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    Maznichenko calls for referenda

    Article by Natasha Alliluyeva
    Two all-union referenda have been proposed by the main representative of the Leningradskaya Oblast to the Supreme Soviet, the Ukraine-born politician and syndicalist Vyacheslav Maznichenko, concerning what has been criticised by conservative members of the C.P.S.U. and some independent politicians, notable Boris Yeltsin, as 'outrageous moves meant to undermine the integrity of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.' The proposals include nothing short of the legalisation of light drugs and homosexual 'marriage' (which would include an amendment to the Constitution) even though the Supreme Court of the U.S.S.R. is already revising law to determine whether civil unions between Soviet citizens of the same sex are legal by current law.

    Boris Yeltsin, unofficial leader of the main opposition group to the Communist Party's policies, has deeply criticised the moves, together with conservative elements of the Communist Party such as Kiril Fyodorov, who has been previously criticised by the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Estonia of 'wishing to return the Soviet Union to the Brezhnev era of stagnation and oppression.' "Homosexuality is a capitalist vice, and it has no place in a socialist state such as ours" said Fyodorov before the joint meeting of the Soviet of Nationalities and the Soviet of the Union, directly criticising the decriminalisation of homosexuality that took place under Mikhail Gorbachev's second term in 1992.

    The Supreme Soviet is currently debating the proposal, however elements of the Council of Ministers and the Presidium have already voiced their support for Maznichenko's proposals. "These proposals are serious, and they should be closely be taken into account" commented the CPSU General Secretary, President Gennady Zyuganov. "I sincerely hope that in the end, it will be up to the Soviet People to decide the fate of these proposals through the way of the ballots." Fyodorov, however, accused the Soviet President of revisionism, and was reported saying that 'these who do not obey should not be fed' in an allegoric manner during a break of the Supreme Soviet's session.

    This far, no republic-level government has expressed support or opposition for these proposals, although the General Secretaries of the Communist Parties of Belarus and Kazakhstan, Alexander Lukashenko and Nursultan Nazarbayev respectively, are expected to deliver a speech tonight. Although no rumours are confirmed this far, it is said that the Baltic Republics and Ukraine will be among the most active supporters of Maznichenko's referenda proposals, areas where he has a rising popularity to the level that many see the CPUa member as a possible candidate for the Presidency in the November 2009 election, to replace Gennady Zyuganov.


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    Triera provokes!

    Article by Natasha Alliluyeva
    With the Trieran Empire issuing an announcement concerning military exercises of colossal scale on the southern portion of its border with the Soviet Union, involving more than 75.000 military personnel according to Trieran news agencies, the Soviet leadership once again finds itself provoked, according to an announcement issued by the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the U.S.S.R.

    The Chairwoman of the Council of Ministers, Irina Nevskaya, has actively criticised this move as being "a direct provocation to the Soviet Union and global peace" and requested the Trieran government to either call off the exercises, or to relocate them to 'more secure' territories. These announcements are paired with a 'pre-announcement' of an 'oncoming pro-peace and pro-global stability plan' from the young Soviet leader, reportedly including 'points discussed with the European Presidency.'

    Sources from within the Ministry of Defence state that General Pukhov is taking a more radical approach to the issue. "It appears that the Ministry of Defence is closely considering retaliatory steps, despite a general governmental disbelief in armed response" states an official who seeks to remain anonymous. "These are important provocations that are likely to affect Nevskaya's plans towards taking steps to decrease tensions and the arms race among the Soviet Union and the Triera-Belarum front."


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    Exercise expansion 'a mistake'

    Article by Natasha Alliluyeva
    After formal calls of the Soviet government being ignored, concerning the military exercises conducted by Triera on our shared border and coast, the Presidium has authorised the 'call for duty' of the Navy and Airborne assault troops, as well as order and Air defence troops along the common border of the Soviet Union with the 'capitalist imperialists' as pointed out by Gennady Zyuganov. The Soviet leader has expressed his disgust for Triera's 'lunatic anti-communism and militarism' and has warned the government in Triera City that 'the Soviet People are ready to retaliate any and all attacks, of any kind, back to the monsters that launch them.'

    This new 'call for duty' order issued by the government is interpreted by independent analysts as a 'lighter version of mobilising.' With the units in the region already on high alert and with the row increasing from previous mobilisations, the most recent moves could even mean that either side attempts to deliver a surgical, pre-emptive strike before the other can mobilise its forces, perhaps involving the elimination of key targets behind the enemy lines to disrupt mobilisation process and damage frontline units. Such 'conspiracy theory scenarios' only get boosted following the increase of alert of the Airborne assault troops.

    The fact that the Presidium has yet to use diplomatic circles concerning this crisis leaves hints about a possible shunning of foreign affairs in general. Still, Irina Nevskaya has expressed her disappointment for Triera's stubbornness. "This sudden expansion is as much ridiculous as much as provocative" she commented. "This attitude remarks how much hopeful the Soviet Union can be, concerning global peace and not allowing yet another large-scale war to erupt between our countries." The Premier also pledged that the country would abide by its pacifist doctrine and not make a 'first step' towards a global conflict.

    Gen. Georgi Pukhov, Minister of Defence, has pledged to send a naval taskforce to monitor the situation in the neighbouring country, together with the 'retaliatory readiness.' On the other hand, as much worried as they might be, analysts are excited about the exercises 'within an arm's reach' from the Soviet Union, which will allow them to closely study Trieran battle (and more importantly, defence) tactics, according to Izvestia's specialist, Edmund Svensson. Watch closely for updates as the situation develops.


