Day: June 5, 2006

Whitened Sepulchre

Tobias Ljungvall has a post on his blog about a recent Swedish radio discussion he took part in with a an expatriate Finnish promoter of Lukashenko's dictatorship in Belarus. Issues surrounding the debate included the actual naming of Belarus: in Swedish and Finnish, it's referred to as "White Russia", a title which as Tobias points out can be rather misleading.

…And Sukhois May Fly On July 5

LIMA, June 5 (RIA Novosti) – Venezuela's president has dropped the heaviest hint yet that his country may be buy Russian-made fighters by saying warplanes could take to the skies during a July 5 military parade to celebrate Independence Day.

Venezuela has already signed a $54-million contract for 100,000 Kalashnikov assault rifles, the batch of which was shown off on television Sunday night, and put pen to paper in the middle of last year on a contract for 15 military helicopters.