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    Kevin Clinesmith, the former FBI lawyer who admitted that he altered an email which was used in a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant application to surveil then-Trump Campaign Foreign Policy Advisor Carter Page, has been sentenced to twelve months of probation and ordered to pay a $100 special assessment. That’s according to federal court records reviewed by Law&Crime. Clinesmith admitted guilt shortly after he was charged in Aug. 2020 with one count of knowingly making and using a false writing and document. Clinesmith’s added words indicated that Page was “not a source” for the Central Intelligence Agency. His defense said he made the alteration so he didn’t have to go through the step of gathering additional communications from the CIA, Politico explained.  Clinesmith also claimed that he thought at the time that the words were true.  It turned out that they were not.  An inspector general’s report said that...
    In our terms Weather forecast for February, Signs of a significant winter shift continue for much of Europe, especially beginning in the middle of the month. In a routine analysis of the descriptive codes of the general hemispherical cycle, we continue to observe a series of negative reactions of the AO index found in practice at a practically negative point for most of the new month, at least until 23/24 February. Therefore, there are no signs of strengthening of the tropical polar cycle, which, as characteristic of this winter 2020/2021, will continue to be disturbed by the constant subversion of naturally occurring cold wave cables through medium and low latitudes. Way and alternative phases in various hemispheric fields. At the same time, the baric and thermal gap tracking code at various Atlantic latitudes, i.e. NAO, is neutral or sometimes slightly positive from negative territory, as well as the same descriptive...
    President Biden “did not hold back” during a call with Russian President Vladimir Putin when they discussed the treatment of jailed activist Alexei Navalny, according to the White House. White House press secretary Jen Psaki fielded questions from reporters on Thursday and was asked for more detail about Biden’s Tuesday call with the Russian leader, which was the first time the two have spoken since Biden was sworn into office. Navalny was denied an appeal by a Russian court for his release from jail earlier on Thursday. “He did not hold back in conveying his concern about the treatment of Alexei Navalny and the treatment of protesters,” Psaki said. “And that is certainly something that we’ll continue to communicate at many levels with the Russians.” In addition to Navalny, a 44-year-old anti-corruption crusader and one of Putin’s most vociferous critics, hundreds of Russians were arrested Saturday, when...
    Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny walks to take his seat in a Pobeda airlines plane heading to Moscow before take-off from Berlin Brandenburg Airport – AFP A Russian court on Thursday ordered Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny to be kept in jail after rejecting an appeal against his detention, a decision that Mr Navalny called predictable. Mr Navalny, a prominent critic of President Vladimir Putin, was remanded in custody for 30 days on January 18 after flying back to Russia for the first time since being poisoned with a military-grade nerve agent in August. A court at the time ordered him detained for alleged parole violations, which he denied. With various legal cases pending against him, Mr Navalny, 44, could face years in jail. The West has called on Russia to release him and tens of thousands of Russians protested against his jailing on Saturday. Addressing the presiding judge by...
    Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny appeared in court by video-link today to appeal against his arrest and imprisonment on his return to Russia, after his brother and several of his allies were taken into custody in overnight police raids.  Navalny claimed he had been denied one-on-one access to his lawyer since his arrest at a Moscow airport on January 17.  The opposition leader is appealing against his 30-day prison term for alleged parole violations, but also faces the prospect of three-and-a-half years in prison if a suspended sentence is converted to jail time at a separate hearing next week.  It comes after his brother Oleg Navalny and prominent aide Lyubov Sobol were among those detained for 48 hours and questioned overnight after a series of raids.  Protesters egged on by Navalny held rallies across the country last weekend to support the Putin critic, who had returned from Germany after last summer's...
    Former Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley on Wednesday criticized the foreign policy actions President Joe Biden has taken since beginning his first week in office. Haley appeared on Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom” and was asked by hosts Dana Perino and Bill Hemmer to give her thoughts on what the Biden administration has done so far with regard to Russia and China. (RELATED: Sen. Steve Daines Decries Biden’s ‘Saudi Arabia First Plan’: He ‘Cares More’ About Their Workers Than America’s) “I can tell you Putin has to be pretty ecstatic right now. I mean, one of the things that bothered him the most was how energy independent we had become,” Haley said. “And the idea that President Biden has already cut off the Keystone pipeline, started banning fracking, that in itself is one thing. The fact that Biden is jumping back into the new START agreement, but not...
