Military planes from Belarus and the Russian Federation carried out joint patrols

Belarus and Russia conducted another patrol along the western border of the republic. This was reported by & nbsp; the Belarusian Ministry of Defense in its Telegram channel.

The report says that tasks that involve patrolling the airspace along the border with Belarus are continuing.

“Belarusian and Russian airmen have once again today demonstrated their great competence and ability to jointly carry out the tasks assigned to them,” said the press service.

The Eastern Military District had previously received new Su-34 multipurpose bombers.

Earlier it was reported that the British Army has adopted a new Sky Saber air defense system to protect against Russian Su-57 aircraft.


Urals inhabitant, who buried acquaintance alive, sentenced to 15 years in prison

The court sentenced a resident of the Sverdlovsk region, who buried an acquaintance alive for a debt of 500 rubles, to 15 years in a strict-regime settlement, the commission reported ; Russian Federation survey.

According to the court and the investigation, on the night of July 3, 2016, the accused and his accomplice kidnapped a young man in Karpinsk in order to force him to repay a debt of 500 rubles. They took him to the forest near the village of Sosnovka, where, threatening to murder and beating him, they forced him to dig a hole. After that he was covered with earth.

The accused was convicted of kidnapping by a group of people, and murder involving kidnapping by a group of people.

It is specified that the convict's accomplice died before the trial.

Earlier it was reported that in the Stavropol Territory & nbsp; a schoolboy was found shot dead in the woods & nbsp; after a hike for mushrooms. The tragedy took place in the village of Nina in the Soviet district.

It was also learned that a resident of Irkutsk planted a bomb in the elevator in revenge on his neighbor.


Helicopter test pilot Mi Gurgen Karapetyan dies

At the age of 84, a Mi helicopter test pilot died Hero of the Soviet Union Gurgen Karapetyan. TASS writes about this, referring to the message from the holding company “ Russian Helicopters. & # 39; & # 39;
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According to the managing director of the holding, Nikolai Kolesov, the whole life of Gurgen & nbsp; Karapetyan was dedicated to the service of the homeland and aviation.
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Karapetyan & nbsp; from 1962 to 1993. worked at the flight test complex of the Mil Moscow helicopter factory. Over the years of work & nbsp; he mastered 39 types of helicopters, gliders and airplanes, and taking into account the modifications & ndash; more than 100. Gurgen Karapetyan has spent more than 5.5 thousand hours in the air, & nbsp; steering wheel on all types of Mi helicopters. & nbsp;

The pilot set 10 world aviation records for helicopter speed and capacity. In 1991, Gurgen Karapetyan was awarded the title of Hero of the Soviet Union, later he received the Medal of the Security Council of the Russian Federation “ For merits in ensuring national security. & # 39; & # 39; , he was 74 years old.


New Su-34 bombers entered the Air Defense Forces in Khabarovsk

The Eastern Military District has received new Su-34 multipurpose bombers, reports TASS.

Several new machines have entered service both in the Air Force Bombing Aviation Unit and Air Defense Association, stationed in the Khabarovsk Territory.

As the representatives of the military department noted, in the near future the aircraft will be used for training flights during the winter training period.

Earlier it was also reported that in 2022, in combat service in aviation units, the Russian aerospace forces will be equipped with new aircraft with weapons hypersonic.


Highest rating. SUEK has become a leader in sustainable development in Russia

Russia's leading economic newspaper “ Expert & # 39; & # 39; published the third sustainability note. According to him, SUEK has once again become a leader in this field. Rosneft, Sberbank, TMK and Norilsk Nickel also received high marks on the most important criterion for the development of the territories of presence.

The social policy of the company is implemented by the SUEK-REGIONS fund. Thanks to him, tens of thousands of families across the country are improving their living conditions. In the study, experts noted that paying attention to creating a comfortable environment, developing the social infrastructure of the regions of presence, as well as supporting local communities are important aspects of stability. long-term rating executives' business. .

