February 05, 2019 05:47 PM When the sprawling "Patriot" theme park was inaugurated two years ago, the Russian Ministry of Defense invited thousands of visitors to re-enact the 1945 Battle of Berlin around a life-size model of the Reichstag, Germany's parliament building, that it had built. An old German Messerschmitt airplane flew overhead, and loudspeakers blared Russian military marches and Wagner's "Ride of the Valkyries." Visitors to "Patriot" get to play soldier for a day: They can spoon army rations in partisan hideouts, gander at the latest war booty from Syria, admire historic tanks and even shoot Kalashnikovs. More recently, the sprawling, snowy grounds were the scene of another performance by Russia's military leadership. The Defense Ministry invited foreign military attaches and correspondents to bear witness as the country demonstrated its innocence to the world. Guests were ushered into an empty exhibition hall where, just to be safe, there was no mobile phone … [Read more...] about Arms Race: Will Europe Be Victim of Nuclear Power Plays?
The history of nuclear weapons
Russia and Belarus oppose NATO and the United States. Alexander Lukashenko considers the Alliance as a threat to its authoritarian rule. This is contrary to the interests of Belarus, because NATO could guarantee its true independence, – said in an interview with “Polish radio”, former Deputy Foreign Minister of Belarus Andrei Sannikov, commenting on the “joint” response of Russia and Belarus to NATO’s actions (translation - Charter97.org).The leader of the civil campaign “European Belarus” also told about the attitude of Russia and Belarus to history, about the role of Sergei Lavrov in the foreign policy of Russia towards Belarus.Sannikov sees a threat in the joint statements of the foreign Ministers of Russia and Belarus about the common fight against the falsification of history, delivered at the meeting of the Collegium of the foreign ministries of Belarus and Russia in Minsk .– Lenin and Stalin are part of … [Read more...] about Andrei Sannikov: Lukashenka serves the interests of Putin
The first soviet atomic bomb test, first lightning, Semipalatinsk test site area, Aug. 29, 1949. Source: Getty Images On August 29, 1949 the Soviet Union tested its first atomic weapon, detonating the RDS-1 nuclear bomb. Spy intelligence played a huge role in the project’s success, and the data gathered from the U.S. nuclear weapons program helped Soviet scientists to avoid mistakes. The nuclear arms race began over 60 years ago, and according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute today there are about 15,850 nuclear warheads shared by the United States, Russia, the United Kingdom, France, China, India, Pakistan, and North Korea. An estimated 1,800 of the total warheads are on high alert. A blinding flash The Soviet Union entered the nuclear club on August 29, 1949 at exactly 7 a.m. when a blinding flash lit up the Semipalatinsk test site area, followed by a loud crackle of electric wires that quickly died out leaving only silence. The test of … [Read more...] about Cloak, dagger and scientific brilliance: The making of the Soviet atom bomb
Seeking to unite global public opinion about the documented catastrophic humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons testing – particularly the 450 nuclear tests conducted in Kazakhstan between 1949 and 1991 that adversely affected the health and lives of nearly two million people, the Project recognizes that in recent decades the cause of abolishing nuclear weapons and weapons testing, and the awareness of the fundamental dangers they pose to life on the planet have become superseded by other humanitarian and environmental issues. The Project believes the time has come to revive among governments and publics around the world an awareness of how dangerous and appalling the consequences of the testing and retention of nuclear arsenals has been, and of the threats that their continued possession poses to the human race. The goals of the Project were articulated well by ATOM Project’s Honorary Ambassador Karipbek Kuyukov from Kazakhstan, a survivor of the effects of nuclear … [Read more...] about An Initiative to Achieve a Nuclear-Weapons-Free World
PUBLISHED: 11:00 08 July 2018 Jon King A group photograph of staff and pupils of the first course to pass through the Central Flying School, August 17 - December 19, 1912. Picture: Air Historical Branch-RAF © Crown copyright This year Britain’s youngest armed service marks its centenary anniversary. Vulcan bombers from RAF Waddington flying in formation in 1957. Picture: RAF The Royal Air Force (RAF) milestone is to be marked with a parade through central London and a Buckingham Palace fly-past involving about 100 aircraft on July 10. Through the celebrations it commemorates past service, recognises serving members and inspires the next generation. The RAF and Women’s Royal Air Force (WRAF) began operations on April Fool’s Day 1918. Armourers preparing the full complement of 112lb RL bombs needed for the night bombing operations by the F.E.2Bs of 149 Squadron at St Omer, France, on July 18, 1918. Picture: Air Historical Branch-RAF It followed months … [Read more...] about RAF 100: Celebrating the legends of the skies