Russian Military celebrates ‘Black Death’ in Style

'Black Death' That Guards Moscow: Russia Celebrates Naval Infantry Day

Russian military celebrated November 27 as the country’s official Naval Infantry Day. The annual celebration is referred to as ‘Black Death’ in honor of their dreadful reputation from World War II.

'Black Death' That Guards Moscow: Russia Celebrates Naval Infantry Day

According to Sputnik, Nazi Germans were amazed at the discipline, courage, and strategies deployed by Russian marines during the war.

The Russian Armed Forces therefore got the nickname ‘Black Death’, which was borne out of respect. However, the marines remain one of the most deadly and versatile branches of the Russian Armed Forces till this day.

'Black Death' That Guards Moscow: Russia Celebrates Naval Infantry Day

Elements of the Russian Pacific Fleet’s marine brigade embark on Admiral Nevelskoy large landing ship during a snap combat readiness test of the Eastern Military District forces.

Victory Day is one of the most sacred holidays for the Russian people.

On this day, Russia commemorates dozens of millions of its countrymen who were lost in World War II.

'Black Death' That Guards Moscow: Russia Celebrates Naval Infantry Day

'Black Death' That Guards Moscow: Russia Celebrates Naval Infantry Day

Flowers and wreaths are laid on the wartime graves. Veterans come out into the streets wearing their military decorations and medals.

The entire nation pays tribute to the eternal sacrifice that ensured its future on Victory Day.

'Black Death' That Guards Moscow: Russia Celebrates Naval Infantry Day

Russian marine demonstrates a PKP Pecheneg light machinegun at an arms and equipment expo held during the Eastern Military District Innovations Day in Vladivostok.

'Black Death' That Guards Moscow: Russia Celebrates Naval Infantry Day

Pacific Fleet Marines take part in Russian Navy Day celebrations in Vladivostok.

'Black Death' That Guards Moscow: Russia Celebrates Naval Infantry Day

A team of Soviet marines with a multiple launch rocket system.

'Black Death' That Guards Moscow: Russia Celebrates Naval Infantry Day

Members of a Russian Northern Fleet marine assault detachment take part in airborne deployment drills.

'Black Death' That Guards Moscow: Russia Celebrates Naval Infantry Day

'Black Death' That Guards Moscow: Russia Celebrates Naval Infantry Day

Russian marines engage in an arm wrestling contest.

'Black Death' That Guards Moscow: Russia Celebrates Naval Infantry Day

Serviceman fires an RPG during marine forces drill in Russia’s Kaliningrad Region.

'Black Death' That Guards Moscow: Russia Celebrates Naval Infantry Day

'Black Death' That Guards Moscow: Russia Celebrates Naval Infantry Day

Marines of the Russian Pacific Fleet deploy during a combat readiness test of the Eastern Military District forces.

'Black Death' That Guards Moscow: Russia Celebrates Naval Infantry Day

Russian Black Sea Fleet marines in scuba diving gear.

'Black Death' That Guards Moscow: Russia Celebrates Naval Infantry Day

Marines take part in dress rehearsal of the Russian Navy Day parade.

'Black Death' That Guards Moscow: Russia Celebrates Naval Infantry Day

'Black Death' That Guards Moscow: Russia Celebrates Naval Infantry Day

'Black Death' That Guards Moscow: Russia Celebrates Naval Infantry Day

Russian marines participate in the Naval Infantry Day celebration in Sevastopol.

'Black Death' That Guards Moscow: Russia Celebrates Naval Infantry Day

Russian marines train at the Russky Island in Primorsky Territory.

Russia readies Nuclear Missiles for war against NATO and the West

The loading of an RS-22 missile in rail-mobile launcher

RUSSIA has recently commenced building of its “death trains”, a nuclear project which the country abandoned in 2005. The intercontinental ballistic missiles project is said to be dependent on some covert and complex rail lines which has been upgraded to remain untraceable from the outside world.

According to a report from Sputnik.com, the warheads were named “death” or “phantom trains” due to it’s ability to avoid detection from enemies.

