On Thursday morning, Moscow awoke to the news that the Russian version of the FBI had raided the country’s biggest state-owned military contractor, Oboronservis. Three defense-ministry officials were detained in the raid and investigators announced that they were opening five criminal cases into the company’s involvement in an alleged real-estate fraud worth $96 million.
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The ministry officials are suspected of investing large sums of money—initially slated for Oboronservis’ budget—into eight prime pieces of property that they then resold to affiliates below the market value. Experts say the raid was part of a Kremlin anticorruption campaign aimed at rooting out fraud in the country’s defense industry, in order to woo outside investors.
Minister of Defense Anatoly Serdyukov, hurried to the scene this morning to watch the raid, even missing a cabinet meeting with the prime minister, which the ministers rarely ever do....
Friday, October 26, 2012
Russia’s Defense Ministry Crackdown - The Daily Beast
North Korean army minister 'executed with mortar round' - Telegraph
Kim Chol, vice minister of the army, was taken into custody earlier this year on the orders of Kim Jong-un, who assumed the leadership after the death of his father in December.
On the orders of Kim Jong-un to leave "no trace of him behind, down to his hair," according to South Korean media, Kim Chol was forced to stand on a spot that had been zeroed in for a mortar round and "obliterated."
The execution of Kim Chol is just one example of a purge of members of the North Korean military or party who threatened the fledgling regime of Kim Jong-un.
So far this year, 14 senior officials have fallen victim to the purges, according to intelligence data provided to Yoon Sang-hyun, a member of the South Korean Foreign Affairs, Trade and Unification Committee.
Those that have fallen from favour include Ri Yong-ho, the head of the army and Ri Kwang-gon, the governor of the North Korean central bank...
Thursday, October 25, 2012
Terrorism | Homeland Security News Wire
Earlier this morning Israeli planes destroyed the Yarmouk arms factory in Khartoum, Sudan’s capital – 1,300 miles from Israel; in 1998 the plant was suspected of holding Iraqi chemical weapons which Saddam Hussein wanted to conceal from the UN inspectors; Sudan has become a major corridor of arms for Hamas, and Israel has conducted several military operations inside Sudan aiming to disrupt shipments of arms to Hamas; in April 2011 Israeli special forces, ferried by helicopters into Sudan, ambushed and killed two high-level Hamas officials who were on their way to Libya to finalize a deal, financed by Iran, to buy about 800 chemical munitions from anti-Qaddafi rebels who had taken over a couple of chemical weapons depots from the pro-Qaddafi forces...bth: I had not seen this discussed in US papers.