Mistral: Russian sailors to leave permanently France Thursday 18th of December

Smolnyi in St Nazaire, Photo Bernard Grua

UPDATE: Ouest France posted pictures of the Russian sailors going back to the Smolnyi with all their belongings. The departure would be for tomorrow Thursday 18th of December around 2pm French time, during the high tide. The sailors are doing a last shopping spree before final departure.

RBTH, Sputnik: The old and new Russian propaganda news machine

Russia Beyond the Headline reached 10,162 million readers around the world through its supplements in newspapers' hard copies in 2013.

Everybody knows Russia Today is Kermlin's voice while most people ignore they are reading russian propaganda in supplements in the most famous newspapers' hard copies or that the newly created Sputnik news agency is to become the most influent propaganda machine.

France Says it May Never Deliver Mistral Ships to Russia


In another step towards the non delivery of the Mistral, French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian declared today that there is a possiblity that France will never go throught with the delivery of the Mistral-class ships.


Le Drian: Russians have to realise that we may never deliver.

Mistral: 2500 jobs at stake, another russian lie


While Russian media claim that postponing the delivery of the Mistral is putting 2500 jobs at stake, only 300 to 400 people are still working on the second Mistral which is finished at more than 60%. Thanks to new huge American orders for civil ships, St nazaire has no concerns about employment.

Financial consequences of the Mistral deal for France: better cancel it!


Canceling the Mistral deal will have no influence over India buying 126 Rafale aircrafts from France for 12 billion euros and would open doors for 29 billion euros tenders in Poland and Australia. On the other hand, France would have to refund 700 to 800 million euros already paid by Russia and pay a penalty of 251 million euros in case of non delivery. Do the maths...

The Mistral Vladivostok is not Russian anymore!

Good news, the russian identification MMSI (273549920) for the Mistral Vladivostok has completely been disabled and doesn't officially exist anymore. The page where we were able to see it until today now returns a 404 error while a research with the vessel name "Vladivostok" on the website marinetraffic returns only one

The Mistral Vladivostok without nationality following a russian piracy act?

The unexpected change of the MMSI (Maritime Mobile Service Identity) of the Mistral Vladivostok last friday November the 14th, showing this one as russian on online tracking systems, raises a few questions:


Who decided this change and why?

Who decided to change the MMSI is quite unclear at the moment where we are writing this article. DCNS explains it not very convincingly by a test requested by VERITAS.

A vendre, Mistral d'occaz, très peu servi (état neuf) sur Leboncoin.fr

Repéré par une page Facebook le 14 Novembre, des plaisantins ont mis en vente le Mistral sur le site d'affaires Le Bon Coin: "Mistral d'occaz très peu servi (état neuf) ".

L'annonce a été retirée quelques heures plus tard.

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