the delivery of an installation batch of Su-57. “The first plane will be handed over to the customer by the end of 2019,” the vice-premier said in the office.

In Russia, the mass production of Su-57 fighters began. – РИА Новости, 29.07.2019

MOSCOW, July 29 – RIA News. Su-57 fighter launched into production, according to a brochure on the 80th anniversary of the Sukhoi Design Bureau. “The fifth-generation multifunctional aviation complex with high intelligence of onboard equipment, low visibility, large lines for intercepting air and destroying ground targets. In 2019, it was launched into serial production, and a long-term contract was signed with the Ministry of Defense for the supply of more than 70 aircraft,” the text says. The government noted that the execution of the contract for the supply of 76 fighters to the Defense Ministry began. At the end of June, the Minister of Industry and Trade Denis Manturov told reporters that the Ministry of Defense had signed a contract for the supply of 76 cars. Earlier, Vladimir Putin, during a meeting with heads of defense enterprises, said it was necessary to re-equip three aviation regiments of the VKS on the Su-57.  Head of the Main Armament Directorate of the Russian Army, Anatoly Gulyaev, said that Su-57 fighters will install weapons superior to their foreign counterparts. Dmitry Drozdenko, an air expert, told about the distinctive features of this aircraft on the air of Sputnik radio. Su-57 Su-57 first flew in 2010. The combination of high maneuverability with the ability to perform supersonic flight, as well as a modern on-board equipment complex and low visibility, according to the developers, provide Su-57 superiority over competitors. As the head of the United Aircraft Building Corporation, Yuri Slyusar, reported, the first production batch of 12 vehicles is to be delivered in 2019.

UAWire – Russia begins serial production of 5th generation fighters

Russia has started serial production of Su-57 fifth generation fighters, according to a brochure for the 80th anniversary of the Sukhoi Design …

“Terrifying weapon”. Aviaexpert talked about Su-57 fighters – РИА Новости, 29.07.2019

In Russia, began mass production of the Su-57. On the air of Sputnik radio, Victor Pryadka, general director of Avintel Aviation Technologies Alliance, drew attention to the features of the latest fighters.  July 19, 11:36 A military political analyst appreciated the interest of India to the Su-57 fighters. In India, they called the condition for the purchase of the Su-57, noting that the fighter must show itself in action. As military political analyst Andrei Koshkin noted on Sputnik radio, no doubt should arise in this regard. Su-57 fighter launched into production, according to a brochure on the 80th anniversary of the Sukhoi Design Bureau. “The fifth-generation multifunctional aviation complex with high intelligence of onboard equipment, low visibility, large lines for intercepting air and destroying ground targets. In 2019, it was launched into serial production, and a long-term contract was signed with the Ministry of Defense for the supply of more than 70 aircraft,” the text says. At the end of June, the Minister of Industry and Trade Denis Manturov told reporters that the Ministry of Defense had signed a contract for the supply of 76 cars. Earlier, Russian President Vladimir Putin, during a meeting with heads of defense enterprises, said it was necessary to re-equip the three aviation regiments of the VKS on the Su-57. On the air of Sputnik radio, Victor Pryadka, general director of Avintel Aviation Technologies Alliance, told about the features of the latest fighters. “The Su-57 embodies all the latest achievements of structural materials, aerodynamics, electronics, tactics of application of computing systems algorithms. It will, of course, be developed for many years, but now it is a formidable weapon that it is desirable to start using faster in close to combat or in combat conditions in order to identify any shortcomings, to amend the elements. The aircraft is made using the technology of “stealth”, was developed using a non-drawing technology, that is, it was created electronically The layout of the aircraft, due to which the accuracy of manufacturing parts and components is very high. Now we need to pay maximum attention to the build quality of this aircraft, to the observance of the manufacturing technology of the parts. success in implementing this program, “said Victor Pryadka.

Experimental design office of Pavel Sukhoi (Sukhoi Design Bureau) – РИА Новости, 29.07.2019

The Pavel Sukhoi Experimental Design Bureau ( Sukhoi Design Bureau) is one of the leading Russian enterprises developing aircraft equipment. Included in the Public Joint Stock Company (PJSC) “Company” Sukhoi “. The history of the design bureau began in October 1930, when the aircraft designer Pavel Sukhoi headed the brigade No. 4 of the ASC (Aviation, hydroaviation and pilot construction) TsAGI (Central Aero-Hydrodynamic Institute). From that moment, the design team of the future design bureau was formed. The day of the formation of the Sukhoi OKB was considered to be considered July 29, 1939, when the government decreed Pavel Sukhoi was appointed chief designer and, together with the OKB team, which received independent status, was transferred to serial Aviation Plant No. 135 in Kharkov (Ukraine).

F-35 called “iPhone” compared with the Su-57 – РИА Новости, 29.07.2019

MOSCOW, July 19 – RIA News. Military expert Andrei Frolov called the fifth-generation American fighter F-35 Lightning II an “iPhone” in comparison with the Russian Su-57. The specialist considers the F-35 more “digital”, which makes it vulnerable. In his opinion, the American fighter, by analogy with a smartphone, may turn out to be a useless toy or a pile of expensive iron without “permanently connecting to the Apple Store and regular updates.” “The manufacturer can block the software at any time. The capabilities of the Su-57 are classified, but I think it is not so digital as the F-35,” he writes in Izvestia. Frolov also believes that the American fighter has many design flaws that the Russian aircraft does not have. For example, in the F-35 bombs are placed on external hangers, and because of this stealth is lost. “The F-35 was originally created as a universal aircraft for three types of armed forces – the fleet, the Air Force and the Marine Corps. This affected the specifics of its layout, which eventually became not the most successful,” Frolov concluded.

UAWire – Russia refuses to allocate radio frequencies to OneWeb global satellite internet

The Russian authorities have once again refused to allocate radio frequencies to the developers of the OneWeb global satellite internet project. The State Commission for Radio Frequencies announced its ruling on Monday 29 July. All members of the commission voted against granting frequencies to the project, said Russian Deputy Communications Minister Oleg Ivanov as quoted by the newspaper Kommersant. The creators of OneWeb have been trying to obtain frequencies in Russia since 2017. Russia’s Federal censorship agency, RosKomNadzor, opposed the project in 2018, claiming that allocating frequencies could interfere with the operation of other space systems. The Federal Security Service (FSB) is also concerned that OneWeb will threaten Russia’s national security. Dmitry Rogizin, head of the Russian space agency Roscosmos, said that his corporation will continue to collaborate with OneWeb’s developers. The British telecommunications company OneWeb LLC wants to launch into orbit a group of several hundred small satellites to provide high-speed internet and telecommunications access to the entire planet. In 2015, Russia signed a contract to provide carrier rockets for OneWeb’s satellites between 2017 and 2019. The launches will be done from three cosmodromes: Baikonur, Vostochny and Kourou. The British company plans to put more than 600 satellite into orbit by 2021.

