Tag Archives: Russia

Trump Offers Russia Help In Battling Wildfires After Threatening To End Federal Wildfire Aid To California

CNBC reports: U.S. President Donald Trump offered his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin help in putting out vast wildfires that are raging in Siberia, the Kremlin said late on Wednesday, a move it said Putin took as a sign that battered ties can be restored. The Kremlin said the two leaders had spoken by phone at Washington’s initiative, hours after Putin …

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Rammstein Members Defy Law With Moscow Kiss

The Independent reports: Two members of Rammstein kissed onstage in Moscow as a sign of defiance at the country’s notoriously anti-LGBT+ stance. Guitarists Paul Landers and Richard Kruspe were seen moving towards one another before kissing during a performance of “Aüslander”. The German heavy metal band posted a photo of the moment on their Instagram page with the caption: “Russia, …

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McConnell Lashes Out At Media Over #MoscowMitch

“Last week I stopped Democrats from passing an election law bill through the Senate by unanimous consent, a bill that was so partisan that it only received one Republican vote over in the House. My Democratic friends asked for unanimous consent to pass a bill that everyone knows isn’t unanimous and never will be unanimous. So I objected. “Over the …

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Leading Putin Critic May Have Been Poisoned [VIDEO]

ABC News reports: A doctor for Russia’s most prominent opposition leader, Alexey Navalny, has suggested the activist has been poisoned after he was hospitalized Sunday after falling mysteriously ill in a Moscow jail. Navalny was taken by ambulance to the hospital early on Sunday morning from the jail with what authorities said was a “severe allergic reaction,” his spokeswoman Kira …

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Oliver Stone: I’m Not Homophobic And Neither Is Putin

Director Oliver Stone writes on his Facebook page: As to gay/LGBTQ beliefs in Russia, again much misunderstood. Mr. Putin made himself clear in “The Putin Interviews” — he’s not anti-gay/LGBTQ. Nor am I. Have another look at “Alexander,” for which we took a beating in 2004. Beyond the Hephaestion story in the sexuality department, I prominently featured Alexander’s love for …

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#MoscowMitch Trends After McConnell Blocks Election Security Bills Meant To Deter 2020 Russian Interference

Newsweek reports: The hashtag #MoscowMitch was trending on Twitter this morning after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell blocked two election bills designed to deter interference by Russia and other states, claiming it was “partisan legislation” by the Democratic Party. It followed special counsel Robert Mueller’s testimony on Wednesday that Russia is still attempting to interfere in American democracy, further to …

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Kentucky Billboard Calls McConnell “Putin’s Mitch”

Bowling Green’s NBC News affiliate reports: A new billboard along I-65 in Hart County is raising some eyebrows. The sign reads, “Putin’s Mitch” and features a photo of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Mad Dog Political Action Committee paid for the sign and another anti-McConnell sign elsewhere. “That’s what our campaign is about, it’s about putting up billboards that bring …

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Senate Republicans Block Election Security Bill After Mueller Testifies About Russia Interfering In Elections

The Hill reports: Senate Republicans blocked two election security bills and a cyber security measure on Wednesday in the wake of former special counsel Robert Mueller warning about meddling attempts during his public testimony. Democrats tried to get consent to pass two bills that would require campaigns to alert the FBI and Federal Election Commission about foreign assistance offers, as …

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LIVE VIDEO: Mueller Testifies Before House Committee

CNN reports: Robert Mueller arrives on Capitol Hill Wednesday morning for the most highly anticipated hearings so far of this presidency, with the potential to reset the narrative about his two-year investigation into President Donald Trump. After weeks of negotiations, twists and turns over Mueller’s appearance and a pair of subpoenas, the former special counsel will testify publicly at 8:30 …

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RUSSIA: Activist Found Murdered After Her Name Appeared On Site Offering Prizes For Attacking LGBTs

The Moscow Times reports: A prominent Russian LGBT activist who had been featured on a blocked website that encourages people to “hunt down” sexual minorities has been killed in St. Petersburg. The website, inspired by the “Saw” horror film franchise and which encourages visitors to track down and assault people believed to be LGBT, was blocked in Russia last week. …

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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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Oliver Stone: Russia’s Anti-Gay Law Is “Sensible”

The Daily Beast reports: Filmmaker and conspiracy theorist Oliver Stone has made no secret of his admiration for Russian President Vladimir Putin, but now he has taken it to a whole new level by trying to make him his 22-year-old daughter’s godfather. “Does she want to become an Orthodox Christian?” Putin asked when Stone floated the idea during a sit-down …

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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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Russia Paid $1.4M To Air Kremlin Propaganda In DC

Open Secrets reports: The Russian government sent more than $1.4 million to a Florida-based company airing Kremlin propaganda in the nation’s capital over the last two years, according to recent foreign agent registration records. Florida-based company RM Broadcasting LLC has officially registered as a foreign agent with the Justice Department after a federal judge ordered it to do so in …

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Russian Troll Farms Boosted Trump’s 2016 Poll Numbers

The Hill reports: The Russian troll farms that carried out a sophisticated disinformation campaign on U.S. social media platforms in 2016 may have influenced President Trump’s standing in public opinion polls during the campaign, according to a new study released Monday. Researchers at the University of Tennessee said that for every 25,000 retweets each week by the Internet Research Agency …

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Trump Defends Joking About “Meddling” With Putin

Newsweek reports: President Donald Trump insisted he did confront Vladimir Putin about the prospect of Moscow meddling in the U.S. 2020 election, following criticism of his light-hearted admonishment of his Russian counterpart at this week’s G20 Summit in Osaka, Japan. Trump smirked when he waved his finger and said to Putin “don’t meddle in the election, please,” after he was …

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Trump Hits Back At “Terrible President” Jimmy Carter

The Associated Press reports: Donald Trump on Saturday dismissed former President Jimmy Carter’s swipe at the legitimacy of his presidency, calling it nothing more than a “Democrat talking point,” while offering his own digs at the 94-year-old Carter. Speaking to reporters at a press conference in Japan, Trump said he was surprised by the former president’s comments alleging that Russian …

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Jimmy Carter: A Full Investigation Would Show That Trump “Didn’t Actually Win” The 2016 Election [VIDEO]

Politico reports: Former President Jimmy Carter questioned the legitimacy of Donald Trump’s presidency on Thursday, saying he would likely not be in the White House if the Russians did not interfere in the 2016 presidential elections. “I think a full investigation would show that Trump didn’t actually win the election in 2016. He lost the election, and he was put …

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Trump And Putin Bond On “Getting Rid” Of Journalists

The Independent reports: Donald Trump has joked with Vladimir Putin during a meeting at the G20 in Japan over their shared disdain for journalists who write stories they do not approve of. “Get rid of them. Fake news is a great term, isn’t it? You don’t have this problem in Russia, but we do,” Mr Trump was quoted as telling …

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Putin Slams “Excessive” LGBT Rights At G20 Summit

The Guardian reports: Putin tried to defend Russia’s record on LGBT+ rights. “I am not trying to insult anyone because we have been condemned for our alleged homophobia. But we have no problem with LGBT persons. God forbid, let them live as they wish,” Putin said. “But some things do appear excessive to us. They claim now that children can …

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