    Russian President Vladimir Putin warned today that the world risks sliding deeper into instability as the coronavirus pandemic combines with global rivalries and other international tensions. Speaking by video link during a virtual meeting of the World Economic Forum, Putin pointed at growing inequality and unemployment and a rise of populism as potential triggers for new conflicts that he said could plunge the world into a 'dark anti-Utopia.' 'The pandemic has exacerbated the problems and disbalances that have been accumulating,' the Russian leader said. 'International institutions are weakening, regional conflicts are multiplying and the global security is degrading.' Putin hailed the decision by Russia and the United States to extend their last nuclear arms control pact as a positive move, but he added that spiraling tensions have come to resemble the situation before World War II. Vladimir Putin watches a session of the virtual Davos summit today where he...
    Grand Duke George Mikhailovich of Russia and Rebecca Bettarini are engaged. Dimitri Ravenko/Chancellery of the Imperial House of Russia Grand Duke George of Russia proposed to his girlfriend Rebecca at an airport in Brussels. They kept it a secret for five months, longer than most royals wait to announce an engagement. George and Rebecca are used to keeping details of their relationship private. Rebecca's parents found out about her relationship with George from a magazine. Meet other royals from around the world by reading more of Insider's Royally Told profiles. Grand Duke George Mikhailovich of Russia originally planned to propose to his longtime girlfriend, Rebecca Bettarini, in front of their parents last year. But the coronavirus pandemic had other plans. Not only were George and Bettarini separated from their loved ones during lockdown, but the engagement ring — a royal heirloom the Grand Duke was given by...
    THE EU was cracking up amid Covid vaccine chaos last night after desperate Hungary broke ranks to grab its own supplies - from the UK and Russia. Brussels has insisted on negotiating for life-saving drugs on behalf of its 27 member states - with disastrous results which sparked shortages and distribution chaos. ???? Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 6 But Hungarian leaders maddened by endless delays have now clinched a back door deal with Vladimir Putin to buy the Russian coronavirus vaccine, Sputnik V. Prime Minister Viktor Orban's chief of staff confirmed approval had been given to the Russian jab and a contract for two million doses was signed. Early results from trials of the Russian vaccine have allegedly shown promising results - but worrying side effects were also reported amid fears Putin’s boffins rushed it into production. Hungarian health officials have also...
    Photograph: Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP The US and Russia have agreed to extend an arms control treaty limiting their deployed nuclear warheads after Joe Biden’s first phone call as president with Vladimir Putin. At the same time, Biden took a firm position on Russian actions that Donald Trump largely ignored, raising concerns about the poisoning and arrest of the opposition leader, Alexei Navalny, warning Putin that the US supported Ukraine against Russian “aggression”, complaining about Russian interference in last year’s US presidential election, and the “Solar Winds” cyber attack on US government agencies last year. Biden challenged Putin on US intelligence reports that Russia had offered bounties to the Taliban and other extremist groups in Afghanistan for the killing of US soldiers. The White House account of the call said: “President Biden made clear that the United States will act firmly in defense of its national interests in response to actions...
    US president Joe Biden reportedly pressed his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin about the cyber-hack scandal and Alexei Navalny's arrest in their first call. Biden raised concerns to Putin over his country's alleged involvement in the previous US election, and the arrest of Navalny, an anti-corruption campaigner and Putin’s fiercest critic earlier this month, according to AP News. 2Biden allegedly pressed Putin during their first callCredit: AP:Associated Press 2He reportedly challenged Putin over the cyber-hacking scandal and Alexei Navalny's arrestCredit: AFP or licensors The Kremlin reportedly reached out for the call last week which Biden agreed to but wanted to prepare his staff and speak with other European leaders beforehand. It has also been claimed that Biden challenged Putin on the alleged  bounties on American troops in Afghanistan. Biden allegedly told Putin that his administration was assessing the SolarWinds breach and the press allegations that Russia offered the Taliban bounties to...
    President Biden called his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to discuss the extension of a key nuclear treaty and raise several concerns, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said. Psaki, asked about reports of the conversation during a Tuesday press briefing, confirmed that the call was prescheduled and that a readout of the conversation would be released later in the day. Biden told Putin that the United States is seeking a five-year extension of New START, which is the last remaining treaty with Russia limiting the number of deployed strategic nuclear warheads and deployed strategic delivery systems, she said. “He called President Putin this afternoon with the intention of discussing our willingness to extend New START for five years, and also to reaffirm our strong support for Ukraine’s sovereignty in the face of Russia’s ongoing aggression, and also to raise matters of concern,” Psaki told reporters at the White...
