Contents tagged with USSR

  • Putin congratulates Gorbachev on his birthday

    Russian President Vladimir Putin congratulated former USSR president Mikhail Gorbachev on his birthday. Putin’s message was published on the Kremlin website. On March 2nd, Gorbachev turned 88.

    Putin noted that in Russia and abroad Gorbachev is known as an authoritative government and public figure with great experience. According to the Russian President, Gorbachev is currently actively involved in expert discussions and contributes significantly to dialogue on the most critical problems of …

  • Russia’s biggest American investor placed under 2 month arrest in Moscow

    Russia’s legal system continues to dampen the country’s already troubled investment climate.

    Michael Calvey, founder of Baring Vostok, the largest direct investment fund in Russia with more than 80 projects and $3 billion in capital invested in the Russian economy, was arrested by the Basmanny District Court of Moscow on Saturday and sent to a pre-trial detention center for two months.

    A graduate of the University of Oklahoma and the London School of Economics and Political Science, Calvey …

  • Estonia demands compensation from Russia for occupation by the USSR

    Estonia has reminded Russia of the times of Soviet occupation once again and pointed to the violation of the Tartu peace treaty from 1920. Estonian Minister of Justice Urmas Reinsalu claimed that the USSR violated the treaty on Estonia’s independence and that Russia must be held accountable for it. 

    According to him, Russia is the successor of the USSR and should pay damages to Estonia in accordance with international law. 

    “The Soviet Union occupied Estonia, violating the Treaty of Tartu, …

  • Russia sends guided-missile destroyer Severomorsk to the Black Sea

    On Wednesday morning, the guided-missile destroyer Severomorsk (hull number 519) of the Russian Northern Fleet  entered the Black Sea, as reported by Bosphorus Strait marine spotter Yoruk Isik, on his Twitter blog.

    “Russia brings real fire power to Black Sea. Backbone of the Fleet: Project 1155 Northern Fleet Udaloy class destroyer, armed with SA-N-9 Gauntlet/Kinzhal & SS-N-14 Silex/Rastrub & 533mm torpedoes, Severomorsk 619 transited Bosphorus en route to Sevastopol,” Yoruk Isik wrote.

    The …

  • Latvia publishes list of KGB agents

    On December 20th, The National Archives of Latvia opened access to the KGB archives containing lists of agents of the Soviet special services.

     The files in PDF format can be found at kgb.arhivi.lv.

    The files of KGB agents in the Latvian USSR (a total of 10,612 files) have been published in alphabetical order. The archive includes the names of both active agents in the late 1980s and the excluded ones.

    In this archive, there is also general information, which was entered by the First …

  • Russian general: withdrawal of Soviet troops from Germany was a 'state treachery'

    The decision of the leadership of the USSR to end the arms race with the USA and withdraw Soviet troops from Germany was a state treachery and must receive an official assessment, said the chairman of the defense committee, the former commander of the Russian Airborne Forces Vladimir Shamanov at the plenary meeting of the State Duma on Friday.

    Shamanov said that Mikhail Gorbachev, together with Foreign Minister Eduard Shevardnadze and Alexander Yakovlev, Politburo member of the Central …

  • Putin: Sevastopol was legally always a part of Russia

    During a meeting with the Mayor of Moscow Sergey Sobyanin, Russian President Vladimir Putin stated that Sevastopol, “was legally always a part of Russia.”

    Sobyanin noted that Moscow and Sevastopol are sister cities, and “at all times, even when Sevastopol was not a part of Russia,” the Russian capital always helped it. Putin interrupted Sobyanin, saying that Sevastopol formally has always been a Russian city.

    “Sevastopol has always been legally part of Russia. It was a city under central …

  • Russian Prime Minister: USSR lived for decades under sanctions

    Russia is not going to persuade Europeans to lift anti-Russian sanctions, said by Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev at the press conference following the talks with Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel, TASS reported.

     “Lifting sanctions is a mutually beneficial matter and we should not persuade our partners to cancel anything, we don’t need it,” Medvedev said.

    He also said that “our European colleagues need it, they should start an initiative themselves”.

     “If they don’t want to, we …

  • Latvian counterintelligence warns against opening KGB archives

    The Constitution Protection Bureau (counterintelligence agency of Latvia) sent a letter to the Parliamentary Commission on Human Rights and Public Affairs and warned that the publication of the former KGB of the Latvian SSR – the so-called bags of the Cheka – will give an easy win to the countries that are not very friendly to Latvia, the Delfi news agency reports.

    The Constitution Protection Bureau (SAB) believed that the publication of the KGB archives on the Internet can create various …

  • Ukraine modernizes its Soviet-era anti-ballistic missiles systems

    The State Space Agency of Ukraine has announced a tender for the modernization of its western center of electronic surveillance that used to be employed with the USSR missile defense system, the Ukrainian military portal reports.

    The modernization of the center provides for the creation of the program control system of the 5Н86 radar station and processing of the radar information that will increase the accuracy of tracking the trajectories of ballistic missiles and the orbits of space …