Russia

Putin Mocks Rainbow Flag At US Moscow Embassy

The Moscow Times reports: Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday mocked a rainbow LGBT pride flag hung from the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, suggesting it reflected on the orientation of the diplomats. During a televised video conference, a lawmaker told Putin that the U.S. Embassy had hung a rainbow flag on its facade for the first time to celebrate Pride …

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Lincoln Project: It’s Trump First, Russia Second, US Last

Politico reports: In the past few months, the Lincoln Project — a PAC with not much funding, as far as PACs go — has successfully established itself as a squatter in Trump’s mental space, thanks to several factors. Members each boasting hundreds of thousands of social media followers, rapidly cut ads that respond to current events and a single-minded focus …

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Russia Votes To Keep Putin In Power Until 2036

The Associated Press reports: President Vladimir Putin has won a resounding victory in his bid to stay in power until the middle of the next decade, as Russians voted overwhelmingly to endorse the country’s political status quo, according to preliminary results. Russians went to the polls Wednesday to cast ballots in a nationwide referendum on constitutional amendments. The vote paves …

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REPORT: Taliban Sources Confirm Russian Bounties

The Insider reports: Taliban commanders have confirmed that Russia has offered financial and material support to its members in exchange for attacking US forces in Afghanistan. President Donald Trump has since strongly denied that he was told of this intelligence and attacked its credibility, characterizing the existence of Russian bounty payments as fake. But three separate Taliban sources told Insider …

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Ex-Navy SEAL Condemns Trump In Lincoln Project Ad

Just in from the Lincoln Project: The Lincoln Project’s latest video, “Betrayed,” released today, lays bare the thoughts of former U.S Navy Seal Dan Barkhuff and his feelings towards the President. Many current and former American service members feel betrayed by Donald J. Trump. Navy Seal Barkhuff is just one story. We now know Trump received written briefings as early …

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McConnell Bucks Trump On Readmitting Russia To G7

The Hill reports: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said on Tuesday that Russia should not be readmitted to the Group of Seven (G-7), breaking with President Trump who has repeatedly floated having Moscow attend the group’s summits. Asked if Russia should be let back into the economic group, McConnell told reporters: “Absolutely not.” Trump said late last month that …

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“Large Bank Transfers” Back Intel On Russian Bounties

The New York Times reports: American officials intercepted electronic data showing large financial transfers from a bank account controlled by Russia’s military intelligence agency to a Taliban-linked account, which was among the evidence that supported their conclusion that Russia covertly offered bounties for killing U.S. and coalition troops in Afghanistan, according to three officials familiar with the intelligence. Though the …

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Republicans Have Skipped Intel Briefings For Months

Politico reports: Democrats see a boycott motivated by partisan politics. Republicans argue they have legitimate security concerns. Either way, GOP members of the House Intelligence Committee have skipped all but one of the panel’s proceedings, public and private, since before Congress went into its coronavirus-lockdown in early March. And that impasse shows no signs of ending, even as the panel …

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Mother Of Killed Marine Demands Answers On Bounties

CNBC reports: The mother of a Marine killed last year in Afghanistan said Monday that she wants a thorough investigation of reports that her son and two other Marines may have been the targets of Taliban-linked fighters who collected a bounty on U.S. soldiers offered by a Russian military intelligence unit. Felicia Arculeo, whose son Cpl. Robert Hendriks died in …

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NYT: US Officials Were Told About Bounties In January

The New York Times reports: United States intelligence officers and Special Operations forces in Afghanistan alerted their superiors as early as January to a suspected Russian plot to pay bounties to the Taliban to kill American troops in Afghanistan, according to officials briefed on the matter. They believed at least one U.S. troop death was the result of the bounties, …

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New Lincoln Project Ad: When Trump Says He Stands By The Troops, He’s Right, They’re Just Not OUR Troops

The Hill reports: Republican super-PAC The Lincoln Project blasted President Trump in a new ad over a report that Russian military operatives offered bounties to Afghan militants to kill coalition forces, including U.S. troops. “This heinous failure by the commander-in-chief to protect American soldiers in the field is unthinkable,” Reed Galen, co-founder of the anti-Trump group, said in a statement. …

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Trump Denies He Was Told About Bounties On Troops

Reuters reports: President Donald Trump on Sunday denied that he was briefed on reported Russian bounties placed on U.S. troops in Afghanistan and asked “fake news” The New York Times to identify its source. Taking to Twitter, the president stressed that no one in his administration had ever received such reports. The story, released by The New York Times on …

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NYT: Russia Offered Militants Bounties To Kill US Troops

The New York Times reports: American intelligence officials have concluded that a Russian military intelligence unit secretly offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants for killing coalition forces in Afghanistan — including targeting American troops — amid the peace talks to end the long-running war there, according to officials briefed on the matter. The United States concluded months ago that the Russian …

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Siberian Arctic Circle Town Sees Record Heat Of 100.4°

The Washington Post reports: A northeastern Siberian town is likely to have set a record for the hottest temperature documented in the Arctic Circle, with a reading of 100.4 degrees (38 Celsius) recorded Saturday in Verkhoyansk, north of the Arctic Circle and about 3,000 miles east of Moscow. Records at that location have been kept since 1885. If verified, this …

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Bolton: Putin Thinks He Can “Play Trump Like A Fiddle”

The Hill reports: Former national security adviser John Bolton said in a new interview to promote his new memoir that has rocked Washington that Russian President Vladimir Putin thinks he “can play” President Trump like a “fiddle.” Asked by ABC’s Martha Raddatz about Trump’s relationship with Putin, Bolton said that he doesn’t think the Russian leader is “worried” about Trump. …

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Russian Disinfo Campaign Targeted Rubio, Others

Wired reports: The Internet Research Agency is infamous for flooding mainstream social media platforms with compelling disinformation campaigns. The GRU, Russia’s military intelligence agency, deploys strategic data leaks and destabilizing cyberattacks. But in the recent history of Russia’s online meddling, a third, distinct entity may have been at work on many of the same objectives—indicating that Russia’s disinformation operations went …

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RUSSIA: German Neo-Nazis Train With Local Extremists

Radio Free Europe reports: German neo-Nazis are conducting paramilitary training with a Russian ultra-nationalist group at a camp near St. Petersburg, German magazine Focus reported on June 5. Citing German security sources, Focus said members of the far-right National Democratic Party’s (NDP) youth wing and neo-Nazi The Third Path completed training at the camp run by the Russian Imperial Movement. …

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Canada And UK Oppose Trump Plan For Russia In G7

Politico reports: Justin Trudeau says inviting Russia back to the G-7 table would be unacceptable, even as Donald Trump plans to open the 2020 summit’s doors to Vladimir Putin. The U.S. president proposed Saturday to expand the group by adding four non-member nations, including Russia. The other countries on Trump’s longer invitee list were India, Australia and South Korea. The …

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Trump Invites Putin To Summit, Says G7 Is “Outdated”

The Associated Press reports: President Donald Trump called Russian President Vladimir Putin Monday to tell him about his proposal to convene an international summit that would involve Russia, the Kremlin said. Trump said Saturday he will postpone until the fall a meeting of the G7 leading industrialized nations that he had planned to hold next month, and plans to invite …

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RUSSIA: Putin’s Spox Hospitalized With Coronavirus

The Associated Press reports: Russian President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman says he is hospitalized with the coronavirus. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told the Interfax news agency on Tuesday, “Yes, I’ve gotten sick. I’m being treated.” The announcement comes just a day after Putin said Russia was successful in slowing down infections and announced easing some of the nationwide lockdown restrictions. Russia …

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