In what has been described as “the first sale to Russia of such technology by a NATO country,” French President Nicolas Sarkozy announced Tuesday that France had finalized and signed an agreement with the Russian Federation for the purchase of four Mistral class amphibious assault ships to the Russian Navy.
As if news of the restoration of the Soviet Union through the new Customs Union was not alarming enough on its own, Britain's Telegraph recently reported that Russia’s “domestic FSB security service is trying to subsume the SVR foreign intelligence service in order to recreate a latter day KGB in all but name.”
As reported previously, the Communist Party of South Africa (CPSA) hosted the 12th International Meeting of Communist and Workers Parties. Among the stated “102 delegates representing 51 participating Parties from 43 countries” was the Russian Communist Workers' Party – Revolutionary Party of Communists (RCWP-RPC) leader Viktor Tyulkin.
Russia’s Trial of the Century has come to a close with the final ruling declaring former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky guilty of embezzling over $25 billion dollars worth of oil from the Yukos oil company he founded and ran.
The bear continues to rattle as, on December 23, the Russian news agency Itar-Tass reported that a former Russian colonel was “detained on suspicions of complicity in terrorism.” Sources at Moscow’s Lefortovo district court identified the suspect as “Former Colonel of the Russian Military Intelligence Service (GRU), Vladimir Kvachkov” and told Itar-Tass that Col. Kvachkov “is suspected of complicity in terrorism and plans to organize an armed revolt.”
The bear is still in the woods and it is waking up from its 20-year hibernation, as a "new" free-trade zone agreement sets itself to restore the Soviet Union. On December 16, 2010, Reuters reported on what could be described as the resurrection of the former Soviet Union, through the invitation of the Ukraine to join the post-Soviet free-trade zone, or Customs Union, between Russia, Belarus, and Kazakhstan.
Following the release of a series of State Department cables that unveiled Russia's support of international terrorism, WikiLeaks has yet again released a cadre of cables that further place Russia under the veil of scrutiny regarding its activities in Tajikistan.