According to the rest of the ranking criteria, namely employee social support, ecology and other indicators, SUEK also took the top spots. This again earned him the confident leading position in rating with companies such as NLMK, Phosagro, TMK, Norilsk Nickel, Rosneft. and Sberbank.

“ We aspire to an overall improvement in the quality of life of people, which increases the interest in living in a specific area, which in turn helps our businesses to work in a stable manner, '' ; & # 39; & mdash; SUEK CEO Stepan Solzhenitsyn said.

SUEK has been repeatedly recognized as a leader in the field of sustainable development in Russia. The company has successfully passed the ESG assessment of the rating agency S&P, and occupies the top positions in authoritative ESG ratings at Russian and international levels, including in the agency's RAEX Europe RA Expert rating, as well as in the ESG indices of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs.

Recently, SUEK's highest level of social responsibility was also confirmed by the Leaders of Corporate Charity project. The company entered Category A (Best Practices) in the Charity and Social Investment ranking. She has also won awards in the eponymous Social Programs competition in nominations in fields such as health, education, and the environment. In addition, SUEK became one of the first national companies to receive the official status of partner in national projects.


SUEK & mdash; one of the world's leading coal mining and power companies, the largest producer of coal in Russia, the largest supplier of coal to the domestic market and to export , one of the main producers of heat and electricity in the country. SUEK's mining, processing, energy, transportation and service companies are located in 12 regions of Russia. More than 70,000 people work in SUEK companies. The main shareholder & mdash; Andrey Melnichenko.


Interrogation of Rashkin in Illegal Hunting Case Completed in Board of Inquiry

The first interrogation of Communist Party faction State Duma MK Valery Rashkin ended without charge, TASS reports.

Rashkin left the IC building in the technical lane, the interrogation lasted about four hours. As MP Konstantin Lazarev's lawyer explained, his client has not been charged.

Recall that on November 25, the State Duma agreed to deprive Rashkin of parliamentary immunity and to initiate criminal proceedings against him.

Previously, it was reported that Communist Party faction State Duma deputy Valery Rashkin was summoned for questioning at the investigative committee for violations of hunting rules as a suspect. According to the investigation, the deputy on the night of October 28-29, together with his accomplices, hunted a moose in the territory of the Lebedka hunting farm. in the Saratov region. Rashkin was not allowed to hunt. & Nbsp; & nbsp;


What type of “Coalition-SV” howitzer, whose condition tests will begin in 2022?

The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation reports that state tests of the Coalition-SV self-propelled howitzer will begin in 2022. They are scheduled to end in September of the same year. During this time, a special commission will assess the reliability of the installation and its adequacy with the tactical and technical characteristics. If all goes well, the vehicle will begin to enter the troops. discovered what is known about & nbsp; Russian Howitzer and for what tasks does the Russian Army need it.

Self-propelled howitzer of the Coalition-SV. Photo:


According to some experts, this is the most ambitious project for an artillery force of the past decade. The weapon outperforms all of its existing domestic counterparts.

This is a wheeled vehicle that has a number of advantages over tracked tools. In particular, it can move on general roads, and also has great mobility and resource compared to crawler models.

Thanks to the most thoughtful automation, the howitzer can open fire with the push of a single button. Ammunition is supplied by a specially designed robot, and calculations for maximum shooting accuracy are carried out by computer equipment on board.

According to the experts who have studied all the available characteristics of the “ Coalition-SV '', this ACS will help to increase the strike power of the Russian artillery several times. In addition, it significantly bypasses all such installations in service with NATO forces. Before that, not a single Russian artillery complex offered a firing range of 70 km.


ACS is designed to destroy important targets behind enemy lines & ndash; these are command posts, air and missile defense systems, field airfields, supply lines and roads. High mobility and rate of fire allow for effective counter-battery combat, while remaining invulnerable to enemy artillery.

Why are SPGs good?

Self-propelled artillery mounts (SPGs) were first used on the battlefields of WWI, and were used extensively during WWII. In modern conditions, the level of mobility & mdash; one of the key criteria that the artillery must meet. An insufficiently mobile artillery installation can be destroyed within minutes by enemy retaliation.