Chernobyl Lessons Unlearned: Russia Hides Another Nuclear Leak – Bloomberg

New research shows a 2017 radiation cloud resulted from a mysterious accident in the Urals. When the Home Box Office Inc series on the Chernobyl disaster became a surprise hit earlier this year, I wished Russia or one of the other directly affected countries, Ukraine or Belarus, had made a similarly honest attempt to commemorate the catastrophe. Now there’s proof that today’s Russia is incapable of it: It handles its nuclear accidents in the same way the Soviet Union tried to do in April, 1986. On July 26, a large group of experts led by Olivier Masson from the Institute of Radioprotection and Nuclear Safety in Durance, France, and Georg Steinhauser of the Institute of Radioecology and Radiation Protection in Hanover, Germany, published a paper definitively attributing a radiation cloud that spread over Europe in 2017 to an undeclared accident in the Southern Urals region of Russia, likely at the Mayak nuclear facility near Chelyabinsk. Two years ago, Russia promised to investigate where the cloud could have come from, but a commission formed on Russia’s initiative failed to produce a clear conclusion. At the same time, Mayak and Rosatom, the state-owned nuclear power company to which it belongs, have denied that any accident took place. In late September 2017, several Russian regions and then a number of European countries detected high concentrations of radioactive ruthenium-106 in the atmosphere. As the contamination traveled, more countries noticed it and published reports. The first Russian denials, from the authorities of the Sverdlovsk and Chelyabinsk regions in the Urals, came a week later. Even after the Russian state weather service Roshydromet reported ruthenium-106 pollution in the South Urals, a Rosatom-led commission insisted the contamination wasn’t the result of an accident and suggested that it could have been caused by a defunct satellite burning up in the atmosphere. The Masson-Steinhauser group ruled out the satellite theory: Such an incident would have caused higher concentrations of ruthenium at high altitudes, which was not the case. Instead, the researchers argued that only a nuclear reprocessing facility could have caused this particular type of contamination. A number of Western and Russian facilities had been responsible for ruthenium-106 releases in the past. By analyzing the weather patterns and ruthenium measurements, including those from Roshydromet, the international team placed the source close to the location of Mayak, the erstwhile scene of a major nuclear disaster – the 1957 “Kyshtym Accident” that forced the evacuation of 10,000 people in the area and caused long-term consequences for residents’ health. The 2017 ruthenium release, luckily, hurt no one – the radioactive gas quickly became diluted and there was no significant fallout. This made it easier for the Russian authorities to deny that an accident had taken place. But then, just like in the Soviet Union, which did its best to keep the Chernobyl disaster under wraps until it could no longer deny it or minimize its impact, denying everything is more or less the officially adopted tactic in Vladimir Putin’s Russia, even when there are casualties. The government and its propaganda apparatus have, for example, put out a progression of elaborate but untrustworthy versions of the 2014 downing of Malaysia Airways Flight 17 — which was hit with a Russian missile from territory held by pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine. Even after the Masson-Steinhauser team published its findings, Leonid Bolshov, a physicist who was a key member of the Russian-led commission, claimed that the paper “ignored” measurements taken near Mayak, “where almost no ruthenium-106 was detected.” According to Bolshov, the commission’s findings weren’t affected by the new analysis. The dispatch quoting Bolshov from the Russian propaganda agency RIA Novosti bore the headline “Physicists Connected Ruthenium-106 Leak with Experiments in Italy.” Indeed, the Masson-Steinhauser paper discusses a possible link between the accident and Mayak’s work on a cerium-144 source for an Italian neutrino experiment; Mayak canceled the order soon after the ruthenium release. But the headline carefully avoids mentioning Mayak or Russia. The right thing for Mayak and Rosatom to do would be to share with international experts any data on that work, including, of course, whatever could have led to the ruthenium release. That, however, is as likely as an honest Chernobyl movie made in Putin’s Russia. Last week, the unofficial trailer of a new Russian Chernobyl series was leaked on YouTube. Its maker, NTV, a television company with close ties to Putin’s inner circle, promptly pulled it down and threatened those who post it with legal consequences for copyright infringement. But those who saw the video flooded it with dislikes and negative comments; indeed, it looks like a tear-jerking soap opera with no attempt at authenticity. One of the plot lines appears to involve U.S. spies. When the series runs, it’ll be another reminder to foreign, especially European, scientists that it’s up to them to watch the Russian nuclear industry for signs of serious accidents. Russia, like the Soviet Union before it, won’t be the first to tell the world about them.

Senator: About 10 Percent of B-1s are Fully Combat-Ready – Air Force Magazine

Only six of the Air Force’s 61 B-1 bombers are fully mission-capable, a South Dakota senator said July 30. The B-1 fleet is in the midst of an intensive slate of maintenance work and upgrades. Of the 61 jets, 15 are in depot maintenance and 39 aircraft are down for inspections or other issues, Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) said during a Senate Armed Services Committee confirmation hearing for Gen. John Hyten, the US Strategic Command chief who is under consideration to become vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. In response, Hyten implored lawmakers to provide B-1 maintenance funding to reverse the fleet’s problems. “We were just beating the heck out of them, deploying them, deploying them,” Hyten said. “We had to pull back a little and get after fixing those issues. The depots can do that if they have stable funding.” The House Armed Services seapower and projection forces subcommittee hinted at the issue in legislation earlier this year. House lawmakers asked the Air Force to report back with a readiness recovery plan for the conventionally armed bomber. Long known as a workhorse overseas, the B-1s were grounded for nearly four weeks this spring. According to the subcommittee’s version of the 2020 defense policy bill, Senators want the Air Force to take more responsibility for solving the problems. “The committee is concerned B-1 readiness does not have the priority and resources to improve B-1 mission-capable rates,” the report states. “This is evidenced by fully mission-capable aircraft currently in single digits and aircrew being rerouted from flying the B-1 to other aircraft due to lack of B-1 aircraft for training.” The Air Force also grounded B-1s in June 2018, after the wing of an aircraft from Dyess AFB, Tex., caught fire during training—and the ejection seat would not budge. Gen. Timothy Ray, head of Air Force Global Strike Command, has acknowledged B-1 inspections as necessary for the aging fleet despite affecting readiness. The Boeing-built B-1s entered service in the 1980s, but didn’t fly their first combat mission until 1998. Since then, however, it’s been a workhorse. “It’s not a young airplane,” Ray said. “Wear and tear is part of the things we find.”

U.S. Air Force awards contract to Northrop Grumman for advanced electronic warfare pods – Defence Blog

U.S. defense contractor Northrop Grumman Corporation said on Tuesday it had got a $44 million contract for advanced electronic warfare pods. Northrop Grumman was awarded a contract from the U.S. Air Force for the Electronic Attack Pod Upgrade Program (EAPUP). Placed under an existing contract, this third production order will significantly increase the number of EAPUP systems for the Air Force. Operating in the modern air warfare environment with advanced, rapidly proliferating electronic warfare systems and radar-guided weapons requires an equally sophisticated level of protection and proven technology. The EAPUP — an upgraded, digital AN/ALQ-131 pod — will replace the Air Force’s current electronic attack pods. The AN/ALQ-131A is currently available to international partners. “The new technology in EAPUP will protect U.S. Air Force pilots and coalition partner aircraft from modern and future threats,” said Michelle Scarpella, vice president and general manager, global logistics and modernization, Northrop Grumman. Northrop Grumman received the order following a series of rigorous tests designed to verify the system’s capabilities and readiness for operations. The tests were representative of modern combat scenarios and involved multiple, simultaneous threats. The pod demonstrated the ability to identify, locate and counter sophisticated threats and keep aircrews safe during missions in contested airspace. “The advanced electronic warfare capability integrated in EAPUP is mature, scalable and in production today. Available globally, it is ready to give aircrews the protection they need in dense electromagnetic spectrum environments,” said Brent Toland, vice president, land and avionics C4ISR, Northrop Grumman. EAPUP will bring the Air Force’s electronic attack pod inventory into the digital age, delivering fifth-generation capability to fourth-generation aircraft and making it among the most capable electronic warfare pod in the Department of Defense inventory. At the core of EAPUP is Northrop Grumman’s advanced electronic warfare technology, built upon the expertise gained from the company’s broad portfolio of programs for multiple services. Northrop Grumman has more than 60 years of experience delivering electronic warfare systems for a wide variety of fighter, bomber and transport aircraft.

Window on Eurasia — New Series: A New Russian Revolution has Begun in the Streets of Moscow, Pastukhov Says

Paul Goble Staunton, July 29 – The protest in Moscow from a superficial perspective “do not appear to have any particular change to go down in history” as something special, Vladimir Pastukhov says. They weren’t especially large, and they weren’t suppressed in blood. But “appearances are deceptive,” and the protest marks a fundamental change in relations between people and power. The London-based Russian analyst argues that the country is now at the beginning of a constitutional crisis, whose resolution will directly and immediately lead Russia to a revolution,” not necessarily tomorrow but at some point in the future because the conflict has become a zero-sum game ( Pastukhov suggests that his conclusions are driven by Richard Pipes’ argument in his History of the Russian Revolution that the events of 1905 and 1917 began not on Bloody Sunday in January 1905 but in the student uprisings in Petersburg in February 1899. Although these were suppressed, they showed that both people and power saw that one or the other had to win. Pipes suggests that at that time “as often happens with revolutionaries, in this initial moment there was a large share of accident and the occasion for the protests was trivial.” Pastukhov argues that the same thing is true of the latest Moscow protests and thus they must be seen as the start of a new revolution. As in February 1899 so now in July 2019 what matters is “the changed nature of the protests,” from being simply clashes between the police and demonstrators and being about the emergence “in the most open and uncompromised form” of a struggle over a constitutional principle between the powers that be and the Russian people. That principle is whether elections will be the source of legitimacy of the government. While the Putin regime has gutted the meaning of elections over the last 20 years, it has not openly done away with the meaning. And now it has moved to destroy the form as well. As a result, “the era of ‘sovereign democracy’ in Russia ended” in the streets of Moscow. “It is one thing,” Pastukhov says, “when officials at the Kremlin’s direction falsify documents and quite another when … the entire constitutional system in general and the election system in particular is organized in such a way that all the players, except those in power, will always be deceived.” And what this means is this, the analyst says. “The real trigger of the July protests became not the particular case, the falsification by specific people of specific documents but the constitutional dead end which gave rise to this particular case” and the fact that the population now recognizes what is going on. “Step by step,” he says, the Putin regime has constructed “a system which excludes any unsanctioned political participation. And namely this has become the main indeed the only constitutional principle” for that regime. As a result, today, “not a single principle or norm of the Constitution still works.” But while the powers that be have been moving in that direction, the Russian people have been moving in quite another. “People have begun to want what the powers that be cannot under any circumstances give them: a share of control over the situation.” And the divergence of these paths has now come to the breaking point. The fight now is a matter of principle and it is “a zero-sum game, in which there cannot be any compromise.” The Moscow city council elections are the trigger for this clash but they are not the cause. And “from this moment on, both sides will unceasingly view the other” as a threat to themselves. That doesn’t mean that the new revolution any more than the one that began in 1899 will proceed in a direct line to its conclusion. It will ebb and flow, there may be concessions and failures on both sides. But when Putin came up from his ride on a submarine, he returned to a different country, one in the midst of a revolution rather than the stability he likes to talk about.

