Contents tagged with Russian army

  • Former commander of Russian 58th Army detained on fraud charges

    A court in Russia has ordered the detention of Ivan Popov, former commander of the 58th Army of the Southern Military District, for two months, reports TASS, citing law enforcement agencies.

    According to the Russian news outlet, Popov has been accused of large-scale fraud. No further details have been provided by TASS.

    At the same time, the Telegram channel Mash reports that the Russian general has been accused of illegally selling 2,000 tonnes of metal structures worth approximately 100 …

  • Serbian mercenary recruiter slams Russian army leadership for poor treatment and lack of support

    Dejan Beric, a Serbian mercenary recruiter for the Russian army, has criticized the leadership of the 119th Parachute Assault Regiment which includes foreign troops. In a video statement released on VKontakte social network on Monday, January 8, Beric, dressed in a t-shirt emblazoned with 'Putin's Team. The People’s Front' complained that Russian commanders are refusing to supply the Serbians with sufficient weaponry and lack of medical treatment for the wounded.

    Beric claims that he had to …

  • Putin promises unlimited financing for the Russian army

    The Russian Defense Ministry has no restrictions on financing, and therefore the country's leadership expects appropriate results from the army on the battlefield, said Russian President Vladimir Putin at a meeting of the Russian Defense Ministry.

    "We have no funding restrictions. The country, the government gives everything the army asks for. All. I hope that the answer will be properly formulated, and appropriate results will be achieved," Putin said.

    He added that Russia plans to "maintain …

  • Russia increases military spending

    The Kremlin has decided to abandon plans to freeze defense spending, which were included in the three-year budget adopted last year.

    The total amount of military expenditures in the 2022-24 federal budget will increase by 15%, accordint to the explanatory note to the draft budget, TASS reports.

    The budget bill for 2021 initially included 3.113 trillion rubles ($43 billion) to finance the army and procurement of weapons - 196 billion rubles ($2.69 billion) less than a year earlier.

    But within …

  • Russia to include ‘readiness for war’ in its National Security Strategy

    The Russian Security Council is preparing an updated National Security Strategy, which will replace the previous version adopted in December 2015.

    The new document will take into account the changes in the military and political situation, the increase in military risks and military threats, Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev told Rossiyskaya Gazeta.

    The updated strategy will note the "legitimacy of taking symmetrical and asymmetrical measures to counter and prevent unfriendly …

  • Russia to spend another $290 billion on weapons production

    The Russian state program of arms production, which started in 2007 and was extended in 2011 and 2018, is becoming indefinite in the post-Soviet history of Russia.

    Having spent almost 22 trillion ($290 billion) rubles over ten years on the rearmament of the army, the Kremlin plans to keep the financing of the defense procurement at the same levels until 2035, Andrei Yelchaninov, the first deputy chairman of the Military-Industrial Commission of the Russian Federation, said in an interview with …

  • Russia completes testing of new missile attack warning system

    Russia has successfully completed tests of the new Missile Attack Warning System (SPRN), stated the general designer, the general director of the corporation Vympel, Sergey Boev, reports the TV channel of the Russian Defense Ministry, Zvezda.

    "At the end of December 2020, we  successfully completed the tests of the SPRN system in general, including the command center," he said.

    According to Boev, the main task was to ensure the processing of information and its immediate transmission to …

  • Russian military exercises in Far East end in disaster

    The exercises of the Russian Defense Ministry, which are taking place on the border of the Jewish Autonomous Region and Khabarovsk Region in Russia’s Far East ended in tragedy.

    In the Smidovich district, during the maneuvers of the railway troops, the bridge collapsed under a heavy load, TASS reported citing a source in the emergency services.

    The press service of the Eastern Military District reported that two soldiers were injured in the incident.

    TASS reports, citing its source, that 18 …

  • Putin bans Russian military from disclosing their affiliation with Russian Army

    Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree prohibiting the Russian military from disclosing their affiliation with the Russian army on the Internet or social media.

    The dissemination of such information will henceforth be considered a gross misconduct, TASS reports, citing the presidential decree published on the website of legal information.

    According to the document amending the Disciplinary Charter of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation of 2007, military personnel will …

  • Putin: No one should think of going to war with Russia

    Russian President Vladimir Putin has said that Russia is not going to fight with anyone.

    "We are not going to fight with anyone, but we are creating such a situation in the defense, so that no one would think to fight with us," he said in an interview with TASS for the project "20 questions to Vladimir Putin".

    Putin reminded that Russia is the seventh largest in the world in terms of military spending. The United States, China, Saudi Arabia, Great Britain, France and Japan are ahead in this …