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Al-Qaeda prepares terrorist attacks in Russia
("Source: Pravda.Ru") via Front page / Russia / News from the Kremlin ^ | 17.04.2009 | n/a

Posted on 04/18/2009 5:18:44 AM PDT by Cindy

SNIPPET: "Russian special services disclosed monstrous designs of international terrorist network al-Qaeda. The organization intended to conduct a series of terrorist attacks in Russia during the celebration of the Orthodox Easter.

Terrorists planned to explode a building of the Federal Security Bureau in Moscow, a building of an aircraft-making association and a tan-yard in Kazan. They also planned to assassinate a high-ranking FSB official, Boris G."

SNIPPET: "The special services have obtained the verbal descriptions of all the three suspects. The first one of them, Mohammad Yunus bin Mussa is a 35-year-old red-haired well-built male. The second one is Janes Han bin Ali Khan, a 32-year-old, dark-haired male. The third suspect is identified as Sodjat Ali Shakh bin Makbul Ali Shakh, 35, dark hair. The three men are fluent in Russian, Pushtu, Dari, as well as the Arab and the Turkish, Life.ru reports.

“The terrorists planned to use car bombs in their subversive activities. The Russian services have obtained the numbers of those wheeled bombs,” an official said.

In addition to Easter terrorist attacks, the gunmen planned to hold arson attacks of the buildings of the Internal Affairs Ministry, the FSB and the offices of United Russia Party."

(Excerpt) Read more at english.pravda.ru ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Russia
KEYWORDS: alqaeda; alqaedarussia; alqaida; bullshit; easter; globaljihad; jihad; pravda; pravdapropaganda; propaganda; russia

1 posted on 04/18/2009 5:18:44 AM PDT by Cindy
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To: Jet Jaguar; Oorang; backhoe; piasa; Godzilla; Velveeta

ping


2 posted on 04/18/2009 5:21:13 AM PDT by Cindy
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To: Cindy

If torture or other than polite respectful questioning was used to obtained these confessions then Russia should be heavily sanctioned with trade restrictions and UN Castigations. We certainly can’t condone boorish interrogation techniques.


3 posted on 04/18/2009 5:23:02 AM PDT by arthurus ( H.L. Mencken said, "Every election is a sort of advance auction sale of stolen goods.")
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To: Cindy

I can’t wait to see what the russkies have in store for anyone even thinking about trying this.


4 posted on 04/18/2009 5:24:57 AM PDT by pnh102 (Save America - Ban Ethanol Now!)
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To: Cindy

Gosh..maybe the Russians will step up a little more in the War on Terror...errr I mean overseas contigency operations.


5 posted on 04/18/2009 5:32:36 AM PDT by Lets Be Frank
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To: Cindy; All
"Al-Qaeda prepares terrorist attacks in Russia"

How could intelligent FReepers fall so easily for bullshit like this from Pravda? Russia is Iran's best friend. Iran is major state-sponsor of islamic, jihad terrorism. Please wake up and realize what the Russians are up to. Remember, they are masters of the game of chess. Most of us, unfortunately, have trouble playing checkers. I'm afraid to log-off of this site, because I read so much foolishness coming from you good people.

[2009] Russia, China plan new joint military exercises

By MARTIN SIEFF, UPI Senior News Analyst
Published: March 26, 2009

WASHINGTON, March 26 (UPI) -- The continuing tensions over Russia's refusal to sell its state-of-the-art land warfare advanced weapons systems to China hasn't interrupted the rhythm of major joint military exercises between the two major land powers on the Eurasian landmass. The latest in the regular, biennial series of exercises between the two nations has been confirmed for this summer.

The next in the now well-established series of exercises called Peace Mission 2009 will be carried out in northeastern China, the Russian Defense Ministry announced March 18, according to a report carried by the RIA Novosti news agency.

