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Military secrets leaked July 21, 2008

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UK armed forces lose loads of laptops

The British Ministry Of Defence has admitted that it has now lost 659 laptops and 121 memory sticks, some of which contained Top Secret data.

The latest theft, from a hotel in Liverpool, added to the previous total just one day after the embarrassing admission was made when a question about the scale of losses and thefts was tabled in parliament. The latest theft concerns a laptop containing “sensitive information” which has been stolen while an official checked out of the Britannia Adelphi Hotel in Liverpool city centre.

Originally, the MoD had confessed that 347 of its laptops were where they shouldn’t be, but ‘anomalies in the accounting process’ forced a recount and the figure was nearly doubled, that’s quite an anomaly. The figures cover the years between 2004 and 2007.

US and Russia in sandwich battle May 12, 2008

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The Russians made sandwiches shaped like sailing ships

From Cold War to cold meats… sailors from the US and Russian navies have tested their culinary skills in a sandwich-making competition.

The contest was held during a visit by the US destroyer Stethem to the eastern Russian port of Vladivostok to mark Victory Day. Officers also joined in.

A Russian cook took the prize for best-tasting sandwich while an American came top for most original presentation. Sandwiches topped with cucumber sails were among the Russian offerings. The ingredients included peppers, smoked ham, lettuce, cheese, mayonnaise, olives, cherry tomatoes and gherkins.

The US winner in the individual contest got a bottle of vodka, and presented his Russian rivals with USS Stethem caps and sweatshirts in return. Earlier, the Russians had laid on a traditional welcome for the Americans, with vodka and appetisers such as bliny (buckwheat pancakes) with smoked salmon and pickled green tomatoes. Yet a traditional Russian restaurant is hard to find in Vladivostok, where Chinese and Japanese restaurants are much more common.

The crew of the Stethem were taking part in a military parade in Vladivostok for Victory Day, which marks the defeat of Nazi Germany in 1945.

Russian fat generals told to shape up April 14, 2008

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The Russian army has launched a fitness regime to help generals lose weight and squeeze into a new designer uniform.

A third of the army’s elite officers are overweight and 25% failed a fitness test, defence ministry spokesman Vyacheslav Sedov said. The army will now launch a fitness drive as it prepares to move over to a stylish uniform designed by Valentin Yudashkin, reports the Daily Telegraph. The uniforms move away from the functional styles of the former Red Army to a more svelte, fitted look.

“The new military uniform should match what is inside it,” said Mr Sedov. The army will build gyms, swimming pools and sports halls to get the officers back in shape, he added. A campaign will also be launched “to cultivate the culture of sport in the armed forces”, said Mr Sedov.

The fitness tests were organised by Lt-Gen Vladimir Shamanov, who was decorated as a Hero of the Russian Federation for his service in Chechnya. Lt-Gen Shamanov said that the unfit officers need more physical exercises, particularly aerobic exercises. Officers are to be tested on their running, swimming and shooting skills.