Putin signed a decree calling for military training in 2020 :: Society :: RBC

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Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree calling on Russians in reserve for military training in 2020. The document is posted on the official Internet portal of legal information.

According to the decree, military training will be held in the armed forces of Russia, the troops of the national guard, state security agencies and the bodies of the Federal Security Service.

The head of state instructed the Russian government and regional authorities to ensure the implementation of measures related to the draft. The decree came into force from today.

Putin announces deferred military appeal for high school graduates

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The Russian Ministry of Defense in early June postponed the holding of summer military training for students, traditionally held in June-August, to a later date due to the situation with coronavirus in the country. So, the bulk of the fees will be held in July – October 2020, and in some universities the dates are postponed to 2021.


USA and Norway raise fighter jets to escort Russian Tu-142 :: Politics :: RBC

Seven Russian aircraft flew over the Barents and Norwegian Seas, as well as over the Pacific Ocean. At certain stages of the route, they were escorted by fighters of the US Air Force and Norway

TU-142 airplane and F-22 fighter

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Russian long-range anti-submarine Tu-142 aircraft performed flights over the waters of the Barents and Norwegian Seas, as well as over the neutral waters of the North Pacific. This was reported to journalists in the press service of the Ministry of Defense, reports RIA Novosti

The flight took place on June 27, three Tu-142 flew over the Barents and Norwegian seas, and four over the Pacific Ocean. The department emphasized that the flight took place in accordance with international rules for the use of airspace. The borders of other states were not violated.

The military of the United States and Canada announced the interception of Russian IL-38 near Alaska

American fighter F-22

At certain stages of the route over the neutral waters of the Norwegian Sea, Russian planes escorted Norwegian F-16 fighters, and over the Pacific Ocean – US Air Force F-22 fighters.

The Joint Command of the Aerospace Defense of North America (NORAD), in turn, reported on Twitter that F-22 fighters, along with KC-135 Stratotanker refueling aircraft, intercepted four Russian Tu-142s that entered the Air Defense Identification Zone (Air Defense) Alaska


Defense Ministry declassified documents on the liberation of Prague :: Society :: RBC

Colonel General Kirill Moskalenko, commander of the 38th Army of the 1st Ukrainian Front, gave the order to start moving to Prague on May 7 by order of the Soviet Marshal Ivan Konev. The order of Moskalenko said that the main task of the mobile group should be the “quickest exit” to the Prague area. “The actions of the group must be decisive, the promotion is bold and energetic. Avoid possible foci of enemy resistance using a dense network of highways near the main route, ”the order said.

Defense Ministry declassified documents on the capture of Berlin by Soviet troops

The fighting for the liberation of Prague lasted all day on May 9th. The Ministry of Defense notes that as a result of the completion of the Prague operation, it was possible to defeat the last major Wehrmacht group on the Soviet-German front and complete the liberation of Czechoslovakia. For the entire duration of the operation, Soviet troops captured 25 thousand German soldiers and officers. More than 119 thousand participants in the enemy’s military groups disarmed, 265 tanks, 220 armored personnel carriers, 80 aircraft, other equipment and weapons, as well as food were seized.

Among the declassified materials are presented award sheets testifying to those who distinguished themselves during the Prague operation.

After the hostilities ended, the USSR transferred food to the city, including 50 tons of flour, 100 tons of potatoes, 10 tons of different cereals, tea, sugar, lard, as well as sowing materials and feed. In addition to Prague, the Soviet command provided food and other cities of Czechoslovakia: Moravsk-Ostrava, Brno. Residents of these cities, as in Prague, received food on cards.

Last week, the Ministry of Defense declassified documents on the capture of Berlin by Soviet troops in May 1945. This part of the archival materials, in particular, contained a report by Marshal Georgy Zhukov to the USSR leader Joseph Stalin on April 30, 1945 about the capture of the main Reichstag building, on which the Soviet flag was hoisted.


