How the USSR fell in love with Africa

After colonial empires in Africa collapsed, Moscow did all it could to make “African comrades” embrace socialism – but the romance didn’t last long. “During yet another crisis in Angola we used to transport weapons there via planes and ships, there were tons of it,” one Russian military specialist said while describing how much assistance the USSR provided to Angola’s socialist government during the civil war in the 1970s. It’s hard to overestimate how much attention Moscow paid to...

Russia-Africa Summit: the Roadmap to Africa

VLADIMIR Putin has sent warm greetings to African leaders, business people and partici­pants early October, signal­ing that everything is set for the first Russia-Africa Summit in Sochi, south­ern coastal city of Russia. The message reads, in part: “Today, the countries of Africa are well on their way towards social, economic, scientific and techno­logical development, and are playing a significant role in international affairs. They are strengthening mutually ben­eficial integration...

African Countries Should Tap Opportunities from Russia-Africa Summit

For the first time in many decades, Russia and Africa will hold a historical summit this year in Sochi, Russia from October 22-24. This event is especially important given that Soviet Union (USSR) and Russia as its successor were close allies of African nations during the latter's struggle for independence from colonialism. The new development relations between Russia and Africa are strategically important and mutually beneficial to both sides. The economic potential for...

Russia,India plan to jointly produce military equipment

Russia and India plan to launch joint development and production of military equipment, spare parts and components, according to the statement "Through trust and partnership to new heights of cooperation" signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the outcomes of their talks in Vladivostok on the sidelines of the Eastern Economic Forum (EEF). "The sides have declared their commitment to boosting cooperation in the defense sphere, including...

China, Russia build new ties with Africa as US struggles to assert itself in region

Beijing, Monday China and Russia have been forging new ties with Africa, a continent in which the United States has struggled to assert itself under President Donald Trump. Beijing has long prioritized its relationship with the continent, a frequent stop for Chinese diplomats and investors, and the People’s Republic has increasingly sought to boost engagement in the defense sector as well. On Sunday, the first China-Africa Peace and Security Forum brought together nearly 100 senior...

Russia intends to actively trade with Africa

Moscow, Tuesday A new era awaits the coopera­tion between Russia and African states, the Head of the Russian Council of Ministers Hon Dmitry Medvedev announced on June 21 at an economic conference which had drawn participation of Rus­sian and African businessmen as well as ministers. Most African leaders have already confirmed their prepared­ness to come to Sochi in October this year, to the “Russia-Africa” Summit: President Vladimir Pu­tin had earlier on signed a decree on its...

From Uzbekistan to Dar with love, Art tells it all

Have you ever wondered what spectators are really thinking of as they move through a gallery or an art and photograph exhibition with a gaze of importance looking all intellectual? Well walking into a room­ful of art can be intimidating sometimes, even if you’ve done it hundreds of times. There’s pressure to make the most of it, to absorb it all, and learn something valuable. Works of art are these beautiful objects; but just re­member whenever you visit a gallery or an exhibition...

Turning 18, SCO aims at model organization of international relations

BISHKEK, June 14 (Xinhua) -- For a person, turning 18 means the coming of a new stage in life and more responsibilities. After 18 years of growth, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) has also come to a new stage of development. At the 19th SCO summit here on Friday, Chinese President Xi Jinping proposed building it into a model organization of international relations against changing international situations. SHANGHAI SPIRIT - FOUNTAINHEAD OF SCO After 18 years of...

Noises fade away as positive atmosphere prevails in Crimea

Searching over the internet on Crimea reunification with Russia, almost 90 percent of the results are about annexation in­stead of reunification. Going through the topics, it came to my attention that most of the search results, which talks about annexa­tion are originated from or posted by the Western world media or institutions allied to their inclina­tion. The rhetoric of the West about Crimea reunification with Russia has always been negative since 2014, ignoring the historical and...

Xi and Putin -- at helm of China-Russia relations

BEIJING, June 5 (Xinhua) -- "For a big ship, a big voyage," Xi Jinping said, quoting a Russian proverb during his first visit to Russia as president of China in 2013. He was calling for concerted efforts by China and Russia to build their relationship into a vessel big and strong enough to cleave its way through the changeable sea of international situation. He practices what he advocates. Over the past six years, Xi has met his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin nearly 30 times in an...