The first bilateral Peace Mission maneuvers -- described at the time as counter-terrorism exercises -- were held in Russia and the eastern Chinese province of Shandong in August 2005. As we reported at that time, they were a lot bigger than mere counter-terrorism exercises. Warships, squadrons of combat aircraft and more than 10,000 troops were involved carrying out landings against hypothetically hostile shores. The maneuvers also involved large-scale paratroops drops. The scale and nature of those exercises suggested a trial run for a possible Chinese invasion of Taiwan with Russian support. ..."

http://www.upi.com/Security_Industry/2009/03/26/Russia_China_plan_new_joint_military_exercises/UPI-25021238094858/
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From the Sino-Russian Joint Statement of April 23, 1997:
"The two sides [China and Russia] shall, in the spirit of partnership, strive to promote the multipolarization of the world and the establishment of a new international order."
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Central_Asia/HI29Ag01.html
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From National Public Radio (NPR):
August 29, 2006
"Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has been visiting countries such as China, Iran and Russia as part of an effort to build a 'strategic alliance' of interests not beholden to the United States. He considers the United States his arch enemy.":
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5729764
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From the Russian News and Information Agency:
July 27, 2006
"'I am determined to expand relations with Russia,' Chavez, known as an outspoken critic of what he calls the United States' unilateralism, told the Russian leader, adding that his determination stemmed from their shared vision of the global order.":
http://en.rian.ru/russia/20060727/51913498.html
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"the greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the [20th] century" -Russian leader Vladimir Putin on the collapse of the Soviet Union...
"World democratic opinion has yet to realize the alarming implications of President Vladimir Putin's State of the Union speech on April 25, 2005, in which he said that the collapse of the Soviet Union represented the 'greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the century.'
http://www.hooverdigest.org/053/beichman.html

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Photos are from the 2008 "Victory Day" parade in Moscow:
http://search.yahoo.com/search?p=%22russia%22%22parade%22%222008%22&ei=UTF-8&fr=moz2
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Venezuela Set to Develop Nuclear Power With Russia
September 29, 2008
CARACAS, Venezuela — President Hugo Chavez said Sunday that Russia will help Venezuela develop nuclear energy — a move likely to raise U.S. concerns over increasingly close cooperation between Caracas and Moscow.
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,429441,00.html
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Venezuela's Chavez welcomes Russian warships
Nov 25, 2008
LA GUAIRA, Venezuela – Russian warships arrived off Venezuela's coast Tuesday in a show of strength aimed at the United States as Moscow seeks to expand its influence in Latin America. The deployment is the first of its kind in the Caribbean since the Cold War and was timed to coincide with President Dmitry Medvedev's visit to Caracas — the first ever by a Russian president.
http://search.yahoo.com/search?p=%22Venezuela%27s+Chavez+welcomes+Russian+warships%22&ei=UTF-8&fr=moz2

More Yahoo search results for Russia and Venezuela connections:
http://search.yahoo.com/search;_ylt=A0geu_X30pZJCJEAfCtXNyoA?p=Russia+Venezuela+bombers+tanks+arms&y=Search&fr=404_news
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Russian nuclear bombers in Cuba?
July 23, 2008

The media has been abuzz today at the prospect of Russian nuclear bombers being stationed in Cuba if the US goes ahead with plans for missile defense bases in Eastern Europe.

The story has riled the US enough that a US general has been wheeled out to tell the world’s press that any Russian attempt to build another nuclear base in Cuba would cross US “red line”.

The story broke earlier this week, when Russian newspaper Izvestia quoted an un-named source from within the Russian military. He told the Russian daily:

“While they are deploying the missile shield in Poland and the Czech Republic, our strategic bombers will already be landing in Cuba.”

The quote hasn’t been independently confirmed, but the Russian Defense Ministry added fuel to the fire when they refused to comment on the story.

The prospect of Russian nuclear forces being stationed in Cuba - which is, after all, only 90 miles from the US coast - would bring back some rather unpleasant memories for the US of the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962, where the Soviet Union under Nikita Kruschev launched an audacious and foolhardy bid to station nuclear missiles on the Caribbean island.

http://www.siberianlight.net/2008/07/23/russian-nuclear-bombers-cuba/
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Russia's Medvedev hails "comrade" Obama

Associated Foreign Press (AFP) ^ | April 2, 2009 | Anna Smolchenko

"Russia's Dmitry Medvedev hailed Barack Obama as "my new comrade" Thursday after their first face-to-face talks"

Posted on Friday, April 03, 2009 8:10:15 AM EDT by ETL:
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2221410/posts

6 posted on 04/18/2009 5:41:10 AM PDT by ETL (ALL the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: Cindy

Well that’s a dumb ass move


7 posted on 04/18/2009 5:46:50 AM PDT by Flavius
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To: ETL

Well, if the Russians and Chinese are the ones who want to solve the problem, then they should go to it. We’re stuck with a psychologically and emotionally castrated president so it’s either them or nothing.

