Russia aims to sell its Pansir-S1 and Igla missile systems to bolster Brazil’s air defenses during next year’s FIFA World Cup, Kommersant said citing Russian General Staff. The Pantsir-S is a mobile short-range gun and missile air defense system that combines a wheeled vehicle with radar and electro-optical sensors, two 30-mm cannons and up to 12 57E6 radio-command guided short-range missiles. The weapon is designed to take on a variety of targets flying at low altitudes, RIA Novosti said. Recent developments in unmanned aerial systems or “drones” capable of flying low has raised the stakes in air defense capabilities worldwide. The Igla is a man-portable infrared homing surface-to-air missile designed to counter similar threats in warfare or security-related situations such as Brazil’s sport events in 2014. In talks in Lima, Peru, Tuesday the Russian delegation proposed establishing a servicing and maintenance center in Peru for its Russian- and Soviet-made helicopters. The offer was discussed by Shoigu and his Peruvian counterpart Pedro Cateriano, Russian Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov said. “Today…that country [Peru] wants to get not only finished goods from us, but also localize the manufacture of arms and military equipment at home,” said Antonov, RIA Novosti reported. In 2012, Russia completed a $20 million upgrade for Mi-25 attack helicopters in the Peruvian air force. The Peruvian military operates about 16 Mi-25 and Mi-35P helicopters. Peru’s government is reported considering to buy 24 Russian Mil Mi-171 (Hip) helicopters worth $406.8 million.
15. The Russian company increased its share of the online search market to 62.2 percent last month, the highest since August 2011, while Google Inc.s portion was unchanged at 26 percent, according to LiveInternet.ru. Baidu has made five acquisitions over the past year to maintain its lead among China s Internet companies as Qihoo 360 Technology Co. gains ground. Yandex deserves a premium rating in my book because it has better earnings growth, Julian Rimmer, a trader with CF Global Trading UK Ltd. in London , said by e-mail yesterday. They are successfully monetizing different business lines. Baidu, Chinas second-largest Internet company by market value after Hong Kong-listed Tencent Holdings Ltd., paid $1.85 billion for app store 91 wireless in July and bought a stake in group-deal site Nuomi.com for $160 million in August. The Beijing-based company also acquired video business PPStream Inc. for $370 million in June to merge it with its video unit iQiyi.com, which it purchased in November. First Step Yandex could have paid as much as $95 million for KinoPoisk, the nations biggest Russian-language website on movies with 18.6 million users, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing unnamed industry experts and analysts. The acquisition of KinoPoisk, which is the Russian version on IMDb.com and one of the most popular websites on the Russian Internet, is probably just a first step as Yandex may be expanding into the video segment of the market, Anna Lepetukhina , an analyst at OAO Sberbank, Russias largest lender, said by phone from Moscow yesterday. It will probably seek to offer video content, which would allow it to sell video-based ads, which have higher price tags than text-based ads. Internet advertising in Russia will grow an average 26 percent annually from 2013 to 2015, Yandex said in a June presentation citing ZenithOptimedia data.
View gallery A man in Moscow views a computer screen displaying Lon Snowden (R), the father of US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden, speaking during his interview with Russian website LifeNews upon his arrival at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport, October 10, 2013 (AFP Photo/) Moscow (AFP) – The father of Edward Snowden has left Russia after meeting the US intelligence leaker at a secret location, the fugitive’s lawyer said on Wednesday. Lon Snowden had an “emotional” meeting with his son, who is wanted by US authorities on espionage charges for spilling secrets about Washington’s secret surveillance programmes, after arriving in Moscow on October 10, Russian news reports said. Edward Snowden’s lawyer Anatoly Kucherena said the father was especially grateful to Russia for providing refuge to his son in the face of Washington’s extradition demands. “Snowden senior is very happy with the way he was received in Russia and the way that his son is being treated,” Kucherena told the Interfax news agency. “He still loves his son very much and views him as a completely honest person who did the right thing,” said the lawyer. “He will continue to support his son in the future,” Kucherena added without specifying when Lon Snowden left Moscow. Both Kucherena and Snowden’s father have refused to divulge where the former US National Security Agency contractor was staying, for security reasons. The anti-secrecy WikiLeaks website that has backed Snowden’s cause released footage over the weekend showing the fugitive receiving an award in Russia from four retired US ex-intelligence workers who promote ethics within their profession. But other details about Snowden’s life in Russia have remained sketchy since he was granted temporary asylum in August after spending five weeks in limbo in a Moscow airport transit zone. Kucherena has said that Snowden was studying Russian and thinking of finding local work. Snowden arrived in Moscow from Hong Kong, where he lived briefly in hiding while his most sensational exposes of US cyber-intelligence work were being published by major newspapers in Britain and the United States. Snowden had initially sought asylum in Latin America before deciding to stay in Russia out of fear that his plane may be grounded while travelling over EU states. Russia’s refusal to handover Snowden to US authorities added to tensions between Moscow and Washington and contributed to US President Barack Obama’s decision not to pay a scheduled visit to Moscow in September. Politics & Government Senate leaders Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell announced an agreement to end the partial federal government shutdown and extend the debt ceiling early on Wednesday afternoon. National Constitution Center Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz, a noted liberal, threw the Constitution figuratively at GOP Senator Ted Cruz on Tuesday night, as tensions flared in the debt-ceiling debate.
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