In the event of war, the “death trains” (BZhRKs) can fire missiles without giving out its targeted locations.

After the United States manufactured some submarines with nuclear capabilities, the Soviet Union responded with these “death trains” in 1969. History has it that during this period, the USSR operated 12 BZhRKs with three missile launchers each.

The counter-threat from Putin’s Cold War government was considered a working solution as the machines traveled around Russia through rail roads, concealed in cargo trains – a strategy which was applied to avoid satelite surveillance.

According to Sputnik, the three missile launchers needed three locomotives to move around the country at that time. Regrettably, the warheads were so heavy that railroad tracks got damaged.

The launchers are disguised as ordinary freight cars

Russian military industry official Viktor Murakhovsky, told the government-owned news outlet: “They [BZhRKs] the will not need any specific big cars. They will completely coincide with the existing parameters of railcars and will therefore be completely hidden from a foe’s reconnaissance and surveillance.

“Moreover, the system will enable launches virtually everywhere on the railway bed in contrast with the previous system that required special launch conditions.”

The new project, codenamed ‘Barguzin’, will carry six ICBMs (inter-continental ballistic missiles), the report adds.

A Russian BZhRK’s cars can resist an explosion of a nuclear warhead just several hundred meters away. Such a train can run for a month autonomously and pass up to 1,000 kilometers daily at the speed of nearly 100 kmph.

Intercontinental missile launching unit

While Russia has been busy displaying its awesome military technology, Alexander Konovalov [a military analyst] says this new path to an “outdated Soviet concept” is a bad one.

Konovalov is the president of the Institute for Strategic Assessment, a Moscow-based private think-tank.

In an interview with RIA Novosti, he said: “We’re better off developing telecoms systems, unmanned drones and precision weapons, not these monsters.”

The differences between Putin’s Russia and NATO is as a result of the varied opinions on Syria and Ukraine.

Russia now boasts of a stunning new fighter jet which analysts believe to be capable of wiping enemy planes using a laser.

The country also has a quick response robotic system which secures silos from nuclear missiles, even after the enemy bomb has exploded nearby.

Russian Economy Minister detained on suspicion of Corruption

Russian Economy Minister Alexey Ulyukaev has been arrested and detained for an alleged bribery and corruption scandal. He’s telling prosecutors his own side of the story.

Image: Alexey Ulyukaev

According to a statement released on Thursday from the Russian Investigative Committee, Alexey Ulyukaev received a total of $2 million in order to approve the acquisition deal which allowed Rosneft oil company, the state-controlled oil giant, to buy Bashneft.

“The Main Investigations Directorate for High Priority Cases of the Russian Investigative Committee has opened a criminal investigation of the Economy Minister Alexey Ulyukaev,” the statement said.

“The investigation is linked to the Economy Minister Alexey Ulyukaev having received on November 14, 2016 $2 million dollars for the positive appraisal given by the Economy Ministry, which allowed Rosneft to buy 50 percent of Bashneft shares,” the Investigative Committee added, according to a report from Sputnik.

Officials representing Rosneft were forced and threatened into parting with bribes, the committee said.

Ulyukaev was caught red-handed receiving a bribe before he was arrested.

A spokesman for the Kremlin, Dmitry Peskov, said in a statement that the bribery allegations against Russia’s economy minister are serious.

President Vladimir Putin had been aware of the investigation into Ulyukayev for some time, Peskov said, according to a report from the Guardian.

In an interview with RIA Novosti, Peskov said: “It is night out there. I don’t know if this has been reported to the president. This is a very serious accusation that needs serious proof. In any case, the decision can be taken by court only.”

The Ministry of Economic Development is yet to make comments on the matter, media reports confirm.

Alexey Ulyukaev has been under suspicion for over a year, and he was unaware that Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) had traps on his path, a source in the agency told reporters on Tuesday.

Russia’s law enforcement agency used the wiretap evidence against Ulyukaev to move his investigation into an active phase.