The best part is that the Chinese and Russians view torture as a normal way of extracting information, not as something that is disdained as ‘intolerant.’


8 posted on 04/18/2009 5:47:47 AM PDT by Niuhuru (Fine, here's my gun, but let me give you the bullets first. I'll send them to you through the barrel)
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To: Niuhuru
Well, if the Russians and Chinese are the ones who want to solve the problem, then they should go to it.

Russia and China solve the problem?? They are ALLIED with the islamic terrorists against us!

9 posted on 04/18/2009 5:50:26 AM PDT by ETL (ALL the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: Cindy

Apparently the Russians haven’t adopted Obama’s philosophy of just sitting down with the terrorists and have a dialogue, letting them know that we all can get along if we only try.


10 posted on 04/18/2009 6:20:55 AM PDT by From The Deer Stand
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To: Cindy; All

Consider the source...

“Russian special services disclosed monstrous designs of international terrorist network al-Qaeda. The organization intended to conduct a series of terrorist attacks in Russia during the celebration of the Orthodox Easter.

Russia may have ‘knowledge’ of an upcoming al-qaeda terror attack on us and so are putting out this disinformation to make it ‘appear’ as if they are targets as well. Folks, you need to consider the source when you read reports like this. “Pravda” and the “Russian special services” are notorious for spreading propaganda and disinformation. What’s most disturbing about it is how easily it works.


11 posted on 04/18/2009 6:24:36 AM PDT by ETL (ALL the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: ETL

I dunno, there were attacks against the Chinese by the Uigher muslims and then there was Beslan. I’m sure they have realized it isn’t possible.


12 posted on 04/18/2009 6:25:16 AM PDT by Niuhuru (Fine, here's my gun, but let me give you the bullets first. I'll send them to you through the barrel)
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To: Niuhuru
I dunno, there were attacks against the Chinese by the Uigher muslims and then there was Beslan.

They may have local problems with minor muslim groups, but Russia and China are NOT targets of the global jihahi movement and al-qaeda, no matter what you read in the KGB/FSB-mouthpiece Pravda.

13 posted on 04/18/2009 6:29:37 AM PDT by ETL (ALL the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: Cindy
Photobucket Is not amused.
14 posted on 04/18/2009 6:30:18 AM PDT by n230099 ("Lettin folks in DC watch your money's like lettin a dog watch yer food". (Unknown))
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To: Cindy

Welcome to the party, pal!


15 posted on 04/18/2009 6:43:51 AM PDT by SlowBoat407 (Obama had to destroy the economy in order to save it.)
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To: ETL
Russia and China solve the problem?? They are ALLIED with the islamic terrorists against us!

I would NOT exclusively use the word islamic in their alliances. The Russian mentality appears to be to join, support, and adopt any who would give us the slightest amount of grief. But then again look who the majority of Americans voted to take over US. An image of one who made history, who when left to speak on his own utters uh, uh, uh, unless he had his prompter plugged and programmed.

16 posted on 04/18/2009 6:51:14 AM PDT by Just mythoughts (Bama and Company are reenacting the Pharaoh as told by Moses in Genesis!!!!!)
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To: Cindy
At first glance I looked at this as something good, as it would mean a terrible end for many AQ supporters, given the Soviet Union's brutal response to terrorist attacks in the past. But then I remembered that those days are long gone. Today Russia and the associated republics are no longer "The Bear" that was feared throughout the world. After all, what happened after the attack on the school at Beslan? I don't recall anything. Had something like that happened in the old days of the Soviet Union, KGB, GRU, and Spetznatz units would have swept into a number of the home villages of those who participated in the attack, and there would have been no survivors.

