Putin-Trump summit in Helsinki on July 16

U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin will hold their 1st summit on July 16 in Helsinki, Finland. The 2 leaders will discuss relations between US and Russia and a range of national security issues. It meeting would also entail high-level talks on US sanctions on Russia and Russia’s rejoining the Group of Seven industrialised countries to make it the G8 again.

Russia confirms Dmitry Medvedev as its PM

The Russian State Duma (the lower house of parliament) has given its mandate to Dmitry Medvedev for a new term as the Prime Minister. Medvedev’s candidature for the Prime Minister’s seat was proposed by President Vladimir Putin after the inauguration of his fourth term as Russia’s President. Under Russia’s Constitution, the government is obliged to resign when a new presidential term begins.

Russia test fired new ICBM ‘Sarmat’

The Russian military has successfully tested its latest intercontinental ballistic missile ‘SARMAT’.The RS-28 Sarmat can cross South Pole as well as the North Pole, the shortest route between Russia and US and can strike targets anywhere in the world.Sarmat is intended to replace the Soviet-designed Voyevoda, the world’s heaviest ICBM known as “Satan” in the West.

Russia ‘test-fires hypersonic missile’

Russia test-launched a hypersonic missile from a Mig-31 supersonic interceptor jet that took off from an airfield. The hypersonic missile has been described as ?Kinzhal missile? – named after a type of dagger – as ?an ideal weapon?. The Kinzhal is said to travel at 10 times the speed of sound and have a range of 2,000 km (1,200 miles).

Russia seeks ?125 crore to repair INS Chakra

Russian authorities have demanded over $20 million for rectifying the damage suffered by nuclear submarine INS Chakra, which was dry-docked last week.Before INS Chakra, indigenously built nuclear ballistic missile submarine INS Arihant suffered extensive damage because of human error over a year ago. INS Chakra is a Russia-made, nuclear-propelled, hunter-killer submarine.

5 Russians banned for Doping

5 more Russian competitors from the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics have been banned for life over anti-doping rule violations by IOC. Dmitrii Trunenkov and Aleksei Negodailo, both in the gold-medal winning four-man bobsleigh team, plus biathlon relay silver medalists Yana Romanova and Olga Vilukhina, who also won silver in the 7.5 km event. Sergei Chudinov was also disqualified for doping.

Watch that can survive nuclear blast

Scientists have developed a military watch for the Russian army kit, that can resist high impact, and even survive the consequences of a nuclear blast. The watch has been developed by experts of the Central Scientific Research Institute for Precision Machine Engineering. It has been included in the new combat system for land forces, airborne forces, coastal troops of the Russian Navy.

Iran tests its homegrown air defence

Iran has tested its home grown air defence system, designed to match the Russian S-300, the head of the Revolutionary Guards’ air defence has said. Bavar (which means “belief”) is Tehran’s first long-range missile defence system, and is set to be operational by March 2018. In 2010, Iran began manufacturing Bavar-373 after the purchase of the S-300 from Russia was suspended.

755 US diplomats to depart Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin has announced that 755 staff must leave US diplomatic missions, in retaliation for new US sanctions against Moscow. This is thought to be the largest expulsion of diplomats from any country in modern history. The new US sanctions were in retaliation both for Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014 and Russian interference in the US election.

Russian Gymnast Kudryavtseva Retires

Russian rhythmic gymnast, Yana Alexeyevna Kudryavtseva, announced her retirement. Her retirement ends her glittering career. She was the latest in a long line of world-class rhythmic gymnasts from Russia, who won every Olympic gold medal in the discipline since 2000. During her entire career, she had won 13 All-around World Championships from 2013 to 2015.

Russia To Ban Cigarette Sale

12 : The Russian Health Ministry has unveiled plans to ban the sale of cigarettes to anyone born after 2015. The Health Ministry proposal, would make Russia the first country in the world to completely phase out tobacco. The ban proposal, would go into effect in 2033, when the affected Russian citizens (now babies) turn 18 years old. The number of smokers in Russia dropped by 10% in 2016.

Sania Wins Brisbane Doubles Title

Indian tennis ace Sania Mirza picked up her first title of the season, combining with American Bethanie Mattek-Sands to lift the Brisbane women’s doubles title. The top-seeded duo triumphed 6-2 6-3 against the Russian team of Ekaterina Makarova & Elena Vesnina. The trophy, however, ended Sania’s 91-week reign as the world No.1 doubles player. That position was taken over by Bethanie.

Putin ‘Sought to Help’ Trump Win US Vote

Russian President Vladimir Putin sought to help Donald Trump win the presidential election, a US intelligence report says. The unclassified report says the Russian leader “ordered” a campaign aimed at influencing the election. The 25-page report says that the Kremlin developed a “clear preference” for Mr Trump. The unclassified version contained no detailed evidence of Putin’s alleged role.

Russian Athletics Coach Mokhnev Banned

Russian athletics coach Vladimir Mokhnev has been banned for 10 years after being found guilty of breaching IAAF regulations on banned substances. The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) deemed that Mokhnev, broke rules relating to possession, trafficking and administration of banned substances. Mokhnev will be prevented from coaching for a decade after CAS imposed a ban.

Election Recount to Place in Wisconsin

Wisconsin, one of three battleground US states won by President-elect Donald Trump will undergo votes recounting. It received two petitions in this regard from a third-party candidate who alleged that Russian hackers may have infiltrated voting systems. Votes cast in the state of Wisconsin, having 10 presidential electoral college votes, will be recounted.

Co-creator of Iconic MIG 29 Ivan Dies

Famous Russian aircraft designer, co-creator of the MiG-29 fighter jet Ivan Mikoyan has died . During his career, he took part in the development of the design of the MiG-21 and the MiG-29 fighters. For his work on the MiG-29, Mikoyan twice received the USSR State Prize state honour. Mikoyan received the USSR State Prize honor twice for designing the MiG-29 fighter jet.

Sun Pharma to Buy Russian Firm Biosintez

Sun Pharma has announced the acquisition of Biosintez, a Russian company making & marketing pharmaceutical products. Sun Pharma picked up 85.1% of the company for US$ 24 million & also the debt of approximately US$ 36 million as part of the transaction. Biosintez is a Russian pharmaceutical company focusing on the hospital segment. It has annual revenues of approx US$ 52 million for 2015.