“The Minister [of Economic Development Alexey Ulyukaev] has been monitored by FSB agents for more than a year. It is unclear if he was suspected from the beginning of what he is accused now, but he has definitely been observed for more than a year,” an unnamed source in FSB told RIA Novosti.

Rosneft refused to comment on the investigation of the Russian Economy Minister and stressed the legitimate nature of the deal with Bashneft, Rosneft representative said Tuesday.

“The company does not comment on the actions of the Investigative Committee. The shares of Bashneft were bought in compliance with Russian  legislation based on the best commercial offer to the bank,” the representative of the company told RIA Novosti.

“The sale of Bashneft shares was done in accordance with the law and is not the subject of this investigation,” Svetlana Petrenko, the acting head of the Investigative Committee’s press office, told RIA Novosti.

U.S. Hacker To Russia: Stop messing with the U.S. presidential election

An American hacker popularly known as  Jester, whose signature poster appears below, has issued a warning to Russians, ordering them to think again before messing around with U.S. election. The heroic American vigilante hacker made his threats REAL by hacking a website owned by Russia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

His message was simple and direct: “Stop attacking Americans,” according to a report from CNN Money.

Reports confirm the website was coded to play a very loud and annoying sound – same as the one that plays before any American emergency broadcast or civil alert messages. After that intentionally loud sound, a message from Jester appears on the website’s homepage.

Though the message was seen last on Sunday, you can find a copy here for your reading pleasure.

Before proceeding to details of the letter from Jester to Russia, let’s add here that the hacker has no love for terrorists or enemies of the U.S.

He claims to have been frustrated over some distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks around U.S. last Friday.

Jester told CNN Money that the “overloaded significant internet sites in the U.S. led him to attack the Russian Ministry site”. He has also taken responsibility for destroying some jihadist websites and guess what, he’s not even proud of that.

Jester has faced many impersonators but we have confirmation that this is his public Twitter account. He also runs a blog.

The unknown U.S. hacker is believed to be a former U.S. soldier who worked in computer security, according to a report from CNN released in 2015.

In his words: “I realized something needed to be done about online radicalization and ‘grooming’ of wannabe jihadis, and we didn’t have mechanisms to deal with it.

“I decided to start disrupting them.”

Anonymous hacker

This Is A Copy Of Jester’s Letter To The Russians:

“Comrades!

“We interrupt regular scheduled Russian Foreign Affairs Website programming to bring you the following important message.

“Firstly allow me to get the pleasantries out of the way. Nice to see you again Russia. Now see here, I wouldn’t want you to get all upset and throw your toys out of your stroller over this mild incursion, so think of this as a ‘professional courtesy’ or if you prefer message from ‘USA with love’. Or better yet, a message ‘from Russia with love’, because technically that’s what it is with this being your official Ministry of Foreign Affairs website…I digress…apologies.

“So here’s what’s on my mind: [Enjoy the rest of Jester’s letter below]…

Russia’s state broadcaster confirms UK bank account was frozen

An official with Russia’s state-owned news outlet has confirmed that its NatWest bank account was frozen by the UK government.

Image shows Russia’s president Vladimir Putin.

According to the editor-in-chief of Russia Today, NatWest gave no explanation for their action but there are speculations this could be one of the many sanctions against Vladimir Putin’s country.

Margarita Simonyan tweeted: “Our accounts in Britain have been blocked. All of them. ‘Decision not to be discussed’. Hail to freedom of speech!”

RT, formerly known as Russia Today, confirms it received a letter from the bank which reads: “We have recently undertaken a review of your banking arrangements with us and reached the conclusion that we will no longer provide these facilities.”

City A.M. quotes RT as reporting that the Royal Bank of Scotland Group as a whole has severed partnership with the company. And NatWest is part of the RBS Group.

The editor-in-chief is quoted as saying:

We have no idea why it happened, because neither yesterday nor the day before yesterday, nor a month ago, nothing special happened to us, nobody threatened us in any way.

