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#8001 Stuart Galbraith

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Posted 15 October 2019 - 0759 AM

https://www.independ...s-38591609.html

Russia’s military will this week undertake a sweeping drill of its strategic nuclear forces.

The defence ministry said the three-day exercise will begin Tuesday and involve 12,000 troops, 213 missile launchers, 105 aircraft, 15 surface warships and five submarines.

It said in a statement on Monday that the war games will feature practice launches of missiles

 

Major General Yevgeny Ilyin, the head of the ministry’s international cooperation department, said at a briefing for foreign military attaches that two intercontinental ballistic missiles will be launched at practice targets on the Kura testing range on the Kamchatka Peninsula.

He added that strategic bombers will also fire cruise missiles at test targets at several firing ranges.

Russia has expanded the scope of its military drills in recent years amid rising tensions with the West.


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#8002 BansheeOne

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Posted Yesterday, 06:33 AM

Only tangentially related to the thread topic, but I can't find a better place right now.

 

October 15, 2019

 

European Public Opinion Three Decades After the Fall of Communism
 
Most embrace democracy and the EU, but many worry about the political and economic future
 
 
Thirty years ago, a wave of optimism swept across Europe as walls and regimes fell, and long-oppressed publics embraced open societies, open markets and a more united Europe. Three decades later, a new Pew Research Center survey finds that few people in the former Eastern Bloc regret the monumental changes of 1989-1991. Yet, neither are they entirely content with their current political or economic circumstances. Indeed, like their Western European counterparts, substantial shares of Central and Eastern European citizens worry about the future on issues like inequality and the functioning of their political systems.
 
Those in Central and Eastern European nations that joined the European Union generally believe membership has been good for their countries, and there is widespread support in the region for many democratic values. Still, even though most broadly embrace democracy, the intensity of people’s commitment to specific democratic principles is not always strong.
 
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