That is how a country must deal with terrorism (and piracy as well).

Mark

17 posted on 04/18/2009 7:56:20 AM PDT by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
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To: MarkL
After all, what happened after the attack on the school at Beslan? I don't recall anything.

The friggin Russians may well have been behind those terrorist attacks themselves, using them as an excuse to crack down on the breakaway states.

18 posted on 04/18/2009 8:31:34 AM PDT by ETL (ALL the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: All
Yushchenko: Russia blocking poisoning probe
By Bonnie Malkin and agencies, September 12, 2007


Mr Yushchenko before and after the poisoning

"Mr Yushchenko, a pro-European politician who wanted to bring his country out of Russia's shadow, fell seriously ill on September 6, 2004 as he was competing in presidential elections against a pro-Moscow candidate, Viktor Yanukovich, now prime minister.

After months of tests in an Austrian clinic, it was determined that he had ingested a massive amount of the poison dioxin.

Although he survived, his face was left bloated and pockmarked, and he has had to undergo regular treatment to rid his body of the toxin.

In an interview with Le Figaro he said he believed the dioxin used to disfigure him was made in a Russian lab.

Mr Yushchenko did not directly accuse the Russian government of being behind his poisoning, but he did say he had 'practically put all the pieces together' and the attempt against him 'was not a private action'. ..."

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/1562838/Yushchenko-Russia-blocking-poisoning-probe.html
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"Viktor Andriyovych Yushchenko (born February 23, 1954) is the third and current President of Ukraine". He took office on January 23, 2005.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Viktor_Yushchenko

19 posted on 04/18/2009 8:33:29 AM PDT by ETL (ALL the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: All
Symposium: To Kill a Russian Journalist
By Jamie Glazov
FrontPageMagazine.com | November 17, 2006

The murder of internationally renowned Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya in early October 2006 was yet another troubling sign of Russia’s retreat into its totalitarian past. Today Frontpage Symposium has gathered a distinguished panel of experts to discuss why Anna Politkovskaya was killed and what the tragic loss of her life symbolizes about the direction in which Vladimir Putin’s Russia is heading.

http://www.frontpagemag.com/Articles/Read.aspx?GUID=BDBFAEF5-5295-400F-807B-83D20FFA285C
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'PUTIN'S RUSSIA' by Anna Politkovskaya:
http://www.annapolitkovskaya.com/

20 posted on 04/18/2009 8:33:51 AM PDT by ETL (ALL the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: Just mythoughts
I would NOT exclusively use the word islamic in their alliances. The Russian mentality appears to be to join, support, and adopt any who would give us the slightest amount of grief.

Communists and radical islamists are, by far, our two main foes. If they ever do succeed in defeating us, as an alliance, they'll then go after each other. The backward, primitive radical islamists won't stand a chance against the far more sophisticated capabilities of China, Russia, Venezuela, North Korea and others.

21 posted on 04/18/2009 8:54:10 AM PDT by ETL (ALL the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: ETL

This may well be a warning to the Islamic terrorists not to mess with Russia—or it may have a plan of some sort. If its true it might be a new attempt of Russia to become our new friends and customers for their oil.


22 posted on 04/18/2009 10:06:19 AM PDT by Forward the Light Brigade (Into the Jaws of H*ll)
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To: ETL

“Folks, you need to consider the source...”

I do ETL.

As you may know, I’ve been watching the global jihad closely (on the internet) since 9/11.

Russia, like China is not immune from jihad — although some folks do find it surprising that it occurs there, too.

As to your original statement, “Consider the source...”

BIG DITTO.


23 posted on 04/18/2009 1:07:42 PM PDT by Cindy
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To: ETL

I can’t say whether the article is factual or not, but I can verify this ETL:

stepping back in time...

http://www.freerepublic.com/tag/beslan
http://www.freerepublic.com/tag/beslanmassacre

http://www.freerepublic.com/tag/blackwidows
http://www.freerepublic.com/tag/blackwidow


24 posted on 04/18/2009 1:45:20 PM PDT by Cindy
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To: Cindy
Iran is perhaps the largest state-sponsor of islamic terrorism. Russia is Iran's biggest arms supplier and defender. The global jihadis will not attack Russia, or China. They may, however, have some legitimate issues with local muslim groups. But claims that al-qaeda is a problem for Russia or China are absurd, no matter what their mouthpiece news agencies tell us. At least not as long as they have a common enemy in us.