Hypothetically, this may have something to do with new British and American sanctions against Russia, which may be announced soon. It may not. Our legal department is dealing with the issue now.

Russia Today has been accused of biased reporting, an allegation spearheaded by the country’s broadcast regulator Ofcom, City A.M. wrote.

A Brit who worked for the state-owned news outlet resigned in 2014, claiming she couldn’t cope with the biased reporting on news around Russia and Ukraine.

Is Russia really preparing for War?

The US and Russia have never forgotten their wasteful errors on the Cold War but if any of the parties should accept defeat, the Kremlin doesn’t look like the one.

Rumors are rife that Vladimir Putin’s country is set for yet another war, this time a nuclear one, and would gladly welcome any threat from the West any moment from now.

PHOTO: Novosibirsk Region Governor Vladimir Gorodetsky ,center, attends shooting exercises at Shilovsky range, Oct. 14, 2016.

Though analysts think Russia is far from being ready for a nuclear war scenario, a recent report from CBS News outlined seven ways which shows Putin’s government is planning ahead for World War III.

According to the report, it’s impossible for anyone to think that Russia is planning war with the US.

However, it adds that most analysts believe there are facts which show the Kremlin intends to assert itself as one of the superpowers at the moment.

This month Russia held a large-scale civil defense drill across the country, meant to prepare people for disasters, among them nuclear catastrophe. The drill, which Russian authorities claimed affected 40 million people, and particularly the way it was presented on state television, resembled Soviet-era exercises, with scenes of schoolchildren flooding out in evacuations and being taught to hurriedly pull on gas masks – CBS.

Russia’s defense ministry has announced how the country would function in time of war, clarifying which government bodies would take command. The answer was largely it would, taking control of governor’s offices, local administrations and the police. The military simulated that scenario during a huge exercise in southern Russia – CBS.

PHOTO: A man looks at a Russian Topol intercontinental ballistic missile launcher at the permanent exhibition of military equipment and vehicles at Patriot Park in Kubinka, outside Moscow, Sept. 8, 2016.

The report also noted that Russia carried out a series of intercontinental ballistic missile tests within the week. A total of three missiles were launched in a single day as a test of might.

Putin’s military successfully launched two of the nuclear-capable missiles from submarines off Russia’s Pacific coast. The last of the three, was fired from an inland launch pad, RIA Novosti reported.

The Kremlin may or may not be asking for a nuclear war but it is believed to be making efforts to forcefully take its “rightful” place in world affairs.

Reports argue that Putin’s government is taken steps to boost local support and complete dependence from its citizens as well as curb unsolicited interference from Western countries who have hidden “interests” in the Syrian war.

Meanwhile, The Washington Post wrote to prove against all listed seven facts on Russia’s readiness for a nuclear war as highlighted by the CBS News.

An assessment from The Washington Post’s Moscow bureau argues as follows:

1. New bomb shelters

A poster appeared in a Moscow neighborhood asking residents to pony up 500 rubles (about $8) for  the construction of a new bomb shelter because of “the expected nuclear attack on [Russia] from unfriendly countries (the USA and its satellites.)”

Does this mean war? Most definitely not. It turned out to be a hoax, probably aimed at bilking pensioners.

2. Emergency bread rations

The governor of St. Petersburg, Russia, has approved a plan to ensure emergency rations of 300 grams of bread for 20 days for each of the city’s 5 million residents.

Does this mean war? No. It’s more of a publicity stunt. Russian commentators quickly seized on the echo from World War II, when a German army held the city — then called Leningrad — in a stranglehold for 900 days. “That is more than twice as much as the ration during the Siege [of Leningrad],” wrote military analyst Alexander Golts in Yezhednevny Zhurnal. “It is also clear why they are reckoning just on 20 days: Given modern weapons, no one will need more.”

3. Warmongering politicians 

Ultranationalist lawmaker Vladimir Zhirinovsky warned that if America elects Hillary Clinton president, “it’s war.”

