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Russia Reports Record Deaths Amid Delta Variant Surge

The Moscow Times reports: Russia on Saturday reported 697 Covid-19 deaths in the previous 24 hours, the fifth straight day the country has set a new record as it battles the surging Delta variant. It also recorded 24,439 new coronavirus infections, the highest figure since the middle of January when Russia was emerging from its second wave of the pandemic. …

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Shatner Battles Critics Of His Russian State TV Show

The Daily Beast reports: Star Trek star William Shatner has taken to Twitter to trade blows with journalists who called him out for hosting a new show on the Kremlin’s notorious state-funded network, RT. Earlier this week, the 90-year-old Canadian actor—known for taking on the legendary role Captain James Kirk in the Star Trek saga—announced he would be hosting a …

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William Shatner Launches Show On Russian State TV

From the Russian state media outlet RT: RT America is proud to announce the premiere of I Don’t Understand, hosted by world-famous actor and author William Shatner. I Don’t Understand will see Shatner seeking to answer fascinating and timely questions that pique the natural interest of everyone, but that the establishment media all too often hesitates to tackle. From “should …

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Kremlin Blames Anti-Vaxxers For Record Moscow Cases

Reuters reports: The Kremlin on Friday blamed a surge in COVID-19 cases on reluctance to have vaccinations and “nihilism” after a record 9,056 new infections in Moscow, mostly with the new Delta variant, fanned fears of a third wave. Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin extended restrictions he had imposed this month, which include a ban on events with more than 1,000 …

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Hillary: Biden Has To Clean Up Trump’s Putin “Disaster”

NBC News reports: Hillary Clinton said Wednesday that President Joe Biden has to clean up the “disaster” that former President Donald Trump created by emboldening Russian President Vladimir Putin. Clinton, a former secretary of state, said Biden will make clear that Russia will face consequences if there are further cyberattacks against the United States, arguing that Trump left Putin unchecked …

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Putin Deflects To Shooting Of Rioter Ashli Babbitt When Grilled About The Treatment Of His Political Opponents

Mediaite reports: Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday cited Ashli Babbitt’s death to deflect from a question about his treatment of political opponents. “On the question of who is murdering whom, people rioted and went into the Congress in the United States with political demands,” Putin replied, invoking the mob that entered the Capitol on Jan. 6. “Many people were …

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Putin Calls Summit With Biden “Quite Constructive”

The Washington Post reports: Following his summit with President Biden in Geneva, Russian President Vladimir Putin called the talks “quite constructive” and said he and Biden agreed to return their ambassadors to their respective posts in Washington and Moscow. Speaking at a news conference, Putin also said he and Biden had reached an agreement to start negotiations on cybersecurity. “There …

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LIVE VIDEO: Biden Meets Putin In Geneva Summit

CBS News reports: President Biden was to sit down on Wednesday for his much-anticipated meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Geneva, Switzerland. Mr. Biden was facing off with Putin after a week of alliance-bolstering meetings with America’s closest allies. He attended his first NATO summit as the U.S. leader, his first G-7 conference and a summit with European Union …

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Russian State TV Interviews “Patriot” Capitol Rioter Who Had “Protested Against The Stolen Election” [VIDEO]

The Daily Beast reports: On Sunday, Russian state TV aired an interview with insurrectionist Richard Barnett—notoriously pictured with his feet up at on a desk in Nancy Pelosi’s office on Jan. 6—and his attorney, Joseph McBride. Barnett, a self-proclaimed white nationalist, was introduced as a “colorful” individual, the same expression Putin frequently uses to describe Trump. McBride welcomed Rossiya-1 special …

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Putin Claims Arrested DC Rioters Are Political Prisoners

NBC News reports: Asked about Biden’s criticism that Russia had added to global instability, he accused the U.S. of doing the same in Libya, Afghanistan and Syria. And the Russians aren’t cracking down on internal dissent, he said, any more than the U.S. is doing with its laws against foreign agents. He even pointed to the arrests of hundreds of …

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Biden Won’t Hold Joint Presser With Putin After Summit

The New York Times reports: President Biden will face the press by himself after two private sessions with President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia, a move designed to deny the Russian leader an international platform like the one he received during a 2018 summit in Helsinki with President Donald J. Trump. Top aides to Mr. Biden said that during negotiations …

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Putin Gushes Over “Extraordinarily Talented” Trump

NBC News reports: “Well even now, I believe that former U.S. president Mr. Trump is an extraordinary individual, talented individual, otherwise he would not have become U.S. president,” Putin told NBC’s Keir Simmons during a wide-ranging and, at times, contentious interview. “He is a colorful individual. You may like him or not. And, but he didn’t come from the U.S. …

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Russian Trolls Still Planting Disinfo On Pro-Trump Sites

Reuters reports: A group suspected of being Russian has remained active on internet services favored by far-right Americans, showing that efforts to interfere in US politics continue after the election, according to the research firm’s reports. social media Graphika and the non-profit association Advance Democracy Inc. The group, which Graphika also believes to be linked to the Russian government, maintains …

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Graham: “I Don’t Think” Putin Ordered Cyber Attacks

“Our critical infrastructure is very exposed and we need to harden it but more than anything else, we need to go on offense. You can only play defense so long. “It’s time for the Russians to pay a price here because none of this would happen without their looking the other way or actively encouraging it.” “I don’t think he …

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Kremlin Claims Trump’s Rioters Are Being “Persecuted”

Mediaite reports: Ahead of a mid-June meeting in Geneva with Vladimir Putin, President Joe Biden said on Sunday he’ll bring up the issue of human rights with the Russian president. On Monday, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov responded by saying Russia is prepared to discuss the matter. “Of course, we will be ready to discuss everything, including problems that exist in …

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Actor Steven Seagal Joins Pro-Kremlin Party In Russia

Reuters reports: Hollywood actor Steven Seagal, a long-time admirer of Russian President Vladimir Putin, has joined a pro-Kremlin party, the party said on Sunday. Seagal received a party membership card of an alliance named Just Russia Patriots For Truth on Saturday, a video released by the party showed. It was formed earlier this year. The party controls a faction in …

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Russia Warns Disney On “Anti-Family” Gay Short Film

Reuters reports: Russia’s communications regulator Roskomnadzor on Friday warned Walt Disney Co against distributing content it said was harmful to children in Russia with its release of a short film, “Out”, which features a gay main character. Roskomnadzor said it had sent a letter to Disney noting that it was against Russian law to distribute information which “denies family values …

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Russian Hackers Hit State Department Email System

The New York Times reports: Hackers linked to Russia’s main intelligence agency surreptitiously seized an email system used by the State Department’s international aid agency to burrow into the computer networks of human rights groups and other organizations of the sort that have been critical of President Vladimir V. Putin, Microsoft Corporation disclosed on Thursday. Discovery of the breach comes …

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Influencers Offered Money To Spread Vaccine Disinfo

The Guardian reports: French and German YouTubers, bloggers and influencers have been offered money by a supposedly UK-based PR agency with apparent Russian connections to falsely tell their followers the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine is responsible for hundreds of deaths. Fazze, which said it was an “influencer marketing platform … connecting bloggers and advertisers”, claimed to be based at 5 Percy Street …

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WH And Kremlin Plan Biden/Putin Summit In Geneva

The Associated Press reports: The White House and the Kremlin are working to arrange a summit next month between President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Switzerland, according to officials. National security adviser Jake Sullivan is meeting with his Russian counterpart in Geneva, the proposed host city, this week to finalize details, according to one U.S. official familiar …

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