Russia

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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McConnell: Calling Me “Moscow Mitch” Is McCarthyism

Hugh Hewitt: Senator, let me begin by talking to you about nicknames. I played the Cocaine song, because Cocaine Mitch is a popular hashtag among people like me. Grim Reaper is as well. But Moscow Mitch is McCarthyism. That’s absolutely despicable. What do you think of the last one? Mitch McConnell: Yeah, I mean, it’s modern day McCarthyism. Unbelievable for …

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Russian State TV Mocks Trump With “Senorita” Mashup

Second Nexus reports: President Donald Trump spent much of this past weekend’s G7 summit advocating for Russian President Vladimir Putin, who launched an attack on the sanctity of American democracy in 2016 and has continued to do so. Now Russian state television is mocking Trump for being such an unwavering ally to Putin. Russia was booted from the G7—then the …

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Putin Orders Reciprocal Response After US Missile Test

Reuters reports: Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday ordered a like-for-like response to a recent U.S. missile test, which he said showed that Washington aimed to deploy previously banned missiles around the world. The Pentagon said on Monday it had tested a conventionally-configured cruise missile that hit its target after more than 500 km (310 miles) of flight, its first …

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Norway Detects Radioactive Iodine From Russian Blast

Reuters reports: Norway’s nuclear safety authority is analyzing amounts of radioactive iodine detected in the air in northern Norway in the days after a deadly explosion during a rocket engine test over the border in Russia. Russia’s state nuclear agency, Rosatom, said on Saturday that five people killed in the blast were its staff members, and the accident involved “isotope …

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Kremlin Boasts Of Winning New Arms Race After Nuke Missile Accident Leaks Radiation On Northern Russia

Reuters reports: The Kremlin boasted on Tuesday it was winning the race to develop new cutting edge nuclear weapons despite a mysterious rocket accident last week in northern Russia that caused a temporary spike in radiation levels. Rosatom, Russia’s state nuclear agency, has said that the Aug. 8 accident occurred during a rocket test on a sea platform in the …

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LOL: Russia Warns Google Against Election Interference

CNN reports: Google has been warned by Russia’s state communications regulator to stop “advertising” protests on YouTube ahead of local elections in Moscow. The watchdog, called Roskomnadzor, said in a letter to Google on Sunday that it considered advertisements and push notifications that publicize protests as “interference” in its domestic politics. Tens of thousands of people rallied in Moscow over …

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US Suspects New Missile In Russian Radiation Leak

The New York Times reports: American intelligence officials are racing to understand a mysterious explosion that released radiation off the coast of northern Russia last week, apparently during the test of a new type of nuclear-propelled cruise missile hailed by President Vladimir V. Putin as the centerpiece of Moscow’s arms race with the United States. American officials have said nothing …

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Schumer: McConnell Wants Russians To Interfere Again

Mediaite reports: Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said he believes Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Republicans “want the Russians to interfere” in the next presidential election. “They want the Russians to interfere because they think it’ll help them. It’s clear. Mueller made this clear that the Russians wanted Trump to win,” Schumer said. The Senate minority leader spoke on SiriusXM’s “The …

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Trump Offers Russia Help In Battling Wildfires After Threatening To End Federal Wildfire Aid To California

CNBC reports: U.S. President Donald Trump offered his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin help in putting out vast wildfires that are raging in Siberia, the Kremlin said late on Wednesday, a move it said Putin took as a sign that battered ties can be restored. The Kremlin said the two leaders had spoken by phone at Washington’s initiative, hours after Putin …

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McConnell Lashes Out At Media Over #MoscowMitch

“Last week I stopped Democrats from passing an election law bill through the Senate by unanimous consent, a bill that was so partisan that it only received one Republican vote over in the House. My Democratic friends asked for unanimous consent to pass a bill that everyone knows isn’t unanimous and never will be unanimous. So I objected. “Over the …

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Leading Putin Critic May Have Been Poisoned [VIDEO]

ABC News reports: A doctor for Russia’s most prominent opposition leader, Alexey Navalny, has suggested the activist has been poisoned after he was hospitalized Sunday after falling mysteriously ill in a Moscow jail. Navalny was taken by ambulance to the hospital early on Sunday morning from the jail with what authorities said was a “severe allergic reaction,” his spokeswoman Kira …

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Oliver Stone: I’m Not Homophobic And Neither Is Putin

Director Oliver Stone writes on his Facebook page: As to gay/LGBTQ beliefs in Russia, again much misunderstood. Mr. Putin made himself clear in “The Putin Interviews” — he’s not anti-gay/LGBTQ. Nor am I. Have another look at “Alexander,” for which we took a beating in 2004. Beyond the Hephaestion story in the sexuality department, I prominently featured Alexander’s love for …

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Kentucky Billboard Calls McConnell “Putin’s Mitch”

Bowling Green’s NBC News affiliate reports: A new billboard along I-65 in Hart County is raising some eyebrows. The sign reads, “Putin’s Mitch” and features a photo of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Mad Dog Political Action Committee paid for the sign and another anti-McConnell sign elsewhere. “That’s what our campaign is about, it’s about putting up billboards that bring …

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Senate Republicans Block Election Security Bill After Mueller Testifies About Russia Interfering In Elections

The Hill reports: Senate Republicans blocked two election security bills and a cyber security measure on Wednesday in the wake of former special counsel Robert Mueller warning about meddling attempts during his public testimony. Democrats tried to get consent to pass two bills that would require campaigns to alert the FBI and Federal Election Commission about foreign assistance offers, as …

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RUSSIA: Activist Found Murdered After Her Name Appeared On Site Offering Prizes For Attacking LGBTs

The Moscow Times reports: A prominent Russian LGBT activist who had been featured on a blocked website that encourages people to “hunt down” sexual minorities has been killed in St. Petersburg. The website, inspired by the “Saw” horror film franchise and which encourages visitors to track down and assault people believed to be LGBT, was blocked in Russia last week. …

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House Republicans Vow Tough Questions For Mueller: This Is Our Chance In The “Final Episode” About Russia

The Associated Press reports: House Republicans are pledging tough questioning of special counsel Robert Mueller when he testifies before Congress this week as Democrats plan to air evidence of wrongdoing by President Donald Trump in a potentially last-ditch bid to impeach him. Rep. Doug Collins, the top Republican on House Judiciary Committee, said the American public is growing weary of …

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Pro-Trump Network Employs Kremlin-Paid Reporter

The Daily Beast reports: If the stories broadcast by the Trump-endorsed One America News Network sometimes look like outtakes from a Kremlin trolling operation, there may be a reason. One of the on-air reporters at the 24-hour network is a Russian national on the payroll of the Kremlin’s official propaganda outlet, Sputnik. Kristian Brunovich Rouz, originally from the Siberian city …

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Oliver Stone: Russia’s Anti-Gay Law Is “Sensible”

The Daily Beast reports: Filmmaker and conspiracy theorist Oliver Stone has made no secret of his admiration for Russian President Vladimir Putin, but now he has taken it to a whole new level by trying to make him his 22-year-old daughter’s godfather. “Does she want to become an Orthodox Christian?” Putin asked when Stone floated the idea during a sit-down …

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REPORT: Kremlin Behind Seth Rich Conspiracy Claims

Yahoo News reporter Michael Isikoff on MSNBC today: This was one of the more insidious conspiracy theories that arose out of the 2016 election. It had so much traction. It was promoted on alt-right websites, Roger Stone, Alex Jones, all the usual crowd, and, you know, eventually makes its way straight to Fox News and Sean Hannity. But what we …

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