Does this mean war? No. Zhirinovksy, who has vowed to annex Alaska, flatten Poland and the Baltics, and enslave Georgia, made headlines. But his ridiculously misnamed Liberal Democratic Party of Russia controls 39 of the 450 seats in the Russian parliament, and he always votes with the Kremlin. He is a fan of Donald Trump but he’s very far from the nuclear button.

4. Hiring a new army

The Russian government approved amendments to a law that allows it to augment its draft army by signing reservists and veterans to six-month paid contracts.

Does this mean war? Most likely not. Golts said that the provision only kicks in “in a period of extraordinary circumstances,” such as responding to natural disasters or domestic disturbances. But one circumstance — “to maintain or restore peace and security” — could be interpreted to mean doing it somewhere outside of Russia.

Image: Vladimir Putin

“The possibility cannot be ruled out that Moscow is contemplating a major ground operation in Syria,” Golts concluded.

His logic: The Kremlin has repeatedly promised not to send draftees to fight wars in other countries. That promise wouldn’t apply to professional soldiers. For sure, sending troops to Syria, where Russia has already threatened to shoot down U.S. aircraft, could lead to a shooting war. But amending that law is a long way from signing up the soldiers.

5. Missile movements 

Russia has moved nuclear-capable missiles to Kaliningrad, a region that borders the Baltic states.

Does this mean war? Not really. The news has stirred fears among some commentators that we are on the brink of nuclear war, and definitely caused concern in the Baltics and Poland, which would be within range of the Iskander missile.

Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov, a Russian Defense Ministry spokesman, said that one of the missiles was deliberately exposed to a U.S. spy satellite and that the deployment was part of regular training.

The foreign minister of Lithuania, which borders Kaliningrad, described the move as a negotiating tactic, albeit an unpleasant one.

Americans must vote for Donald Trump or risk Nuclear War – Putin

A close friend to Russia’s president Vladimir Putin, has advised Americans to vote wisely in their November 8 presidential election. The controversial Russian lawmaker named Vladimir Zhirinovsky, says Donald Trump is the right candidate, adding that a win for Mrs Hillary Clinton will be considered an open invitation to World War III.

Image: Vladimir Zhirinovsky

Zhirinovsky says the growing tension between Russia and the US can only calm down if Trump is elected President of the United States of America.

Worthy of note is the fact that Mr Zhirinovsky, a veteran politician who has participated in five presidential elections, is known in Russia as an outspoken and fame-seeking rascal.

The 70-year-old is neither loved nor respected among his countrymen. Therefore, his voice is not that of the Kremlin.

Zhirinovsky is the founder and long-standing leader of the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia.

However, according to a report from Daily Mail, “he [Zhirinovsky] is also viewed as a faithful servant of the Kremlin who is sometimes used to float radical opinions to test public reaction”.

“Relations between Russia and the United States can’t get any worse. The only way they can get worse is if a war starts,” said Mr Zhirinovsky.

“Americans voting for a president must realize they are voting for peace on planet Earth if they vote for Trump. But if they vote for Hillary, it’s war. There will be Hiroshimas and Nagasakis everywhere.

He continued: “Victory for Trump would be a gift to humanity. But if Hillary Clinton wins she will be the last US president ever.”

Mr Zhirinovsky referred to Mrs Clinton as unfit for the US presidency, making reference to the alleged lies she told while in office as Secretary of State.

“He [Trump] won’t care about Syria, Libya and Iraq, and why on earth should America interfere in these countries? Trump will have a brilliant chance to make relations more peaceful. He’s the only one who can do this,” said Mr Zhirinovsky, who added that it won’t be a surprise of Mr Trump wins a Nobel peace prize.

“She craves power. Her view is that Hillary is the most important person on the planet, that America is an exceptional country,” said Zhirinovsky. “That’s dangerous. She could start a nuclear war.”

Zhirinovsky is often viewed as something of a clown. He’s also seen as Russia’s public assessment tool, most useful in confrontational statements against nations and world bodies.

His campaign slogan during Russia’s 2012 campaign was “Vote Zhirinovsky, or things will get worse”. 