Putin ally warns opposition protesters: We won’t allow anarchy – Reuters

Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin, an ally of President Vladimir Putin, told opposition activists on Tuesday he would not allow their protest movement to plunge the Russian capital into anarchy and accused them of plotting mass disorder.

Fact-checking the Moscow mayor’s first extensive comments about opposition ‘rioting’ on July 27 — Meduza

On July 30, three days after thousands of his constituents confronted police in an unauthorized downtown demonstration, Moscow Mayor Sergey Sobyanin finally spoke out in detail about the protest against local election officials’ refusal to register independent candidates in September’s City Duma race. Appearing on the city’s television network, the mayor directly addressed the upcoming elections and the police response to last Saturday’s protest. Sobyanin made multiple remarks that are either flatly untrue or highly questionable.

In new case against July 27 ‘riot organizers,’ Moscow authorities start raiding activists’ homes — Meduza

On July 31, law enforcement officers raided the homes of two participants in Moscow’s July 27 unauthorized protest, as part of a growing investigation into the organization of supposed rioting. According to the website OVD-Info, investigators came early in the morning to the apartments of Vasily Kuzmin (the leader of the “Left Bloc” movement) and activist Sergey Fomin.

Moscow police have reportedly been ordered to delete all photos on social media that could allow them to be facially recognized — Meduza

Supervisors have ordered all Moscow police officers to change the information posted on their personal social-media accounts, to make it harder to identify them, according to the website Baza, which doesn’t specify how it obtained this information. Officers have supposedly been instructed to remove any photographs where their faces are visible.

Moscow police reportedly ordered to take down personal pics from social media – news world | UNIAN

Supervisors have ordered that all Moscow police officers alter their personal user data in social media to complicate anyone’s efforts to identify them, the Russian website Baza reports. The new orders are reportedly linked to threats coming against the families of police officers who had been involved in a crackdown on a peaceful protest July 27.

Russian Libertarian Party Leader Sentenced For Unsanctioned Rally

A court in Moscow has sentenced Mikhail Svetov, the leader of the Libertarian Party of Russia, to 30 days in jail after finding him guilty of violating laws on holding public events.

UN decries police use of ‘excessive force’ on Russian protesters | News | Al Jazeera

Russian investigators say they are launching a probe into ‘mass unrest’ and violence against police by protesters.

U.N. decries Russian use of force against protesters – Reuters

Russian police appear to have used excessive force against protesters at the weekend, allegedly injuring more than 70, and may have violated their basic right to freedom of expression, the United Nations said on Tuesday.

Canada gravely concerned about protester detentions in Russia: statement – Reuters

Canada’s government said on Monday it is worried that the Russian police detained more than 1,000 people in Moscow over the weekend around a protest to demand opposition members be allowed to run in a local election.

Putin Opponent Alexei Navany Put Back In Jail Despite Possible Poisoning : NPR

Supporters say Alexei Nalvany was exposed to a chemical agent while serving a 30-day sentence for leading an opposition action against the Kremlin.

Russian Hospital Says Tests Exclude Navalny Poisoning

The head of a Russian medical center says laboratory tests performed on unspecified biomaterial taken from opposition politician Aleksei Navalny have excluded poisoning as a reason for his recent h…

Russian opposition leader says he was poisoned in custody – CNN Video

Alexei Navalny, a prominent Russian opposition leader, was discharged from a Moscow hospital and sent back to jail, despite claims by his doctor that he may have been poisoned by an unknown chemical agent while in custody.

Vladimir Putin’s biggest mistake? How ardent critic could inspire Russians against Kremlin | World | News |

VLADIMIR PUTIN’S most ardent critic could have been poisoned, according to his lawyer, leading many to suspect the Kremlin of foul play – but could the Kremlin’s policy of stifling Alexei Navalny backfire?

ABC News Politics on Twitter: “Asked about prominent Putin critic Alexey Navalny, whose doctor says he was poisoned while in a Moscow jail, Pres. Trump says, “I don’t know about it, but I’ll find out about it. This is new. I heard about it last night.”” / Twitter

Moscow Protests: Vladimir Putin’s Suppression Potential – Bloomberg

A record crackdown on protests in Moscow is a warning to voters tempted to protest their increasingly hopeless situation.

Putin’s treatment of protesters and rivals shows weakness, not strength | Simon Tisdall | Opinion | The Guardian

The shocking treatment of Alexei Navalny and the arrest of hundreds of protesters expose the presidency’s dark underside, says the foreign affairs commentator Simon Tisdall

Window on Eurasia — New Series: Moscow ‘Elder Brother’ to Non-Russians, Razubayev Says — and Maybe to Russians Outside the Capital as Well

Paul Goble Staunton, July 29 – One of the aspects of Soviet ideology that was most humiliating to the non-Russian peoples of the USSR was Moscow’s insistence that Russia was “the elder brother” to all the other peoples of that country. Now that term is making a comeback, and one commentator says this is entirely appropriate. Writing on the Rhythm of Eurasia portal, Nikolay Razubayev says that without Moscow, the situation in many places in the former Soviet republics would be much worse than it is and that many conflicts would grow out of control even to the point of threatening the survival of these countries (–2019-07-28–rossija-kak-starshij-brat-manija-velichija-ili-obektivnaja-realnost-44042). And thus, the commentator continues, “as a result of its international-political, economic, and military potential, Moscow [stress supplied] remains ‘the elder brother,’ not out of some ‘mania for imperial greatness’ but for entirely objective reasons.” And he asks rhetorically “who is worse off as a result?” There are at least two answers to that, although Razumbayev naturally doesn’t mention either. On the one hand, many non-Russians will object to being treated once again in ways that they consider demeaning especially given that they are now independent countries and have cultures as old or older than the Russians. And on the other – and this may be even more interesting for the future – many Russians are likely to object to the notion that it isn’t their nation and republic which are “the elder brothers” to other nations in the region but rather Moscow alone, a more hyper-centric definition of these ideological tropes than even the Soviets employed. Indeed, at least some Russians beyond the ring road may conclude that from Moscow’s point of view, they too are “younger brothers” who some in the capital think need to be controlled just as Moscow seems to think the former Soviet republics do, a perspective that may lead some Russians to think about following the earlier course of the non-Russians. For all of their failures, Soviet ideologists were far more careful than their Muscovite successors in avoiding taking positions undercutting the close relationship between Russians and Moscow. But by reviving Soviet terms with this kind of modification, Moscow is setting the stage for a very different arrangement, something it may come to regret.

Window on Eurasia — New Series: Circassian Activist Denounces Moscow for ‘Discriminating Against Compatriots on Ethnic Lines’