With the improvement of weapons and means of detection, the time allowed for the howitzer to be in a firing position has been reduced to one minute. During this time, the cannon must perform high intensity fire in order to quickly change locations. As a result, the higher the firepower of the cannon, the shorter the time interval of its location at a point can be.


Work on the creation of a new self-propelled howitzer “ Coalition '' started in the mid-2000s based on the Central Research Institute “ Petrel & # 39; & # 39 ;. The new machine was supposed to surpass in its tactical and technical characteristics the Msta-S self-propelled guns already in service, as well as foreign samples of guns of this class.

Already in 2006 one of the prototypes of the Coalition appeared.;, during the creation of which the developments accumulated during the design of the self-propelled howitzer Msta-S have been involved.

The new howitzer significantly outperforms the Msta-S self-propelled gun adopted in 1989. Thus, the Coalition's firing range extends from 50 to 70 km, while Msta fires at 25 – 29 km. At the same time, the Coalition is transporting 70 ammunition on board against 50 to the Msta; and is capable of firing up to 23 rounds per minute, while the Msta can only do ten. Coalition it can move on a pavement at a speed of up to 90 km/h; a team of three is needed to control the installation.


on May 22, 2020 to Rostec State Corporation announced the delivery of the first batch of self-propelled howitzers “ Coalition-SV & # 39; & # 39; Russian army.

In 2017, the Russian Defense Ministry signed a contract for the supply of an experimental batch of coalition artillery systems. It was about buying ten cars. Serial deliveries of howitzers will begin after the completion of all tests, which are expected to end in 2020. In early 2018, Russia's Deputy Defense Minister Yuri Borisov announced that the armed forces would receive another 12 2S35 Coalition-SV units, which will also be tested by the end of 2020.


I'm excited. US to produce 480 of the last thermonuclear bombs by 2025

In the United States, by 2025, 480 of the last B61-12F aeronautical thermonuclear bombs will be manufactured and put on alert. This is three times more than the country's current arsenal. The bombs are intended for use by fifth and fourth generation fighters and bombers, as well as promising military aircraft of various types. New ammunition was also able to plan and steer.

& nbsp; At the end of November, it was reported that the United States had completed the development of a new tactical nuclear bomb B61-12 and would begin mass production soon. It has been reported that in 2022 they will be supplied to replace the obsolete versions of this aerial bomb (B61-3 and B61-4) in US warehouses in the continental United States and in Europe.

& nbsp; According to various estimates, the United States currently has 100-150 nuclear bombs in the European theater of operations for tactical aviation use. And then there was a message that in a few years the United States is planning to increase their arsenal several times. This number exceeds the nuclear weapon arsenals held by China, France, Britain, Pakistan, India, North Korea and Israel.

& nbsp; The most recent bombs are intended for the release of supersonic B-2 Spirit bombers, 5th generation F-35A block4 fighters, as well as older F-15E and F-16C/D, F/A-18, Eurofighter-Tornado . In addition, depending on the available data, they can be suspended from F-15E and F-16C/D, F/A-18, Eurofighter-Tornado aircraft of non-nuclear NATO member countries. & nbsp;

& nbsp; The B61-12 bomb is distinguished by the ability to hover and the homing head. The tail makes the bomb controllable and more precise, making it possible not to drop it with a parachute, but to drop it from a plane flying at high altitude. A dropped bomb autonomously plans many kilometers towards the target, if necessary, “piloting” to it.

& nbsp; Its power can vary from 0.3-1.5 to 10 or 50 Klt. The manufacturer of these weapons of mass destruction is the Pantex factory in Texas. Since the beginning of November, a dozen such munitions have already been manufactured there. As a reminder, US nuclear weapons are currently deployed in Germany, Turkey, Belgium, the Netherlands and Italy.

& nbsp; The US National Nuclear Safety Administration (NNSA) announced last week that production of new nuclear bombs began in late November at the Pantex facility in Texas. The United States is said to already have at least ten of the new ammunition.

