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July 31, 2010

Old is new again

Meet the new Russia: Formerly known as the KGB, "FSB" is a Russian initialism standing for "Human Rights Commission".

In a move that harks back to the dark days of the KGB, the Russian security service has been given new powers to crack down on so-called 'thought crime'. The Federal Security Service, successor to the feared Soviet KGB, will now be able to summon and imprison people it believes are about to carry out a crime.

In a statement yesterday, the Kremlin said the security service, known as the FSB, would now be able to issue warnings to those 'whose acts create the conditions for the committing of a crime'.

Same as the old Russia: Follow the link for an explanation why Canada needs new fighter aircraft.

Canada and Russia engaged in a war of words Friday over this week’s confrontation between two Canadian CF-18 fighter jets and two Russian bombers.

National Defence officials said the fact that two Russian TU-95 Bears flew into Canada’s “area of interest” – about 250 nautical miles, or 460 kilometres, away from Goose Bay, Nfld. – constituted a “close one.” The incoming Russian planes were spotted by NORAD on Wednesday, and two Canadian fighter jets were dispatched from the air force base in Bagotville, Que., to meet them.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at July 31, 2010 07:02 AM