    By Jonathan Lemire and Matthew Lee | Associated Press WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden had his first call with Vladimir Putin on Tuesday, the White House and Kremlin said. U.S. officials said Biden raised concerns about the arrest of opposition figure Alexei Navalny while pressing the Russian president on his nation’s involvement in a massive cyberespionage campaign and bounties on American troops in Afghanistan. On a positive note, the two presidents agreed to have their teams work urgently to complete an extension of New START, the last remaining U.S.-Russian arms control treaty, before it expires next month. “In the nearest days, the parties will complete the necessary procedures that will ensure further functioning” of the pact, the Kremlin said in its readout of the call. Biden has looked to establish a break from the warm rhetoric often displayed toward Putin by his predecessor, Donald Trump. But the new president also...
    Washington — President Joe Biden had his first call with Vladimir Putin on Tuesday, in which he raised concerns about the arrest of opposition figure Alexei Navalny while pressing the Russian president on his nation's involvement in a massive cyberespionage campaign and bounties on American troops in Afghanistan, the White House said. At a briefing at the White House, press secretary Jen Psaki said Mr. Biden had planned to raise the issues in his first call with the Russian leader. "He called President Putin this afternoon with the intention of discussing our willingness to extend New START for five years," Psaki said, referring to an arms control treaty that expires early next month. Psaki said Mr. Biden planned to express "strong support for Ukraine's sovereignty in the face of Russia's ongoing aggression." Psaki, who said the call was scheduled to take place during the briefing, said the president planned...
    MOSCOW (AP) — A senior Russian diplomat said Tuesday that Moscow and Washington were making quick progress to negotiate an extension of their last remaining nuclear arms control treaty. Last week, U.S. President Joe Biden has proposed a five-year extension of the New START treaty that is set to expire on Feb. 5, and the Kremlin quickly welcomed the offer. Mikhail Ulyanov, the Russian ambassador at the international organizations in Vienna, said that Russia and the U.S. “are making remarkable and speedy progress” on the pact’s extension. “There are reasons to expect that the relevant agreement can become a reality very soon,” he tweeted. The treaty, signed in 2010 by President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, limits each country to no more than 1,550 deployed nuclear warheads and 700 deployed missiles and bombers, and envisages sweeping on-site inspections to verify compliance. Biden indicated during the campaign that...
    By Daria Litvinova | Associated Press MOSCOW — Allies of jailed Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who faces years in prison, called for new protests next weekend to demand his release, following a wave of demonstrations that turned out tens of thousands across the country in a defiant challenge to President Vladimir Putin. Mass rallies took place Saturday in over 100 cities in what observers said was the largest outpouring of anger in years, and Navalny’s supporters urged protesters to keep up the pressure. Navalny strategist Leonid Volkov tweeted Monday for more demonstrations on Jan. 31 in “all Russian cities. … For Navalny’s freedom. For our freedom. For justice.” During Saturday’s protests, over 3,700 people were detained, according to OVD-Info, a human rights group that monitors political arrests. The group said the number was a record in its nine years of work. More than 1,400 detentions occurred in Moscow alone...
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia woman who once served in the Air Force was sentenced to more than 11 years in federal prison Monday for planning to offer top-secret information from the National Security Agency to the Russian government. Elizabeth Jo Shirley, 47, pleaded guilty last year as part of a plea agreement to one count each of willful retention of national defense information and international parental kidnapping. “Shirley held a position that required the highest level of trust,” U.S. Attorney Bill Powell of West Virginia’s northern district said in a statement. “When she committed these crimes, she not only broke that trust, she potentially endangered the very people who employed her and her neighbors. National security is one of our highest priorities. Shirley deserves her sentence and not a day less.” Prosecutors said Shirley, of Hedgesville, leased a storage unit and kept a document — without authorization...