Paul Goble Staunton, July 29 – In advance of the Day of the Repatriant in the Adygey Republic on August 1, Circassian activist Asker Sokht has condemned Moscow for double standards on immigration and argued that discriminating against potential immigrations on ethnic lines does not contribute to a positive image of Russia in the world. His toughly-worded article appears on the Regnum news agency portal, a place which most often reflects Russian nationalist views rather than the defense of non-Russian peoples in general or the nations of the North Caucasus in particular. For that reason if no other, it deserves attention ( The approaching August 1 Adygey holiday was created at the end of the 1990s to mark the successful return to their homeland of 49 families from war-Yugoslavia, an action that Moscow played up at the time as a humanitarian gesture but has been increasingly reluctant to repeat for Circassians seeking to return to the North Caucasus from Syria or Iraq. Moscow officials have repeatedly insisted that Russian law does not allow for the mass repatriation of these Circassians, a clear example of “double standards,” the Circassian activist says, given that these same officials saw no problem in allowing two million Ukrainians to enter Russia after 2014 and even acquire Russian citizenship in an expedited fashion. Despite Moscow’s efforts, approximately 6,000 Circassians have come back to their homeland since 2012, supported by local Circassian activists and to a lesser extent by the governments of the Circassian republics but not by Moscow. As a result, only about half of them have remained in the Russian Federation. The other half, Sokht says, have moved on to Abkhazia, Turkey, Jordan, Sweden, Norway, and Germany, or even “returned back to Syria.” They did so because of the absence of government programs in support of their integration into Russian life and the opposition of Russian officials to their coming at all. A significant share of those who have remained in the Russian Federation have taken Russian citizenship. Many have gone on to Russian schools and universities, and some of them have served in the Russian armed forces, “which also is an important mechanism for integration into Russian society.” But at present, there are approximately 300 Circassian families, mostly older, who need legal help and language training to become Russian citizens. They should have been treated the same way Ukrainians were, Sokht says; but instead, Vladimir Putin has issued orders that make no exceptions for the Circassians. “Beyond doubt,” he continues, “this is an obvious case of discrimination against Circassian repatriants from Syria who have been in Russia for more than seven years. Such dividing up of compatriots abroad along ethnic lines,” he says, “doesn’t make the government look good.” Although the Circassian activist doesn’t mention them here, there are two sets of reasons why Moscow has acted in this way. On the one hand, it doesn’t want an influx of Circassians to change the delicate ethnic balance in the North Caucasus and possibly intensify demands for the unification of all the Circassians there into a single republic. And on the other, in contrast to the Ukrainians who are viewed as culturally similar and even a friendly nation, the Circassians are seen by Moscow officials as culturally alien and a nation whose history since the 1864 expulsion of their ancestors by the Russian army to the Ottoman Empire as hostile to Russia and Russians. Given that, why did Regnum choose to publish this article now. Three reasons suggest themselves. First, that Russian news agency like many others occasionally publishes things at odds with the official line so that it can claim an objectivity which in fact its normal practice suggests isn’t there. Second, many editors at Regnum undoubtedly believe that taking in Circassians from Yugoslavia was a positive development, one directed in their view against NATO actions in that country. By focusing on that history, Sokht likely succeeded in getting approval for his article as a whole. And third, given Russia’s demographic problems, it is not entirely implausible that at least some of Regnum’s editors there feel that it is worth taking in “even Circassians” if that will help slow the further decline in the number of Russian citizens.

Window on Eurasia — New Series: Siberian Tatars to Challenge in Court Erection of Statue to Yermak

Paul Goble Staunton, July 29 – The National Cultural Autonomy of the Siberian Tatars is going to court to challenge the decision by the Omsk Oblast authorities without any public hearings to erect a 30-ton statue of Yermak, the Cossack conqueror of Siberia. It went up three days ago. The Siberian Tatars say he carried out mass murder in their land. This statue, paid for by a local businessman and approved in closed meetings of the regional government, not only has occurred in violation of the law, the Siberian Tatars say, but will do nothing to promote inter-ethnic harmony in the region ( and According to the Siberian Tatars, “the mythologization and heroization of Yermak by certain regional specialists and scholars” is thus dangerous and must not be encouraged by officials with statues like the current one. This is the second time the Siberian Tatars have fought the erection of a statue of him there. The first occurred in the summer of 2016. At that time, the Siberian Tatars protested but did not go to court ( Now they are seeking to use the mechanisms of the government itself against the government. That is a sign of a new political maturity among the Siberian Tatars, a group Moscow counted in recent censuses as being no more than 10,000 but one whose activists believe there may be as many as 200,000. This court action could lead more Siberian Tatars to declare themselves as such in the upcoming census. That could have two consequences, one of which Moscow would welcome and a second which it would very much oppose. The first would be that if more Siberian Tatars declare themselves as such, that will cut into the number of Tatars more generally and thus reduce the number of the second largest national group in the Russian Federation. But the second would be that some people in Siberia who have been counted as Russians in the past may now declare themselves to be Siberian Tatars, increasing the non-Russian share of the population beyond the Urals and cutting in still further to the total number of ethnic Russians in the country as a whole.

Zelensky to participate in UN General Assembly debate – news politics | UNIAN

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky plans to visit New York City in September 2019 to participate in the annual General Debate at the United Nations General Assembly. The 74th UN General Assembly session will open on September 17, 2019.

Bezsmertnyi: Attracting U.S., UK to Normandy format favorable to Ukraine – news politics | UNIAN

Ukraine’s representative in the political working group of the Trilateral Contact Group on Donbas settlement Roman Bezsmertnyi has said that attracting the United States, UK, and China to the Normandy format would be favorable to Kyiv. At the same time, Washington is unlikely to support the idea of joining the Normandy talks, the politician believes.

Vitali Klitschko, Rudy Giuliani discuss prospects for further US-Ukraine cooperation

Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko met in New York with Donald Trump’s lawyer and former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani. — Ukrinform.

Following spat with Zelensky Office chief, Klitschko flies to NY, meets with Trump’s lawyer – News of Ukraine | UNIAN

On Wednesday, July 31, Kyiv Mayor Vitaliy Klitschko met with U.S. President Donald Trump’s personal attorney, former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani. The two discussed the situation in Ukraine, the prospects for further cooperation between the two countries, the Kyiv mayor wrote on Facebook.

Klitschko, Giuliani discuss prospects for further US-Ukraine cooperation. PHOTO

31.07.19 12:54 – Klitschko, Giuliani discuss prospects for further US-Ukraine cooperation. PHOTO Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko met in New York with Donald Trump’s lawyer and former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani. View news.

U.S. stands with people of Ukraine in calling for justice for Handziuk

The U.S. Embassy in Ukraine has expressed solidarity with the people of Ukraine in demanding justice for activist Kateryna Handziuk and her family. — Ukrinform.

Consul General Haman: Ukraine grateful to Turkey for consistent support

Consul General of Ukraine in Istanbul Oleksandr Haman at a meeting with Mayor of Beyoğlu Municipality Haydar Ali Yildiz expressed his gratitude to Turkey for consistent support to Ukraine. — Ukrinform.

Zelenskyi, Lukashenko discuss economic cooperation between states

31.07.19 16:18 – Zelenskyi, Lukashenko discuss economic cooperation between states President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyi and President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko discussed the situation in Donbas, the issues of economic cooperation, and agreed on reciprocal visits. View news.

Zelensky, Lukashenko discuss economic cooperation between states

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky and President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko discussed the situation in Donbas, the issues of economic cooperation, and agreed on reciprocal visits. — Ukrinform.

Trilateral Contact Group starts meeting in Minsk

A meeting of the Trilateral Contact Group (TCG) on the peaceful settlement of the situation in eastern Ukraine has begun in Minsk, Belarus. — Ukrinform.

Prystaiko remains the only candidate for Ukrainian FM

31.07.19 14:04 – Prystaiko remains the only candidate for Ukrainian FM Deputy Head of the Presidential Office of Ukraine Vadym Prystaiko remains the only candidate for the post of Foreign Minister of Ukraine, Presidential Aide of Volodymyr Zelenskyi. View news.

Russia paid Ukraine 2.3 million euros in compensation for pollution of the Druzhba pipeline

The Russian Federation paid Ukraine part of the compensation in the amount of EUR 2.3 million for pollution of the Druzhba pipeline. This is reported by Censor.NET with reference to the press service of “Ukrtransnafta” on Facebook . It is noted that Ukrtransnafta received from the Russian Transneft part of the compensation in the amount of more than 2.3 million euros for getting oil with a high content of organochlorine compounds to the Ukrainian section of the Druzhba pipeline. In particular, this amount allowed to cover the company’s under-received income, caused by a temporary transit stop in April of the current year. “The amount of compensation is determined in the framework of the supplementary agreement to the current transit agreement and depends on the period when Transneft reserves the capacity of the Ukrainian oil transport system, into which oil with increased organochlorine content has got,” the statement reads. Источник:

Ukrtransnafta receives part of compensation from Russia for contaminated oil – news economics | UNIAN

State-run Ukrtransnafta, the operator of crude oil transportation in Ukraine, has received part of compensation from Russia’s Transneft in the amount of over EUR 2.3 million for the supply of crude oil contaminated with organic chlorides to the Ukrainian sector of the Druzhba oil pipeline. The Ukrainian company got over EUR 2.3 million in compensation, which let it cover the lack of earnings caused by a halt to transit supplies in April.

World War 3: Putin sends over 100 military aircraft into Crimea in huge show of Russian st | World | News |

VLADIMIR PUTIN will send over 100 military jets and helicopters to Crimea for a military drill that aims to strike fear into Russia’s Western adversaries.

Mejlis reports on 73 searches, 69 detentions and 200 arrests in Crimea over past six months

A total of 73 searches, 69 detentions and 200 arrests were illegally conducted in the occupied Crimea in the first half of 2019. Most human rights violations were committed against Crimean Tatars. — Ukrinform.

Five Crimean Tatars convoyed back to Crimea from Russia

31.07.19 12:13 – Five Crimean Tatars convoyed back to Crimea from Russia The detained people are suspected of membership in Hizb ut-Tahrir, the fundamentalist movement banned in Russia; first five Crimean Tatars were arrested under these charges in Crimea in October 2016. View news.

