Russia launches massive Arctic military drills

Mar 16, 2015

Russia launches massive Arctic military drills

The Russian military has launched massive military maneuvers in the Arctic, part of its effort to expand its presence in the polar region. Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said Monday that the drills will involve 38,000 servicemen, more than 50 surface ships and submarines and ...

Ukrainians leave, citing rebel area mismanagement

Mar 16, 2015

Ukrainians leave, citing rebel area mismanagement

Looking out over the several hundred cars lined up to cross into Russia from rebel-held eastern Ukraine, Vladimir curses the separatist authorities who he says are forcing people to venture out of the rebel stronghold in search of basic needs. In contrast to the ...

Institute: China now world's third-biggest arms exporter

Mar 16, 2015

Institute: China now world's third-biggest arms exporter

China has overtaken Germany to become the world’s third-biggest arms exporter, although its 5 percent of the market remains small compared to the combined 58 percent of exports from the U.S. and Russia, a new study says. China’s share of the global arms market ...

In Russia, speculation swirls over Putin absence

Mar 13, 2015

In Russia, speculation swirls over Putin absence

Speculation is swirling in Russia about the state of Vladimir Putin’s health, as an unusual spell outside the public eye fuels the rumor mill. On Thursday, the Russian president’s spokesman sought to quash such talk, saying in an interview that Putin’s health is “really ...