Contents tagged with Russian Armed Forces

  • Russia claims to be fighting off western cyber attacks

    The Russian military are taking all measures to ensure the information security of the Defense Ministry due to the increase in the risk of cyber-attacks by foreign countries, stated the head of the Eighth Directorate of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Russia, Lieutenant-General Yuri Kuznetsov in an interview with the Krasnaya Zvezda newspaper.

    He said that Russian experts currently enhance security in the automated systems of the Defense Ministry, detect and eliminate cyber-attacks on …

  • Russia intends to prohibit its military from posting on social networks

    The Russian government submitted the bill to the State Duma prohibiting Russian military from posting on the internet any data about themselves or their colleagues. The ban will be implemented through additional amendments to the law "On the status of military personnel".

    The amendments state that military personnel will be prohibited from posting photos, video, geotags on the social networks as well as other data that can reveal information about the nature of their service, the activities of …

  • Kremlin: Russia will continue to develop new advanced weapons

    Viktor Bondarev, the Head of the Council of the Federation Committee on Defense and Security, told RIA Novosti that Russia will continue to develop advanced weapons, despite the reduction of the defense budget.

    Dmitry Peskov, the Russian President's Press Secretary, said earlier in an interview with RT that Russia's defense budget would be reduced. In five years Russia is planned to spend less than 3% of GDP on defense purposes.

    Bondarev said that "This won’t affect the financing of the …

  • Putin's spokesperson Peskov: Russians in Syria have no connection to Russian Armed Forces

    Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that it possible that there are Russian citizens in Syria, but if there are, they have no connection to Russia’s Armed Forces. This was the politician’s comment on the Russian deaths in the Syrian province of Deir al-Zor.

    “We at the Kremlin do not have concrete, detailed information which would enable conclusions to be drawn. The possibility cannot be excluded that there are Russian citizens in Syria. But they are in no way connected to the Russian Armed …

  • Russian Ministry of Defense requests that military personnel stop using social networks

    The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation has issued recommendations to the military on safe use of the Internet, Izvestia newspaper reported, citing an official document obtained by the newspaper. Servicemen are advised to abstain from using social networks or publishing data concerning their military unit or their service. They are also advised to turn off the geolocation tool on their mobile devices.

    The recommendations were issued in a form of memos and educational posters. The …

  • Human rights advocate: About 5,000 Crimean residents were illegally conscripted into the Russian army

    As of the end of 2017, about 5,000 residents of the annexed Crimea were called for service in the Russian army, as there has been a tendency to increase the number of recruits, stated a member of the Crimean Human Rights Group, Irina Sedova, on Krym.Realii radio.

    According to her, the Crimean authorities began to bring criminal cases for evasion from service in the Russian army.

    "We are developing recommendations on how to react in such situations. The main loophole is not to be listed on a …

  • Putin puts forward agreement to Russian Parliament on South Ossetians serving in the Russian Army

    President Vladimir Putin has put forward an agreement between Russia and South Ossetia for ratification by the State Duma, outlining the procedure for divisions of the armed forces of South Ossetia joining the Russian Army. The relevant document was published on the State Duma’s online database.

    The initial document between Russia and South Ossetia was signed in Moscow on March 31.

    In the middle of March, Putin gave the order for a document to be signed which would make it possible for …

  • Russian Air Force received latest Mi-28UB helicopters

    The Russian Aerospace Forces have added the first consignment of the latest Mi-28UB helicopters to their armament, TASS reports with reference to the Defense Ministry.

    The addition of the helicopters to the forces was approved on Wednesday November 8 at a factory in Rostov-on-Don. “During the reception, representatives of the engineering and aviation services and flight personnel made control checks on the operation of the aviation equipment and various regimes on the ground and in the air,” …

  • Human rights activist: The drafting of Crimeans into the Russian army is classified as a war crime

    In September, the UN reminded Russia through its report that, according to Article 51 of the Fourth Geneva Convention, an occupying state is prohibited from coercing protected persons to serve in its armed or auxiliary forces. Pressure and propaganda in favor of voluntary entry into the army are also prohibited, writes Ukrainian human rights activist Mykola Mirnyj in his article for ZN.UA. The author notes that transferring citizens of Ukraine to serve in the regions of Russia also violates …

  • Analysts: Russia transferred missile division to the Ukrainian border

     According to the report published by InformNapalm analytical-investigative group, Russia has transferred several hundred troops and about 50 units of equipment, among them Tochka-U missile complexes, to the Ukrainian border.

    "The number of equipment and their identification indicate that the Russian command is transferring a fully staffed two-battery division of the tactical missile system Tochka-U with additional ammunition, communication and support equipment like field kitchens and …