russia Archive

chinaUSA should build artificial island bases for allies in the age of hypersonic missiles

No one has effective anti-hypersonic missile systems now and there is no anti-hypersonic missile system in development that looks to be very effective or near deployment. This means any major power conflict would make submarines the main effective part of …

goldSunken Russian ship found and believed to have 3400 tons of gold worth $130 billion

A South Korean salvage team (South Korea, China, Canada and the UK) has discovered the wreck of a Russian warship that was sunk in a naval battle 113 years ago and is believed contain 5500 boxes of gold bars and …

iranRussia investing $64 billion in Iran’s oil and gas

Russia is getting ready to invest US$50 billion in Iran’s oil and gas industry. A Russian oil company has signed an agreement with Iran worth US$4 billion, and that deal “will be implemented soon.” Russian energy giants Rosneft and Gazprom …

russiaRussia and the Black Widow red head female spies

The Marvel comics character of Natasha Romonava was created in 1964 as a red-head russian spy. There are now two famous example red-head female russian spies in real life. Maria Butina is another red-headed russian female spy, who was recently …

air forceRussia cancels stealth Su-57 but will make improved Su-35

Russia is cancelling the Su-57 (aka T-50) stealth fighter. They built 11 planes in early production but India has dropped out as a partner. Russia will apply the stealth technology and other advancements for an improved version of the SU-35. …

europeRussia still can overrun the Baltic NATO countries in about 60 hours

In 2016, RAND wargamed scenarios which showed that Russia could overrun Latvia and Lithuania and Estonia in about 60 hours. RAND has a 2018 analysis of how Russia is continuing to outmatch NATO and the USA in the Baltics. Poland …

energyRussia and China building nuclear reactors to gain power in developing countries

Russia has been using nuclear power projects to gain economic influence around the world. Russia has 60% of recent global nuclear reactor sales. Russia is building or has contracts to build 35 reactors in 11 countries. France’s Areva has not …

bitcoinRussia’s attempted voter hacking used malware and $95000 worth of bitcoin

Twelve members of russian intelligence were indicted for trying to hack the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, the Democratic National Committee, and the presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton using malware. They released information on the internet under the names “DCLeaks” and …

hypersonicRussia will widely deploy longer range hypersonic mach 6 missile

Russia claims that will soon put a new hypersonic mach 6 Vympel R-37M air-to-air missile onto its fighter planes. The claimed specifications are * a range of 188 miles * 132 lbs of explosives in the warhead * speeds of …

chinaChina buys nuclear generators for moon and 4 new commercial nuclear reactors from Russia

China is buying more nuclear reactors and nuclear technology from Russia. * four more VVER-1200 units at Xudabao and Tianwan * cooperation in the CFR-600 fast reactor pilot project * supply of the RITEG (Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generator) parts for China’s …