Tag Archives: Kremlin

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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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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Fire On Russian Spy Submarine Kills At Least 14 Crew

CNN reports: A fire aboard a Russian deepwater submersible killed 14 Russian crew members, state news agencies reported Tuesday, citing the Ministry of Defense. The blaze broke out Monday while the craft was carrying out research in Russian territorial waters, and 14 submariners died from smoke inhalation, the ministry said, according to the state-run news agency Tass. The vessel is …

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Kremlin Claims Mueller Report Shows No Interference

The Associated Press reports: The Kremlin argued on Friday that Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s 400-page report has not offered any credible evidence of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. The redacted report presented on Thursday said that there was no collusion between the Donald Trump campaign and Russian officials but it did document Russian efforts to meddle in …

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Kremlin Denies Mueller Report On Interference: You Can’t Find A Black Cat In Dark Room If There’s No Cat

Reuters reports: Russia is ready to improve ties with the United States but it is up to Washington to make the first move, the Kremlin said on Monday after the conclusion of a U.S. investigation into alleged collusion between Donald Trump and Moscow in the 2016 election. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov [photo] dismissed the report on a conference call and …

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RUSSIA: New Law Will Jail People For 15 Days Over Online Posts That “Disrespect” Putin Or State Officials

The Guardian reports: Russia’s parliament has approved a controversial law that allows courts to jail people for online “disrespect” of government or state officials, including the president, Vladimir Putin. The law, which critics say is reminiscent of Soviet-era legislation used to target political dissidents, stipulates fines of up to 100,000 roubles (£1,155) for “indecent” online posts that demonstrate a “blatant …

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House Dems Launch Probe Into NRA’s Ties To Kremlin

ABC News reports: A pair of House Democrats are launching a new probe of what they called the “complex web of relationships” between members of the National Rifle Association and Russian individuals with close ties to the Kremlin. In a letter sent to NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre, Rep. Ted Lieu and Rep. Kathleen Rice expressed concern about the NRA’s attempts …

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VENEZUELA: Kremlin Beefs Up Security For Maduro

Reuters reports: Private military contractors who do secret missions for Russia flew into Venezuela in the past few days to beef up security for President Nicolas Maduro in the face of U.S.-backed opposition protests, according to two people close to them. Russia, which has backed Maduro’s socialist government to the tune of billions of dollars, this week promised to stand …

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Putin Letter To Trump: Moscow Wants A New Summit

Because the last one went so well. For Putin. Reuters reports: Donald Trump in a New Year letter on Sunday that Moscow was ready for dialogue on a “wide-ranging agenda”, the Kremlin said following a series of failed attempts to hold a new summit. At the end of November, Trump abruptly canceled a planned meeting with Putin on the sidelines …

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Kremlin-Backed Social Media Trolls Spread False Claims That French Police Are Near “Mutiny” Against Macron

Bloomberg reports: Emmanuel Macron successfully dodged cyberattacks and fake news reports that were widely blamed on a Kremlin effort to destabilize his 2017 presidential campaign. Now, with France convulsed by violent protests, the Russians appear to be back – and may be hitting closer to their mark. Among 600 Twitter accounts known to promote Kremlin views, the top hashtag now …

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Kremlin Shrugs At Trump Tower Moscow Reports

NBC News reports: A spokesman for Russia’s government said Saturday that only two emails and a phone call took place between President Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer Michael Cohen and Russian officials about a planned Trump Tower project. But Russian officials gave the exchanges no more attention than any other business proposition, spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on the sidelines of …

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Kremlin Reacts To Trump Canceling Meeting With Putin: This Just Gives Us More Time For “Useful Meetings”

Newsweek reports: Moscow has said that President Donald Trump’s cancellation of a planned meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin would give the latter more time to attend other talks with world leaders. “We are flying to Argentina. So far, we have only seen the tweet and the media [on Trump cancelling the meeting with Putin]. We have no official information,” …

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Kremlin Vows New Nukes If Trump Leaves Treaty

Reuters reports: The Kremlin said on Monday that Russia would be forced to respond in kind if the United States began developing new missiles after quitting a landmark Cold War-era treaty. President Donald Trump said on Saturday that Washington would withdraw from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty because Russia was violating the pact, triggering a warning of retaliatory measures from …

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Vladimir Putin Invites Trump To Moscow Summit

The Guardian reports: Vladimir Putin said on Friday that he has invited Donald Trump to Moscow, countering an offer to visit the United States as a possible sequel to last week’s controversial summit in Helsinki. Putin also addressed Trump’s invitation to Washington DC on Friday, saying he and the US president are ready for further summits, including at the White …

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Lawyer Who Met With Junior Has Close Ties To Kremlin

The Associated Press reports: The Moscow lawyer said to have promised Donald Trump’s presidential campaign dirt on his Democratic opponent worked more closely with senior Russian government officials than she previously let on, according to documents reviewed by The Associated Press. Scores of emails, transcripts and legal documents paint a portrait of Natalia Veselnitskaya as a well-connected attorney who served …

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John Bolton: We Won’t Meet With Vladimir Putin Again Until Mueller’s “Russia Witch Hunt” Is Finally Over

NBC News reports: President Donald Trump’s national security adviser, John Bolton, said Wednesday that any meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin would be put off until 2019 because of special counsel Robert Mueller’s “witch hunt.” “The President believes that the next bilateral meeting with President Putin should take place after the Russia witch hunt is over, so we’ve agreed that …

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Soccer Ball Gifted To Trump Actually Contains Chip

The New York Daily News reports: The ball is bugged. Several critics warned President Trump last week to be wary of a gift from Russian President Vladimir Putin after the pair met in Helsinki, Finland. And it appears their concern was justified — sort of. Markings on a soccer ball the Kremlin leader tossed to Trump indicate that it contains …

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Kremlin Snubs Trump’s Invite For Washington Summit

Reuters reports: The Kremlin was reticent on Tuesday about whether it would accept an invitation from U.S. President Donald Trump to hold a summit with Vladimir Putin in Washington later this year, saying only that the two men had other chances to meet as well. The Kremlin’s failure to swiftly accept Trump’s invitation for a Washington summit has been noticeable. …

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REPORT: Putin Privately Pitched Ukraine Plan To Trump

Bloomberg reports: Vladimir Putin told Russian diplomats that he made a proposal to Donald Trump at their summit this week to hold a referendum to help resolve the conflict in eastern Ukraine, but agreed not to disclose the plan publicly so the U.S. president could consider it, according to two people who attended Putin’s closed-door speech on Thursday. Details of …

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Kremlin Hails “Important Verbal Agreements” Made With Trump At Summit, Pentagon Seemingly Clueless

The Washington Post reports: Two days after President Trump’s summit with Russian President Vladi­mir Putin, Russian officials offered a string of assertions about what the two leaders had achieved. “Important verbal agreements” were reached at the Helsinki meeting, Russia’s ambassador to the United States, Anatoly Antonov, told reporters in Moscow Wednesday, including preservation of the New Start and INF agreements, …

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