Tag Archives: Vladimir Putin

Politico: Biden Can Access Trump’s Calls With Putin

Politico reports: Few Trump-era mysteries are as intriguing as what the 45th president said to Vladimir Putin in at least a dozen rambling, off-the-cuff calls and meetings over four years. Understanding what was said between the two could help illuminate whether Trump ever revealed sensitive information or struck any deals with the Kremlin leader that could take the new administration …

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Russian Doctor Who Treated Navalny Dies “Suddenly”

CNN reports: A top doctor at the Russian hospital where opposition leader Alexey Navalny was treated immediately after his poisoning last summer has died, the hospital said on Thursday. Sergey Maximishin, who was the deputy chief physician of the Omsk emergency hospital, “suddenly” died at the age of 55, according to a statement released by the hospital. A spokeswoman from …

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Russian Dissident Sentenced To 2.5 Years In Prison

CBS News reports: Russian opposition leader and fierce Kremlin critic Alexey Navalny was sentenced to 3 and a half years in prison on Tuesday in a court proceeding that he condemned as politically motivated. The court gave him credit for about year of the sentence he had already served under house arrest, saying he would be required to spend another …

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Russia Extends Nuke Treaty After Call With Biden

The Associated Press reports: Russian lawmakers on Wednesday quickly approved the extension of the last remaining nuclear Russia-U.S. arms control, a fast-track action that comes just days before it’s due to expire. Both houses of parliament voted unanimously to extend the New START treaty for five years, a day after a phone call between U.S. President Joe Biden and Russian …

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In First Call With Putin, Biden Presses Him On Hacking, Navalny, Ukraine, 2020 Election, Bounties On US Troops

The Associated Press reports: President Joe Biden had his first call with Vladimir Putin on Tuesday, raising concerns about the arrest of opposition figure Alexei Navalny while pressing the Russian president on his nation’s involvement in a massive cyber espionage campaign and bounties on American troops in Afghanistan, two senior administration officials said. Biden has looked to establish a sharp …

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Gingrich Compares Trump To Russian Dissident Navalny

Market Watch reports: Newt Gingrich is calling for political unity — which has sent social media atwitter. The former Republican Speaker of the House argues against impeaching former President Donald Trump a second time in a pair of tweets that have gone viral, warning that this will undermine new President Joe Biden’s attempts to unify the nation by turning the …

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Russia Triples Previously Claimed COVID Death Toll

The Guardian reports: Russia said on Monday that its coronavirus death toll was more than three times higher than it had previously reported, making it the country with the third-largest number of fatalities. For months, the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, has boasted about Russia’s low fatality rate from the virus, saying earlier this month that it had done a better …

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Putin Claims He’ll Get Russia’s “Sputnik V” Vaccine

Reuters reports: Russia’s president Vladimir Putin will receive the Sputnik V vaccine against the coronavirus, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told a Russian state TV channel on Sunday. “He said he will be vaccinated, he made this decision and was waiting until all formalities are completed,” the spokesman was quoted as saying to Rossiya 1 TV Channel on its website. 68-year-old …

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Putin Finally Congratulates Biden On Winning Election

CNN reports: Russian President Vladimir Putin congratulated Joe Biden on his victory in the US presidential election Tuesday, six weeks after the vote and a day after the Electoral College officially affirmed Biden’s win. While many world leaders congratulated President-elect Biden within days of the election, the Kremlin said at the time that it deemed it “correct” to wait for …

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Russian State TV: Putin Should Give Trump Asylum

The Daily Beast reports: Affectionately referring to Donald Trump as “our Donald,” “Trumpusha” and “Comrade Trump,” Russian lawmakers, experts and pundits repeatedly have expressed their concerns about the future of Moscow’s all-time favorite U.S. president. Co-host of Russian state TV news talk show 60 Minutes Olga Skabeeva brought up the possibility that President Trump would end up seeking asylum in …

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AP: Russian Hospitals Overrun With COVID Patients

