CFRIES

Centre Franco-Russe d’Intelligence Economique et Stratégique

13 février 2007

Biometric Passports Failed

Just as Kommersant predicted, the process of introducing biometric passports in Russia went into a skid. The Federal Migration Service (FMS) said yesterday that the equipment for recording personal data of a passport’s holder, supplied by Voskhod enterprise, turned out to be unreliable and is breaking all the time. Due to these problems, the beginning of mass issuing of new passports in St. Petersburg is postponed for indefinite time. Head of FMS in St. Petersburg and Leningrad region Yuri Buryak spoke of difficulties that suddenly... [Lire la suite]
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13 février 2007

Moscow Creates Anti-Terrorism Watchdog

Complex security department might appear at Moscow’s government. It will control all anti-terrorism services of the city, and will deal with “military management” during emergency situations, supervising the media, meetings and mass public events. The new department’s budget has not been approved by Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov. However, prefectures and municipal councils are already forming anti-terrorism divisions. The idea of a more thorough anti-terrorism control became relevant after Nikolai Patrushev, head of the National... [Lire la suite]
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13 février 2007

Weapons of Alliance

Since the beginning of the year, the United States has been in negotiations for an advance missile deployment area in Poland and the Czech Republic for its national missile defense system. That was a perceived as the latest in a series of unfriendly steps. Vlast analytical weekly has attempted to ascertain exactly whom the U.S. missile defense system is a threat to. Why in Eastern Europe The Americans say that North Korea and Iran pose the greatest missile threat to them. Missile defense system bases already existing in Alaska and... [Lire la suite]
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13 février 2007

Nothing Heroic Left in Roman Abramovich

Story about Chukotka’s governor was removed from NTVSequel of the story about early years of Chukotka’s governor Roman Abramovich, which was announced a week ago, did not come out on Sunday in Glavny Geroy (Protagonist) new weekly program on NTV channel. NTV head Vladimir Kulistikov said it was “his personal decision” and that “he did not receive any signals from Roman Arkadievich Abramovich”. Glavny Geroy weekly program on NTV came out for the first time on February 4. It is made up of stories about famous people and comes out in... [Lire la suite]
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13 février 2007

Credit Disorganization

// Russia’s population overdue debts reached the thresholdCentral Bank of Russia yesterday published data on overdue debts of 30 major Russian banks. The data proves that the amount of ‘bad debts’ doubled in 2006. Market players estimate that the real level of arrears is close to critical, making up 4-7 percent in banking sector on the whole, and 20-30 percent in non-mortgage kinds of crediting. Experts think it is possible to avoid the crisis only by diversifying banks’ crediting business. Central Bank of Russia yesterday published... [Lire la suite]
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13 février 2007

Russia proposes new National Military Doctrine

Russia's new National Military Doctrine has become a focus of the Russian military. Not long ago, Albert Galeev, President of the Russian Military Academy, briefed politicians on the draft's framework at a high-level seminar. Information from the seminar indicates that both the content and structure of the new doctrine are remarkably different from the doctrine currently in place. The draft reveals Russia's stance on current military threats and national defense issues. Having inherited most of the armed forces of the USSR, Russia... [Lire la suite]
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13 février 2007

Russia intensifies efforts to rebuild its military machine

By Fred Weir, The Christian Science Monitor Posted 2/12/2007 9:54 AM ET MOSCOW — At a major security conference this past weekend, Russian President Vladimir Putin blasted the U.S. for its militaristic approach to foreign policy, saying its actions were "nourishing an arms race."But little noticed amid the sharp U.S. and European response to Putin's comments is Russia's burgeoning military-industrial complex, generally thought to have collapsed with the Soviet Union. The cold war days when the USSR matched the US... [Lire la suite]
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