Russia and China veto the draft resolution at UNSC on Syria; Russia to renew routine world patrols of its nuclear strategic submarines; Thousands of protestors gather in Moscow to demand an end to Putin’s rule; American Police to buy Russian made Izhmash
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  • (January 30-February 05, 2012)

    In a major development, according to reports, Russia and China have blocked a draft resolution on Syria submitted to the UN Security Council by Western and Arab countries. 1

    In another development, according to reports, Russia will resume routine extended patrols of its strategic nuclear submarines in international waters around the world in June 2012. The annual number of extended patrols performed by Russian strategic nuclear submarines and nuclear-powered attack submarines has dropped from more than 230 in 1984 to less than 10 today. 2

    Thousands of Russians had assembled in Moscow to demand an end to Vladimir Putin's rule. The march - which drew 120,000 people, according to organisers - was the third mass demonstration since Putin's party won a parliamentary election on December 4. 3

    According to reports, Izhmash, the manufacturer of the legendary Kalashnikov AK-47, will supply Saiga-12 semi-automatic smoothbore shotguns to a number of police forces in the U.S with the first batch having been already delivered. 4

    Reports noted that the first Mistral class amphibious assault ship will be put in service with the Russian Navy in 36 months. Russia and France had signed a $1.2-billion contract on two French-built Mistral class ships, including the transfer of sensitive technology in June 2011. 5

    Ahead of the Munich security talks, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has criticized the US missile defence shield plan on the ground that it was aimed at undermining Russia’s defence capabilities. 6

    Russia and the United States have finished the first joint inspection in Antarctica. The inspection report will be presented at the upcoming consultative meeting on the Antarctic Treaty to be held in Hobart, Australia, in June 2012. 7

    The head of Russia’s main arms exporting agency Rosoboronexport has said that the firm has been hit by upto 4 billion US$ on account of sanctions in Libya. 8

    Russia will modernize about 30 Tu-22M3 strategic bombers from Russia's Long Range Aviation fleet. Tu-22M3 is a supersonic, swing-wing, long-range strategic bomber that Russia uses mainly to patrol the skies over its southern borders, Central Asia and the Black Sea region. 9

    According to reports, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has pledged to bring down the government stake in big companies in the next four years, although the government would not sell them at throw away prices. 10

    In other developments, according to reports, Russia will provide 41 million US dollars to Nicaragua for building a medical centre with the most advanced facilities within 3 years in Managua. 11