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    'Guarantees not satisfying' says the Kremlin

    Article by Natasha Alliluyeva
    The row between Triera and the Soviet Union continues, after the announcement of military exercises of colossal size right on the eastern border of the neighbouring country. In a crisis expressed through the mass media in a unique manner, Triera and the Soviet Union have shunned each other on a diplomatic level, with the words of the two nations' governments being sharper than ever for the past couple of decades.

    Irina Nevskaya, Chairwoman of the Council of Ministers and First Vice-chairwoman of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet, has expressed her disappointment for Triera 'failing to guarantee no violent offensive towards Soviet territory.' She called the 50-kilometre zone 'inadequate' due to how quickly it can be covered using modern warfare systems used by each countries' militaries, and criticised the Trieran governments harsh stance, 'virtually disallowing diplomatic solutions' and 'accusing us of being the cause for an escalation of relations for one more time.'

    "I would like to see better guarantees on behalf of the Trieran authorities" said Nevskaya. "A fifty-kilometre zone is inadequate by 21st Century standards, and military analysts of all countries are perfectly aware of that. We seek to intimidate nobody, but we instead wish to secure our national sovereignty from an unprovoked attack that could occur in a crisis closely modelled after the past ones involving our two countries." She also stated that she would take direct diplomatic measures to assure no escalation of the events would be allowed by the 'lunatic anti-communist' Trieran government.

    Supreme Soviet passes 'radical economic bill'

    Article by Natasha Alliluyeva
    More hot debates occured in the Supreme Soviet after the best possible confirmation for last Wednesday's rumours; Gennady Zyuganov and Irina Nevskaya have placed forward a 'radical bill' concerning economic reform that is expected to significantly enhance the Soviet economy and revitalise sectors that have been lagging behind with the previous five-year plan's implementations, such as information technology and manufactured goods for commercial consumption.

    Other important clauses involve the liberalisation of the Soviet Rouble, currently having a fixed rate of 63 kopecks per US dollar, which however might bring unfortunate consequences for the economy due to its higher estimated value; economists amount that the currency could dive down to almost 57 kopecks per dollar if such a move occurs, widely estimated to be 'one more governmental anti-free-trade bill' according to the right-wing Supreme Soviet delegate Boris Yeltsin, who criticised it vigilantly.

    The clauses involve the gradual and overseen conversion of the socialist sector of the economy, currently at over 75 percent of the overall amount, to a cooperative sector that has sufficiently functioned since its introduction in 1988. This will be achieved by the enhancement of the self-management of state assets and their conversion into full cooperatives or collectives (instead of partly self-managed state assets) whereas the Central Planning Committee of the government will retain its previous 'emergency' rights for critical situations.

    Sectors excluded from self-management will include public transport, healthcare, education, energy production, arms manufacturing, and others; the said move changes the build of the Soviet economy from 75 percent socialist and 25 percent cooperative ownership to 30 percent socialist and as much as 70 percent cooperative ownership. These changes are expected to enhance the production of consumer goods and information technology products, such as Sovprogram's (the Union of Soviet Programmers') Okna operating system and the Felotprop (Federation of Electronic Products Industries) Belaya Akula computers.

    Finally, a measure introduced by the new bill is a flat 5 percent 'consumption tax' on all purchases (or otherwise spending) made using Soviet roubles cumulative to all existing ones, a measure that is gradually meant to enhance bartering in favour of spending money. The CPSU has characterised these measures as 'contributions towards the implementation of communism' whereas the public appears to be taking these reforms warmly as well. Izvestia's editors have pledged to conduct independent polls to measure reactions towards the reforms in the next issue.

    The law was passed with a 65% majority in the Supreme Soviet, with main opposition being conservative CPSU elements and Boris Yeltsin's block of independent MP's.


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    Kremlin delivers 'deadline' to ETO

    Article by Natasha Alliluyeva
    With the foundation of the European Treaty Organisation and the silent favouritism shown towards Triera's imperialistic movements on the maritime and land-born Soviet borders, the Soviet leadership has convened for hours in the Kremlin, before determining an 'action plan' in order to disarm the clay-legged giant across the border according to anonymous official sources, without however disclosing any details. This takes place hours before the arrival of the Irasian leader, Nicholas Westman, in Domodedovo International Airport of Moscow.

    "Once again, the Western powers cause earthquakes in order to shatter socialist belief in international cooperation and mutual assistance" commented the renowned pacifist of the Kremlin, Irina Nevskaya. "They are, however, failing moment by moment, only making us believe even more firmly that radical solutions are required. We have extended a hand of friendship towards the West through diplomatic channels, and now it is up to the ETO countries to take it" she added, shortly before calling ETO and its members 'an international menace.'

    Tensions in the European Parliament are also escalating with the irrational advertising of ETO before the MEP's, and various socialist countries directly confronting the arguments presented by Triera and the spokesman of the Extremist Terrorist Organisation, Aesop Rocks, using 'old-fashioned arguments' such as 'Soviet-provoked domino' and the like, always 'forgetting' to address their bias towards the Socialist world, according to the Soviet delegates.

