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    This exercise is meant to deter terrorism, Vladmir Putin knows who the biggest terrorist is. Darn those nukes are great to scare the sh1t out of terrorist...

    http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmp...ear_exercise_5

    Russia Said Planning Nuclear Exercise
    Fri Jan 30, 6:31 PM ET

    By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV, Associated Press Writer

    MOSCOW - Russia's nuclear forces reportedly are preparing their largest maneuvers in two decades, an exercise involving the test-firing of missiles and flights by dozens of bombers in a massive simulation of an all-out nuclear war.

    President Vladimir Putin (news - web sites) is expected to personally oversee the maneuvers, which are apparently aimed at demonstrating the revival of the nation's military might and come ahead of Russian elections in March.


    The business newspaper Kommersant said the exercise was set for mid-February and would closely resemble a 1982 Soviet exercise dubbed the "seven-hour nuclear war" that put the West on edge.


    Official comments on the upcoming exercise have been sketchy. The chief of Russia's Strategic Missile Forces, Col.-Gen. Nikolai Solovtsov, was quoted by the Interfax-Military News Agency as saying the planned maneuvers would involve several launches of intercontinental ballistic missiles in various regions of Russia, but he wouldn't give further details.


    A Defense Ministry spokesman refused to comment on the reports. The Russian military typically says little about upcoming exercises.


    Kommersant said the maneuvers would involve Tu-160 strategic bombers test-firing cruise missiles over the northern Atlantic. Analysts describe such an exercise as an imitation of a nuclear attack on the United States.


    Other groups of bombers will fly over Russia's Arctic regions and test-fire missiles at a southern range near the Caspian Sea, the newspaper said.


    As part of the exercise, the military is planning to conduct several launches of intercontinental ballistic missiles, including one from a Russian nuclear submarine in the Barents Sea, the Kommersant report said.


    The military also plans to launch military satellites from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan and the Plesetsk launch pad in northern Russia — a simulation of the replacement of satellites lost in action, Kommersant said.


    Russia's system warning of an enemy missile attack and a missile defense system protecting Moscow will also be involved in the exercise, it added.


    Pavel Felgenhauer, an independent military analyst, said the military has regularly held nuclear exercises that were timed to coincide with the annual test-firing of aging Soviet-built missiles.


    "It has been a routine affair, but it can be expanded if they want a show," he said.


    Ivan Safranchuk, head of the Moscow office of the Center for Defense Information, a Washington-based think-tank, said the maneuvers would further strengthen Putin's popularity ahead of the March 14 presidential election he is expected to win easily.


    Putin has repeatedly pledged to rebuild Russia's military might and restore pride to the demoralized service. When he ran for his first term in 2000, he flew as a second pilot in a fighter jet and later donned naval officer's garb on a visit to a nuclear submarine — images that played well with many voters who are nostalgic for Soviet global power and military prestige.


    "This exercise will make a great show, with Putin receiving reports from military commanders," Safranchuk told The Associated Press.


    Kommersant said Moscow had notified Washington about the exercise, describing it as part of efforts to fend off terror threats even though it imitates the Cold War scenario of an all-out war.

    "The exercise follows the old scenario, and casting it as anti-terror is absurd," Safranchuk said.

    Putin's support for the United States following the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks bolstered relations with Washington and helped broker a new U.S.-Russian nuclear arms reduction deal and a Russia-NATO (news - web sites) partnership agreement in 2002.

    But the U.S.-Russian honeymoon has soured lately over Moscow's criticism of the war in Iraq (news - web sites) , U.S. concerns about authoritarian trends in the Kremlin's domestic policy, and Russia's perceived attempts to assert its authority over ex-Soviet neighbors.

    #2
    From another source...

    Publicly, according to the Moscow Times, Russian generals say this is part of preparing for the war on terrorism. Obviously, however, you don't need strategic nuclear weapons to fight terrorists. No, what the Russians are doing is practicing all-out nuclear war against the United States.

    http://antiwar.com/reese/?articleid=1926

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      #3
      Yeah, but I wonder what this has to with Pakistan Affairs?

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        #4
        Moved for not being related to Pakistan's military.


        I don't think that Russia ever fully accepted being reduced from being the USSR, superpower to rival the USA, to being merely Russia, cold-war leftover.