2001

Russian Arms & Technology transfers to Iran

Columnist Col (Retd) EAS BOKHARI examines Iran’s tapping of Russia to replenish its military arsenal

For sheer scarcity of published material on Iranian efforts for self-reliance in arms and other related technologies it is not easy to write on the subject. With the suffocation of the US sources and insufficient indigenous infrastructure Iran had to look forward towards Russia and currently a de facto alliance has emerged between Iran and Russia.

“Iran has been seeking to enhance its military capabilities for more than a decade now, in an attempt to increase self-reliance, strengthen deterrence and achieve the status and influence that it believes is its due. “Self-reliance in all spheres of national life, and particularly in the military sector is a fundamental tenet of 1979 Islamic Revolution of Iran.

Iran is, therefore, fast building up a military-industrial base to reduce reliance on foreign arms suppliers and thus increase its military potential. Iran is keen to be in a position to deter potential threats from Iraq, the United States, Israel, and more recently from Turkey, Azerbaijan and Afghanistan. And to enhance its image as a regional power and standard bearer of Revolutionary Islam, Tehran has turned to Russia, the only country that can provide it with arms in the quantity and the quality that it desires.

Consequently Russia has become in the past decade Iran’s main source of advanced conventional arms, an ‘alleged’ supplier of know-how and technology for its ballistic missiles and chemical and biological warfare programmes. Russia is also the sole source of Iran’s civilian nuclear technology.

The breakup of the Soviet Union notwithstanding, Russia is still a key actor on the international scene if no longer a super power and Iran considers Russia as an ally in its efforts to break out of international isolation and an ally in its efforts to counter US influence in the Caucasus, Central Asia and the Persian Gulf. ..."

http://www.defencejournal.com/2001/august/russians.htm

25 posted on 04/18/2009 3:15:37 PM PDT by ETL (ALL the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: Cindy
The China-Russia-Iran Axis
By Jamie Glazov
FrontPageMagazine.com | Tuesday, January 22, 2008
http://www.frontpagemag.com/Articles/Read.aspx?GUID=1BFAD8E3-3390-4CC9-BCA6-D8CB60C9A1B1
26 posted on 04/18/2009 3:16:47 PM PDT by ETL (ALL the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: Cindy
Russia's Nuclear and Missile Technology Assistance to Iran

By Michael Jasinski

Russian assistance for the Iranian nuclear program has long been an irritant in the U.S.-Russian relations. The revelations concerning Iran's hitherto unknown uranium enrichment efforts, which propelled Iran's nuclear ambitions to the center of the world's attention, added a new dimension to the controversy. In a report released on June 18, 2003, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) criticized Iran for failing to report a number of nuclear activities. Nevertheless, the IAEA did not impose sanctions on Iran, though it did enjoin it to sign an additional protocol pursuant to its nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) obligations, which would enable the IAEA to inspect any suspected nuclear site in Iran, rather than just declared nuclear sites. These developments have signaled a new phase in the long U.S.-Russian dispute over Russia's nuclear projects in Iran.

Russia's most significant nuclear project in Iran is the construction of a nuclear power plant (NPP) at Bushehr. The project was started by the German company Siemens in the 1970s, which abandoned it during early stages of construction following the Islamic Revolution. Russia undertook to complete this project, after signing an agreement with Iran in January 1995. Although both Iran and Russia have issued numerous assurances that the reactor would be placed under IAEA safeguards and therefore it could not be used in the interests of a nuclear weapons program, the project has caused considerable concern about its proliferation risk.[1] The concerns center on the possibility that the nuclear energy program might serve as a cover under which nuclear materials, technology, and equipment could be imported for use in a nuclear weapons program. There are also concerns that Iran might divert the spent fuel from the reactor into a weapons program.

