Articles by Dmitry Solovyov



Navy Wishes It Had Ship in Georgia War

  • 14 September 09
  • Reuters
The military has said it wants to buy a 21,300-ton helicopter carrier from France after last year's conflict with Georgia exposed Russias military hardware as largely outdated.

Sukhoi Says New Fighter Will Fly in 09

  • 21 August 09
  • Reuters
The countrys first fifth-generation fighter jet will make its maiden flight by year-end, the aircrafts designer said, as Moscow seeks to catch up with Washington in a military aviation dogfight.

Army Drills to Protect Pipelines

  • 14 August 09
  • Reuters
The army is holding its first major training exercises to protect against what Moscow sees as possible terrorist attacks on its vital oil and gas export routes.

Air Force Sees U.S. Space Threat

  • 12 August 09
  • Reuters
The United States will be able to hit any target in Russia from space by 2030, Air Force commander Alexander Zelin said Tuesday, announcing that Moscow would develop a new air defense system to avert the threat.

Moldova Opposition In Talks on Coalition

  • 31 July 09
  • Reuters
Moldovas pro-Western opposition planned on Thursday to form a coalition after beating the ruling Communists in an election that could decide whether the country swings away from Russia to Europe.

Moldovan Vote Rerun Gets Higher Turnout

  • 30 July 09
  • Reuters
Moldovans chose on Wednesday between the ruling pro-Russian Communists and West-leaning liberals in a vote that also exposed a rift between the urban youth and rural and ethnic minority voters.

China, Russia Kick Off War Games

  • 23 July 09
  • Reuters
China and Russia kicked off joint military exercises Wednesday, with the drills seen as a chance to beef up anti-terrorism cooperation after a recent flare-up of violence in the Xinjiang region.

Activists Criticize Repressive Army Draft

  • 15 July 09
  • Reuters

Human rights activists have accused the Defense Ministry of using repressive methods in this year’s military conscription that could derail official plans for a professional army.

Report: Friendly Fire Downed 3 Planes

  • 09 July 09
  • Reuters
Russia lost six planes in its war with Georgia last August, not four as was officially announced, and at least three were downed by friendly fire, a Russian military journal reported.

Army Urges Fugitive Soldier to Leave Georgia

  • 10 February 09
  • Reuters
A Russian soldier who embarrassed commanders by disappearing from his unit and turning up in Georgia will not be punished if he gives himself up, the Russian military said Monday.

Aging Navy Packs Deadly Punch

  • 13 November 08
  • Reuters
This Russian warship left the shipyard 25 years ago, and it shows. Its shortcomings reflect the Russian Navy's many problems, highlighted again this month by an accident on a nuclear submarine that killed 20 people.

Russian Forces Building New S. Ossetia Barracks

  • 13 October 08
  • Reuters
On a hillside in South Ossetia, Russia has built a garrison of brick and concrete that sends a clear signal to Georgia and the rest of the world that it has no intention of leaving here anytime soon.

Next Soyuz Craft Also Has Glitch

  • 26 May 08
  • Reuters
The crew of the international space station could have a rough return to Earth because its re-entry capsule has the same glitch that caused problems on the last two landings, a Russian space industry source said.

Dagestani Firm Tries Hand at Whisky

  • 06 May 08
  • Reuters
Forget the bagpipes and misty island distilleries: a Russian company is betting it can create a whisky to compete with Scottish imports and even lure vodka lovers away from their national drink.

Ukraine Vows to Join NATO Despite Kremlin Opposition

  • 16 April 08
  • Reuters
Ukraine said Tuesday that it would press on with attempts to join NATO despite the Russian opposition to the plan, but also assured Moscow this would pose no threat to its security.

Baby Mammoth Opening Up

  • 11 April 08
  • Reuters
Russian scientists say they have obtained the most detailed pictures so far of the insides of a prehistoric animal, with the help of a baby mammoth called Lyuba found immaculately preserved in the Russian Arctic.

Priests May Get Guns to Fight Off Art Thieves

  • 20 March 08
  • Reuters
Police in the Kostroma region have advised priests to apply for firearms licenses so they can defend their churches from marauding thieves who have been stealing religious icons at gunpoint.

Zyuganov Promises to Fight Medvedev

  • 17 December 07
  • Reuters
The Communist Party on Saturday nominated leader Gennady Zyuganov to run for president in March -- a vote where he faces a daunting challenge against President Vladimir Putin's preferred successor.

Zyuganov Promises to Fight Medvedev

  • 17 December 07
  • Reuters
The Communist Party on Saturday nominated leader Gennady Zyuganov to run for president in March -- a vote where he faces a daunting challenge against President Vladimir Putin's preferred successor.

Ministry Bars 'Provocative' Artwork

  • 11 October 07
  • Reuters
Seventeen works are withdrawn from a French exhibition, prompting cries of state censorship.

Death's River Now a Lifeline

  • 09 October 07
  • Reuters
The Kolyma used to be a river of death for prisoners in some of the harshest camps of Stalin's gulag empire. Now the camps are long gone, but so too is the activity of a once-bustling Soviet Arctic outpost.

Ukraine Vote a Case of Recount Deja Vu

  • 02 October 07
  • Reuters
Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko ordered an investigation into vote counting on Monday after his chief political rival, Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych, drew ahead in a parliamentary election called to end a long political crisis.

Scientist Sticks to Arctic Refuge

  • 25 September 07
  • Reuters
When Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev died and the Communist propaganda machine organized a mass outpouring of grief, Sergei Zimov hardly noticed.

Zhirinovsky Denounces Britain as a Land of Bandits

  • 19 September 07
  • Reuters
Liberal Democratic Party leader Vladimir Zhirinovsky on Tuesday said Britain was a nation of cheats and bandits and had no right to seek the handover of Andrei Lugovoi, a State Duma candidate for his party.

Thaw Lays Bare Prehistoric Bones

  • 19 September 07
  • Reuters
One day, climate change could cost the Earth. For now, it is a nice little moneymaker for Russian hunter Alexander Vatagin.

When Ancient Dung Thaws

  • 18 September 07
  • Reuters
Sergei Zimov bends down, picks up a handful of mud and holds it up to his nose. It smells like a cow patty, but he knows better.

Polish Leader Offers an Olive Branch

  • 18 September 07
  • Reuters
Polish President Lech Kaczynski signaled on Monday that he wanted a fresh start in Warsaw's strained relations with Moscow when he visited the Russian forest where thousands of Polish officers were executed in 1940.

Railway Police Want to Jail Vagrants

  • 13 July 07
  • Reuters
Police said Thursday that they wanted to revive a Soviet-era law to jail vagrants and beggars, a move critics condemned as a return to the totalitarian past.

Military Shows Off Azeri Radar

  • 02 July 07
  • Reuters
The military is primed to upgrade its anti-missile radar in Azerbaijan as part of a joint security measure with the United States proposed by President Vladimir Putin, an army official said over the weekend.

Stalin's Metals Plant Is Looking to Go Public

  • 16 April 07
  • Reuters
It was built by gulag slaves during World War II and soon presented its first platinum and palladium ingots to Josef Stalin.