Lukashenko decided not to cancel the Victory Day amid a pandemic :: Society :: RBC

The President of Belarus noted that the Victory Parade is an “emotional, deeply ideological thing” and the authorities cannot cancel it. According to him, some Russian deputies and senators expressed a desire to visit the parade.

Rehearsal of the parade in honor of the 75th anniversary of Victory in the Great Patriotic War, Minsk

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Belarus will not cancel the military parade in honor of the 75th anniversary of the victory in the Great Patriotic War, since “thousands and thousands of people” would like this event to be held. This was stated by President Alexander Lukashenko, BelTA reports.

“I must say that we cannot cancel the parade. Just can’t. I thought about it for a long time. Of course, this is an emotional, deeply ideological thing, ”the president said.

He added that participants in the war were probably dying from viruses and other diseases. “But they didn’t feel it at times and didn’t think about it. And they died for us, no matter how pathetic it sounded. And think what people will say. Maybe not right away, in a day, two after that, they will say that they were afraid, ”Lukashenka noted.

Peskov called difficult the decision of Putin to postpone the Victory Parade

Dmitry Peskov

The President emphasized that they wouldn’t “drag” anyone to the parade and added that the authorities would understand if people “were afraid, protect their health”. “Today there are enough who wish – thousands and thousands of people want this event to be held,” the head of state said, but noted that “old people should be protected.”


More than 2.6 thousand military men infected with the army and universities of the Ministry of Defense :: Society :: RBC

The coronavirus was found in 1,177 military personnel in the army, as well as in 1,195 students of universities of the Ministry of Defense, the agency said. There are infected and among civilian personnel of the Armed forces – 322 people

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From March to May 2, 2.6 thousand people were infected with the coronavirus in the Russian army and military educational institutions, according to the bulletin of the Ministry of Defense. In addition to them, the first test showed the infection of about 200 pupils of military schools.

Coronavirus for the specified time found:

  • 1177 military personnel of the Armed Forces. Of these, 345 people are treated in hospitals, 317 – in prisons at the duty station. There are ten people in civilian hospitals, and 505 more at home. 145 people recovered;
  • 322 among civilian personnel;
  • 1195 military personnel in educational institutions, including cadets and students of military universities;
  • 209 students in four military schools according to the results of initial testing. All of them, as well as those who became infected in universities, are in good condition, and their disease is asymptomatic, the Ministry of Defense noted.

The day before, on May 1, the Ministry of Defense reported about 1099 coronavirus in the Russian army.

Defense Ministry announces early completion of studies at military universities

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Defense Ministry declassified documents on the capture of Berlin by Soviet troops :: Society :: RBC

The website of the Ministry of Defense also published an archive document in which the commander of the defense of Berlin, General Helmut Weidling, gave the order to stop the fight. He wrote that Adolf Hitler committed suicide and the German military “left alone.” The general said that the lack of heavy weapons and ammunition makes the fight pointless, and every hour “extends the terrible suffering of the civilian population of Berlin” and the wounded. According to him, everyone who dies in this struggle will “make a vain sacrifice.”

Defense Ministry declassified archival documents on the liberation of Warsaw

One of the documents says that the company of Senior Sergeant Syanov from the 756th Infantry Regiment broke into the Reichstag building first. The Nazi military tried to knock out Soviet soldiers during the day – set fire to the house and threw grenades at them. The clothes on the sergeant caught fire several times, and he had nothing to breathe. However, in the end, the company destroyed 150 German troops and captured another 300.

According to other documents, on May 2, Soviet troops captured 34 thousand German soldiers and officers. The Soviet command also dealt with the issue of providing food to the inhabitants of Berlin. The city introduced cards. 3 kg of bread, 0.5 kg of meat, almost 1.5 kg of sugar, 350 g of coffee, as well as vegetables, potatoes and dairy products were allocated for each citizen. From the documents it also follows that the command provided humanitarian assistance to other German cities, for example, Dresden, Stettin and Chemnitz.

