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How a Neurosurgeon Brought Down Napoleon

Russian general's remarkable brain surgery saved his life, resulted in visionary strategy

(Newser) - As Napoleon Bonaparte's forces moved toward Moscow in the autumn of 1812, Russian General Mikhail Kutuzov burned his own city, fled east, and left Moscow open to invaders. But what some supposed were the actions of a madman instead proved visionary, as Napoleon's troops couldn't handle the... More »

In Hunt for Russia Sub, Sweden May Have Finally Found One

But it may be a WWI submarine, not one of Putin's

(Newser) - Last year, Sweden authorities kept insisting a Russian submarine was lurking in the Stockholm archipelago. Now it appears they may have been right—but it isn't the sub they thought. The country's military is checking out video (see part of it here ) by exploration company Ocean X,... More »

ISS Astronauts Flee Flying Russian Space Debris

It was too late to do 'evasive maneuver' by the time they got word from NASA

(Newser) - American astronaut Scott Kelly and two Russian cosmonauts shacked up at the International Space Station had to scurry out of the way of flying space debris after a chunk of a Russian weather satellite sped by earlier today, AFP reports. The men hurried into the Soyuz spacecraft, which ferries them... More »

Russia: Sorry, Srebrenica Was Not a Genocide

UN resolution fails in 10-1 vote with Russian veto

(Newser) - Russia has vetoed a UN resolution that would have condemned the 1995 massacre at Srebrenica during the Bosnian war as a "crime of genocide." The Security Council put the resolution to a vote today despite appeals from Russia and China not to vote because of divisions in the... More »

Iraqi Jet Accidentally Bombs Baghdad, Kills 12

Russian-made aircraft suffered technical failure, military says

(Newser) - An Iraqi Russian-made fighter jet accidentally dropped a bomb over a Baghdad neighborhood today, killing at least 12 people on the ground, Iraqi officials said. The plane—one of several Sukhois used by Iraq in the fight against ISIS—was returning to base when the accident happened. A military spokesman... More »

After US Move, Putin Vows to Ramp Up Nukes

NATO slams him for 'nuclear sabre-rattling'

(Newser) - Vladimir Putin is being accused of "sabre-rattling," which isn't all that unusual, except in this case it involves nuclear weapons. The Russian leader said today that Moscow would add at least 40 ICBMs to its nuclear arsenal this year, reports Reuters . The announcement comes after the US... More »

Racewalking Revered in Russia, Riddled With Doping

Sport is taken very seriously in Russia, where racers are often booted

(Newser) - In Russia, Viktor Chegin is called "the father of all the victories," plans have been made to erect a "living memorial" to him, and he's been bestowed with the "Chevalier of the Order of Glory of Mordovia" honor. But Chegin isn't a war hero... More »

US Placing Heavy Weapons in Eastern Europe

Historic move meant as a warning to Russia

(Newser) - America is about to make history by storing a slew of weapons, fighting vehicles, and battle tanks in Eastern European and Baltic countries—a clear message to Russia to back off, the New York Times reports. If it happens, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Bulgaria, Romania, Poland, and maybe Hungary will store... More »

New Russian Tank May Work on Its Own One Day

One designer says the Armata drives and feels like a modern SUV

(Newser) - Russia's new tank, the Armata, is expected to form the backbone of the nation's armed forces for years to come. Its designers say the new machine may evolve into a fully robotic vehicle that could operate autonomously on the battlefield. Here's a look at some of the... More »

What 7 World Leaders Will Try to Tackle in 26 Hours

Terrorism, Ukraine, Ebola to come up at the G7

(Newser) - For the second year in a row, Russia has been left out of the G8, er, G7 summit, which will see President Obama meet with the leaders of Germany, Britain, France, Italy, Canada, and Japan at the Sunday-Monday summit, held at the Schloss Elmau castle, south of Munich. The participating... More »

All Russian Military Deaths Are Now State Secrets

Putin amends law amid worries about a new Ukraine push

(Newser) - Well, isn't that curious: Vladimir Putin has just decreed that all Russian military deaths are state secrets—even those that occur when war hasn't been declared, reports the Guardian . Previously, only deaths that occurred during official wars were considered secret, and the Kremlin insists the change is just... More »

Woman Snapping Selfie Shoots Self in Head

Russian police are investigating how she got the handgun

(Newser) - A Russian woman posing for a selfie with (what else?) a loaded gun pointed at her head accidentally pulled the trigger and shot herself in the temple, reports AFP via the Hindustan Times . The 21-year-old office worker was apparently using a 9mm handgun that a security guard had left behind.... More »

Russian Invasion of Ukraine Is 'Inevitable'

Michael Weiss, James Miller say offensive is coming this summer

(Newser) - If you thought Ukraine was in for a better summer than last year, think again. "Vladimir Putin's drip-drip invasion continues" and "a summer offensive is inevitable," write Michael Weiss and James Miller at the Daily Beast . They back up the claim with news from Ukraine President... More »

Russia Has 2 Space Glitches Within Hours

Including the loss of a satellite being blasted into orbit

(Newser) - Russia's space agency is having a very bad day. First, one of its spaceships attached to the International Space Station was supposed to fire up its engines and shift the ISS into a higher orbit, but the engines failed to start, reports AP . The cause is unclear, but those... More »

Most Russians Think US Poses Threat: Poll

Of those 59%, 31% fear a US invasion

(Newser) - Some 59% of Russians believe the US is a threat to their country and of that number, 31% say a US invasion and occupation is possible. The latest opinions, courtesy of a Levada Center think tank poll of 1,600 adults, offer further evidence that relations between the two countries... More »

Russian Spaceship Plummets to Earth

Progress had entered the wrong orbit and went into a spin after April 28 launch

(Newser) - Russia's space agency says the unmanned cargo ship that went out of control en route to the International Space Station has fallen to Earth over the Pacific Ocean. A brief statement from Roscosmos says the Progress craft entered the planet's atmosphere about 10pm EDT yesterday. Progress was expected... More »

Kim Jong Un Blowing Off Moscow Trip: Kremlin

'Domestic affairs' keeping North Korean leader from first foreign visit

(Newser) - He's not coming. A Kremlin spokesman said today that North Korea's Kim Jong Un, set to make his first official trip abroad since taking power, won't be showing up in Moscow next month to help commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Soviet Union's victory over Nazi... More »

Russia Has Lost Control of Spacecraft

Unmanned cargo ship missed orbit, reportedly falling back to Earth

(Newser) - Russia's Mission Control has failed to stabilize a cargo ship spinning out of control in orbit, but it says it hasn't yet given up on saving the unmanned spacecraft. The Progress M-27M was launched yesterday and was scheduled to dock at the International Space Station six hours later... More »

Russia Jails 3 Over 'Erotic, Sexual Twerk Dance'

Dance in front of WWII monument does not go over well

(Newser) - Note to Miley: No twerking in Russia, where the BBC reports three women have just been jailed for performing what prosecutors charmingly call an "erotic and sexual twerk dance" in front of a World War II memorial. "This incident of disrespect for the memory of war history is... More »

At 145, Vladimir Lenin Is Looking Great

Though his body, at this point, isn't entirely his

(Newser) - A tip for looking your best at age 145: Try replacing bits of your skin with plastic. That's what the experts in charge of preserving Vladimir Lenin's body have done, Scientific American reports. The Soviet Union founder, who died in 1924, would have turned 145 this week, and... More »

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