Articles by Vladimir Isachenkov



First Man in Space: 50-Year-Old Feat Remembered

  • 12 April 11
  • The Associated Press
It was the Soviet Union's own giant leap for mankind, one that would spur a humiliated United States to race for the moon. It happened 50 years ago on Tuesday, when an Air Force pilot named Yury Gagarin became the first human in space.

New START Clears 2nd Vote in Duma

  • 17 January 11
  • The Associated Press
State Duma deputies have passed a set of conditions that they say are required for the country to honor the New START nuclear arms pact with the United States, reacting to a similar resolution by the U.S. Senate.

Medvedev Offers Flood Aid to Pakistan

  • 19 August 10
  • The Associated Press
President Dmitry Medvedev on Wednesday offered Pakistan support in dealing with catastrophic floods as he hosted the leaders of Afghanistan, Pakistan and Tajikistan for talks on efforts to stabilize the region.

520-Day Mars Flight Simulation Begins

  • 04 June 10
  • The Associated Press
An international team of researchers climbed into windowless steel capsules to start a 520-day simulation of a flight to Mars. It is intended to help future space crews cope with long-term space travel.

Son of U-2 Pilot Gary Powers Has Own Mission in Russia

  • 05 May 10
  • AP
A half-century after U.S. pilot Francis Gary Powers was shot down while flying a U-2 spy plane over the Soviet Union, his son has come to Moscow on a mission of his own. By telling his late father's story, he hopes to preserve Cold War history and prevent future generations from facing the threat of nuclear war.

Medvedev Upbeat on Nuke Pact

  • 09 November 09
  • The Associated Press
The president was less upbeat about the prospect of the complete abolition of nuclear weapons, however.

Medvedev Seeks to Modernize Military

  • 17 March 09
  • Associated Press
President Dmitry Medvedev said Tuesday that upgrading Russia's nuclear forces was the top priority in an ambitious military modernization plan that he pledged to pursue despite the nation's financial problems.

Lugovoi May Run for Mayor of Sochi

  • 16 March 09
  • The Associated Press
Andrei Lugovoi, the prime suspect in the killing of Kremlin critic Alexander Litvinenko, may run for mayor of Sochi, which will host the 2014 Winter Olympics, the Liberal Democratic Party said Friday.

Lavrov Open to Transit of NATO Arms

  • 12 February 09
  • The Associated Press
Russia is open to the possibility of letting the United States and NATO ship weaponry across its territory to Afghanistan if the broader relationship between Moscow and the West improves, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Wednesday.

MiGs Stay Grounded 2 Months After Crash

  • 09 February 09
  • The Associated Press
A report, meanwhile, says at least a third of the country's fighter jets are unsafe and should be repaired or scrapped.

Belarus Signs New Air Defense Deal

  • 04 February 09
  • The Associated Press
Russia and Belarus agreed to form a joint air defense system, the Kremlin said Tuesday, strengthening military cooperation between the two uneasy allies.

Russia to Upgrade Its Missile Arsenal

  • 02 December 08
  • The Associated Press
The military will upgrade its missiles in response to U.S. plans for weapons in space, a top general reportedly said Monday.

Putin Calls For Better U.S. Ties

  • 25 November 08
  • The Associated Press
President Dmitry Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said Monday that they hope the United States will scrap its missile-defense system in Europe and will be more willing to negotiate a nuclear arms control deal once U.S. President-elect Barack Obama takes office.

Warship Shows Russia's Reach

  • 02 October 08
  • The Associated Press
Russia's decision to dispatch a warship to pirate-infested waters off Somalia reflects its determination to project power worldwide. But it remains unclear what role the vessel might play in the latest hostage crisis there.

Navy Plans Venezuelan Exercises

  • 09 September 08
  • The Associated Press
Russia said Monday that it would send a naval squadron and anti-submarine patrol planes to Venezuela this year for a joint exercise with its naval forces, a deployment that comes amid increasingly tense relations with the United States.

Weakened Defense Sector Offering Little New

  • 22 July 08
  • The Associated Press
At a once-secret airfield outside Moscow, test pilot Sergei Bogdan proudly introduces reporters to what was billed as the latest in Russian military aircraft technology, the Su-35 fighter jet.

General Says Russia Won't Build Shield

  • 28 May 08
  • The Associated Press
A senior general warned on Tuesday that the military would take the necessary countermeasures in response to U.S. missile-defense plans but added that Moscow had no intention of developing a similar missile shield.

Medvedev Makes Sole Appeal Ahead of Vote

  • 28 February 08
  • The Associated Press
Dmitry Medvedev pledged Wednesday to maintain President Vladimir PutinТs course and focus on stability as the country counted down the final days to SundayТs presidential election.

Norway Cancels Order With Northern Shipyard

  • 27 February 08
  • The Associated Press
A Russian shipyard lost a lucrative contract for building commercial vessels for a Norwegian company, which said its terms were violated -- a failure some media described Tuesday as a reflection of inefficiencies within the country's heavy industries.

Ukrainian Radar 'No' Ukrainian Parts 'Yes'

  • 28 January 08
  • The Associated Press
The State Duma on Friday voted to stop using Soviet-built military radar systems in Ukraine because of Kiev's bid to join NATO.

Poland Reconsiders Position on Partnership

  • 22 January 08
  • The Associated Press
Poland's foreign minister signaled on Monday that Warsaw could soon unblock Russia-EU partnership talks and pledged to consult with Moscow about elements of a missile defense system the United States wants to install in Poland.

Putin to Push Pipeline Plan in Sofia

  • 17 January 08
  • The Associated Press
President Vladimir Putin heads to Bulgaria this week to push a Kremlin plan to build a web of pipelines that would cement Europe's dependence on Russia's energy supplies.

Putin to Push Pipeline Plan in Sofia

  • 17 January 08
  • The Associated Press
President Vladimir Putin heads to Bulgaria this week to push a Kremlin plan to build a web of pipelines that would cement Europe's dependence on Russia's energy supplies.

FSB Says Spies Want to Break Up Russia

  • 11 October 07
  • The Associated Press
Federal Security Service chief Nikolai Patrushev said Western spies were working to weaken and break up the country and singled out British agents as the most intrusive, according to an interview published Wednesday.

'Father of All Bombs' Tested by the Military

  • 13 September 07
  • The Associated Press
The military has successfully tested what it described as the world's most powerful non-nuclear air-delivered bomb, state television reported, the latest show of the nation's military muscle.

Profits Trump Safety In Aviation Industry

  • 30 July 07
  • The Associated Press
The storm was too massive to fly around, but rather than turn back Captain Ivan Korogodin decided to risk flying over the towering clouds.

Mironov Says Putin Should Stay

  • 02 April 07
  • The Associated Press
Federation Council Speaker Sergei Mironov called Friday for a Constitutional amendment that would allow President Vladimir Putin to stay in office after his second term ends.

Talks to Resolve Bushehr Funding Dispute Collapse

  • 12 March 07
  • The Associated Press
Three days of talks aimed at resolving a funding dispute over the Russian-built Bushehr nuclear plant in Iran ended in failure Friday, signaling yet another delay in the start-up of Iran's first atomic power plant and potentially new tension between Tehran and Moscow.

Lavrov: CFE Treaty No Longer Relevant

  • 19 February 07
  • The Associated Press
Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Friday that a key Soviet-era arms control treaty had become ""meaningless"" because of NATO's refusal to ratify its amended version, and signaled that Moscow could opt out of it.

Baluyevsky Calls U.S. Expansion a Threat

  • 12 February 07
  • The Associated Press
Russia must contend with greater dangers today than the Soviet Union had to during the Cold War, the general says.