Captured Ukrainian sailors may return home already in two months – lawyer

Ukrainian sailors, who were captured by Russian security forces in the Kerch Strait area, could be released by October under the personal guarantee of Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights Liudmyla Denisova. — Ukrinform.

Naftogaz files $5.2 bln lawsuit against Russia over assets in Crimea

The Naftogaz group filed a lawsuit with the Tribunal at the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague with a request to oblige the Russian Federation to pay $5.2 billion in compensation for losses inflicted following the seizure of the group’s assets in Crimea. — Ukrinform.

Naftogaz in int’l court names cost of assets Russia seized in Crimea – news economics | UNIAN

NJSC Naftogaz of Ukraine and enterprises belonging to the Naftogaz group in late June filed a claim with the Tribunal at the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague on the amount of compensation for losses caused by the expropriation of the group’s assets in Crimea. The company is asking the Tribunal to oblige the Russian Federation to pay off $5.2 billion.

Russia violates all provisions of Intl Covenant on Civil, Political Rights in Crimea – human rights activists

The Russian Federation violated all the provisions of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights in the occupied Crimea, according to a report prepared by Ukrainian human rights defenders, who also formulated on its basis a list of 19 items that Moscow must fulfill to remedy the situation.

Ukrainian Court Approves Seizure Of Detained Russian Tanker

A Ukrainian court has formally approved the seizure of a Russian tanker that was detained by Ukrainian authorities at the Danube River port of Izmail last week, Ukraine’s Chief Military Prosecutor …

Black Sea twice as polluted by marine litter as Mediterranean Sea – EU project’s survey – news ukraine | UNIAN

The amount of marine litter in the Black Sea is almost twice as high as in the Mediterranean Sea, while concentrations of some pollutants exceed their toxicity threshold value. The surveys were held in 2017 – 2019 in the coastal waters of Georgia, Ukraine and Russia and in the open sea.

EU: Black Sea Has Twice As Much Trash As Mediterranean

The Black Sea contains almost twice the amount of marine litter as the Mediterranean Sea, the European Union delegation to Ukraine said in a July 30 news release.

Mercenaries of the Russian Federation began to behave more aggressively. From the beginning of the day 5 attacks were recorded, – the Ministry of Defense

From the beginning of the current day, the mercenaries of the Russian Federation have already violated the “silence mode” 5 times. Fixed shelling positions of Ukrainian soldiers from mortars of 82 mm caliber. This is reported by Tsenzor.NET with reference to the press service of the Ministry of Defense. “Today, on July 31, the Russian-occupying troops behaved more aggressively. The enemy from the beginning of the current day has already violated the“ regime of silence ”announced on July 21 of this year, which provides for the cessation of firing from all types of weapons. Sands at 02.50 at night, for 20 minutes the enemy conducted a provocative bombardment of our heroes’ positions from grenade launchers. In the morning, at 06.50, the enemy began a provocative shooting from small arms at Water defenders. – told and in the ministry. “Also in the seaside region, from 08.00 in the morning, the enemy led a provocative small-arms fire at the positions of our defenders Lebedinsky for half an hour. From 11.00 to 11.30, the invaders again from Sakhanka used grenade launchers and small arms on Shirokino’s defenders. rupture of an enemy mine of 82 mm caliber “, – added in the department There are no casualties as a result of enemy attacks among Ukrainian defense heroes. “Units of the United Forces steadily adhere to the” silence regime “established in pursuance of the decision of the Tripartite Contact Group, the Ministry of Defense stated. Источник:

Russia-led forces violate “harvest” ceasefire once in Donbas on July 30 – news war | UNIAN

Russia’s hybrid military forces on Tuesday mounted one attack on Ukrainian army positions in Donbas, eastern Ukraine, in the past day. Joint Forces reliably control the enemy along the contact line, while adhering to the conditions of truce.

Ukraine’s JFO HQ reports three enemy attacks, one Ukrainian soldier wounded in IED blast in Donbas on July 29

Ukraine’s Joint Forces Operation (JFO) Headquarters has reported about three enemy attacks and one Ukrainian soldier wounded in an improvised explosive device (IED) explosion in Donbas, eastern Ukraine, on Monday, July 29.

Ukrainian positions in Donetsk region come under grenade launcher fire

31.07.19 10:28 – Ukrainian positions in Donetsk region come under grenade launcher fire On July 30, the Armed Forces of Ukraine adhered to sustainable ceasefire regime in eastern Ukraine, while the armed formations of the Russian Federation and its mercenaries violated a ban on usage of any weapons. View news.

The command of the occupying troops of the Russian Federation in the Donbas forcibly keeps mercenaries “in the service” until they find a replacement, – GUR

According to the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, the command of the RF Armed Forces has intensified a propaganda campaign among the population of the temporarily occupied territory of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions in order to attract to the service in the ranks of the Russian occupation forces. This is reported by Tsenzor.NET with reference to the press service of the Ministry of Defense. “In particular, the so-called“ Rotational teams ”were created in the formations and units 1 (Donetsk) and 2 (Lugansk) of the Russian Armed Forces of the Russian Armed Forces for campaigning and selecting candidates for military commissioners of the occupation administrations. Significantly increased the number of advertisements about military service on the streets and in public transport of the occupied settlements. During the explanatory work with the population, the occupants assure candidates and members of their families in providing citizenship of the Russian Federation with assistance in obtaining social benefits. scheniya increase the current understaffing personnel, commanders of units and formations of Russian occupation troops are forcibly kept mercenaries who want to break free after the completion of the contract, to the fulfillment of conditions to find a replacement in the positions held “, – told in the ministry. Источник:

Ukraine Detains Ex-Police Officer Suspected Of Spying For Russia

Ukraine’s Security Service (SBU) says a former police officer has been detained in the southern region of Zaporizhzhya on suspicion of spying for Russia.

Ex-employee of Interior Ministry collects info about political, economic situation in Zaporizhia on instructions of Russia’s FSB – SBU

Counterintelligence of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) has exposed an ex-employee of the Interior Ministry of Ukraine from Zaporizhia, who collected intelligence information on instructions from the FSB of the Russian Federation.

SBU busts ex-law enforcer spying for Russia – news ukraine | UNIAN

Counterintelligence operatives with the SBU Security Service of Ukraine have nabbed a former interior ministry officer, charging him with spying in favor of the Russian FSB. The Russian intelligence asset had been operating in Zaporizhia.

UAWire – Double agent of Ukrainian Security Service evacuated from DPR

A double agent recruited by the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) who worked in the Military Prosecution Office of the Donetsk People’s Republic …

Danylyuk: Counterintelligence to be priority of Ukraine’s Security Service after reform. Photos

Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine Oleksandr Danylyuk discussed with representatives of the International Advisory Group on Security and Defense Sector Reform the implementation of the reform of the Security Service of Ukraine. — Ukrinform.

Ukraine’s National Security Council discusses funding of security and defense sector in 2020

National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine held a session, where the members discussed the funding of the country’s security and defense sector in 2020. Secretary of the Council Oleksandr Danylyuk chaired the session, the authority’s press office reported. The official claimed that the money assigned from the state budget should be used effectively. “The expenses should not look like the hyperbolized essence of the previous years. The society and president of Ukraine expect serious reforms in the security and defense area, which should be reflected in the next year’s budget”.

NSDC discusses proposals to draft state budget 2020

Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine (NSDC) Oleksandr Danyliuk has held a meeting on the state of financing of the security and defense sector of Ukraine and proposals to the draft state budget of Ukraine for 2020 on articles related to ensuring national security and defense of Ukraine.

Countries that have provided military assistance for Ukraine in 2014-2018. INFOGRAPHICS Ministry of Defense

The total technical support from the United States of America is 70% of the total foreign aid to Ukraine. As informs Tsenzor.NET , this is reported by Army Inform on its Facebook page. “Since March 2014, our army was provided not only by the state. A lot of help also came from our foreign partners. Most of all came from the US. The total support from them is 70% of the total foreign aid. Such assistance came from other countries,” says in the message.

Ukraine may purchase large batch of weapons from the US

Ukraine is working on a contract for the purchase of a large batch of lethal weapons in the United States, which can be implemented already this year. Ukrainian Ambassador to the U.S. Valery Chaly told this in an exclusive interview with Ukrinform. He did not elaborate on the specifications of the arms, but stressed that the agreement was possible “thanks to the trust in Ukraine, which was not back in 2015”, as well as the amendments to the Ukrainian legislation. “In order to go this way, it was necessary to take important steps, for example, to open the possibility of a direct weapons purchases by the Ministry of Defense abroad, primarily in the US. Why do I say ‘primarily’, because 92% of all military-technical assistance, which Ukraine received in four years, came from the United States. I emphasize 92%,” the ambassador said.