    The characterisation 'Extremist Terrorist Organisation' was given to ETO by Gennady Zyuganov during the press conference that followed the long governmental meeting within the most secured sections of the Kremlin. The President also added that 'ETO arrogance has even reached levels, where they claim they outnumber the Soviet Union and possess vast intelligence about us.' He called this 'a direct provocation, equating to a declaration of war.'

    Kremlin backs Alikhstan

    Article by Natasha Alliluyeva
    "The recent events in Alikhstan are gravely disappointing, showing that we need to stand behind our friends in al-Jafar in their quest for socioeconomic improvement" answered Irina Nevskaya to a journalist during a press conference yesterday. Indeed, the Kremlin soon issued an announcement condemning the kidnapping of the recently-elected Alikh leader, Sezer al-Suhrawardi.

    Although it did not address the point of the kidnappers themselves, widely speculated to be splinter factions of the nationalist party that sees itself as a major force in Alikhstan, it included a widely heard line: 'Mr. Sezer was chosen by people to lead them, and the criminals who have taken him from them should be found and charged.'

    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has dispatched a military and political cooperation offer to al-Jafar, including the export of a number of Mikoyan MiG-29M and MiG-29M2 multi-role fighters, T-90S main battle tanks, as well as the dispatch of Soviet air-assault forces to assist with the search for the missing Alikh leader. Media across the country have also condemned the attacks, calling for the Alikh to find the kidnappers the soonest possible.


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    All-Union Referenda to take place on 8 February

    Article by Natasha Alliluyeva
    With an overwhelming and secure 72 percent majority in the Supreme Soviet, Vyacheslav Maznichenko's proposals calling for two referenda concerning the legalisation of light drugs and the enabling of the term "marriage" to be used for same-sex unions of non-religious nature have been approved and scheduled to be held throughout the entire U.S.S.R. on the 8th of February 2007, with polls being open from 7 am to 7 pm and being found in the local administration buildings of the cities, towns and villages of the various provinces and autonomous regions or republics. This comes as a blow to conservative politicians such as Kiril Fyodorov and Boris Yeltsin, who have both opposed the referenda to be held, each for his own presented reasons before the Supreme Soviet's merged assembly.

    The vote was followed after fierce debates among the pro- and anti-referenda sides of the Soviet of the Union and the Soviet of Nationalities, with main figures of the largely inter-CPSU clash being Maznichenko and Fyodorov for the respective sides. Eventually, however, the vote was concluded with a massive majority in favour of Vyacheslav Maznichenko's proposals; 72 percent (1.080 representatives) of the parliament voted for, 20 percent (300) against, and 8 percent (120) abstained from voting. Among the most notable pro-referenda politicians was Irina Nevskaya, whereas the almost universal non-CPSU MP stance against the referenda was a trademark. CPSU seemed partly divided in general, mainly due to the lack of an "official party line" on the issue, however only a few did, in fact, not vote the same way as the party's General and Second Secretaries.


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    Referenda show 'surprising' results

    Article by Natasha Alliluyeva
    The polls opened today at 7 am concerning the two referenda proposed by Vyacheslav Maznichenko to the 1500-member Supreme Council of the USSR, with the two questions seeing the public opinion divided. With more than 72 percent (or almost 308 million) of the voters having already cast ballots, the results are promising. Exit polls are already suggesting 'unexpected' voting results, whereas the political front of the country has remained silent and shall remain so until the official results of the referenda are announced.

    Exit polls suggest a near-tie for the legalisation of light drugs, at 55 percent for over 45 percent against this far, whereas the amendment of the term "marriage" is expected to pass easily with an overwhelming 65 percent noted so far. The official results are expected to be announced after 9 pm tonight live from the Kremlin by the national television, possibly by the Premier herself, Irina Nevskaya.

    Navy commissions new ships

    Article by Andrei Makarov
    The commissioning of two Kirov-class cruisers, Mikhail Gorbachev and Nikita Khrushchev, and five Slava-class cruisers, Kiev, Minsk, Tbilisi, Stavropol and Vladivostok (with two more put in active reserve, Leningrad and Riga) was announced last night by the Ministry of Defence, to complement the navy's surface forces and, reportedly, 'improve the anti-submarine, anti-aircraft and anti-ship screening with the fire-power brought by the two classes of cruisers.'

    The Type 1144 Kirov class, entering service in 1980 and having been dramatically modernised since, as well as the smaller but capable Type 1164 Slava class which forms a smaller alternative to the largest modern ship other than aircraft carriers, see extensive use by the Soviet Navy, with a total of 12 and 21 in service respectively, as well as about 10 Slava cruisers in active reserve. The ships, launched the past few years in a reportedly 'ultra-high priority' programme, were commissioned in light of the threat posed by ETO to Soviet national security according to the Ministry.


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    Kremlin criticises Traceynian 'reform'

    Article by Natasha Alliluyeva
    Following the recent events in Traceynia and the implementation of reportedly 'communist' reforms for the government to assume a tighter grip on the economy and lives of the nation, the political situation in the country seems like that of a barrel full of gunpowder that is ready to explode. This, naturally, could not find the Soviet federal government indifferent, as, like many people have assumed, this situation puts 'socialism at stakes.'

    President Zyuganov was a harsh critic of the curtailing of freedoms of the Traceynian People in his message to the Traceynian authorities, made through via the Programme One television station. "Socialism and Communism," the CPSU General Secretary said, "are not about curtailing the freedom of people. Socialism and Communism are about guaranteeing it. The Soviet Union, ever since the initiation of freedom-friendly reforms after the Brezhnev Era, has been a rising banner of civil and political freedoms and an economic powerhouse whilst retaining a fully socialist state, social and economic system."

