Russia

Trump Mum On Russian Poisoning Amid Global Outcry

CNN reports: The Trump administration remained largely silent Wednesday as leaders around the world expressed concern and demanded answers from Russian President Vladimir Putin’s government over the revelation that a leading opposition figure had been poisoned by a Soviet-era chemical nerve agent. Leaders around the world, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, offered strong condemnation …

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DHS Withheld Warning Of Russian Scheme To Promote “Allegations About Poor Mental Health” Of Joe Biden

ABC News reports: In early July the Department of Homeland Security withheld publication of an intelligence bulletin warning law enforcement agencies of a Russian scheme to promote “allegations about the poor mental health” of former Vice President Joe Biden, according to internal emails and a draft of the document obtained by ABC News. The draft bulletin, titled “Russia Likely to …

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Facebook Takes Down Russian Fake News Operation

The Washington Post reports: Facebook took down a small network of fake accounts and pages associated with Russian operatives that had recruited U.S. journalists to write articles targeting left-leaning readers on topics such as racial justice, the Biden-Harris campaign, and President Trump’s policies, the company said Tuesday. The network of 13 fake accounts and two pages was in its early …

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Russian Protesters: “Putin, Have Some Tea” [VIDEO]

Reuters reports: Thousands of people took to the streets on Saturday in Russia’s far eastern city of Khabarovsk to protest against President Vladimir Putin’s handling of a regional political crisis and the suspected poisoning of his most vocal critic. “Putin, have some tea,” protesters chanted as they marched on the city’s main thoroughfare, in a reference to the case of …

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UK Official: Trump Screamed About Missing Call From Putin During State Dinner With British Prime Minister

The Independent reports: Donald Trump exploded with anger at one of his most senior aides about missing a phone call with Russian President Vladimir Putin, according to a former No 10 official. The US president’s rant about the missed call happened “right in front” of former prime minister Theresa May in Washington, her ex-chief of staff Nick Timothy has revealed. …

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Doctors: Russian Opposition Leader Was Poisoned

Sky News reports: German doctors treating Russian dissident Alexei Navalny say tests indicate he was poisoned. Doctors at Charite-Universitatsmedizin Berlin, where the Putin critic has been since being transferred from Siberia on Saturday, said: “The clinical findings indicate intoxication by a substance from the cholinesterase inhibitor group. “The specific substance has not been identified so far and a further wide-ranging …

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Russia Pushing QAnon Hashtags On US Social Media

Reuters reports: As QAnon gained adherents and took on new topics, with President Donald Trump as the constant hero waging a misunderstood battle, social media accounts controlled by a key Kremlin ally joined in. In 2019 the Internet Research Agency sent a high volume of tweets tagged with #QAnon and the movement slogan #WWG1WGA, short for Where We Go One, …

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Ex-Green Beret Charged With Conspiring With Russia

Just in from the Department of Justice: According to court documents, from December 1996 to January 2011, Peter Rafael Dzibinski Debbins, 45, a former member of the U.S. Army, allegedly conspired with agents of a Russian intelligence service. During that time, Debbins periodically visited Russia and met with Russian intelligence agents. In 1997, Debbins was assigned a code name by …

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Russian Opposition Leader Reportedly Poisoned [VIDEO]

The BBC reports: Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny is unconscious in hospital suffering from suspected poisoning, his spokeswoman has said. The anti-corruption campaigner fell ill during a flight and the plane made an emergency landing in Omsk, Kira Yarmysh said, adding that they suspected something had been mixed into his tea. The Kremlin said that it wished Mr Navalny a …

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NY Daily News: New Senate Report Confirms Collusion

From the editorial board of the New York Daily News: A major reason Donald Trump doesn’t deserve re-election: The suspected original sin of this presidency — cheating to win with Russian collusion — has mostly proven true. So says near-1,000-page fifth and final bipartisan report from the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence detailing a wide web of contacts between Russian …

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Trump’s Gushing 2007 Letter To Putin: “I’m A Big Fan!”

Forbes reports: Donald Trump wrote Vladimir Putin a personal letter in 2007, congratulating the Russian president on being named “Person of the Year” in TIME magazine, according to a nearly-1,000-page report that the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence released Tuesday. “Dear President Putin,” the letter began. “Congratulations on being named Time magazine’s ‘Man of the Year’—you definitely deserve it. …

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Senate Report: Extensive Web Of Trump/Russia Contact

The New York Times reports: The Senate report said that the unusual nature of the Trump campaign — staffed by Mr. Trump’s longtime associates, friends and other businessmen with no government experience — “presented attractive targets for foreign influence, creating notable counterintelligence vulnerabilities.” The Senate investigation found that two other people who met at Trump Tower in 2016 with senior …

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Trump Wants Meeting With Putin Ahead Of Election

The Associated Press reports: President Donald Trump has told aides he’d like to hold an in-person meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin before the November election, according to four people familiar with the discussions. Administration officials have explored various times and locations for another Trump-Putin summit, including potentially next month in New York, these people said. The goal of a …

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Putin Offers Military Help To Quell Belarus Protests

Reuters reports: Russia said on Sunday it had told Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko it was ready to offer military assistance if necessary as demonstrators held one of the biggest protests yet against Lukashenko’s contested re-election. The protest in Minsk attracted tens of thousands of people, despite the deaths of at least two protesters and thousands of detentions since last Sunday’s …

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Portland “Bible Burning” Story Was Russian Disinfo

How utterly unsurprising: The truth was far more mundane. A few protesters among the many thousands appear to have burned a single Bible — and possibly a second — for kindling to start a bigger fire. None of the other protesters seemed to notice or care. Yet in the rush to paint all the protesters as Bible-burning zealots, few of …

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Former FDA Head Wouldn’t Take New Russian Vaccine, Says They May Be Trying To “Goad US Into Early Action”

The Washington Post reports: The Russian government’s recent claims of a medical breakthrough with the “Sputnik V” coronavirus vaccine are churning intrigue around the world — and skepticism from several U.S. health experts. “I wouldn’t take it, certainly not outside a clinical trial right now,” former FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb said Tuesday during an appearance on CNBC’s “Squawk Box.” Gottlieb …

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Russia Registers COVID Vaccine, Scientists Skeptical

ABC News reports: Russia on Tuesday became the first country to clear a coronavirus vaccine and declare it ready for use, despite international skepticism. President Vladimir Putin said that one of his daughters has already been inoculated. Putin emphasized that the vaccine underwent the necessary tests and has proven efficient, offering a lasting immunity from the coronavirus. However, scientists at …

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US Intel Agencies: Russia Working To “Denigrate” Biden

The Wall Street Journal reports: The U.S. intelligence community has assessed that Russia is using a range of measures to denigrate Joe Biden ahead of the 2020 election, while China prefers that President Trump not win reelection, a senior intelligence official said in a statement Friday. Iran also is seeking to undermine U.S. democratic institutions and Mr. Trump, and to …

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Pompeo Warned Russia About Bounties On US Troops

The New York Times reports: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has warned Russia’s foreign minister against Moscow paying bounties to Taliban-linked militants and other Afghan fighters for killing American service members, U.S. officials said. Mr. Pompeo’s warning is the first known rebuke from a senior American official to Russia over the bounties program, and it runs counter to President Trump’s …

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US Sends Millions Of Text Messages To Russia And Iran Offering $10 Million Reward For Election Hacking Info

The New York Times reports: The United States government on Thursday became, for a brief moment, one of the biggest and perhaps most annoying telemarketers in Russia. Seeking to publicize new rewards of up to $10 million for information about people trying to attack American voting systems, the State Department sent text messages to cellphones in Russia as well as …

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