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Russia building high-tech replacement for secretive nuclear ‘doomsday plane’ with boosted range & improved capabilities — reports

That’s according to RIA Novosti, citing a source in the military-industrial industry, which revealed that the new plane will be based on a wide-body Il-96-400M, made by the country’s well-established Ilyushin aircraft manufacturer. It is reported that the Russian government will receive two planes. As well as keeping the country’s …

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Plane with 29 people on board goes missing in Russia’s Far East

Authorities are currently “looking for details” about the aircraft’s whereabouts, the press service of the Main Directorate of the Russian Emergencies Ministry for the Kamchatka Territory said. It’s believed that there are 23 people and six crew members on board the plane. Russian officials are investigating whether the plane’s disappearance …

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In coordinated move, West imposes sanctions on Belarus over grounding of Ryanair plane & arrest of opposition activist Protasevich

On Monday, Brussels announced that it would be targeting 78 individuals and eight organizations, said to be “made in view of the escalation of serious human rights violations in Belarus and the violent repression of civil society, democratic opposition, and journalists.” As justification, the EU noted last month‘s now-infamous forced …

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By trying to link Russia & Nord Stream 2 to Belarus’ grounding of plane, Western talking heads have failed to understand crisis

However, that hasn’t stopped a number of EU and UK lawmakers from suggesting targeting the controversial Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, currently under construction, over Belarus’ apparent decision to intercept a passenger plane, despite the project being Russian-backed, and the fact that any attempts to block its completion would actually …

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Belarus-Ryanair plane case is outrageous? America & its European allies set precedent when they tried to get Snowden, critics say

On Sunday, a Ryanair commercial flight from Greece to Lithuania was diverted from its course shortly before leaving Belarusian airspace and made an emergency landing in Minsk. This allowed the Belarusian authorities to take Roman Protasevich, former chief editor of Polish-based opposition Telegram channel NEXTA Live, into custody. In his …

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