    The Soviet President offered a hand of support to the Traceynian Communists in terms of what he compared to 'spiritual guidance' and expressed his hopes for the Traceynian People to avoid acting too harshly because of the 'engineered reactions initiated by the anti-communist forces within Traceynia.' "It is a shame to spill mud on Socialism's face in the eyes of so many people, simply because of some perhaps unintentional misdeeds" he said to his interview in Izvestia (see page 12.) The Soviet leader also expressed his hopes of a people-backed expansion of Socialism into Traceynia, and requested the Traceynian government not to invoke anti-communist apathy and ignorance through mistaken actions.


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    Kremlin solid on language issue

    Article by Natasha Alliluyeva
    In heated debates over the 'preferred languages' of the European Union 'for administrative purposes,' the Soviet delegation under Sergei M. Kirov has stood solid on its grounds of fair representation of the West and East alike, although it has called for 'practicality' to be considered. In an interview for Programme One, Kirov explained the government stance as one 'based on the unwillingness to spend unnecessarily on translations when the same money could be used constructively in favour of the people' and that he was 'unwilling to give ground to proposals based on political benefits or nationalism.'

    Under proposals made by the Belarian Presidency, the European Union is to have its own budget contributed by the various member-states of the European Union, under which proposal socialist nations with a high tax income would have to contribute colossal amounts of money in favour of the administration. For the Soviet Union under current standards, this would amount for as much over 135 billion roubles (over $239 billion,) money which can be always used to contribute to social systems. With the U.S.S.R. being the largest individual contributor to any potential regional budget, the Kremlin hopes its say will have some weight over budget-related issues.

    Although the Government has already expressed discomfort at the leeching of its budget and taxation, which it finds 'unfair and biased towards socialism' according to Comrade Irina Nevskaya, the current language crisis might as well give more ground to Soviet authorities to deny contributions of that size, and instead might give it ground to make itself an international money-lender to rival even the largest banks of the West. With the current uncertainty, only future can show what the Kremlin will do and how will it assert its position in the European Parliament.


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    Controversial economic report 'upsets' Council of Ministers

    Article by Natasha Alliluyeva
    An economic report issued by the Ministry of Economics, presented by Aleksandra Aleksandrova before the monthly Council of Ministers summit last Friday in the Kremlin, has reportedly 'upset' the heads of the ministries and especially Premier Nevskaya, according to independent press reports. The 200-page economic report, which was released today and includes the economic development of the country for the fiscal year 2007 up to the month June, reveals 'unacceptable disparities' in income equality and 'unsettling economic development' in certain sectors of the economy, most notably the vital Arms Manufacturing industry of the country.

    In a speech delivered during a press conference by Irina Nevskaya, the Premier has pledged to 'take measures' in favour of the 'economically disadvantaged' of the Soviet society, attributing the income inequality issues to a lack of proper measures by the previous government. "These disparities are an unfortunate, unacceptable surprise" said Comrade Nevskaya, "a surprise of the worst possible nature. Ranking 34th in the region according to the last UN report on the field, the low rank can largely be attributed due to an influx of smaller nations covering the remaining 33 positions, however it is the duty of the Communist Party and the government to axe these troubles that interfere with out Socialist values and Socialist democracy."

    In a package of measures that are expected to be delivered by the coming Monday before the Congress of the People's Deputies and the Supreme Council of the USSR, Aleksandrova, Balakhonova and Venskaya (Ministers of Economics and Internal Affairs, and the Premier, respectively) have pledged to axe the administration spending, largely in the form of wage cuts towards officials of the federal regime, whereas a decree is expected to come along involving the fifteen republics which in turn should take similar measures.

    The 782p billion ($1.4 trillion) administration budget currently forms 5 percent of government spending, and although the plurality addresses various administration expenses, the wages of governmental officials are taking a large portion of it. This is the first time since Gorbachev's Glasnost and Perestroika, that the government axes its own income in favour of liberating funds for other sectors as well as closing the income inequality gap; the last similar reform took place in 1991, one year after the attempted coup against the Soviet President in Moscow.

    With a GDP (PPP) of over 15.6p trillion ($28 trillion) and a government budget of 16p trillion ($28.5 trillion) the USSR ranks first in European Union ladders in both volume of economy and government spending. Of the colossal budget, almost one quarter (24 percent, or 3.74p trillion; $6.7 trillion) is contributed to National Defence, whereas education comes second with 23 percent (3.57p trillion; $6.4 trillion), followed by healthcare which takes 10 percent of the budget (1.56p trillion; $2.8 trillion). Other important sectors of the budget are Commerce and Social Equality (9 percent each) followed by Social Welfare (8 percent.)


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    Nevskaya to EU: Moscow 'will not contribute' under current circumstances

    Article by Natasha Alliluyeva
    With the Office for Economics of the European Commission having submitted a financial act meant to outline how the income of the Commission is generated, granting the Council of Europe the right to levy taxes that the member-states will be obliged to abide with, there has been much upsetting across the European Union with major popular demonstrations across the Duxburian Union, and the powerful Soviet trade unions openly rejecting the plan. In an emergency session earlier, the Soviet Council of Ministers decided, according to Premier Nevskaya, "that the Soviet Union shall not relinquish any of its sovereignty to foreign bodies." The "European Treasury Act" proposed by the Derbyshire-native Commissioner for Economics, Michael McDowell, even legitimatises "legal punishment" to EU states that do not abide.