The U.S. government has consistently called for the termination of Russian nuclear assistance to Iran. However, in spite of the pressure, which included both sanctions against institutions aiding Iran and offers of greater cooperation between Russia's Ministry of Atomic Energy (Minatom) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Russia has not stopped the construction of the reactor.[2] Nevertheless, the scope of the Russian-Iranian cooperation has narrowed. Although so far the United States has not been successful in stopping the Bushehr project, U.S. efforts to dissuade Russia from assisting Iran in developing its nuclear industry in other areas appear to have had greater success. Although Iran reportedly did receive blueprints for a heavy-water research reactor,[3] plans to construct a gas centrifuge in Iran have been cancelled. This fate was apparently also shared by projects to construct a light-water research reactor and a nuclear-power desalination plant. Furthermore, in March 2001, Minatom cancelled the sale of laser enrichment equipment to Iran, after the deal was criticized by the United States.[4] While Minatom appears to be determined to see the Bushehr reactor completed, it is showing much less interest in assisting Iran in its fuel cycle development. Although the 1995 agreement on the Bushehr reactor also obligated Russia to deliver two thousand tons of natural uranium, that part of the agreement was probably cancelled.[5] While there have been reports (denied by Minatom) that Iran obtained uranium mining and milling technology from Russia, these transfers (if they took place) most likely did not have official approval. [6] In March 2003, Minister of Atomic Energy Aleksandr Rumyantsev expressed concern about the reports of enrichment facilities in Iran. According to Rumyantsev, such facilities could endanger the Russia-Iran commercial partnership by enabling Iran to become independent of Russian nuclear fuel supplies.[7]

Iran may also be interested in signing contracts with Minatom for the construction of additional power reactors, and even construction of more nuclear power stations.[8] The construction of a second power unit at Bushehr may be a possibility. The second unit has already been the subject of discussions between Iranian and Russian officials, although it appears that no contracts will be issued prior to the completion of the first unit, at the earliest. [9]

Less clear are the prospects for the construction of additional reactors at sites other than Bushehr. Iran asked Minatom in 1998 to submit bids for the construction of three more power reactors. It is not clear whether the bids were ever submitted, however, and no contract was signed. The issue was raised once again in March 2001, when Iranian President Khatami mentioned the possibility of a second NPP, with two reactors.[10] In July 2002, Minatom presented a 10-year assistance plan to Iran, which contained references to constructing five additional reactors in Iran, including three at Bushehr and two at the as-yet unbuilt Ahwaz NPP.[11] However, Minatom representatives later characterized these plans as representing possible courses of action,[12] and acknowledged that Iran had not requested the construction of additional reactors.[13] Nevertheless, this announcement was in stark contrast with earlier Minatom statements that Russia's nuclear assistance to Iran would cease upon the completion of the Bushehr NPP.[14]

One of the concerns about the Bushehr reactor has been the possibility that the spent fuel from the reactor could be used for extracting weapons-grade materials. Russia and Iran signed an agreement in August 1995 to supply nuclear fuel for the Bushehr plant.[15] However, the original agreement apparently did not contain provisions for the return of spent fuel to Russia. Active negotiations on the spent fuel issue began in earnest in 2002, with Iran reportedly resisting Russia's insistence that spent fuel be returned. Although a preliminary agreement on spent fuel return was signed in December 2002,[16] no final agreement was signed as of June 2003. In the meantime, and possibly as a result of the delay in negotiating the spent fuel return agreement, the first shipment of fuel for the Bushehr reactor, which was expected to take place in May 2003, has been postponed until 2004.[17]

Missile Technology Assistance

Russian assistance to Iran in the area of missile technology has been less extensive than in the nuclear area. The Russian government has consistently insisted that no significant transfers of missile technology to Iran ever took place, and that it is adhering to its Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) obligations.[18] It does acknowledge Iranian attempts to acquire such technologies, and that some Russian individuals may have been involved in Iranian missile projects. The greatest proliferation threat may be posed not by state-sanctioned transfers, but rather by activity by individual firms or scientists, possibly acting in concert with corrupt officials. The grave financial status of most Russian missile industry enterprises, combined with insufficiently vigilant enforcement of export control regulations, exacerbates the risk.

