Updated on Friday, May 27, 2011, 08:37
Moscow: A new Talwar class stealth frigate built by Russia for the Indian Navy was launched at a solemn ceremony at Yantar Shipyard in Russia's Baltic exclave of Kaliningrad.
Ira Malhotra, wife of newly-appointed Ambassador Ajai Malhotra, launched the stealth frigate 'Trikand', the third of the three stealth frigates christened by President Pratibha Devisingh Patil along with 'Teg' (Sabre) and 'Trakash' (Quiver) in the Navy's tradition of naming the same class of warships beginning with common letter.
"Trikand", means a mythological arrow with three heads.
Deputy Head of the Defence Committee of the State Duma, Savenko, Deputy Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Baltic Fleet Vice Admiral VP Kravchuk and top officials from ROSOBORONEXPORT state arms exporters, United Shipbuilding Corporation, Federal Service for Military Technical Cooperation, Russian industry and public representatives also attended the ceremony.
Ambassador Malhotra congratulated workers of the state-owned Yantar Shipyard and all associated organizations on the successful launch.
He recalled that defence cooperation was a key pillar of the special and privileged strategic partnership between India and Russia, and that that the launch of INS Trikand reflected the sophisticated level that India-Russia defence co-operation had achieved.
Malhotra noted that joint development and construction of advanced and frontline defence system and platforms, such as INS Trikand, had become a new hallmark of India-Russia defence cooperation.
The first warship under the present project, "Teg", was launched in November 2009.
The second ship, "Tarkash", was launched in June 2010. Delivery of all three ships to the Indian Navy and their commissioning will take place during 2011-12, after completion of outfitting works and extensive trials in harbor and at sea.
Like its predecessors the INS Trikand will carry the supersonic BrahMos missile system.
It would also be armed with advanced surface to air missiles, 100mm artillery guns, and other sophisticated equipment, as also a deck- based KA-31 helicopter.
At the request of Russian prosecutors, law enforcement agencies in France and Switzerland have frozen some 21 million Swiss franks on the accounts of Forus Group. Forus Group was allegedly founded by exiled Russian business tycoon Boris Berezovsky in order to launder money from Russian air carrier Aeroflot. The businessman’s two luxury yachts, worth some $20 million, have also been seized. Aeroflot is seeking more than $100 million in damages from London-based Berezovsky, who has been sentenced in absentia in Russia on charges of embezzlement, fraud and money laundering.
Bosnia, Russia step up bilateral relations
Russia signed an intergovernmental program with Bosnia and Herzegovina on Thursday to step up bilateral cooperation between the two countries , the Russian Foreign Ministry reported.
Deputy Russian foreign minister Vladimir Titov and his Bosnian counterpart Ana Trisic-Babic met on Thursday to discuss a wide range of cooperation issues and approved a plan of ministerial consultations in 2011-12.
During the talks, the Russian side confirmed its readiness to support the strengthening of Bosnia and Herzegovina's statehood and help further stabilize the country.
MAKHACHKALA. May 27 (Interfax) - A militant was killed in a shootout with police officers in the Karabudakhkent district of Dagestan last night, a spokesman for the republic's branch of the Russian Investigative Committee told Interfax.
A man sitting inside a Lada car that was stopped by police for a check on a Manas-Sergokala motorway "opened fire on policemen, who fired back, killing the attacker," the spokesman said.
"He was identified as Magomed Bagautdinov. A Makarov pistol was confiscated from him," he said.
Investigators are currently working at the site.
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Gunmen blocked in house in Dagestan.
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MOSCOW, May 27 (Itar-Tass) —— A group of gunmen is blocked in a house in Dagestan. Fighting is underway, a National Antiterrorism Committee spokesman told Itar-Tass.
"A group of up to five gunmen is blocked in a private house in the village of Chontaul, Dagestan's Kizilyurt district. Residents were evacuated from nearby houses before the beginning of the active phase of the operation. At present fighting is going on," NAC spokesman Nikolai Sintsov said.
According to the NAC information centre, the counter-terrorist operation regime was imposed in the village at 06:00 Moscow time. The gunmen responded with fire to the order to surrender and are continuing their fierce resistance.