Wednesday, June 23, 2010
A wing of latest Russian Sukhoi-34 fighter bombers has successfully accomplished a non-stop 6-thousand-kilometre test flight from the region of Lipetsk south of Moscow to the region of Khabarovsk in the Russian Far East. The Sukhoi-34’s predecessor in the niche, the Sukhoi-24, cannot fly further than 3 thousand kilometres.
The Sukhoi-34 is a two-seater with a length of 22 metres and a wingspan of 14.7 metres. The maximum speed is 19 hundred kilometres an hour
Russia’s Black Sea Fleet to get more frigates, submarines
The RIA-Novosti news agency quotes Russia’s Navy Commander-in-Chief Vladimir Vysotsky as saying that this country’s Black Sea Fleet will have got 15 new frigates and diesel submarines by 2020.
According to the Admiral, the Black Sea Fleet will be rearmed through getting new ships, rather than through obtaining naval vessels from other Russian Fleets.
He said that this year the keel will be laid of one frigate and one non-nuclear submarine for the Black Sea Fleet.
The sub is meant for destroying enemy naval surface ships and submarines, defending naval bases, the coastline and sea communications, and for performing reconnaissance.
The frigate’s main weapons will be anti-ship cruise missiles, a new artillery mount, an anti-submarine missile system and a medium-range air defence missile system.
Russia tests high-speed Allegro trains
Russia prepares to test high-speed Allegro trains which are expected to be launched at the end of the year between St. Petersburg and Helsinki.
Built by the French Alstom company, the seven-carriage train accommodates 344 passengers, and will cut the travel time from six to 3.3 hours.
Deacon Feodor Konyukhov faces a barrage of requests to bless or consecrate equipment
Moscow, June 23, Interfax – News that renowned traveler Feodor Konyukhov was ordained a deacon made many yachtsmen, travelers and alpinists, who don't know much about church hierarchy, ask him for a priestly blessing or consecrating their equipment.
"Just a barrage of calls from yachtsmen, from travelers. Dozens of yachtsmen ask to consecrate their yachts. Alpinists want to have his blessing for the climb," the traveler's son Oskar told Interfax-Religion on Wednesday.
According to him, people from Kamchatka to Kaliningrad were very glad to learn about the traveler's new status and now want to have his blessing as "he like nobody else understands what the sail and ocean are."
Fr. Feodor, who is not a priest, has to refuse all of them explaining that blessing and consecrating is not in a deacon's competence.
During his previous expeditions to distant places, residents judging by his appearance took him for a priest and asked to baptize them. "If he had been a priest at those expeditions, he could have baptized people thus making them join Orthodox faith," Fr. Feodor's son said.
Russia to donate 2 mln. dollars for restoring Orthodox shrines in Kosovo
Moscow, June 21, Interfax – Russia decided to make a voluntarily target contribution to UNESCO for financing restoration works of Orthodox shrines in Kosovo.
According to Vladimir Putin's order posted at the official governmental website, 1 mln dollars will be transferred in 2010 and the other million - in 2011.
Putin instructed the Foreign Ministry to inform UNESCO about the decision and together with the Finance Ministry coordinate the procedure of transferring the donation.