Documents came from the funds of the Central Archive of the Ministry of Defense. The department also said that they had been published to protect and defend the historical truth, to counter the falsification of history and “attempts to revise the results of the Great Patriotic and World War II.”

The Berlin offensive began on April 16, 1945 and ended on May 2. It was conducted by three Soviet fronts – 1st Belorussian, 2nd Belorussia and 1st Ukrainian, as well as with the help of Polish troops. A week later, on May 9, the Great Patriotic War ended.


Two Tu-160 bombers flew over the neutral waters of the Baltic :: Politics :: RBC

Two strategic bombers of the Russian Aerospace Forces conducted a planned flight in airspace over the neutral waters of the Baltic Sea. This was reported by TASS with reference to the Ministry of Defense of Russia.

The flight duration was more than eight hours. At certain stages of the route, Russian aircraft were escorted by the F-16 Poland, F-16 Danish Air Force, F-18 Finnish Air Force and Saab JAS 39 Gripen Swedish Air Force.

Long-range aviation pilots regularly fly over the Arctic, North Atlantic, Black and Baltic Seas, and the Pacific Ocean. The Russian defense department assured that the flights of Russian military aircraft are carried out in strict accordance with the International Rules for the Use of Airspace.

The supersonic strategic bomber Tu-160 was put into service in 1987. On the plane, 46 different world records were set. Russian military aviation currently operates 18 aircraft of this series.

A video of escorting a Belgian fighter by Russian Su-27s

On the eve of the planned flight over the Barents and Norwegian seas, Russian Tu-22MZ bombers made. To accompany them, Norwegian Air Force F-16 fighters took off.


Norwegian fighter escorted by Russian Tu-22 bombers :: Politics :: RBC

Norwegian Air Force F-16 fighters

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The Norwegian Air Force F-16 fighters took off to escort Russian Tu-22MZ bombers during their planned flight over the Barents and Norwegian Seas. This was reported by RIA Novosti with reference to the press service of the Russian Ministry of Defense.

Two Russian missile carriers carried out a scheduled flight over neutral waters; it lasted more than four hours.

“At certain stages of the route, Russian planes accompanied the Norwegian Air Force F-16 fighters,” the Defense Ministry said.

The Ministry of Defense announced the escort of Russian Tu-95 Norwegian F-16

The Ministry of War noted that regular flights of Russian long-range aviation over the Arctic, North Atlantic, Black and Baltic Seas are carried out strictly in accordance with international rules.


How the video service wants to go on the offensive again

San Francisco The many reports of security holes and warnings from politicians have spurred the growth of zoom not harmed. “Germany is our fastest growing market worldwide,” says Peer Stemmler, Germany boss of the US video conference provider, the Handelsblatt. It is here that the San Jose, California company also increases its investments and the number of employees the most.

Zoom is one of the few companies to benefit massively from the corona pandemic. In December, when the service was mainly used for business meetings, the app was used by ten million people every day. Because of the global curfews, coffee and math lessons, birthday parties and bar mitzvah celebrations are now taking place via video. In a time of social distancing, Zoom enables social life for millions of people.

There is even a word for the separation of partners via zoom: Zumping, a suitcase word from zoom and dumping.

In the corona crisis, the number of users rose to 200 million, with the company counting everyone who attended a meeting. Competitors like grow Google Hangouts, Microsoft’s Skype or Bluejeans, the acquisition of which the US mobile phone company Verizon just announced. But Zoom pulls everyone away.

However, the criticism grows with attention: numerous weak points as well as a questionable handling of user data have become public. Numerous companies have banned the software in the past few days and weeks, politicians have warned against it. Zoom knows about the problems – and promises improvement. “The basic values ​​with which we designed our product were seamless and smooth so far. In the future, it will be seamless, smooth and secure, ”Chief Information Officer Harry Moseley told Handelsblatt.

Zoom access data in the Darknet

So far there has been a lack of security. Easy access to video meetings, which by default worked without a password, led to the so-called “zoom bombing” attacks on foreign meetings, which ranged from pranking to attacks by right-wing extremists at Jewish funerals.


