DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 30, 2010
Gen. Yuri Ivanov, 52, deputy head of GRU, the Russian military's overseas intelligence arm of Russian military, was found dead in mysterious circumstances described in a terse official Russian eulogy as a tragic swimming accident "several days ago." No further details were provided such as where he died. Although he apparently drowned off the shore of Syrian Latakia, his body was recovered from Turkish waters ten days after he went missing.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 16, 2010
When the Russian President Demitry Medvedev said Iran is close to acquiring a nuclear weapons capacity, he was not disapproving, but argued that it was not a violation of its international underatkings.. He expects the forthcoming nuclear dialogue next month to take Iranian uranium enrichment as a given and move on.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 8, 2010
Moscow and Tehran have announced that the nuclear reactor Russia is building Iran at Bushehr has completed all its test-runs and will be up and running in early September - ahead of schedule.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 14, 2010
Moscow opts for a collision course with Obama by accepting the lead of an anti-American grouping of Turkey, Syria, Qatar and Iran and their allies, Hizballah and Hamas and nuclear negotiations with Iran at America's expense.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 14, 2010
Moscow is negotiating for Israeli robotics technology for building its own UAV fleet while also developing its military ties with Iran and Syria. Its bargaining chip is the S-300 missile interceptor for Iran.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 2, 2010
Russia will pool its military and intelligence resources with the US to fight the war on terror together - only if its own battle against Islamist extremism is recognized as part of the global war on terror.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 2, 2010
Al Qaeda, long entrenched in the Caucasian, is boosting local Islamic extremist groups and separatist movements with fighters from
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 27, 2010
Libyan defense minister Younis Jaber arrived in
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 3, 2009
The second bomb which exploded Saturday, Nov. 28, at the site of the Nevsky Express which was derailed Friday between Moscow and St. Petersburg crash site injured no one. It was less powerful than the first, which left 39 dead and 90 injured Friday near the town of Bologove. The Russian authorities confirmed a bomb of app. 7 kilos of the equivalent of TNT threw the train off the tracks when it was travelling at 200 mph. Elements of an explosive device were found at the scene where rescue teams are still digging for missing passengers.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 10, 2009
If Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov is to be believed, Iran came out of its first diplomatic engagement with the big powers flushed with success. Not only has Tehran gained international legitimacy for its enriched uranium program - contrary to UN Security Council resolutions - but third-nation help is on tap for reaching a higher grade of enrichment.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 2, 2009
Two days before the Six-Power bloc-Iranian meeting in Geneva, debkafile's Russian sources report Moscow appears to have taken a step back from the small opening allowed by Russian president Dmitry Medvedev for a fresh round of sanctions against Tehran. Monday night, Sept. 28, foreign minister Sergei Lavrov that although Iranian's missile exercise was worrying, Western restraint was needed.
Monday night, Israeli foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman said: "Israel must not attack Iran's nuclear installations. It must be left to world powers."
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 25, 2009
In a CNN interview Sunday, Sept. 20, Russian president Dmitry Medvedev said "Israeli colleagues" had told him they are not planning to attack Iran. He confirmed Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu had visited Moscow two weeks ago and had also met with him, but asked to keep the visit secret.
debkafile adds: Unless Medvedev's assertion is denied by Jerusalem, the Israel government has abandoned its military option to pre-empt a nuclear-armed Iran, but neglected to inform the Israeli public of this radical change of policy.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 13, 2009
Western intelligence sources in the Middle East have disclosed to debkafile that a special unit of the Russian Federal Security Service - FSB, commissioned by Hizballah's special security apparatus earlier this year, was responsible for the massive discovery of alleged Israel spy rings in Lebanon in recent months with the help of super-efficient detection systems.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 30, 2009
A high-ranking Russian navy source reported July 21 that the Soviet-era naval maintenance base near Tartus in Syria is to be expanded and modernized to become "fully operational" in four seas. debkafile's military sources report Israel is deeply concerned by the sophisticated air-defense S-300PMU-2 and Iskander-E missile systems the Russians propose to hand Syria on the pretext of installing a shield to defend the facility against air or missile attack.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 2, 2009
Russian warships are due to call Wednesday, May 27, at the Bahrain port of Manama, seat of the US Fifth Fleet in the Persian Gulf, debkafile's military sources reveal. They will be following in the wake of the Russian vessels already docked at the Omani port of Salalah, the first to avail themselves of facilities at Gulf ports.
Their arrival is fully coordinated between the Russian and Iranian naval commands.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 11, 2009
debkafile's Moscow sources disclose that the Russian, Iranian and Damascus governments have cooked up a scheme to get around Vladimir Putin's undertaking as president to refrain from selling Iran and Syria advanced Iskander-M cruise missiles: The transaction will go through Belarus.
After the Iskander-M sale to Tehran went through. negotiations are ongoing for Iran and Syria on another transaction: the sale of Russia's advanced S-300 anti-air anti-missile multi-targeting shield systems as well.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 14, 2009
Kazakhstan is negotiating for Israel to launch its communications satellites from Baikonur to help turn this space launching facility into a going international business venture long term.
debkafile's military sources report that Russia, which built the satellite launching station in 1955 for its own use, does not object, because it is constructing a replacement cosmodrome on its own soil and also developing its own military and aviation industrial ties with Israel.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 21, 2009
Three times this month, Moscow has offered different versions about the delivery of five sophisticated Russian S-300 anti-missile, anti-air missile systems sold to Iran for $800 million.
Wednesday, March 18, an unnamed official of Russia's Federal Service of Military-Technical Cooperation again hedged around the issue. He said a contract had been signed "two years ago" and was being "fulfilled gradually."
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 20, 2009
A Russian strategic arms control expert, Vladimir Dvorkin, said Thursday, March 12, that Iran could produce an atomic weapon in "one or two years," allowing Tehran to broaden its support for Hamas and Hizballah.
This was the first time a Russian figure had predicted Iran would be nuclear-capable within so short a period, debkafile's Moscow sources stress. Its correlative linkage to a heightened threat from Hamas and Hizballah has never been heard from Moscow, or even explicitly from Washington or Jerusalem.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 1, 2009
The preliminary phase of Iran's first reactor, built with Russian help at the southern town of Bushehr, was marked by a ceremony Wednesday, Feb. 25. Our sources report that Iranian nuclear teams will first activate the 1,000-MW reactor's sections in sequence with the help of advanced Russian computers flown in to monitor their progress. Russia's state Rosatom Atomic Corporation, Sergey Kiriyenko declined to say when the reactor would be fully operational.