Rather than complete missile systems, most alleged leaks of technology involve guidance and propulsion systems and their components, high-strength steels and special alloys, as well as manufacturing and testing equipment. Specialists from two Russian defense firms are also known to have visited Iran, and Iranian students received training in missile technologies at Russian institutes. Seven Russian companies suffered U.S. government sanctions as a result of their ties to Iran.

Conclusion It is clear that although Russia continues to discount U.S. allegations of Iranian pursuit of nuclear weapons, its policy toward Iran has undergone some change. Whereas in the past Minatom officials expressed skepticism toward claims that Iran was attempting a domestic nuclear fuel cycle, the recently revealed information about Iranian enrichment activities forced a reevaluation of Iran's capabilities in that area. Russia, which in the past has been satisfied with the level of IAEA safeguards at Iranian nuclear facilities, has called on Iran to sign an additional protocol with the IAEA. After an apparent period of indecision and policy debate, Minister of Atomic Energy Rumyantsev said on June 20, 2003, that Russia would provide nuclear fuel for the Bushehr reactor only after Iran signed an additional protocol, a clear concession to the United States.[19] Rumyantsev also stated that Russia would supply nuclear fuel only after Iran put under IAEA safeguards all of its nuclear facilities and fully satisfied all of IAEA's concerns.[20] Although Russia continues to regard with skepticism claims of an Iranian nuclear weapons program and has framed its concerns about Iranian nuclear facilities in terms of harm that might be done to Russia's commercial interests, Rumyantsev's statement suggests that there exists a possibility for narrowing the gap between Russia and the United States. Although there are no signs Russia has become more willing to abandon the Bushehr project, its support for more stringent IAEA safeguards is a welcome development.

[1] "Iran, Russia Agree on $800 Million Nuclear Plant Deal," Washington Post, January 9, 1995.
[2] Ann MacLachlan, "U.S., Russia would join advanced reactor efforts if Iran is settled," Nucleonics Week, Vol. 43, No. 37, September 12, 2002.
[3] Carla Anne Robbins and Andrew Higgins, "Fission for Cash: Money Hungry Russia Finds a Foreign Market for Nuclear Knowledge," Wall Street Journal, December 15, 1998, p. 1.
[4] Michael Knapik, "Russia tells U.S. officials it will not export lasers to Iran," Nucleonics Week, Vol. 42, No. 10, March 8, 2001.
[5] David Albright et al., Plutonium and Highly Enriched Uranium 1996: World Inventories, Capabilities, and Politics (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1996), p. 353.
[6] R. Jeffrey Smith, "Administration Concerned About Russia's Nuclear Cooperation With Iran," Washington Post, July 3, 1997, p. A7.
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http://cns.miis.edu/research/iran/rusnuc.htm

27 posted on 04/18/2009 3:24:06 PM PDT by ETL (ALL the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: ETL

I’m aware of all this ETL.
Thank you.


28 posted on 04/18/2009 3:26:34 PM PDT by Cindy
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To: Cindy

In response to this, the Russians will now buzz another American carrier group and send another ship to Venezuela.


29 posted on 04/18/2009 3:27:47 PM PDT by denydenydeny ("I'm sure this goes against everything you've been taught, but right and wrong do exist"-Dr House)
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To: Cindy

Sorry, it wasn’t aimed at you. It was meant for anyone who just naively swallows every piece of BS that comes out of Russia. The Russians are the world’s masters of disinformation.


30 posted on 04/18/2009 3:39:16 PM PDT by ETL (ALL the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: ETL

I agree.

I also know jihad is global, so we both have our points documented.

Thanks ETL.


31 posted on 04/18/2009 3:41:46 PM PDT by Cindy
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To: Cindy

You’re welcome. Thanks for posting the article.

There may well be islamic (or ‘other’) attacks against *religious* targets in Russia. That wouldn’t surprise me one bit. But certainly not genuine terror attacks by al-qaeda types against the Russian government.


32 posted on 04/18/2009 4:11:10 PM PDT by ETL (ALL the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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