Командування Повітряних Сил ЗСУ / Air Force Command of UA Armed Forces – Odessa Briefing on Air Force Capability Enhancements [VIDEO]

Today in Odessa summed up the activity of the Air Force of the Armed Forces of Ukraine for the first six months. About the achievements and plans for the near future – Commander-in-Chief Colonel General Sergei Drozdov.

Soon the Air Force will receive 4 more sets of Ukrainian radars and new batteries of the S-125 and S-300V1 (VIDEO)

The Armed Forces of the Armed Forces are going to get 4 more sets of modern radars this year and to form additional batteries of the upgraded S-125 and S-300V1 SAMs. On July 29 this year, while summarizing the activities of the Armed Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine for the first half of the current year, said Air Force Commander Colonel-General Sergei Drozdov, Defense Express reports. According to him, two new battalions and two units of radar troops are being formed to expand radar coverage. Newly formed units should soon be equipped with the appropriate equipment. ” This year, we will receive, in addition, 4 sets of radar stations, which will allow us to additionally equip with the latest means of radio-electronic surveillance in the threatening directions of our state, ” the colonel general said. He also announced the formation of new batteries of air defense missile troops. «We continue to return to the composition of anti-aircraft missile troops of the systems that were in storage. Last year, we conducted combat launches of S-125 systems, and this year we have a battery and are forming the next battery. Last year, the successful launches of the S-300V1 were completed and we are continuing to form the next battery , ”said Sergei Drozdov. In addition, work is underway to restore and maintain the combat capability of the S-300 missile defense systems and the Buk-M1 air defense missile batteries, which are in service with the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Equally intensive are the training activities for aviation personnel, where besides the usual pilots training of tactical unmanned aerial vehicle operators began. The Air Force also expects to complete the upgrading of the entire range of combat aircraft (MiG-29, Su-27, and later Su-25 and Su-24), which are currently being carried out at the enterprises of the national defense-industrial complex. The Ukrainian Armed Forces are also waiting for new Ukrainian transport aircraft. “ We look forward to our industry when the projects are implemented and we will receive the latest Antonov transport aircraft – the An-178 and the An-77, which will replace the existing fleet. It will be a big breakthrough , ”the Air Force commander said.

More than fifty Malakhit [SPOON REST] radars arrived in the Armed Forces after 2016

Starting in 2014, Ukrspectehnika Holding Company delivered about 50 Malakhit radar stations in the Air Force of Ukraine Vera Koshova, the head of the board of HC “Ukrspetstehnika”, told this in an interview to the Defense and Industrial Courier Agency . The needs of the Armed Forces of the Armed Forces in such stations are about one hundred units. The P-18 Malakhit is capable of detecting targets that remain invisible on bands of other frequencies. In doing so, radar operation is equally effective under different weather conditions. All key radar mechanisms except the antenna are new and developed by engineers of a Ukrainian private company. Tactical and technical characteristics of the Malachite radar station: Maximum detection range of a MiG fighter : 400 km Automatically Detected Goals: 256 Deployment / minimization time: 53 minutes Distance to the radar control station : 100 meters During this period several new products, including “Lis-2M”, “Barsuk-A”, “Enclave”, as well as simulators for such equipment, were received by the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Recall that in the first half of 2019, the Air Force of Ukraine received so many new radars, which made it possible to re-equip several units at once.


Yesterday, July 29 this year, on the basis of the air command “South” in Odessa, summed up the activity of the Armed Forces of the Armed Forces for the first half of this year. It was reported by Defense Express with reference to the press service of the Air Force Command. According to the Commander of the Armed Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Colonel-General Sergei Drozdov, the Air Force continues intensive work on the restoration of various types of equipment that are in their possession. This applies to RTV forces, anti-aircraft missiles and aviation units. The Air Force receives a large number of remanufactured, refurbished and upgraded weapons. A considerable number of which were previously stored. In addition, the training of aviation personnel is increasing. This applies to both more intensive training on equipment already familiar to military personnel and training on completely new types. “ We are now moving to the newest theoretical foundations of using the latest aviation complexes. This is coupled with the latest aircraft and unmanned aerial vehicles. And we are working to make a complete management system. To ensure that we have complete control and complete control over our territory , ”Colonel-General Sergei Drozdov stressed.

Upgrades for the Armed Forces: 21 days to do a BRDM-2 and 28 days for a BTR-70

Since the beginning of 2019 the State enterprise “Nikolaev armored plant” has transferred to the Armed Forces of Ukraine more than 50 units of military equipment About it reports the Ukrainian military portal The company specializes in the reconstruction and modernization of armored personnel carriers BTR-70 to the level of BTR-70Di and combat sentry reconnaissance vehicles BRDM-2 to the level of BRDM-2L1. The BTR-70Di lost Soviet gasoline engines, which were replaced by Italian-made FPT Iveco Tector diesel engines during modernization work. New power plants are much more economical and powerful. Both machines have new radios, a new thermal sight instead of the standard TKN-1C for night vision, as well as the domestic SN-3003H “Basalt” navigation system. BTR-70Di 1st Marine Corps Battalion at Independence Day 2018 Parade Photo: Sergey Berezutsky In addition, the BTR-70Di received air conditioning for the comfort of the crew. Regarding the speed of renewal with modernization, the plant for BRDM-2 is called in 21 days, and for BTR-70 – 28 days. This is a much shorter time than for the production of a new machine type BTR, which, depending on various factors, can last from 6 months. BRDM-2L1 are ready for transfer to one of the AFU’s infantry brigades Photo: In total, for 5 years of Russian aggression, the SE “Nikolaev Armored Plant” transferred to the Ukrainian army more than 400 restored, repaired and modernized combat vehicles, which are still being used by the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the area of the OOF.

The LBTZ delivered 15 armored vehicles to the armed forces

Eight T-64BV tanks, two T-72Bs, three GPM-54 fire tanks and two armored repair vehicles were delivered yesterday, July 30, by the Lviv Armored Plant to the Armed Forces of Ukraine. All armored vehicles underwent a three-month overhaul, and the tanks, as well as upgrades, in particular installed modern navigation equipment, new sighting devices, night vision devices commander, driver, radio, dynamic protection. In total for 2019 the plant has ordered more than 70 units of armored vehicles for UAH 950 million, of which 850 million are contracts with the Ministry of Defense, another 100 million with a foreign customer.

Ukraine partners Thailand on production of BTR-3KSH AFV – news economics | UNIAN

Ukrainian state-owned defense industrial group UkrOboronProm has announced a partnership with Thailand through which the Southeast Asian country will build a new command version of the BTR-3 8×8 armored fighting vehicle (AFV). The original equipment manufacturer of the BTR-3 is the Kharkiv Morozov Design Bureau in Ukraine.

UAWire – India acquires Russian air-to-air missiles for Su-30MKI fighter jets

India and Russia signed an agreement for the supply of a batch of R-27 aircraft missiles, which will be used for Su-30MKI fighter jets of the …


Mykola Troynych has been appointed Acting Director General of the State Enterprise “Scientific and Production Complex of Gas Turbine” Zorya “-” Mashproject “. This is stated in the relevant order of the company “Ukroboronprom” from 19.07.2019, reports Defense Express with reference to the press service of the Concern. Mykola Troynych started his duties on July 29, 2019. The new head of a leading gas turbine enterprise has been tasked with ensuring the full capacity utilization and expansion of Zorya – Mashproject’s product markets. Among the top priorities is to ensure and adhere to social standards for the employees of the enterprise. Mykola Troynych has extensive experience in the field of turbo-building. Since 1983 he worked as a design engineer at Zorya. Since 1989 – leading engineer of the project office ” Mashproject “. In 1995 he became the Deputy Chief of Experimental Production, and in 2003 he headed it. Since 2008, Mykola Troynych is the Deputy General Director for the production of SE “Zorya” – Mashproject . The previous head of SE “Zorya” – “ Mashproyekt ” Konstantin Kartoshkin was dismissed due to the expiration of the five-year contract. It should be reminded that SE “Zorya” – “ Mashproject ” is one of the leaders in the world gas turbine construction. The main profile of the company is the design, production and repair of gas turbines for ships and ships, electricity and gas transmission lines. In particular, turbines for new Ukrainian corvettes are designed and manufactured here. The products of SE “Zorya” – ” Mashproject ” are also in demand in the world markets due to their high quality and competitive with world analogues.


Due to the non-fulfillment of the conditions of the contract concluded, the head of the KNTO “Fort” of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine Viktor Pisarenko was dismissed from his position and terminated the contract with him early. It was reported by Defense Express with reference to the Ministry of Internal Affairs press service . It is noted that the inspection of the activity of the State-owned Scientific and Technical Association “Fort” of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine established that the head of the enterprise made ineffective management decisions, which led to his dismissal. Recall the state-owned scientific and technical association “Fort” Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine – a modern enterprise of the MIC of Ukraine, which is engaged in the development and production of small arms, ammunition and special weapons. Today, its production facilities have licensed the production of several types of small arms, and active measures are being taken to create infrastructure for the development and production of ammunition on an industrial scale. The CTO “Fort” of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine was founded in 1991 for the development and implementation of personal protective equipment for the employees of law-enforcement bodies on the basis of the special department of the Department of Internal Affairs of Vinnitsa region for the production of special equipment.

