MEET THE ‘PUTEENS’ in Novosibirsk, Murmansk, Omsk and Moscow.
In March 2018 the Economist of London interviewed dozens of 18–20 year olds across Russia and gave them the name ‘Puteens’.
They are the first generation of Russians to be born after Boris Yeltsin sat before a New Year’s tree in 1999 and told the Russian people “I am leaving” and handed the future of his country to Vladimir Putin.
Minsk the capital of Belarus is in Russia’s Backyard
Pushkin Square in Moscow on Saturday could have been mistaken for the centre of Minsk, where protest marches calling for change have occurred each weekend despite the fury of Soviet era strongman Alexander Lukashenko.
Many protesters in Moscow waved the red and white flag which has become the symbol of protest in Minsk. However, another similarity in Moscow which maybe of long-term significance, was the appearance of toy drums aiding the rhythmic chanting of one song again and again- ‘Changes’. A Soviet era dissident rock anthem, that has deep resonance for millions widely across Russia.
Russia recently launched at the Admiralty Shipyard in St Petersburg, the ‘Ivan Papanin’ which is the first of a powerful new design of Combat Icebreaker to be deployed in the Arctic, where they will bolster Russia’s military presence as it seeks to assert its ownership over vast oil and gas reserves.
Following the launch, Tass reported that Russia has for the first time a warship specifically designed and armed for Arctic warfare. The ‘Ivan Papanin’ is planned to be operational in 2024. A second vessel ‘Nikolai Lubov’ is building in the same yard. read more
“The world risks sleep-walking into a space war” – reports the Times of London
Cosmos 2543 is a Russian satellite 600 km above the earth. For months the US has tracked 2543 because its actions raised alarm in Washington when it moved close to an American spy satellite.
On July 15 US suspicions were confirmed when 2543 fired a projectile out across space. 2543 was no ordinary satellite – it was a potential ‘killer’. In October 1957 Sputnik 1 circled the earth for three weeks reminding the entire World of the technological power of the Soviet Union.