    Upon his election, McDowell has began drafting legislation in favour of a tax-generated regional budget, a regional free trade agreement, and more. The Minister of Economics, Alexandra Alexandrova, has continuously rejected Soviet participation in "capitalist neo-colonialistic measures that are meant to reduce Soviet self-reliance and open it up, making it susceptible to foreign imperialism." Comrade Alexandrova also warned that an increase in taxes would not only be contrary to Socialist principles and government policies, but also would "significantly endanger the financing of the Soviet Union's industries, businesses, government-controlled and collective corporations and farms, and the peaking national education and healthcare systems. "It will also compromise our national defence in the long term" said Alexandrova, warning about budget deficits.

    The Ministry of Economics' last annual report spoke of a 325p billion ($581 billion) budget surplus for the Soviet government. This money is mainly used in the form of returned taxes, investment, or subsidising to lower the prices of viable goods and products. Since her appointment by Maksim Leonov in 2000, Alexandra Alexandrova has radically revitalised the country's economy and even assisting the financing of nature-friendly projects, overturning a trade deficit with the West and repairing heavy environmental damage done during the 1964-1982 period of Leonid Brezhnev. Paired with the rapidly-increasing population of 770 million and counting, the Soviet Council of Ministers warns that it has "no money to spare: the entire stability of our nation, the European Union's largest nation, is counting on the financing by the government. And our budget is tight."

    According to Irina Nevskaya, whose popularity has risen to 77 percent, "the Soviet Union is not going to sacrifice its well-being to fund the European Commission with more money that it can handle." The Premier has suggested loans without interest or similar forms of funding to the European Commission, but has vehemently disagreed with any form of direct taxation on nations. "It violates our sovereignty, and most importantly, makes the European Commission a government on top of everything else. We cannot allow this to happen. The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics shall hereby stand right behind the National Sovereignty Act as proposed by the Duxburian Union, and will oppose any form of sovereignty-violation from any of the Commission's offices."


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    'Volcanic' Soviet Union over Triera buildup

    Article by Natasha Alliluyeva
    Following the recent reports made in 'Triera Times' concerning the Imperial Trieran Armes Forces by the Minister of Defence of Triera, John Valdivia, there has been a near-volcanic response from the Kremlin albeit the mixed nature of the comments spawned. The response made through the Minister of Communications, Unegen Olzvoi, is a direct result of the aggressive moves taken by the Trieran government. Namely, the Trieran Armed Forces will see the following reforms:


    • Unspecified structural reform.
    • 'Overwhelming changes in doctrine, weaponry, and etc so' which currently includes an estimated 15.000 nuclear warheads by the First Directorate of the KGB.
    • Personnel increase on top of the current presence, estimated to be close to 3 million active personnel and 200.000 reservists by the First Directorate of the KGB.

    In a press conference held by the Ministry of Communications, Unegen Olzvoi declared the "assymetrical opposition" of the Council of Ministers on "destabilising, imperialistic" Trieran reforms that "put disarmament of both conventional and NBC weapons at a stake." Comrade Olzvoi also stated that during the emergency session of the Council of Ministers held, it was decided to ask the President to call for an emergency session of the Congress of People's Deputies the coming Friday. If Zyuganov follows the governmental recommendation, it will be the first ever emergency session of the country's supreme legislative body upheld especially for such a reason.

    Individual responses to the Trieran threat, however, have been less centralised than Olzvoi's statements on behalf of the government.

    In a televised address to the nation during a visit to the Northern Fleet Headquarters in Murmansk along with Admiralty staff, General of the Army Georgi Pukhov, stated that the "unnecessary moves of unprecedented aggression" taken by Triera were "inherently obsolete" and that the Soviet Union's armed forces are "ready to respond to the threat posed by the Imperium at any and all times." The Minister of Defence pledged to retain the status of the country as the "most technologically advanced nation in the world" in defence matters and even stated that "should we be required to intervene to guarantee that any nation does not pose an international threat, either as a rogue nation or as a member of a rogue alliance, we will most definitely answer the threat."

    Meanwhile, Irina Nevskaya was much harsher but also much more diplomatic than the apparently angered Defence minister. She accused the Trieran government of "uncooperativeness" and of "torpedoing efforts to stabilise world peace" while calling for a European Commission intervention. Below is an excerpt from her statements, made while visiting the GUM (government mall) in Moscow and talking to Soviet citizens.

    "For long we have seen and tolerated Trieran aggression, either within the frames and under the guise of the European Treaty, or directly, such as now. We have continuously affirmed our pledge to disarm and break off hostile relations, along with many other European states, and yet the founders of the aggressive and rogue European Treaty are continuing to arm and pose a threat to all free and sovereign nations. These junk tins are continuously blaming Communism and the Soviet Union for vices, continuously provoking us and violating our airspace and borders, the past week to an unprecedented degree. For long have we done nothing, but it is obvious now that policies of tolerance are not at all successful.

    "In the recent European Commission elections, a number of individuals with disarmament policies have been elected. The Premier Commissioner and his staff are pledged to assist such motions, reduce tensions, guarantee international security, and the Soviet Union will be an integral part of such motions through contributions of financial and military nature to the Defence Office, the Economic Office, and the Interior Office. But this is only underlining our will to negate aggression caused by rogue governments with the aim to destabilise the world for their personal benefit; the aim to exploit people for financial gain, and to kill people for the financial gain of those who support them.

