Tag Archives: Russia

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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LIVE VIDEO: Biden Holds Presser After Putin Meeting

The New York Times reports: President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia, speaking to reporters after meeting privately with President Biden on Wednesday, denied that Russia has played a role in a spate of increasingly bold cyberattacks against U.S. institutions, and said the U.S. was the biggest offender. The Russian leader’s remarks suggested that he was not interested in discussing what …

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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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Ex-WH Counsel Don McGahn To Finally Testify Today

Politico reports: Don McGahn is slated to testify before Congress today (sadly, behind closed-doors). It comes more than 25 months after House Democrats first sought to subpoena the former White House counsel for testimony related to his interviews with Robert Mueller that focused on the Russia interference probe and possible obstruction by Donald Trump. The White House sought to block …

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Belarusian Dissident Attempts Suicide In Court [VIDEO]

The New York Times reports: An opposition activist in Belarus stabbed himself in the throat with a pen during a court hearing on Tuesday after claiming that investigators had threatened to prosecute his family and neighbors if he did not plead guilty. A video clip recorded just after the stabbing showed the activist, Stepan Latypov, lying on a bench inside …

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New Rules In Belarus: Citizens May Not Leave Country

Deutsche Welle reports: Belarus’ border security agency on Monday announced a severe tightening of already strict rules limiting citizens’ ability to exit the country. Citizens have fled the country since Alexander Lukashenko was declared the winner of a disputed presidential election last August and mass protests over election rigging were met with a severe crackdown. Faced with the prospect of …

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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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Belarusian President Denies Forcing Airliner To Land

The Associated Press reports: Belarus’ authoritarian president defended Wednesday his decision to tell a passenger jet to land in his country and accused European leaders of waging a “hybrid war” to “strangle” his nation by ordering up new sanctions for diverting the flight and arresting an opposition journalist who was aboard. Speaking before lawmakers and top officials, President Alexander Lukashenko …

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