The presidential aspirant was lucky enough to secure fourth position with a total 6.22% of the votes, behind Prokhorov, who received 7.94%. At least, No one said he’s the most hated Russian ever.

In 2002, Zhirinovsky met Trump in New York and their relationship has since blossomed to a point that he once said he wants a DNA test to see if he is related to US Republic candidate.

Britannica says Zhirinovsky’s personal history is vague, unknown, or disputed. He left his hometown at age 18 to attend Moscow State University, where he studied Turkish and other languages.

After graduating about 1969, he went to work as a translator in Turkey, but he was expelled under murky circumstances eight months later.

19-year-old woman facing jail time for wedding boy, 13, and having his child

A 19-year-old woman who fell in love with a boy, 13, is facing jail threats for sex with a minor. She allegedly got married to the teenager after eloping with him to an unknown destination where both had a baby.

Zabar K and Bilana B, Russian gypsies

Image shows Zabar and his beloved wife Bilana.

Zabar K. [the baby father] says he is responsible for snatching [ Bilana B.] his older wife, from her parents’ home in Stavropol, south-west Russia.

Reports refer to both young parents as “gypsies”, and The Daily Star says such relationships are normal in their culture.

However, Russia police described the marriage as an offence in the country’s law.

For having sex with a child under the age of 14, police say Bilana could face charges and a potential jail sentence of three to 10 years.

Zabar admits he’s the one who initiated their relationship after getting the 19-year-old’s phone number from a relative. He proceeded with constant chats on social media until they scheduled a date.

He said: “We were talking on the phone for less than two weeks, then I came to her place by car and she left with me.”

Surprisingly, after the lovebirds hatched a plan to elope for their secret marriage, Zabar persuaded his grandparents to go pick them up since he could not drive on the road considering his age. The lovebirds have lived with Zabar’s grandparents in a remote village ever since, until they were busted.

According to the report, the lover boy and Bilal have a son Yuri, who was named after Zabar’s father.

The young father says their affair isn’t against the law, claiming it was in fact, formalised after a gypsy wedding.

Zabar’s grandmother Nema Kolmykova admitted: “They didn’t have a real wedding, it was very simple. We did not have money. All they did was bring a couple of bottles of vodka.”

She added: “We accepted their relationship and could not throw them out of her house,” adding that “this is our custom”.

Meanwhile, Zabar admits the sweet romance hasn’t been that rosy after all but he did what a man should do –  drop out of school in order to cater for the family.

“Currently I am in the seventh grade at school. I am working to get some money, but plan on returning to school when I can,” he added.

And Bilana is happy to be a housewife. She said: “Zabar will be working, and I will be taking care of the family.”

The Police Department confirmed it was conducting an inquiry into the case.

Vladimir Putin’s Favorite Driver Dies In A Crash.

Russia’s president Vladimir Putin is at a loss as reports confirm the leader’s official car was involved in a deadly accident. The head-on crash in Moscow led to the death of his favorite chauffeur, who’s said to have over 40 years of experience.

High-speed collision ... Putin's presidential BMW was involved in horror crash in Moscow

Image shows the horrific accident scene as captured by a CCTV camera.

Putin’s presidential car which was involved in the deadly collision is a BMW.

The accident occurred on Kutuzovsky Avenue, Moscow, after a Mercedes Benz veered off the road and smashed into the presidential car, reports confirm.

President Putin was still in China for the G20 summit held in Hangzhou as at the time of the accident.

Image: Vladimir Putin

Though medics quickly responded to 911 calls, they arrived at the scene for emergency rescue operations only to confirm that the experienced chauffeur had already died.

Police are currently investigating the incident.

Erdogan And Putin: From Turkey To Russia In Love.

Russian President Vladimir Putin warmly accepted his visiting Turkish counterpart Tayyip Erdogan, and  explained his hopes that Ankara could fully restore order after a failed military coup last month.

Image shows Erdogan and Putin.

Putin said on Tuesday that Moscow always opposed unconstitutional actions, and will only show respect to the Rule of Law.

