Chinese and Russian troops began joint maneuvers Tuesday, marking the first time Moscow has invited a country outside a tight circle of former Soviet allies to its largest annual exercises and offering Chinese generals rare and valuable experience training outside their country’s borders….more: wsj
The subject of the Red Army’s mass rapes in Germany has been so repressed in Russia that even today veterans refuse to acknowledge what really happened. The handful prepared to speak openly, however, are totally unrepentant. “They all lifted their skirts for us and lay on the bed,” said the leader of one tank company. He even went on to boast that “two million of our children were born” in Germany….MORE: theguardian
Thirty airstrikes later: Devastation and destruction in Ghouta’s Arbin….MORE: alaraby.co.uk
This photo provided by the Syrian Civil Defense group known as the White Helmets, shows a child partly buried in rubble after Russian Airstrikes
Russian operatives weren’t the first to recognize the power of online political advertising, which totaled $1.4 billion during the 2016 cycle, and is expected to hit $2.8 billion in 2020. “When I chaired the D.C.C.C., we significantly shifted our budget into online media because it was effective and cost-efficient. The only difference between our strategy and the Russian strategy is…more: .vanityfair.com – Russian ‘Army of Jesus’ Facebook page showed Hillary Clinton with devil horns
More than 150 airstrikes have rocked the rebel-held eastern half of Aleppo since Friday including the use of massive “bunker buster” bombs and incendiary devices that can set fire to whole streets, the US said. …MORE:telegraph.
Despite the fact, that a majority of people in Russia belong to the Russian Orthodox Christian faith, Muslims are not considered exotic or alien in the country. Unlike European countries, where Islam was brought in by migrants, in Russia many indigenous peoples professed Islam for centuries and lived side by side with Christians. However, during the Soviet era, all religions were frowned upon. The collapse of communism led to a rapid return to Orthodox Christianity and Islam….more: rbth.com