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Sergey Mironov, 30, a Russian citizen who had been arrested last Friday in Armenia’s Zvartnots Airport on charges of an illegal transfer of military technologies and money laundering, on Wednesday fled for Russia, TASS reported. On Tuesday, an Armenian court refused to remand Mironov, after the US had placed him the international wanted list. Mironov, 30, who had arrived in the capital Yerevan with his wife Yulia on vacation, was detained at the request of US authorities.
According to a report in RIA Novosti, Mironov is employed by the Moscow office of Synesis, a company developing intelligent video surveillance and business intelligence based on computer vision analysis.
Mironov’s attorney, Karen Nersisyan, told TASS, “My client had a return ticket to Moscow for August 31. Based on the court ruling, the motion for his arrest was turned down and we found in the court’s decision no grounds for keeping my client from leaving Armenia.”
Nersesyan told RT his client was wanted “”for alleged money laundering crimes worth $50,000.”
Nersisyan told Rossiya 24 TV earlier that since the US search for Sergei Mironov was riddled with legal irregularities, his client should be extradited to Russia, rather than to the US. “The Americans and Interpol violated my client’s elementary rights against illegal search and seizure,” he said, suggesting that “because of these violations, Armenia’s law enforcement and justice system must hand the Russian citizen over to Russia, and urge the Americans to follow procedure and contact Russia’s judiciary and, naturally, Interpol.”
The US has been chasing after Mironov since May for the illegal transfer of US military technology to an unnamed foreign country.JNi.Media
Ali Shamkhani, Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council, announced Tuesday that Iran is letting Russia use its infrastructure to fight against terrorism in Syria, IRNA reported.
According to TASS, citing a Russian Defense Ministry report, “Long-range bombers Tupolev-22M3 and frontline bombers Sukhoi-34 took off from the Hamadan air base in Iran carrying the full bomb load to deal a massive air strike against facilities of the terrorist groups Islamic State and Jabhat al-Nusra in Aleppo, Deir ez-Zor and Idlib provinces.”
The bombers destroyed five large armament depots, three command posts and militants’ training camps used by terrorists for operations in Aleppo, the report said.
The report added that Russia’s Sukhoi-30SM and Sukhoi-35 from the Hmeymim base in Syria provided protection, and “all planes coped with their tasks and returned to base.”
This is the first time Russian planes have used an Iranian airfield for the operation in Syria. On all previous occasions Russia’s long-range bombers operated from airfields in Russia, and front-line bombers flew out of Hmeymim in Syria.JNi.Media
Donald Trump’s recent statements regarding his respect for Russian President Vladimir Putin and his policies regarding, among other places, Ukraine, are evidence that the United States is becoming pro-Russian, Russian Federation Council’s International Affairs Committee Chairman Konstantin Kosachev suggested on Thursday.
“Trump has repeatedly proven that he, like no one else, understands the public’s demand for a change in course, and the attitudes of a large part of voters who have grown tired of the Clintons and the Bushes,” Kosachev wrote on his Facebook page.
The fact that a presidential candidate is speaking out in favor of improving relations with Russia means that “similar sentiment is becoming more and more popular in the US, and it can unify political points,” Kosachev added. “Only time will tell whether Trump is ready or—no less important—capable of implementing this. It is definitely too early to celebrate,” the lawmaker concluded.
For now, any predictions of Trump’s plans on recognizing Ukraine’s Crimea as part of Russia and lifting sanctions if he becomes president “are like gazing into a crystal ball, just like with his other vociferous statements,” Kosachev conceded.
Candidate Trump has stated that, if elected, he would consider recognizing occupied Crimea as a Russian territory and lifting sanctions against Russia. Crimea was taken by force in a staged February 2014 coup.David Israel
On the same week Israel and Turkey have reached the beginning of a rapprochement, following a formal apology by Prime Minister Netanyahu a few years ago for the IDF’s killing of 10 Turkish Citizens who brutally attacked Israeli soldiers, now Turkish President Erdogan appears to have taken a page out of Bibi’s playbook: he sent a letter to Russian President Putin urging the restoration of “traditional friendly ties” between their two countries, and spelled out how sorry he was for downing a Russian Sukhoi Su-24 aircraft and killing its pilot.
Turkey’s prime minister Binali Yildirim said late Monday that “the content of the letter is very clear. We express our regret. We say that we are sharing the pain felt by those who lost loved ones. We say that we will pay compensation, if needed.”
Now, was that so difficult?