    "The recent wave of aggression and rogue actions come, once again, from the self-declared Empire in Triera. The recent wave of aggression and rogue actions once again threatens the Soviet Union's society; our way of life, our pride, our patriotism, and above everything else, all we have achieved. What this vile empire is trying to achieve, is to drive us, and everyone along with them, into an arms race which will make billions for their arms manufacturers, make non-militaristic states collapse, cause strife against governments. It is a threat to the whole world, an organised plan meant to put its drafters in an imaginary throne from which they can command their neighbours, their near-abroad and their distant peers at their whim.

    "It is an effort to torpedo world peace and sink it in the ocean of blood on top of which they have built their empires, and on top of which they are now feasting and prepare their new set of vile acts. The government of Triera, much like in the past almost a year ago, has shown its repeated uncooperativeness, its repeated will to destabilise the region and bring it at a state of emergency following which only a war can occur. I tell every one of my comrades, every one of my fellow citizens that I will do the best I can through the position I have been entrusted with to resolve this crisis before it goes out of hand and requires an assymetrical response. It will not be easy, but the effort will be there, actively occurring on our behalf."

    It only remains to see what exactly is to be done against the Trieran aggression.


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    Defence Ministry confirms new arms procurement

    Article by Natasha Alliluyeva
    The Sukhoi Su-40 advanced fighter, result of the PAK FA project, and the T-94 main battle tank, a revolutionary tank design, have been confirmed as 'the future of the armed forces' by the Ministry of National Defence earlier today in a press conference. 21 Su-40 fighters and over 2000 T-94 tanks are already in service, with a large arms procurement scheduled for 2008 in which older designs will be retired in favour of the revolutionary new technological wonders of the Soviet people.

    The Su-40 is slated to replace the MiG-29, Su-27, and MiG-31 families from active service in the Air Force and Air Defence as air superiority fighter aircraft, whereas the Su-34, derivative of the Su-27, will remain as the country's strike fighter design, reports say. The Su-34 and Su-40 will form the majority of the air fleet the upcoming decades, with a sum of 2.370 airplanes already in service.

    The T-94 tank is to replace the older and less capable T-80 and T-90 variants in service. The Ground forces already have over 2.000 such tanks, but to completely replace the older designs from active service, some 31.000 more vehicles are expected to be needed. Unlike its 125-mm predecessors, the T-94 features an unmanned turret with a revolutionary 152-mm smoothbore, and it is widely considered as the most advanced main battle tank in service today.

    The country's space network, which includes the GLONASS positioning system and the country's military space programme, is expected to follow suit. The Minister of Defence, General of the Ground Forces Pukhov, has previously advocated a 'militarisation of space' to 'keep the motherland safe from external threats and actively oppose 'ongoing enemy attempts' to do the same, something that can end up being very disadvantageous.'

    Despite allegations by pro-ETO politicians that the country has a secret military space programme active, the Kremlin has been denying it actively, with Premier Nevskaya rejecting 'the very idea' of militarising space.

    Military holds new ballistic missile tests

    Article by Pavel Kastratov
    Two ballistic missile tests were held early in the morning of 13 January by the military, a spokesman of the Ministry of Defence reports. The missiles tested were a submarine-based 'Bulava' missile from a strategic missile submarine of the Northern Fleet, and a 'new land-based ballistic missile.' Both missiles were launched from the Murmansk vicinity and successfully hit their targets in a testing range in the Okhotsk oblast in the Far East, according to military sources. No further details were released by the government or the defence forces.


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    Supreme Soviet to debate on national nuclear arsenal

    Article by Natasha Alliluyeva
    The Supreme Soviet of the USSR is to hold a special session the coming Monday concerning the status and future of the country's nuclear arsenal, the Council of Ministers spokesman, Minister of Press Ochirbat reports.

    The session, which will include the entire Soviet of the Union and Soviet of the Nationalities bodies with all their combined membership of 1500 congressmen, will determine whether the government will receive formal authorisation to proceed to an enlargement of the country's nuclear stockpile, unilateral cuts, or neither.

    General of the Army Georgi Pukhov, Minister of Defence of the USSR, is to make public an official Strategic Rocket Forces essay concerning the status of the country's nuclear arsenal, something that means that the upcoming extraordinary session will be behind closed doors for the mass media and the general public for issues pertaining to national security.

    Pukhov and other militaristic members of the Nevskaya government are expected to make a push for greater militarisation following the recent row with Triera and last week's test of a 5 kiloton nuclear device in Bavaria by the German authorities, following research by the former fascist regime. It is unknown, however, whether Irina Nevskaya, who is popular for her pro-peace stance, will support the measures.

    According to Western estimates, the country has some 45.000 tactical and strategic warheads, with an estimate of about one-fourth that amount in active service with the military. If these rumours are true, the Soviet Union is indisputably the leader in strategic weaponry in the European Union, paired with its record for highest peacetime troops concentration. Nevertheless, the Ministry of Defence argues that the massive armed forces are still insufficient to protect the country from 'organised external threats.'

    Beriev unveils plans for supermassive ekranoplan

    Article by Pavel Kastratov
    The Beriev aircraft design bureau, known for its amphibious aircraft designs, has unveiled a new ekranoplane design in an aircraft expo in Moscow.

