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Russia unveils 'Titanium valley' in the Urals

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Russia unveils 'Titanium valley' in the Urals
Sep 8, 2011 10:44 Moscow Time

The US, Australia, France, Chile, Zambia, and Iran are taking part in the annual Russian arms show in the Ural city of Nizhny Tagil, a spokesperson for the region`s administration told the ITAR-TASS news agency.

Apart from thousands of models of military equipment, visitors will see the presentation of one of Russia’s economic zones, the Titanium Valley. Last year the fair attracted almost 35,000 visitors.

Urals Optical Mechanical Plant presents modernized surveillance system for helicopters at Nizhny Tagil 2011

Uralvagonzavod is going to demonstrate the upgraded T-90 tank to Putin at the Russian Expo Arms-2011

The arms show - Russian Expo Arms-2011 will open in Nizhny Tagil on September 8. The Uralvagonzavod Research and Production Corporation will demonstrate for the first time in public combat characteristics of the upgraded T-90 tank. The front-row audience will be represented by Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.

The vehicle has a more powerful engine. The upgraded armament includes a new gun and a remotely-operated machine gun. Besides, T-90 is equipped with an automated fire control system that will help in target search. The Relikt explosive reactive armor of the fifth generation protects the tank turret and hull against all existing anti-tank shells and missiles.

The representatives of the Press Service of the corporation have informed RusBusinessNews that the exhibition will also showcase a tank support fighting vehicle (BMPT). The pilot military project passed the government tests; however, it has not been put into service for the Russian Army yet. At present, the corporation uses BMPTs for export supplies. The first three vehicles were bought by the Republic of Kazakhstan. BMPT can destroy tanks, infantry combat vehicles, helicopters and low-altitude aircraft. The design of the vehicle includes the upgraded chassis of the T-72 tank. It is equipped with two twin-barreled 30-mm automatic guns, Ataka-T guided weapon, automatic grenade launchers and a machine gun.

The display of the Uralvagonzavod Research and Production Corporation, which is marking its 75th birthday, will become the most impressive at Russian Expo Arms-2011. The holding will be represented by nine defense companies.

NATO envoy back to Russia with nationalist project
Published: 8 September, 2011, 12:49
Edited: 8 September, 2011, 12:50

The Russian question has become the key problem for the country while immigration is a serious threat to the economy and society, believes Russia’s ambassador to NATO Dmitry Rogozin.

He has marked his return to domestic politics with a report on the national question during the Yaroslavl Global Policy Forum.

“The situation Russian people are now facing, the Russian question, is the main nerve of today’s Russian politics,” he stated, addressing the forum. “Like the West, Russia has come under unprecedented immigration pressure. Our immigration is not justified in terms of the economy and is extremely dangerous politically and socially,” Kommersant daily quoted him as saying.

He went on to say that the major tension is between natives of the North Caucasus and Russians.

“Natives of those [North Caucaus] republics defiantly violate the Russian cultural standard. Some peoples in Russia are more equal than others, and the Russian people are now in the position of the discriminated majority,” he asserted.

In this situation, there are few possible scenarios for the future, he said. “Either the province will subject the center and barbarize it or the province will modernize the center.”

To achieve the modernization goals, Dmitry Rogozin put forward a four-point program. First, equal rights for all peoples of Russia. This does not mean “some special rights” he stressed, but “justice” for the Russian people. Second, the ideas of multiculturalism and tolerance should be abandoned. In the third place, the Caucasus “should be returned to the Russian space,” that is, “there should be no political and legal off shores.” And the final and most important point is the “re-nationalization of the Russian people, re-establishment of the spirit of statehood…and resurrection of historical memory and great Russian culture.”

And to avoid painful developments the plan, in his opinion, should be put into practice as soon as possible.

The national issue is indeed a matter of concern for many Russians. According to a poll conducted by the independent research Levada-Center in August, 44 per cent admitted xenophobic feeling towards immigrants who provoke them with their conduct.

Before being appointed Russia’s envoy to NATO in 2008, Dmitry Rogozin headed the moderate nationalist party Rodina (Motherland), which managed to gain significant popularity, to a large degree thanks to its charismatic leader.

Rogozin informed of his return to domestic politics on Tuesday, stating he planned to restore his old political project, the Congress of Russian Communities. On September 21, during a Congress session, he is expected to announce whether or not he will run for president.

Protesters Near Moscow Say Dump Polluting Environment
September 08, 2011

DEDENEVO, Russia -- Some 300 protesters from settlements near Moscow picketed the district government building on September7 to demand the closure of a dump they say is polluting the environment, RFE/RL's Russian Service reports.

The protesters, who live near the town of Dedenevo, want local officials to shut down the Dmitrov dump and to reverse their decision to build a facility nearby that would burn waste.

The Dmitrov dump was used until 1991 to bury military waste. But since 1996 the site has been used by Moscow city authorities as a regular garbage dump.

The demonstrators say the level of lead in the local Ikshanka River -- a tributary of the Moskva River -- is eight times above safe levels and the soil and groundwater have been contaminated by excessive amounts of oil and metal-based waste.

The Moskva River flows through the center of Moscow.

Dedenevo has about 6,600 people and is situated about 15 kilometers north of Moscow.

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