& nbsp; The B61-12 nuclear bombs are a modification of the previous versions of the B61-3, 4, 7 10 and 11 ammunition. They are designed to equip the strategic stealth bombers B-2 Spirit and the B-21 Raider under development, as well as American and other NATO fighters and bombers in Europe. America has already started delivering F-35A block4 multifunction fighter-bombers to Poland, suitable for the launch of B61-12. It is believed that in the future an American warehouse will also appear in this country, where ammunition will be stored.

& nbsp; Recall that this is the most powerful weapon in the world. A thermonuclear bomb can be made much more powerful than an atomic bomb. The explosive power of the atomic bomb & nbsp; & mdash; it is the result of an ultra-rapid release of energy that occurs as a result of a nuclear fission chain reaction of a heavy chemical element, such as 39; uranium-235 or plutonium. The explosion of a thermonuclear bomb (also called hydrogen) occurs in two stages. It starts with & nbsp; the detonation of an atomic bomb, called the “initiator”. As a result of this first explosion, the conditions are created for the two hydrogen nuclei to come together so that they can combine. This is the second step, which is called synthesis.

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Manturov: RF in 5-6 years will create hydrogen turbines for power generation

In the next five to six years, Russia will start to create hydrogen turbines to convert part of the production of electricity into hydrogen. The head of the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation Denis Manturov spoke about it during a meeting of the Russian-Italian Council for Economic, Industrial, Monetary and Financial Cooperation.

He invited Italian companies to participate in the implementation of Russian eco-projects. Manturov said he was aware of Italy's ambitious plans in the development and practical application of hydrogen technologies. & Nbsp;

Serial production of commercial vehicles on this energy carrier already in 2023, “the head of the TASS Ministry of Industry and Trade quotes.

Previously, it was reported that more than 9 billion rubles would be allocated to the development of hydrogen energy in Russia. The Deputy Minister of Energy & nbsp; RF Pavel Sorokin has suggested that hydrogen production in Russia will become profitable in 10 to 12 years.


Pope is ready to come to Moscow to meet Patriarch Cyril

A new meeting between Pope Francis and Patriarch Cyril of Moscow and All Russia will take place in the foreseeable future. The pontiff announced this during a press conference on board the plane upon his return from the apostolic journey to Greece and Cyprus, reports TASS.

According to the Primate of the Roman Catholic Church, a meeting with Patriarch Kirill is “on the foreseeable horizon”. The pontiff said that next week the head of the Moscow Patriarchate's Department of External Church Relations, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, is expected to arrive to him to agree on the details of this event.

“ I am always ready to go to Moscow. You don't need protocols to talk to your brother, ”the pontiff said.

The first & nbsp; meeting of primates since the Great Schism of Churches in 1054, when the Catholic and Orthodox Churches were completely divided, took place in Havana on February 12, 2016.

This year in Athens and Nicosia, Pope Francis spoke with the primates of the Orthodox Church of Cyprus, Archbishop Chrysostomos II and the Greek Orthodox Church, the Greek Orthodox Church, the Cypriot Orthodox Church. Archbishop Jerome II. Commenting on these meetings, the pontiff expressed the opinion that the dialogue should continue without waiting for the consent of the theologians. “Theologians should continue to study because it helps to achieve unity, but in the meantime we are moving forward, praying together, doing good deeds,” said the Primate of L & # 39; 39; Roman Catholic Church. “Working and praying together is something we can do. The unit starts today with this. & # 39; & # 39;

Pope Francis' visit to Greece and Cyprus lasted from December 2-6. On the occasion of such a historic event, hundreds of believers from neighboring countries gathered in Cyprus to participate in the ecumenical prayer that the Pontiff celebrated at the Church of the Holy Cross in Nicosia .

Earlier, the Pope called the Mediterranean Sea a “great cemetery” because large numbers of refugees die there trying to reach European Union countries . He called for leniency towards illegal migrants. The pontiff's declaration aroused & nbsp; a reaction to the Russian Foreign Ministry.

In October, information on a possible meeting of the primates of the Russian Orthodox and Roman Catholic churches & nbsp; has been confirmed & nbsp; by the Head of the Department of External Church Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk. >