Ukraine’s leading party tells of first bills to be voted in new Rada – news politics | UNIAN

The first working week of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine ІX convocation will be rich in events as deputies are preparing to consider impeachment legislation and a bill on lifting parliamentary immunity, the Servant of the People’s Vitaly Bezgin said. Some of them had been submitted by President Zelensky to the outgoing convocation of Ukraine’s Parliament, but were never considered.

Ukrainian government makes 128 public services available online

The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine led by Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman has made 128 public services available online. — Ukrinform.

Zelenskiy’s Economic Team Head Wants New IMF Loan, To Lift Farmland Sale Ban

Ukraine wants a new, longer-term International Monetary Fund (IMF) program with an emphasis on attracting foreign investment, selling state-owned assets, and lifting the ban on the sale of farmland.

Ukraine’s Presidential Office planning large-scale privatization

Ukraine’s Presidential Office has announced large-scale privatization targeting, first and foremost, banks so as to attract large foreign financial and banking groups to the country, Deputy Head of the Presidential Office Oleksiy Honcharuk has said. — Ukrinform.

Zelensky to make big mistake if Saakashvili appointed to any public office – expert – news politics | UNIAN

Director of the Center for the Study of Civil Society Problems Vitalii Kulyk has said Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky could make a big mistake if he appointed ex-President of Georgia and former Governor of Ukraine’s Odesa region Mikheil Saakashvili to any public office. The expert says Zelensky should not repeat Poroshenko’s mistakes.

Poroshenko’s interview becomes a wedge dividing him, Interior Minister and PM

A word spoken is past recalling. And the 5th President of Ukraine knows it well now. One would think that after the election comes a short time of peace, but Petro Poroshenko, the fifth president of Ukraine and the leader of the European Solidarity Party, thinks otherwise and inflates the fire with renewed vigor. He gave a long interview to the Ukrainian Truth agency, in which everyone got a share of sand kicked in their faces: the National Police, Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman, and the MPs from the Servant of the People Party of Zelensky. And if Zelensky’s party members remain silent for now, the other two have already expressed themselves.

Ukraine′s anti-corruption campaign targets Klitschko and Poroshenko | Europe| News and current affairs from around the continent | DW | 30.07.2019

Ukraine’s new president swept to power by vowing to fight corruption. On the heels of Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s election success, his predecessor and the high-profile mayor of Kyiv are now in the anti-graft crosshairs.

SBI chief: 11 criminal cases opened against Poroshenko – news politics | UNIAN

Chief of the State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) Roman Truba says that 11 criminal proceedings have been opened against former President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko. Truba says Poroshenko is aware that the criminal cases exist.

Poroshenko’s lawyer denies existence of suspicions against his client

Petro Poroshenko, the fifth president of Ukraine, is a witness in two cases of the State Bureau of Investigation, that is why there can be no suspicions against him. Ihor Holovan, the lawyer of the fifth President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, managing partner of the lawyer association Holovan and Partners said in his author’s blog in the Ukrainska Pravda online outlet. Holovan published his piece in response to the statement by Roman Truba, the Director of the State Bureau of Investigation, saying that the fifth president is allegedly appearing in 11 criminal proceedings. “How can Petro Poroshenko know well about those proceedings when the subordinates of Mr. Truba do not provide relevant information to lawyers, referring to the fact that we do not have defense status. And it is not surprising, because our client does not have the status of a suspect in any of the proceedings, quite apart from 11,” lawyer Holovan wrote in his blog in the Ukrainska Pravda outlet. According to the lawyer of Poroshenko, his client is only a witness in two proceedings.

Poroshenko’s lawyer to SBI director: Poroshenko “witness”, not “suspect” – news politics | UNIAN

Ex-president of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko is a witness in two criminal probes conducted by the State Bureau of Investigation, therefore this means no charges have been brought against him, according to his lawyer Ihor Golovan. The lawyer said he was aware of Petro Poroshenko being a witness in two criminal cases.

SBU calls in Zaporizhia mayor for questioning over electoral fraud

Zaporizhia Mayor Volodymyr Buriak has been called in for questioning to the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) as a witness in the case on high treason and voter bribery, assistant chief of the SBU directorate in Zaporizhia region Serhiy Levchenko has said. — Ukrinform.

SBU summons Zaporizhia Mayor, deputies for questioning over possible election meddling – news ukraine | UNIAN

Zaporizhia Mayor Volodymyr Buriak, Deputy Mayor Anatoly Pustovarov, and top management of a local municipal transport operator were summoned for questioning by the regional office of the SBU Security Service. Detectives are also probing into possible state treason, while no charges have been pressed so far.

Ukrainian sailor held in custody in Libya for three years returns to Kyiv

A Ukrainian sailor, who has been accused by the Libyan authorities of committing an offense and held in custody since 2016, has returned to Kyiv, State Secretary at the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry Andriy Zayats has said. — Ukrinform.

Former U.S. Treasury advisor appointed chair of PrivatBank’s Supervisory Board – news economics | UNIAN

At its first meeting, the renewed PrivatBank Supervisory Board appointed Sharon Easky, former international advisor to U.S. Treasury’s Office of Technical Assistance and previously expert advisor to IMF, as its head. Finance Minister Oksana Markarova reminded the renewed supervisory board of the need to prepare the bank for privatization by 2022.

Post of business ombudsman after Semeta to be occupied by ex-mayor of Warsaw Święcicki

Current member of the Polish parliament Marcin Święcicki will assume the position of business ombudsman in the fall of this year instead of Algirdas Semeta.

70th anniversary of Ukrainian settlement in South Australia marked. Photos

The festive dinner on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of Ukrainian settlement in South Australia was held in Hindmarsh. — Ukrinform.

Ministry of Culture confirms liquidation of Filaret’s “Kyiv Patriarchate” – news ukraine | UNIAN

The Ministry of Culture of Ukraine on Wednesday confirmed the liquidation of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kyiv Patriarchate following the Unification Council held on December 15, 2018. The statement of the Ministry of Culture reads that the UOC-KP ceased to exist by joining the Kyiv Metropolis of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine (OCU). In particular, by order of the Ministry of Culture of Ukraine of January 30, 2019, No. 54, the Charter of the Kyiv Metropolis of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine (OCU) was registered. Also, this order, on the basis of the decisions of the Local Council of the former UOC-KP dated December 15, 2017, invalidated the orders of the Ministry of June 12, 2017, No. 505 on the registration of the charter of the UOC-KP. “Thus, based on the decisions of the Local Council of the UOC-KP dated December 15, 201, the religious association of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kyiv Patriarchate ceased its activities, and the religious organization of the UOC-KP entered the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (OCU),” the Ministry of Culture said. On July 30, Filaret appealed to the Ministry of Justice with a request to “extend” registration of the UOC-KP. In June 2019, the honorary patriarch declared his disagreement with the Tomos’s points on autocephaly of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine (OCU) provided by the Ecumenical Patriarchate and announced the revival of the UOC-KP. In response, the Synod of the OCU deprived Filaret of the right to manage the Kyiv diocese of the Ukrainian Church.

