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...

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...

Cybercrime war gets UN General Assembly boost

Bristle, Sunday   As the world approaches the end of the year 2018, the war to combat cybercrime in the world had received a major boost fol­lowing the recently adoption of two Russian-proposed resolu­tions, including a resolution on combating cybercrime, by the UN General Assembly. On December 17, the UN General Assembly adopted, by majority vote, the resolution on Countering the Use of Infor­mation and Communications Technologies for Criminal Purposes. The resolution was...

Russia, Iran and Turkey agree to launch Syrian constitution committee by January

GENEVA TOP diplomats from Russia, Turkey and Iran have agreed to ensure that a 150-strong committee to draft a new Syrian constitu­tion will convene for the first time early next year as they wrapped up a meeting in Geneva on Tuesday. “We have agreed to take efforts aimed at convening the first session of the Syr­ian constitution committee early next year. These steps will lead to the launch of a vi­able and lasting Syrian-owned, Syrian-led, UN-facilitated political process,’’ ...

Russia not seeking arms race, but a balance of power - Putin

MOSCOW RUSSIA is not inter­ested in an arms race and only seeks keeping the balance of forces, Russian President Vladimir Putin said at his annual news conference yesterday. “Generally, this is sim­ply an element of contain­ing and balancing parities in the strategic balance. This is what it is. This means keep­ing the parity and nothing more than that,” the Russian leader said, speaking about the newest breakthrough mis­sile defense systems developed by Russia. “We do not...

Spectacular concert as children lit up Russian Culture Centre

By Mary Ramadhani   It was a thrilling moment as Angelic voices and laugh­ter of happily excited and highly spirited children filled the Russian Cultural Center venue in Dar es Salaam last weekend. And, their eager parents were beaming with pride on how far their precious babies have accomplished, while anxious but yet excited teach­ers did final arrangements, waiting for their pupils to give their best performance of children’s songs in Rus­sian language. Children of...

The return of Russia to Africa

By Johan Burger   After decades of a bipolar world in which the US and the Soviet Union com­peted for global hegemony, we entered a unipolar era with the collapse of the USSR and the US imposing its will across the globe virtually unchallenged - until the rise of China. Now the geopolitical tectonic plates are shifting once more as the US loses ground and influence, the European Union shows signs of fractur­ing, and new players scramble to gain the high ground. Johan Burger’s...

Russian performers capture Dar with soothing melody

The theater was filled with rounds of applause after two young artists transported enthusiastic and entertained audience adults and children alike, to another dimension through the harmonious melody produced by their instruments. This event happened at the Russian Center for Science and Culture in Dar es Salaam on Thursday evening.

Rosatom says Mkuju Uranium project due 2022 after global price appreciation

By The Banker reporter   Tanzania’s uranium production may start in 2022 if global prices for the commodity appreciate due to rising demand thanks to Chinese and Indian growing economies. Rosatom’s Regional Vice-President for Central and Southern Africa Viktor Polikarpov said its local subsidiary, Uranium One and Mantra Resources have amicably agreed with authorities to put the project on hold pending better global prices for the commodity. “Demand is expected to firm up...

Just one moment for Leo Tolstoy

This September 9 was the 190th birthday of Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoy, the famous Russian novelist and moral philosopher who wrote War and Peace (1865-69) and many other works of literature including Hadji- Murad (1912), Anna Karenina (1877-78), The Cossacks, Confession. It came and passed quietly as has often happened. Drawing from reports by various agencies and his own ‘reference library’, long-serving Tanzanian journalist Saidi Nguba reports: Leo Tolstoy was born on September...