    The new Beriev Be-2500, if built, will be the largest aircraft ever produced, with a maximum lift capability of 2500 tons - over four times the record currently held by the Antonov An-225 Mriya strategic airlift, and over three times the world record held by its enlarged space programme variant, the An-325.

    The new aircraft is intended for commercial use and will be able to take off and land in any conventional seaport without preparation, as well as conventional airfields, Beriev says. However, if the concept of this aircraft is proven realistic and plausible, it might have obvious things to offer to the military as well, which has however so far not commented on the idea.

    Beriev says that massive funding will be required by the government for Be-2500 to become truth, as well as years of research.


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    Zyuganov makes lightning Berlin visit

    Article by Natasha Alliluyeva
    President of the USSR Gennady Zyuganov has made a surprise visit to the Grossdeutschland capital Berlin just before the crucial Monday Supreme Council summit, according to German and Soviet government reports. His summit with Chancellor Robert Mainzer includes discussions about the recent nuclear test in Bavaria, arms procurements with Sovoboronexport as intermediary, as well as issues of mutual defence.

    It is unknown whether this summit will affect the upcoming emergency session of the Supreme Council of the USSR the coming Monday, however it is widely expected to.

    "Issues of mutual defence and cooperation will be a top subject in the ongoing summit" commented Premier Irina Nevskaya when asked about the developments. There are no official reports, however, from either nation, about what these 'issues of mutual defence and cooperation' might be, although it is suspected it has to do with Germany's nuclear weapons, German-Soviet arms procurements, and perhaps a bilateral agreement following recent ETO aggression in the form of nuclear stockpile increases from Triera.

    Gennady Zyuganov will return to Moscow on Sunday afternoon.


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    Supreme Council passes buildup legislation

    Article by Natasha Alliluyeva
    The USSR Supreme Council has approved a new approach sought to challenge the new European Commission term with a 1034 to 322 majority, and a stunning 144 abstentions, including Premier Irina Nevskaya herself.

    According to Supreme Council spokesman Vladimir Tupolev, the most recent work of legislation passed, advocated by the Ministry of Defence, is in response to the aggressive measures undertaken by elements hostile to the Soviet Union, and particularly the European Treaty Organisation which, despite the claims it has dissolved, continues to linger in the shadows of real politics.

    The militaristic legislation, debated between Monday and Friday by the Supreme Council's two constituent coequal houses, includes a classified but apparently massive military buildup confirmation, which is scheduled to include 'more nuclear weapons than the world has ever witnessed before' according to one unofficial source. It comes as an answer to Moscow's enemies following rejections by ETO to reverse its military buildup prior to disarmament talks can occur, and following Belarian plans for a 30 percent increase in military spending in light of what President Draugen called 'Soviet aggression.'

    The buildup is not without terms, however, for it calls for the top secret measures to be implemented only if the Council of Ministers determines all diplomatic efforts have failed. Premier Nevskaya, who allegedly abstained from voting, has stated she has faith in the new European Premier Commissioner for diplomatic mediation, and called the measures 'a last resort only, which, hopefully, the ETO will not force us to take.'

    Surprisingly not, the massive ETO and especially Belarian military buildup comes following a horrendous defeat of their delegates in the European Commission run, in which the Belarian candidate and former Premier Commissioner James Stanton suffered an important defeat to the Derbyshire Michael McDowell. The Soviet President, Gennady Zyuganov, accused Bastia of 'trying to force its domination through sheer military might in the region' and noted that when ETO aggression becomes naked, the USSR will be there to 'annihilate it.'

    Khodorkovskaya re-elected as Defence Commissioner

    Article by Pavel Kastratov
    Russo-Congolese diplomat Sophia Khodorkovskaya has been re-elected for the post of the Office for Defence and Peace-keeping in the European Commission in the second round of voting, following sheer display of good relations of the Soviet Union with its European friends and allies, something that ETO apparently lacks.

    Khodorkovskaya, who has been accused of being an anti-communist or even a traitor to the Soviet Union, is not a Communist Party member since 1998, and many back home, even though they are pleased to see a Soviet citizen in the Commission again, are calling her to continue with her membership in either the Byelorussian Communist Party, or the CPSU itself.

    Sophia Khodorkovskaya has been living permanently in Europolis since late 2004, and has previously worked with USSR European Council Member Sergei Kirov in representing the nation's interest before the international community.


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    Duxburian Union withdraws from ETO

    Article by Natasha Alliluyeva
    According to official sources from the Duxburian government, the Duxburian Union is formally withdrawing from the imperialistic European Treaty Organisation following recent tensions between its Belarian masters and the Soviet Union.

    ETO has long stood as a point of bitter fights between the USSR and Aesop Rocks, Triera and Belarum, and was created following the Soviet response to gargantuan military exercises held on the USSR-Trieran border involving almost a hundred thousand military personnel about a year ago.

    The Duxburian government also announced a potential military buildup in the event the Soviet Union carries out its intention to respond to the Triero-Belarian provocations and massive military buildup, but government officials dismissed comments about any threat posed by the Duxburian government.

    "Our relations have been excellent so far" commented Premier Nevskaya.

    Aleutia, a neutral power with excellent relations with Moscow, is also scheduling its own military buildup following the news coming from its largest neighbour and trading partner, the Soviet Union itself, and Irina Nevskaya hailed the Aleutian move as 'an example to be followed' and pledged to assist the country should it be necessary.