UOC KP ceased operations. The corresponding entry has been made to the Unified State Register, – Ministry of Culture

Religious association The Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kiev Patriarchate ceased its activities. This is stated in the press service of the Ministry of Culture , reports Tsenzor.NET . “The Ministry of Culture of Ukraine, ahead of the appearance and replication of statements about the alleged resumption of the activities of the former Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kiev Patriarchate (hereinafter – the UOC-KP) and the functioning of the former center of this religious association, namely the religious organization” Kiev Patriarchy of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church “, and also responding to The speculative accusations about the alleged interference of state bodies in religious affairs, officially informs. By the order of the Ministry of Culture of Ukraine dated January 30, 2017 No. 54 was the dawn The charter of the Religious Organization “Kyiv Metropolis of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Orthodox Church of Ukraine)” was signed. Also, this order, on the basis of the decisions of the Local Council of the former UOC-KP dated December 15, 2018, of the Ministry of June 12, 2017 No. 505 “On Registration of a Religious Charter the organization “Kyiv Patriarchate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church” in the new edition and dated July 8, 2016 “about the new edition of the Charter on the management of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church Kiev Patriarchate”, – said in a statement. “So, on the basis of the decisions of the Local Council of the UOC-KP, dated December 15, 2018, the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kiev Patriarchate’s religious association ceased its activities, and the Kiev Patriarchate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church’s religious organization, which, according to its charter (clause 1), was a religious the administrative center and the central executive and administrative body of the UOC-KP, after the creation and registration of the statute of the religious organization “Kyiv Metropolitan of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Ukr Orthodox Church) Ains) “became a member of a religious association Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Orthodox Church of Ukraine),” the ministry added. “Considering that the religious association of the UOC-KP ceased its activities by merging and joining the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Orthodox Church of Ukraine), all functions of the statutory bodies of the former UOC-KP were transferred to the competence of the relevant governing bodies of the UOC (PCU), which received all powers and legal grounds for making appropriate decisions regarding the future of those religious organizations that were part of the former religious association of the UOC-KP, “stated in the Ministry of Culture. Источник:

Filaret called on the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine to extend the registration of the UOC of the Kiev Patriarchate

Patriarch Filaret sent a letter to Minister of Justice Pavel Petrenko with a request to continue the existing registration of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kiev Patriarchate. As informs Censor. There is no text of the letter published on the UOC-KP page on Facebook . “We received information that the Ministry of Justice intends to deregister the UOC-KP and deny the rights of a legal entity to the Kyiv Patriarchate of the UOC-Kyiv Patriarchate on the basis of a decision of the liquidation commission established by the leadership of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine,” the statement reads. He also stressed that Epiphanius had no right to make such a decision, since the Kyiv Patriarchate and the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kyiv Patriarchate are not part of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine. He reminded the Metropolitan of the Local Council, where it was decided to extend the existence of the Kyiv Patriarchate and to withdraw from the Orthodox Church of Ukraine. “Therefore, you do not have any authority over our Church and your decision to create a liquidation commission is not valid, because it is interference in the inner life of another Church,” Filaret said. Recall, on June 20, the honorable Patriarch Filaret held a meeting in the Vladimir Cathedral, which he calls the “Local Council of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kiev Patriarchate”. Its participants canceled the decision of the Council of Bishops on December 15, 2018 on the liquidation of the UOC-KP . After that, Filaret issued a decree to which he appointed a new primate of the Holy Theodosiev Monastery . However, the temple belongs to the Orthodox Church of Ukraine and has its own superior – Father Macarius. The dispute over the property led to a police call. The honorable patriarch Filaret also appealed to Interior Minister Arsen Avakov with a request to protect the believers and the property of the Kyiv Patriarchate from the “unlawful actions of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine . ” He argues that the representatives of the PCU allegedly seized the premises of the Holy Theodosia Monastery of Kiev by force. Источник:

We sued the Ministry of Culture because of the removal from the registration of the UOC-KP, – Filaret

The honorable patriarch of Kiev and all Russia-Ukraine, Filaret, announced the filing of a lawsuit against the Ministry of Culture because of the removal of the registration of the UOC of the Kiev Patriarchate. As informs Tsenzor.NET with reference to ” UNIAN “, he said this during a press conference in Kiev. “Metropolitan Epiphanius held on July 27 the Holy Synod, at which it was decided to establish a commission to liquidate not only the Kiev Patriarchate of the UOC-KP, but also to transfer all the property of the Kiev Patriarchate of the Kiev Metropolis (PCU. – Ed.) Without our knowledge, without our permission” – he said. “What worries us especially is that the ministries of culture and justice also decided to deregister the Kiev Patriarchate (UOC-KP-UNIAN). They don’t have this right. Why do not they have it? Because I didn’t apply to them regarding the liquidation of the Kiev Patriarchate “And without the appeal of the patriarch or the head of a diocese, the Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Culture have no right to register or de-register”, the patriarch added. Filaret noted that all the dioceses of the PCU had re-registered their statutes from the Kyiv Patriarchate to the Orthodox Church of Ukraine, and the Kyiv Patriarchate of the UOC-KP did not file a petition for re-registration to the PCU. “Since we did not file, the Ministry of Justice has no right without our consent, without our request to remove us from registration, so we sued the Ministry of Culture, which illegally deregistered the Kiev Patriarchate and the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kiev Patriarchate,” he noted . “There was no court yet, but we filed a lawsuit,” added Filaret. We will remind, earlier in the Ministry of Culture stated that the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kiev Patriarchate’s religious association ceased operations, the corresponding entry was made in the Unified State Register. Источник:

Filaret asks Zelensky to protect Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Kyiv Patriarchate

The Primate of Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Kyiv Patriarchate Filaret appealed to the Ministry of Justice and President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky to prolong registration and protect the rights of the church. This was reported by the press service of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Kyiv Patriarchate. Filaret wrote a letter to the Ministry of Justice, informing that neither the leaders of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine nor the liquidation commission created by it had anything to do with the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. “We got information that the Justice Ministry intended to cancel registration Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Kyiv Patriarchate and deprive Kyiv Patriarchy of Ukrainian Orthodox Church of status of legal entity based on the decision of liquidation commission created by the leadership of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine,” Filaret said. Filaret also wrote a letter to the president of Ukraine asking to protect the rights of the church and interests of the Ukrainian people. According to the Primate, he and his church were deceived with the “anti-national participation” of the former president Poroshenko, when Ukraine received Tomos. Related: Ecumenical Patriarchate may withdraw Tomos only upon Ukrainian church’s initiative “Unfortunately, nobody except Poroshenko and Metropolitan Epiphany saw the text of Tomos before January 6, 2019. Seeing such an unwanted dependency, me and those loyal to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Kyiv Patriarchate have immediately started to fight against oppressive agreement and left Orthodox Church of Ukraine, having held Local Synod of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Kyiv Patriarchate,” Filaret stated. As it was reported earlier, Synod of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine (OCU) did not exclude honorary patriarch Filaret from the Episcopate of the church. However, it banned him from the ruling of Kyiv eparchy, the OCU stated at the Synod session. Earlier, Filaret conceded a split in the newly formed Orthodox Church of Ukraine and stated that he had the authority to convene a council.

Window on Eurasia — New Series: North Ossetia Orthodox Say Leaders of Traditional Ossetian Faith Attacking Christians

Paul Goble Staunton, July 29 – Even though roughly half of the population of North Ossetia identifies as Russian Orthodox, parishioners of that denomination’s churches there say followers of the traditional pagan faith in the republic there are now attacking them, a complaint that they have made to the local archbishop who has forwarded it to Patriarch Kirill. The parishioners made their appeal after Roman Gabarayev, a member of the republic’s youth parliament, posted on line a call to drive Christians out of the republic. He later denied he did so, but an investigation concluded he had and Gabarayev was subsequently excluded from the youth parliament. According to materials contained in the parishioners’ appeal – which is available on line at – this is not the first instance in which followers of the traditional Ossetian religion have attacked Russian Orthodoxy. They assert that “attacks on Orthodox clergy and believers are increasing in frequency in recent years” and that the republic authorities have observed this “with silent approval” and thus contributed to the growth of such sentiments. And they say things are likely to get worse as the republic approaches the 1100th anniversary of the baptism of Alania. What might seem to be a small controversy promises to become a large one extending far beyond the borders of that North Caucasus republic now that Moscow’s Kommersant has published a story about what is going on there, implicitly suggesting that such attacks on Orthodoxy are common elsewhere too ( “In the official republic media,” the parishioners say and Kommersant reports, “adepts of ‘the true faith in their materials methodically draw a line between ‘their own’ and ‘not their own’ faiths” with some articles even declaring that “’he who accepts Christianity ceases to be an Ossetian.’” At present, the paper notes, the republic is actively preparing for the celebrating of the 1100th anniversary of the Christianization of the Ossetians, an occasion that as the Orthodox archbishop there notes is bring religious tensions to a head. According to the churchman, these tensions not only undermine stability in the republic but relations between it and Russia. Archbishop Leonid says that he is enlisting not only the patriarchate but also local law enforcement agencies to crack down on these attacks on Orthodoxy, suggesting, again according to Kommersant, that what is happening in Ossetia today has precedents in Ukraine and thus must be nipped in the bud. Roman Lunkin, head of the Center for the Study of Problems of Religion and Society at Moscow’s Institute of Europe, tells the Moscow paper that conflicts between Orthodox and pagan Ossetians have been going on for a long time because each has its own rules of behavior that the other is seen as violating, especially with regard to women. The republic authorities have called for a roundtable discussion about this issue, and the Orthodox Church also has been cautious in going further. The church and law enforcement agencies, Lunkin says, do not want to “go into conflict with the powerful Ossetian national movement” as that “contradicts the current national mission of the ROC MP and the nationality policy of the center in the regions.” But the expert says, “the Ossetian powers that be in fact have no choice: they must support the national paganism and search for a compromise with the Russian Orthodox Church.” This story is gaining legs in Russia and that may play a role as to what happens next. For an example of additional coverage of the clash between Orthodoxy and Ossetian paganism, see