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Activists suggest changes to military oaths

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Russia’s Public Chamber – a board of human rights activists and advisers that works closely with the authorities – has suggested changing the military oath of enlistment, replacing the word ‘swear’ with the word ‘promise’.


The proposal was made so that the ritual does not contradict the religious views and ethnic particularities of a significant number of military servicemen, reports the Izvestia daily quoting the Public Chamber’s official recommendations to the Parliament, Presidential Administration and the Defense Ministry.



The recommendations apparently refer to the Gospel which forbids Christians to both break their oaths and to swear by anything.



The authors of the proposal claim that something similar existed in Tsarist Russia where Russian Orthodox Christians could use the phrases “I promise” or “I swear by God” in the official oaths if they wanted to.
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NATO Extends An-124 Airlift Contract Until 2015

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KIEV, December 24 (RIA Novosti) – NATO will continue chartering Antonov An-124 Ruslan heavy lift transport planes until at least December 31, 2014, Ukraine’s Antonov design bureau said on Monday.


The Alliance has been using six An-124-100 planes, provided by Ukraine’s Antonov state company and Russia’s Volga-Dnepr group, to transport heavy equipment across the globe by air since 2006 under the SALIS (Strategic Airlift Interim Solution) program.


“On the eve of the 30th anniversary of Ruslan’s maiden flight we have been informed that NATO has extended the contract on the use of this unique plane for strategic airlift missions in the interest of countries participating in the SALIS program until December 31, 2014,” Antonov’s press service said.
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NEW DELHI, December 24 (RIA Novosti) – Russia is to supply India with combat helicopters and warplanes worth $2.9 bln under a deal signed during Russian President Vladimir Putin’s visit to New Delhi on Monday.

“We have agreed to further strengthen our partnership in the sphere of military cooperation,” Putin said after a meeting with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

Under the deals, India will buy 42 Sukhoi Su-30 fighter jets and 71 Mil Mi-17 helicopters.

The two countries also signed a number of cooperation agreements in the defense and technology sector during Putin’s one-day visit, his first to southeast Asia since his return to the Kremlin in May.
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Nice purchase! and for only 2.9 bill?!
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We do similar in the US. The oath calls for you to swear or affirm instead of just swearing.
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We do similar in the US. The oath calls for you to swear or affirm instead of just swearing.
Same here.
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Russia to Commission BMD-4M Airborne Vehicles in 2013

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MOSCOW, December 27 (RIA Novosti) – The Russian Airborne Troops will receive the first BMD-4M airborne combat vehicles and BTR-MD Rakushka multirole transport vehicles by the end of 2013, Defense Ministry spokesman Col. Alexander Kucherenko said on Thursday.


“Paratroopers are planning to receive 10 modernized BMD-4M airborne infantry fighting vehicles and 10 tracked Rakushka armored personnel carriers by mid-2013 for final testing and commissioning by the end of 2013,” Kucherenko said.

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Russian Navy Gets New Research Vessel

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KALININGRAD, December 25 (RIA Novosti) - Russia’s Defense Ministry on Tuesday took delivery of a new deep-sea research and search-and-rescue vessel, the shipyard said.


The Project 11982 Seliger was built by the Kaliningrad-based JSC Yantar shipyard and was designed by the Almaz Central Design Bureau.
The Seliger will enter service with Russia’s Black Sea Fleet.


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Russia to Bring Back Railroad-Based ICBM

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MOSCOW, December 26 (RIA Novosti) – Russia will restart production of railway-based intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM), with prototypes to be deployed by 2020, a senior Russian defense industry official said on Wednesday.


Work has already begun on the prototypes, which will utilize exclusively domestically-made components, the official told RIA Novosti on condition of anonymity.


The new missiles will be half the weight of their decommissioned Soviet analogues, allowing them to fit into one railcar, the official added.

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Russian Warplanes to Get New Paint Scheme

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MOSCOW, December 26 (RIA Novosti) - Next year the Russian Air Force will abandon its gray camouflage coloring and use several new color patterns for its warplanes, a source in the Russian defense ministry said on Wednesday.


Earlier in the day Izvestia reported that Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu has reversed the order of his predecessor Anatoly Serdyukov to repaint all warplanes only using different shades of gray.


Starting next year a variety of colors will be used depending on the terrain around the airbases.
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Seems short sighted on the MoD's part.

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Aren't the planned to be flown anywhere else?
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Can it have to do with planes being more vulnerable during start and landing?
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Russia to create Commando troops?

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Commandos may appear in Russia. The senior officials of the Russian General Staff and the Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU) have asked Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu to set up a commando unit.


Commandos will face the task of saving Russian citizens taken hostage outside the country. They will have to evacuate them from the local conflict zone and to eliminate bandit formations, and in case of a war, to eliminate the political and military leadership of the enemy, as well as strategic facilities on the enemy’s territory.
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MOSCOW, December 28 (RIA Novosti) – Russian President Vladimir Putin urged the Defense Ministry on Friday to complete the streamlining of defense spending in the near future.


“We must finalize the creation of an optimal structure for defense spending as soon as possible,” Putin said at a Kremlin meeting with newly-appointed and promoted high-ranking military officials.
“The maintenance of the Armed Forces should not take up more than 30 percent of the defense budget while the share of arms development and procurement should reach 70 percent,” Putin said.


“We have been talking about it for years and we are gradually moving toward this goal, but we must finally complete this task,” the president said.
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New Radar in S. Russia to Go on Combat Duty Early in 2013

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MOSCOW, December 28 (RIA Novosti) - A new-generation Voronezh-DM class anti-missile radar will enter combat duty near the town of Armavir in Russia’s southern Krasnodar region in the beginning of 2013, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Friday.

“The radar will monitor the Russian airspace in the southern strategic vector,” Putin said at a Kremlin meeting with newly-appointed and promoted high-ranking military officials.

The Armavir radar will replace the Gabala radar station, which Russia had leased from Azerbaijan for 10 years.
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