        Putin is, essentially, a far-right populist nationalist in the vein of Mussolini and he's trying to give the Russian people the illusion that they are still a powerhouse to contend with, to boost their pride and strengthen his political power.
        Muslims are so good at dividing that they can divide the atom. If you see two Muslims, probably they belong to 3 parties.
        Al-Ghazali

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          #5
          I do not trust Russia.
          The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he did not exist. And like that... he is gone.

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            #6
            Originally posted by Fraudz:
            I do not trust Russia.
            Month after month, I worry about how Russia is slowly slipping into fascism under Putin. I don't see Hitler under his skin, but certainly another Franco or maybe even Mussolini.
            Muslims are so good at dividing that they can divide the atom. If you see two Muslims, probably they belong to 3 parties.
            Al-Ghazali

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              #7
              dear mad, you are right, may be.

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                #8
                Originally posted by mAd_ScIeNtIsT:


                Month after month, I worry about how Russia is slowly slipping into fascism under Putin. I don't see Hitler under his skin, but certainly another Franco or maybe even Mussolini.
                True. Just look at the upcoming Presidential election in Russia, where Putin is facing no real opponents, having either muzzled them or forced them out. Even more so than under that drunkard Yeltsin, Russia is reverting to the ways of the old USSR, but with more nationalist, even racist undertones.

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by Malik73:


                  True. Just look at the upcoming Presidential election in Russia, where Putin is facing no real opponents, having either muzzled them or forced them out. Even more so than under that drunkard Yeltsin, Russia is reverting to the ways of the old USSR, but with more nationalist, even racist undertones.
                  With one of the biggest deliverable stockpile of WMD that is a deadly combination.... Now who should worry the most?....

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by Abdali:


                    With one of the biggest deliverable stockpile of WMD that is a deadly combination.... Now who should worry the most?....
                    At the top of the list of worriers ought to be the Chechen terrorists don't you think? If Putin is as bad as you think he is then then a nice little test of his WMD would be to withdraw his Russian soldiers and treat the Chechens to a cocktail of Putin's choosing.

                    It makes me giggle when you assume that everyone with WMD poses a threat to the US and that we are so scared of them.
                    "I met the surgeon general - he offered me a cigarette. " --Rodney Dangerfield

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                      #11
                      MyVoice,

                      Point on.

                      About half of Moscow would push that button. Islamic extremeists should be careful of the powerful enemies they are creating, and beware of the depth of anger. Ever see the movie, "Sum of all fears"? Putin was the head of the KGB, and Chechnya is a major thorn in his side.

                      Military maneuvers may be a prelude to a major offensive.
                      Boycott Venezuelas State owned Citgo.

                      Buy Royal Dutch Shell gasoline!

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by myvoice:


                        At the top of the list of worriers ought to be the Chechen terrorists don't you think? If Putin is as bad as you think he is then then a nice little test of his WMD would be to withdraw his Russian soldiers and treat the Chechens to a cocktail of Putin's choosing.

                        It makes me giggle when you assume that everyone with WMD poses a threat to the US and that we are so scared of them.
                        Naaaa chechens have nothing to worry about Russkie mega ton nukes, Russkies can handle them without any WMD. Russies nukes are only build maitained and pointed to roast a monkey coast to coast and all that within 20 minutes... Now is that a punch or is that a punch... eh!!!!!!!... Only a yank in denial will come up with halfass cocky excuses.... Oh well then cocky monkey from texas first need to settle the score of the 50s, liberate USS Pubelo and then move on....

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                          #13
                          Abdali do you give fellatio to anyone who has a big missile? What's the point of your post, that Russia has enough nukes to destroy the world and…?

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                            #14
                            ^^ Boy do I like rubbing it in.... Now why is it a mirchi wala dunda for you if Russkies are flexing their radio active rod. If you don't see any point of russkies unleashing their wrath from subs and silos then just shutup....

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                              #15
                              "sometimes a cigar is just a cigar"

                              "In fact 'inferiority complex' is a technical term that is scarcely used in psycho-analysis. The sense of inferiority has strong erotic roots. A child feels inferior if he notices that he is not loved, and so does an adult. "

                              Sigmund Freud
                              Boycott Venezuelas State owned Citgo.

                              Buy Royal Dutch Shell gasoline!

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