Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Russia Launches $1.3 Million Mobile Phone

MosNews writes about world’s costliest mobile phone: A Moscow-based firm has launched production of what has been tagged as the world’s costliest mobile phone, the bornrich.org website reports.

The Diamond Crypto Smartphone, designed by luxury accessories maker Peter Aloisson, is priced at a crisp $1.3 million and is tagged as the costliest in the world. It features a cover adorned with 50 diamonds, ten of which are the rare blue ones. Apart from this, it also features a few sections made in rose gold as well.

Apart from the enticing looks, this phone manufactured by the Moscow-based JSC Ancort Company uses powerful encryption technology to provide special security. This technology is used with the aim of securing the user’s identity together with keeping intact info about kidnapping, technological blackmail, financial racketeers and corrupted state officials.

Together with this, the phone is built on the lines of Windows CE operating system, and features a high-resolution color TFT display and stores up to 4000 numbers in it’s memory.

European Satellite Launch Postponed Due to Russian Rocket Problem

The launch of a European weather satellite on a Russian rocket was postponed Monday 24 hours because of a problem with the rocket.

However, the launch was scrubbed shortly before the scheduled liftoff time because of an unspecified problem with the rocket. (via)

First Russian Evacuees from Gaza Arrive in Moscow

MosNews.com reports: An IL-62 aircraft of the Russian Emergencies Ministry has brought the first group of evacuated Russian and CIS nationals to Moscow from Palestine. Some 75 Russian citizens were reported trapped in the Gaza Strip Monday.

Several women from Moldova and Ukraine with children were evacuated together with the Russians.

Monday, July 17, 2006

If Russia Is the Chair of the G8, It Must Be a Member of It

Before the summit in St. Petersburg, Vlast analytical weekly and Echo of Moscow radio station interviewed five of the G8 countries' ambassadors to Russia. Unfortunately, France and Japan forbade their ambassadors to give interviews before the summit. Read more.

G8 Summit Over in St. Petersburg

In the energy sphere, the St. Petersburg Plan of Action was adopted to “enhance global energy security through efforts to increase transparency, predictability and stability of the global energy markets, improve the investment climate in the energy sector, promote energy efficiency and energy saving, diversify energy mix, ensure physical safety of critical energy infrastructure, reduce energy poverty and address climate change and sustainable development.”

“In Lebanon and Gaza the most urgent priority is for a cessation of violence and not to allow extremist elements to plunge the region into chaos and provoke a wider conflict,” the G8 nations agreed.


Russia May Send Navy Ships to Lebanon

MosNews writes: Russia may send navy ships to the Lebanon coast, the ITAR-TASS news agency reported on Monday quoting a source in the Defense Ministry. The move is being considered as Russia prepares to evacuate its citizens from the conflict zone.

On Sunday Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that Russia is preparing to evacuate its citizens from Lebanon

Lavrov warned that the fighting between Israel and Lebanese guerrillas could ignite a wider conflict, and said the international community had to use all means possible to end the violence immediately.

“If Lebanon explodes, we all know ... how it can resonate across other countries in the region,” Lavrov told reporters at the G8 meeting in St. Petersburg.

The United States and France have also begun preparations and Britain dispatched two ships, including an aircraft carrier, to the eastern Mediterranean in apparent preparation for evacuations.

Israel launched air strikes in Lebanon last week after militants captured Israeli soldiers in a cross-border raid. At least 130 people have been killed in the fighting, mostly in Lebanon.


Putin Says Does Not Know Why Russia Barred British Investor

Mosnews.com reports: Russian President Vladimir Putin has said he does not know why Russia refused a visa to Bill Browder, head of Hermitage Capital Management, a fund with about $4 billion invested in Russia. More.