“I suppose our president will have a phone call with Putin today, tomorrow, maybe Wednesday, maybe Thursday,” Yildirim said.
After the downing of the Russian plane last November, the Kremlin ordered sanctions on food products, an end to visa-free travel and a ban on Russian tourists taking package holidays in Turkey. Natural gas deliveries were in jeopardy as well. Suddenly Turkey was facing a raging enemy where none had stood before.
For its part, Russia’s Foreign Ministry viewed the letter with the apologies as a step in a right direction to normalizing ties, Deputy Foreign Minister Alexei Meshkov told TASS on Tuesday.
On Monday, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters that Erdogan sent a letter to Russian President Vladimir Putin saying he was sorry for shooting down the Su-24 jet and stressing “readiness to make every effort to restore traditionally friendly relations between Russia and Turkey.”
Then, on Tuesday, Peskov said Putin and Erdogan would speak on the phone on Wednesday—at Russia’s initiative. “Tomorrow at the initiative of the Russian side a telephone conversation will take place between President Putin and President Erdogan,” Peskov stressed. The conversation will be held at approximately the middle of the day, he added.
Erdogan said late Monday that more than 10,000 tons of supplies will sail to Gaza from Turkey before the Eid al-Fitr religious holiday in early July, prompting Hamas to thank Erdogan for his efforts to ease the blockade.
And all it cost to get this swirl of good will going was for Israel to pay $21 million to the folks who attacked its soldiers with knives, axes, metal rods and whatever else they had on hand. A small price to pay, presumably, in exchange for this much peace.JNi.Media
Testing of the new RS-28 Sarmat, a futuristic Russian liquid-fueled, multiple independently targetable reentry vehicle (MIRV), super-heavy thermonuclear armed intercontinental ballistic missile has been suspended until at least the second half of 2016, TASS reported.
The Sarmat is intended to replace the SS-18 Satan (who says Russians aren’t great at naming things?).
Even though the folks at the he Plesetsk space center have fixed the problems with the launcher and it is ready to handle the Sarmat prototype, there are problems with the missile, a source in the Russian defense industry complex told TASS on Wednesday.
“The missile’s pop-up tests have been postponed until the second half of the year,” the source said, explaining that “the tests were previously postponed because the silo was not ready, and now the missile is not ready.”
According to the source, the retooling of the silo for the Sarmat was completed in April.
A different source in the defense industry told TASS earlier that the pop-up tests of Sarmat were first set for March, then pushed to the second quarter of 2016, and now it looks like they need more time.
Sarmat has a large payload, allowing for up to 10 heavy warheads or 15 lighter ones, or a combination of warheads and massive amounts of substances intended to fool anti-missile systems. It is the Russian military’s answer to the US Prompt Global Strike (PGS), a system that will be able to deliver a precision-guided conventional weapon airstrike anywhere in the world within one hour, just like a nuclear ICBM.David Israel
A special aircraft carrying a flame of “Holy Fire” from Jerusalem landed at Moscow’s Vnukovo airport Saturday, TASS reported. Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Apostle Andrew the First Called Foundation Vladimir Yakunin delivered a capsule containing the fire to a Moscow Cathedral for the Easter service officiated by Patriarch Kirill, the head of Russia’s Orthodox Church.
The Holy Fire is described by Russian Orthodox Christians as a miracle that occurs every year at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem on Great Saturday, or Holy Saturday, the day preceding Russian Orthodox Easter.
Traditionally, hundreds of believers meet the fire carrying delegation at Vnukovo airport, to bring the fire to parishes in Moscow, then to the Moscow region and finally to other Russian regions. The 2016 “Holy Fire” will be distributed among believers in thousands of the Russian Orthodox Church’s parishes within the country and beyond its boundaries.
The Foundation of “the Apostle Andrew the First Called” will deliver some “Holy Fire” to Mount Athos, in Northern Greece, to mark the 1,000-year-old presence of Russians on the Holy Mountain.
Andrew the Apostle, also known as Saint Andrew, or the First-called, was a Christian Apostle and the elder brother of Peter. The name “Andrew” was common among the Jews, Christians, and other Hellenized people of Judea. No Hebrew or Aramaic name appears to match it. According to Orthodox tradition, the apostolic successor to Saint Andrew was Patriarch Bartholomew I.
The Foundation has been organizing a trip to Israel as part of its pilgrim program “Ask Peace for Jerusalem,” which has been operating since 2003. In 1992 the “Holy Fire” was airlifted to Moscow from Israel for the first time in the history of modern Russia.JNi.Media