Russia

Trump May Attend Russia’s May Day Military Parade

Reuters reports: President Trump said Friday he is considering visiting Russia next year to attend its May Day Parade. “I was invited. I am thinking about it. It is right in the middle of our campaign season,” Trump told reporters at the White House. Trump said he would like to attend the parade, which Russian President Vladimir Putin invited him …

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Rand Paul Spurs Russian Media To ID Whistleblower

The Daily Beast reports: Standing beside an approving Donald Trump at a rally in Kentucky on Monday night, Republican Sen. Rand Paul demanded the media unmask the whistleblower whose report about the president’s alleged abuse of power dealing with Ukraine sparked impeachment proceedings. American news organizations resisted the pressure, but — in a 2019 re-play of “Russia, if  you’re listening” …

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Gorbachev Warns About Rising Nuclear Tensions

Newsweek reports: Former Soviet premier Mikhail Gorbachev has warned that tensions between nuclear powers is putting the whole world at risk, calling for all weapons of mass destruction to be outlawed by the international community. Speaking with the BBC, the last leader of the Soviet Union warned that the U.S. and Russia remain in a state of conflict even though …

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Russian Spy Gets Hero’s Welcome After Deportation

Reuters reports: Russian national Maria Butina, who was jailed in the United States in April after admitting to working as a Russian agent, arrived in Moscow on Saturday, greeted by her father and Russian journalists who handed her flowers. “Russians never surrender,” an emotional Butina told reporters at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport, flanked by her father and the Russian Foreign Ministry’s …

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Russian Spy Maria Butina Released For Deportation

Reuters reports: Convicted Russian agent Maria Butina was released from a Florida prison on Friday after serving most of her 18-month sentence for conspiring to influence U.S. conservative activists and infiltrate a powerful gun rights group, and taken into custody by immigration officials to be deported to her native country. A prison official confirmed she was released on Friday morning …

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Russia And Hungary Pushed Trump To Distrust Ukraine

The Washington Post reports: President Trump’s effort to pressure Ukraine for information he could use against political rivals came as he was being urged to adopt a hostile view of that country by its regional adversaries, including Russian President Vladi­mir Putin, current and former U.S. officials said. Trump’s conversations with Putin, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban and others reinforced his …

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Latest Russian FB Trolls Attacked Biden, Hailed Trump

The Washington Post reports: Facebook on Monday said it removed a network of Russian-backed accounts that posed as locals weighing in on political issues in swing states, praising President Trump and attacking former Vice President Joe Biden, illustrating that the familiar threat of Russian interference looms over the next U.S. presidential race. Facebook said the network bears the hallmark of …

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Trump Defends “Respected Environmentalist” Jill Stein

The Associated Press reports: President Trump lashed out at the Democratic Party and Hillary Clinton on Saturday, quipping that Democrats “need a Green Party more than ever” after Clinton suggested that the third party’s 2016 candidate for president was a “Russian asset.” In a tweet, the president weighed in on the ongoing controversy sparked by Clinton on Friday when she …

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Gabbard Unleashes On “Queen Of Warmongers” Hillary

From the right wing Washington Examiner: Tulsi Gabbard responded to Hillary Clinton’s assertion that Russia is behind a plan to turn the Hawaii congresswoman into a spoiler candidate by calling the former secretary of state the “queen of warmongers” and invited her to join the 2020 Democratic presidential race. Clinton suggested in a podcast released Friday that Russia is grooming …

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SYRIA: Russian Troops Move In As US Troops Withdraw

The Associated Press reports: Russia moved to fill the void left by the United States in northern Syria, deploying troops Tuesday to keep apart advancing Syrian government and Turkish forces. At the same time, tensions grew within NATO as Turkey defied growing condemnation from its Western allies of its invasion across the border. Now in its seventh day, Turkey’s offensive …

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Bipartisan Senate Report: Russia Helped Trump In 2016

The Washington Post reports: A bipartisan panel of U.S. senators Tuesday called for sweeping action by Congress, the White House and Silicon Valley to ensure social-media sites aren’t used to interfere in the coming presidential election, delivering a sobering assessment about the weaknesses that Russian operatives exploited in the 2016 campaign. The Senate Intelligence Committee, which has been investigating foreign …

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Secret Russian Unit Works To Destabilize Europe

The New York Times reports: First came a destabilization campaign in Moldova, followed by the poisoning of an arms dealer in Bulgaria and then a thwarted coup in Montenegro. Last year, there was an attempt to assassinate a former Russian spy in Britain using a nerve agent. Though the operations bore the fingerprints of Russia’s intelligence services, the authorities initially …

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Trump Wants To Pull Out Of 34-Nation Treaty Allowing US And Allies To Monitor Russian Military Deployments

The Week reports: On Monday, House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.) released a letter to National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien expressing his deep concern about “reports that the Trump administration is withdrawing from the Open Skies Treaty” and urging the administration to abandon “such a reckless action.” The treaty, in force since 2002 with 34 nations as signatories, …

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Russia Celebrates Report That Trump Told British PM Theresa May He Doubted They Were Behind Poisonings

The Guardian reports: Donald Trump disputed that Russia was behind the attempted murder of a former Russian spy in a tense call with Theresa May, it has emerged. Despite the widespread conclusion that Vladimir Putin’s regime was behind the poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia last year, the US president is said to have spent 10 minutes expressing …

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RUSSIA: Court Bans Popular “Anti-Family” LGBT Sites

Agence France-Presse reports: A Russian court has ruled that two popular LGBT networking sites be blocked for disseminating “anti-family values”, including a major online group with nearly 200,000 members. The court in Saint Petersburg on Wednesday announced the decision against the groups on VK, a Russian platform similar to Facebook. “An inspection showed they contain information available to the public, …

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Kremlin Warns US Against Releasing Call Transcripts

Reuters reports: The Kremlin said on Monday that Washington would need Russian consent to publish transcripts of phone calls between U.S. President Donald Trump and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin. Congress is determined to get access to Trump’s calls with Putin and other world leaders, the U.S. House Intelligence Committee’s chairman said on Sunday, citing concerns that the Republican president …

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Senate Probe Calls NRA “Foreign Asset” For Russia

NPR reports: The National Rifle Association acted as a “foreign asset” for Russia in the period leading up to the 2016 election, according to a new investigation unveiled Friday by Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore. Drawing on contemporaneous emails and private interviews, an 18-month probe by the Senate Finance Committee’s Democratic staff found that the NRA underwrote political access for Russian …

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Kremlin Worries US Will Publish Trump/Putin Transcripts

The Associated Press reports: Russia voiced hope Friday that the U.S. administration wouldn’t publish private conversations between the two nations’ presidents, like it did with Ukraine. The rough transcript of Trump’s call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy released by the White House Wednesday shows that Trump urged Ukraine to “look into” his Democratic political rival Joe Biden. The July 25 …

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McConnell Backs $250M In Election Security Funding

The Washington Post reports: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell came out Thursday in support of providing states with an additional $250 million in election security funding, an abrupt turnaround after more than a year of opposition by the Kentucky Republican on the issue. McConnell, who has been derided by Democrats as “Moscow Mitch” for repeatedly blocking efforts to combat Russian …

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REPORT: US Intel Pulled Spy From Russia Over Fear Trump Would Expose Him During Talks With Russians

CNN reports: In a previously undisclosed secret mission in 2017, the United States successfully extracted from Russia one of its highest-level covert sources inside the Russian government, multiple Trump administration officials with direct knowledge told CNN. A person directly involved in the discussions said that the removal of the Russian was driven, in part, by concerns that President Donald Trump …

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