Security researchers found that Zoom was having some conversations about a data center in China even though no attendees were there, and asked whether the Chinese government could force Zoom to give them access to chats. Recently, data sets with around 500,000 zoom accesses appeared in the Darknet, which hackers offered for sale there. It’s the best ever, it’s the worst ever for zoom.

Some companies and public institutions reacted with zoom bans for their employees: The space company Space X and Google prohibited the use, as did the German State Department, the US Senate, the school authority in the state of New York or the space agency Nasa. The U.S. Department of Defense clarified that only Zoom’s special government service that uses its own servers is allowed.

Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic majority leader in the US House of Representatives, called Zoom a “Chinese organization” – although Zoom boss Eric Yuan was born Chinese, he founded the company in 2011 in San Jose in the south of Silicon Valley, not an hour’s drive from Pelosi’s constituency San Francisco away.

Now the company wants to go on the offensive again. Entire teams of developers have been removed from working on new features to deal with security issues, says CIO Moseley. The problems should be resolved within 90 days and an external security check should be completed in order to regain customer trust.


CEO Eric Yuan shows unusual personal commitment to this: Every Wednesday morning the founder of the company, which has been listed since 2019, gives an “Ask Eric Anything” webinar with some of his board members. Yuan sits in front of the Golden Gate Bridge, one of the customizable backgrounds in the app, explains progress and answers user questions.

Facebook-Specialist as consultant

Alex Stamos has been supporting the company since Wednesday. From 2015 to 2018, he was Facebook’s board member responsible for security. He is said to have left the company in a dispute over how the online company should deal with the abuse of its platform by Russia before the 2016 US presidential election. Today he teaches in Stanford and is a cyber security capacity.

After the first reports of security vulnerabilities at Zoom, Stamos criticized “doubtful design decisions” on Twitter on April 1st. The company had to demonstrate greater transparency and have its progress professionally checked by hackers. “This is an opportunity to bring trust back.”

Yuan then called him and asked Stamos for advice. “Never before has a company had to expand its service so quickly, especially not for something as data-intensive as video transmission,” says Stamos in a webinar. The team he works with are currently doing the login records for Zoom traded on the Darknet.

Zoom hired two cybersecurity companies to infiltrate the fence group, Stamos said. They found that the data of the 500,000 accounts were already known from previous hacks. “Every company that has user logins has to deal with this problem,” says Stamos. On Facebook, they would have captured and checked records of this size every day.

Zoom has dealt with many criticisms in a short time. To prevent “zoom bombing”, every chat should now be password-protected and have a virtual waiting room from which new visitors must first be let in. The use of servers in China was a mistake that was due to the extreme increase in users.

The data center in China will be removed from the global network and a new one will only be set up for Chinese customers, says Germany boss Stemmler. In the future, paying users could also choose in which regions the data centers should be located, through which their video chats are brought together.

IT security has a price

Stemmler emphasizes, however, that many of the steps that are being taken now have their price. If the data could no longer take the shortest route to an available data center, the image quality would tend to decrease. Password protection and virtual waiting rooms are important for business meetings or sensitive private appointments, elsewhere they are annoying and overwhelming technical amateurs.


Zoom grew so gigantic, mainly because a click on a link was usually enough to get into a meeting. The more hurdles there are between users and their meetings, the more Zoom’s advantage over the competition shrinks. “It will be a big challenge, which we hope we can solve through innovation,” says Zoom CEO Moseley.

Compared to other tech companies, Zoom has reacted quickly to the criticism and seems to want to tackle it point by point. When Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg was asked about the abuse of his platform by Russia after the 2016 election, he initially called the allegation a “pretty crazy idea”.

Yuan made a public apology in a blog post. He even thinks it is conceivable to disclose Zoom’s source code to give external security experts the opportunity to work on better solutions themselves.

In early July, the 90 days in which Zoom plans to improve the security of its service will have expired. Only then will it be possible to give an answer as to whether Zoom deserves a second chance.

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