The Associated Press reports: Three times last week, the Russian government reported a record number of daily deaths, and the number of daily new infections per 100,000 people has more than doubled since Oct. 1, from 6 to over 15. Overall, Russia has recorded over 2 million cases and over 35,000 deaths, but experts say all numbers worldwide understate the …

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Putin Won’t Congratulate Biden Until Results Finalized

Politico Europe reports: Russian President Vladimir Putin will not congratulate Joe Biden until the U.S. election results are finalized, the Kremlin’s top spokesman said Monday. “Anticipating your possible question about Putin congratulating the U.S. president-elect, I want to say the following: we consider it correct to wait for the official summing up of the results of the elections,” Putin’s spokesman …

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Putin Reinstates National Mask Mandate Amid Surge

The Moscow Times reports: Russia has reinstated a nationwide mask mandate starting Wednesday amid a record-setting second wave of the coronavirus pandemic, consumer safety watchdog Rospotrebnadzor has announced. Russians will be required to wear masks in all crowded places, including public transport, taxis, parking lots and elevators, Rospotrebnadzor said Tuesday. The new nationwide rules come amid widespread reports of hospital …

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Putin Sees “Nothing Criminal” About Biden Family

Reuters reports: Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Sunday that he saw nothing criminal in Hunter Biden’s past business ties with Ukraine or Russia, marking out his disagreement with one of Donald Trump’s attack lines in the U.S. presidential election. Putin was responding to comments made by Trump during televised debates with Democratic challenger Joe Biden ahead of the Nov. …

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Russia Sees Record COVID Cases, No Lockdown Plan

The Guardian reports: Russia on Tuesday reported its highest daily coronavirus fatalities since the start of the pandemic, with 244 deaths in the past 24 hours, but said it had no plans to reintroduce a lockdown. The country on Tuesday also reached a record number of new daily infections, at almost 14,000. Russia is the fourth worst-hit country in the …

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Trump Wants Surprise Nuke Deal Before Election

Axios reports: President Trump is looking to Vladimir Putin to close the deal on a pre-election nuclear agreement, a timetable that’s an October surprise even for senior Republicans and some in the White House. The big picture: Trump and Putin have discussed arms control in a string of phone calls over the last six months, and they’ve dispatched envoys to …

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Putin To Trump: Your “Inherent Vitality” Will Help You

Reuters reports: Russian President Vladimir Putin wished Donald Trump a swift recovery on Friday after the U.S. president tested positive for COVID-19. “I am certain that your inherent vitality, good spirits and optimism will help you cope with this dangerous virus,” Putin wrote to Trump in a telegram, pledging his support during “this difficult time”, according to the Kremlin. Russia’s …

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Trump’s Former National Security Advisor Says He Is “Aiding And Abetting” Putin’s Efforts To Ruin Election

Politico reports: Former national security adviser H.R. McMaster said Thursday that President Donald Trump is “aiding and abetting” Russian President Vladimir Putin’s efforts to sow doubt about the American electoral system. The stern warning from McMaster, who Trump handpicked to lead the White House National Security Council in 2017, came in an interview on MSNBC, after he was asked whether …

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“Deep Fake” Trump Stars In Ad For Russian State TV

The Daily Beast reports: A bizarre and, frankly, deeply disturbing ad from the state-controlled RT network shows a deep-faked President Donald Trump joining the channel as an anchor. Although the wig is dodgy, the video superimposes Trump’s face onto a chubby body and plays real clips of him denigrating CNN and lavishing praise on “amazing” Russia. Moreover, the atrocious hairpiece …

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CIA: Putin “Probably Directing” Attacks On Joe Biden

The Washington Post reports: Russian President Vladimir Putin and his top aides are “probably directing” a Russian foreign influence operation to interfere in the 2020 presidential election against former vice president Joe Biden, which involves a prominent Ukrainian lawmaker connected to President Trump’s personal lawyer Rudolph W. Giuliani, a top-secret CIA assessment concluded, according to two sources who reviewed it. …

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