What we know -- and don't -- about the mysterious Russian missile explosion The explosion of a suspected Russian nuclear-powered cruise missile last week has caused a lot of confusion and anxiety, fueled in part by Russian authorities' continuing secrecy around the accident. Local authorities initially said Tuesday that residents had been told to temporarily leave on Wednesday morning while a military operation was conducted. The local governor, Igor Orlov, then disputed that, calling reports of evacuations "absurd" and saying they weren't taking place. The same village authorities then said the request to leave had been cancelled. Putin has touted the missile as having almost “unlimited” range and it is a centerpiece of a new generation of nuclear weapons that he has been saber-rattling at the West in an attempt to look tough at home and force the U.S. to negotiate with him on arms control abroad. At least 5 nuclear engineers were killed in the blast, while three more suffered non-life threatening injuries, according to Russia’s nuclear agency. Two more defense personnel were reported killed. The dead engineers have been hailed as heroes serving the Motherland by officials and will receive posthumous state medals. President Vladimir Putin has still not commented publicly on the explosion. -------------- A great leader "leads", not hide things from the people he "rules". These are the gun laws in Russia: There is only one Federal law regulating firearms and no state laws You cannot own a short-barreled handgun for self-defense Applying for a gun license requires a psychiatric evaluation Russian mass gatherings, protests, and public events at educational institutions prohibit firearms You can only own up to ten licensed firearms with a purchased license. The license is valid for five years (other than ones that fire rubber bullets) Local police must visit gun owners’ residences at least once a year to verify the safe storage of guns For initial and renewal licenses, applicants must attend a six-and-a-half hours training class. The Russian government offers the class and applicants must pass written tests. Federal law prohibits using a firearm against women Owning, Using, and Carrying Guns in Russia - USA Carry And yet Vladimir Putin's Russia has these extreme gun laws and yet gives millions to the NRA. Republicans wouldn't put up with these laws. See what I mean? If Republicans are so in love with Vladimir Putin and know nothing about him, they know even less about Donald Trump.