Victory Day doesn't belong to Russians alone

Dar es Salaam. Russian Ambassador to Tanzania, Mr Yuri Popov on Tuesday May 7 said 74 years after the end of the war, ‘Victory Day’ is the dearest, the most emotional and inclusive commemoration in the history of their country. The ambassador was speaking at an event held at his residence in Dar es Salaam to commemorate the day when Russia regained her sovereignty from invading forces of Hitler. “For the people of the former Soviet Union, it will forever remain a day of the people's...

Putin simplifies Russian citizenship process for certain groups of Ukrainians

Russian President Vladimir Pu­tin has signed a decree on granting the right to obtain Russian citizen­ship in a simplified procedure for certain groups of Ukrainian citi­zens. The decree was published yes­terday on the official Internet legal information portal. The document says that this simplified procedure of obtain­ing Russian citizenship applies to Ukrainian citizens, who have no citizenship of other states, who were born and reside permanently on the territories of the Crimean...

России нечего скрывать и нечего бояться ("Коммерсант" от 27 марта 2019 г.)

В частично обнародованном на днях докладе спецпрокурора США Роберта Мюллера вновь утверждается, что российские спецслужбы вмешались в американские выборы 2016 года. Россия предложила США обнародовать закрытую переписку госорганов по расследованию этого инцидента, но получила отказ. О том, почему Москва считает важным возобновить диалог с Вашингтоном по киберпространству, спецпредставитель президента РФ по вопросам международного сотрудничества в области информационной безопасности, посол...

Russia's Africa support back through promotion of Kiswahili language

By Livingstone Ruhere   Several African states who had to go to the bush to fight for their independence that was denied by their colonizers received political and moral support from the then Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR). The Russians economic support to many African states declined a little bit after the end of the Cold War, but now, Russia is looking anew in full speed in reviving the longstanding relationship with Africa. Just recently, some...

Tanzania: Astronauts Envy Dar as Best Place for Space Activities

ASTRONOMICAL experts described Tanzania's geographical positioning as the most suitable in support of space exploration activities, the opportunity that remains unexploited. Astronomy and Space Science Association of Tanzania Chairman Dr Noorali Jiwaji, speaking at the launch of 'Exhibition of the Battle for Stalingrad, commemorating 'international Aviation and Cosmonautics Day' in Dar es Salaam yesterday, equated the geographical advantage to a gold mine. The chairman argued...

Russia poses “no threat” to anyone in Venezuela crisis

Moscow said Thursday its troops will stay in Venezuela “for as long as needed”, rejecting US President Donald Trump’s demand that Russia remove its military from the crisis-hit country   Moscow . The presence of Russian troops in Venezuela does not present a threat to anyone, the foreign ministry said Thursday after US President Donald Trump demanded that Russia remove its troops from the crisis-stricken country. The United States and more than 50 other countries recognize...

Shaaban Robert in Russian: unknown pages of the great writer’s legacy

By Mikhail D. Gromov   Early in January 2019, East Africa and the world have cel­ebrated the 110th anniversary since the birth of Shaaban Robert (1909-1962) - an outstanding figure in modem East African history, cul­ture and literature, a great writer and the founder of modem literature in Swahili. Elena Zubkova-Bertoncini, a distinguished scholar of Swahili letters, in her seminal work “Out­line of Swahili literature” character­ized Shaaban Robert as a pioneer in the...

Russia revamping its diplomacy, eyes Africa

By Nicole Mayani   Following a refreshing year of improved relations between Russia and African coun­tries, there is a lot expectation in 2019, which brings the prospect of the first ever Russia-Africa sum­mit. The meeting has been planned for October this year, to acknowl­edge, according to President Vladi­mir Putin, the priority that Mos­cow gives to developing its rela­tions with Africa With new political and humani­tarian initiatives, as well as invest­ment and...

Beautiful, exotic paintings enthrall art lovers

By Mary Ramadhani   Beautiful and exotic paintings were at a spectacle on Friday at the Russian Cen­tre for Science and Culture in Dar es Salaam (RCSC). A fresh painting of Kisutu Street done by Vasil Peshkun, few hours before the exhibi­tion was placed as a center­piece of the show. Themed ‘interesting par­allels’ the exhibition centered three artists including – Anna Silivonchik, Maria Peshkun and Vasil Peshkun. Silivon­chik stated that the paintings on display have...

UN General Assembly boosts cybercrime war

UN, Tuesday   A press release document has opened a new page in the global discussion on international in­formation security, which was launched 20 years ago. The is­sue of international security was placed on the UN’s agenda in 1998 at Russia’s initiative. “It is notable that break­through decisions aimed at strengthening IIS have been adopted in the anniversary year of 2018. These decisions aim to protect the interests of all coun­tries in the sphere of cyber se­curity...