Erdogan’s trip to Russia comes as Turkey’s relations with Europe and the United States are strained by what Ankara sees as Western concerns on events that follows the failed coup plot that ended more than 240 lives.

Putin, was reportedly one of the first presidents to call the Turkish leader to offer his support in the putsch’s aftermath.

At the moment, Russia has proven to be a reliable ally, although the political and economic relations between these two countries halted after Turkey shot down a Russian military jet near the Syrian border late last year.

The Russian president described the incident at the time as a “treacherous stab in the back” and curtailed economic relations, placing an embargo on agricultural imports from Turkey and banning package tours to the country.

These events brought Turkey on her knees by 87 percent in the first half of 2016.

The incident also placed on hold the much-favored Russian natural gas pipeline.

It’s indeed, a welcome development that the two warring countries have found mutual reasons to partner together for greatness in a world where bi-polar politics matter a lot.

“Your visit today, which you made despite the really complex domestic political situation in Turkey, shows we all want to restart our dialogue and restore our relations,” said Putin, in preliminary remarks before the two men held talks.

 Putin then offered Erdogan moral support over last month’s failed military coup.

“I want to again say that it’s our principled position that we are always categorically against any attempts at unconstitutional actions,” said Putin.

“I want to express the hope that under your leadership the Turkish people will cope with this problem (the coup’s aftermath) and that order and constitutional legality will be restored.”

Putin said the two men would discuss how to restore trade and economic ties and cooperation against terrorism.

Erdogan said Turkey was entering a “very different period” in its relations with Russia, and that solidarity between the two countries would help the resolution of regional problems.

ISIS Calls for Jihadist Attacks in Russia.

In a nine-minute video posted Sunday on YouTube, Islamic State called on its group members to carry out jihad in Russia, the Star Online reports.

“Listen Putin, we will come to Russia and will kill you at your homes … Oh Brothers, carry out jihad and kill and fight them,” a masked man driving a car in the desert yelled while wagging his finger in the last couple of minutes of the video.

The video with subtitles showed footage of armed men attacking armored vehicles and tents and collecting arms in the desert. “Breaking into a barrack of the Rejectionist military on the international road south Akashat,” read one subtitle.

It was not immediately possible to independently verify the video but the link to the footage was published on a Telegram messaging account used by the militant group, Independent wrote.

It was not immediately clear why Russia would be a target, but Russia and the U.S. are talking about boosting military and intelligence cooperation against Islamic State and al Qaeda in Syria.

Islamic State has called on its supporters to take action with any available weapons targeting countries it has been fighting.

There has been a string of deadly attacks claimed by Islamic state in Europe over the past weeks. Last week, assailants loyal to Islamic State forced an elderly Catholic priest in France to his knees before slitting his throat.

Since the mass killing in Nice, southern France on July 14, there have been four incidents in Germany, including the most recent suicide bombing at a concert in Ansbach.

5 Dead, After Russian Military Helicopter Was Shot Down In Syria.

Three crew and two officers have been killed after a Russian military helicopter was shot down in Syria.

Image: File Photo

The Mi-8 transport helicopter was returning to Hmeimim base in Idlib province after delivering humanitarian aid to Aleppo when it came under attack from the ground on Monday, BBC quotes the Russian ministry as saying.

All five people in the aircraft were killed, according to the Kremlin.

Images shared on social media apparently showed a dead body stripped of clothes and Russian identity documents taken from the helicopter, Reuters reported.

Rebel groups are staging an offensive to break a government siege on rebel-held parts of Aleppo around 25 miles from the reported crash site.

Pro-Syrian government forces on the ground are being supported by heavy air strikes in the same area.

Al Qaeda Officially Joins US Backed “Freedom Fighters”.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on July 25 details of a “U.S. plan” for military cooperation and intelligence sharing with Russia on Syria were expected to be announced in early August.

Image: Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and US Secretary of State John Kerry

Kerry’s statement followed the meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on the sidelines of a meeting of Southeast Asian nations in Laos.