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    Earthquake rocks southern USSR

    Article by Natasha Alliluyeva
    A 5.5 Richter earthquake centred in Aleutia shook the south of the Soviet Union, with its vibrations traced as far north as Moscow, Kiev and Minsk according to the People's Geological Institute of the University of Kiev. Official media reports from other countries so far have estimated the actual volume of the earthquake between 3 and 4 points in the Richter scale, as opposed to Soviet data, which makes it 'suspicious' according to the political analyst of Izvestia, Vladimir Zhirinovsky.

    German media spoke of the potential of a nuclear explosion in the small neighbouring country, something the Ministry of National Defence has refused commenting about, whereas the government spokesman merely stated that 'all possibilities are being investigated by the KGB.' Former world chess champion and opposition activist and would-be Supreme Council member Garry Kasparov, in the meanwhile, has criticised the government's silence, calling it 'highly suspicious, close enough to speculate there might be Soviet military involvement.'

    Sovkosmos in new launches during multinational space programme talks

    Article by Natasha Alliluyeva
    Sovkosmos launches and continuation of current projects, including the space station and Mars exploration projects have continued despite international criticism, with 2 commercial and 3 military satellites launched over the past week. The USSR was recently criticised by ETO media as an imperialistic power that seeks to dominate space, and in response, Belarum seems to be gearing up for what Sovkosmos space station programme director Gregori Korolev called 'a militarisation of space.'

    "Space is and should remain weapons-free and international. The worst thing at this time would be to have nukes pointed towards our heads from the heavens" commented Korolev in a speech during which plans for a new Soviet space stationed, code-named 'Mir-3' (as opposed to the currently ongoing permanent space station Mir or Mir-1, which has completed 22 years of uninterrupted presence and manning in space) to be used for 'scientific purposes.' In the same press release, Ministry of Defence spokesman Gennady Maskhadov stated that an old satellite that has gone off-orbit would be shot down using missile technology in order to prevent accidents.

    When asked about the recent space programme conference in Germany, Comrade Korolev stated that Sovkosmos was attending and that it was planning to present cooperation options to its international counterparts, 'as opposed to rumours circulated by enemies of the Soviet People.'


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    Zyuganov tells off Belarum opposition

    Article by Natasha Alliluyeva
    With the bilateral relations between Belarum and the USSR having reached an all-time low, President Gennady Zyuganov has told off Belarian conservative opposition in light of the recent destabilising concerns and a row between the Conservative Party and CPSU newspaper Pravda. Zyuganov noted that the comments of the Belarian opposition are not helping the situation but merely contributing to greater tensions, which, as he said, have never before been so close to 'actual war.'

    The Belarian Conservative party leader-hopeful, Senator Frederik Hatcher, has been personally spearheading a major propaganda campaign against the Soviet Union, constantly referring to it as the 'greatest threat Belarum faces today,' 'the focus of evil in our modern world' and supporting ever-increasing military funding to counter this invisible threat. On the other hand, while Belarum and most other ETO states have been increasing their capabilities by about one third, the USSR has yet to engage in any military buildups.

    Zyuganov's comments come only two days after Belarian Liberal Party Presidential hopeful Evan Burke attacked Hatcher for his positions, citing similar reasons to Zyuganov's. The Soviet leader commended Mr. Burke for his efforts and plans, and stated the Soviet Union was willing to negotiate arms reduction treaties and joint space ventures, most notably that of an international space station to replace Belarum's proposed Liberty and Sovkosmos' Mir-3 concepts.


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    Nevskaya 'disappointed' by Stipe Commission

    Article by Natasha Alliluyeva
    Premier Irina Nevskaya has recently expressed her disappointment at the handling of Soviet concerns regarding Trieran mobilisation and military build-ups by the new EU Premier Commissioner Jacob Stipe. This comes following a row of communiques issued between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Office of the Premier Commissioner in the Commission headquarters Europolis.

    Minister of Foreign Affairs Maksim Leonov inquired the Commissioner's office concerning the stance of Mr. Stipe in regards to the Trieran military build-up that began last August and now continues at full pace, as well as the recent remarks of Belarian politicians that nearly started a row between Moscow and Bastia.

    Characterising the build-up as 'provocative' Leonov apparently summoned Stipe's wrath, who in turn stated that the Soviet 'question' was 'full of bias and of personal opinion.' Leonov then protested at the Commissioner's remarks, and asked for the offensive statement to be withdrawn, however Jacob Stipe reaffirmed his position by refusing to answer unless the question was repeated 'in such a good way.'

    "It is natural for us to remark the Trieran build-up as provocative" commented Irina Nevskaya at a press conference in the Kremlin when inquired about the recent tensions. "I hope that Mr. Stipe will look beyond rhetoric and simply answer the question of our Foreign Minister, which, besides vocally expressing the Council of Ministers' concerns, is rather clear and understandable."

    Supreme Council spokesman Vladimir Tupolev, however, dismissed the Premier Commissioner's remarks, underlying that it is very clear where the new Commission's loyalties lie.

    In the meanwhile, Triera continues with its military reforms, which involves shifting peace-time personnel to 1 million and reserves to a further 3 million. Previously, KGB and GRU reports put the standing military forces of the Trierans at over two million. Nevskaya has praised the decrease of active-duty troops from Triera, but stated that Soviet concerns over this build-up remain unanswered and unresponded by Trieran, ETO, and even EU spokespersons alike.


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