According to the plan, Russia and the U.S. will share intelligence to coordinate air strikes against the Syrian Al Qaeda branch “Jabhat Al Nusra” and prohibit the Russian and Syrian air powers from attacking the so-called “moderate rebels.”

However, the ongoing progress on the ground remains questionable. Al Nusra is the most powerful “opposition group” in Syria, excluding ISIS.

According to the group’s statements, Al Nusra currently stands at 60,000 fighters, although this number is impossible to verify. The group’s units are able to conduct a classic warfare with usage of artillery, battle tanks and other equipment, including drones, as well as they conduct guerrilla warfare and terror attacks of suicide bombers.

According to intelligence information, Al Nusra has been receiving direct support from Turkey and Saudi Arabia and indirect support through the U.S. programs aimed to train “moderate rebels” in Syria.

In other words, if Washington agrees to coordinate its efforts against the terrorist group with Russia, the US-backed Syrian opposition will lose its main striking power.

Entirely by accident, the very same day with Kerry’s statement, Abu Mohammad Al Golani, leader of Al Nusra, made a public statement announcing that Jabhat Al Nusra has separated from Al Qaeda, organizationally and taken a new name, Jabhat Fateh Al Sham (Sham Liberation Front).

This move signifies the start of full-scale rebranding campaign, clearly aimed to evade the effects of Russian-U.S. deal to coordinate efforts against the terrorist group.

Al Nusra is aiming to depict itself as a “moderate opposition group,” adjusting to the constant pressure from Russians that had pushed Washington to accept the deal.

It’s easy to expect a series of reports in the Western media that will depict Al Nusra’s rebranding as an important step on the way to better “democratic” Syria. Because, now, when the group changed its name, nobody has to doubt that it remains a terrorist organization.

These reports will likely call the group “rebels” and hide the original source of “opposition fighters” from Jabhat Fateh Al Sham. Indeed, they have never avoided doing this.

It’s possible to expect that Al Nusra’s rebranding will allow the U.S. to avoid any significant actions under the long-awaited deal with Russia, claiming that there is no such entity as Jabhat Al Nusra at the battlefield.

Moreover, Jabhat Fateh Al Sham units will likely further shuffle with vestiges of the so-called “moderate opposition.” Strategically, it could create a foothold for the groups’ foreign sponsors to push the terrorist group as a part of the Vienna talks and post-war Syria consensus.

How To Break Out From A Prison.

Before you read this story, please understand that a life of crime doesn’t pay, and you don’t need to be in jail when there’s so much you can contribute to the society–especially to your loved ones.

A skinny inmate in southwest Russia named Rustam Shakhrutdinov has proven that there’s an easy way to break out of jail.

This is another version of Prisonbreak, but this time it’s not a movie.

Rustam was seen in an online video from a prison cam stripping himself naked before squeezing through a food hatch and leaving jail, just like that. Don’t think it was too easy, he must have suffered more than you can imagine through the planning stage. Breaking out of prison is a tasking adventure, if we can’t use the word “risky”.

The 25-year-old inmate dubbed “snake man” has gone viral after the footage surfaced online.

Prisoner strips and escapes

This is the extraordinary moment when the snake man started his well calculated adventure.

Continue reading “How To Break Out From A Prison.”

IOC Backs IAAF Ban On Russia.

The IOC threw its support behind the decision to ban Russia’s track-and-field team from the Rio Olympics and said Saturday it plans to “further far-reaching measures” to crack down on doping ahead of the Games.

Image: The International Olympic Committee meeting held between 1-3 June, 2016.

The International Olympic Committee said it “welcomes and supports” and “fully respects” Friday’s ruling by track and field’s world governing body to maintain its ban on Russia because of widespread doping.

The IOC, which has ultimate authority over the Olympics, also noted that the IAAF has control over which track and field athletes are eligible to compete at the Games.

“The eligibility of athletes in any international competition including the Olympic Games is a matter for the respective international federation,” the IOC said.  Continue reading “IOC Backs IAAF Ban On Russia.”