    MOSCOW (AP) — Allies of jailed Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who faces years in prison, are calling for new protests next weekend to demand his release, following a wave of demonstrations that turned out tens of thousands across the country in a defiant challenge to President Vladimir Putin. Mass rallies took place Saturday in over 100 cities in what observers said were the largest in years, and Navalny’s supporters urged protesters to keep up the pressure. Navalny strategist Leonid Volkov tweeted Monday for more demonstrations on Jan. 31 in “all Russian cities. … For Navalny’s freedom. For our freedom. For justice.” During Saturday’s protests, over 3,700 people were detained, according to OVD-Info, a human rights group that monitors political arrests. The group said the number was a record in its nine years of work. More than 1,400 occurred in Moscow alone — also a record, according to Russian media....
    Vladimir Putin has denied that a palace on the Black Sea belongs to him, after arch-rival Alexei Navalny accused him of owning it in an anti-corruption investigation.  'Nothing that is listed there as my property belongs to me or my close relatives, and never did,' Putin said during a video call with students on Monday. The Russian president spoke out after a weekend that saw thousands take to the streets in protests that Navalny - who is currently serving a 30-day jail sentence - had called for, with one of his allies urging further demonstrations on Monday. Meanwhile Russia angrily accused Facebook and other US tech giants of failing to remove what it called fake information about the demonstrations at the weekend.  Vladimir Putin has been forced to deny owning a mega-palace on Russia's Black Sea coast after Alexei Navalny accused him of building it with cash embezzled from...
    A man shouts during a protest rally against the jailing of opposition leader Alexei Navalny on January 23 in Moscow. Mikhail Svetlov/Getty Images Thousands of Russians were arrested after taking part in protests in support of jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny on Saturday. Navalny spent several months convalescing in Germany after being poisoned. He returned to Russia on January 17 and was immediately arrested and accused of violating the terms of a 2014 suspended sentence. Visit Insider’s homepage for more stories. Tens of thousands of Russians from across more than 100 cities took part in a massive protest against Russian President Vladimir Putin and his arrest of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny on Saturday. The protests took place across the country, from Moscow to St. Petersburg, and in some of the most remote parts of Siberia, where residents...
    A man shouts during a protest rally against the jailing of opposition leader Alexei Navalny on January 23 in Moscow. Mikhail Svetlov/Getty Images Thousands of Russians were arrested after taking part in protests in support of jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny on Saturday. Navalny spent several months convalescing in Germany after being poisoned. He returned to Russia on January 17 and was immediately arrested and accused of violating the terms of a 2014 suspended sentence. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Tens of thousands of Russians from across more than 100 cities took part in a massive protest against Russian President Vladimir Putin and his arrest of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny on Saturday. The protests took place across the country, from Moscow to St. Petersburg, and in some of the most remote parts of Siberia, where residents braved - 60 degree Fahrenheit temperatures to express support...
    The Russian opposition leader, Alexei Navalni, has published a documentary this week in which he denounces the existence of a luxurious palace with a value of 1,200 million euros, and that it would belong, according to him, to Russian President Vladimir Putin. As reported by the BBC, the palace is shores of the Black Sea, and it has been financed by people around Putin. “It is not a country house, not a cabin, not a residence. It’s a whole city or rather a kingdom, “Navalni says in the documentary. According to the opponent, recently arrested upon his return to Russia, the palace was paid “with the biggest bribe in history.” For its part, the Kremlin denies that the palace belongs to the president. In addition to the documentary, Navalni has created a website where all the details of the palace. The complex is located in the resort town of...
    More than 3,000 people have been arrested during the demonstrations to demand the release of the Russian opponent Alexei Navalni, according to the civil organization OVD, including the wife of the dissident, arrested a week ago after returning from Germany, where he spent five months convalescing after suffering poisoning. In Moscow, some 15,000 protesters and there is also talk of unprecedented mobilizations in a hundred cities in the country, such as Saint Petersburg, where 5,000 attendees have participated. According to OVD, the current number of detainees is 3,068, the vast majority in Moscow (1,167), while in Saint Petersburg there were 466 arrests. Among those detained in Moscow is Yulia Navalnaya, Navalni’s wife. Navalnaya has published a photo on her Instagram account in which she appears with a message: “I feel the low quality. The light in the police van is very bad.” A previous photograph showed her in the unauthorized...
    Nearly 20,000 people gathered in the Russian capital to show their support for the opponent of Vladimir Putin. PMore than two thousand people were arrested by the police in Russia on Saturday during demonstrations in favor of the opponent Alexeï Navalny, according to the NGO OVD-Info, which specializes in monitoring demonstrations in this country. At least 2,131 were arrested according to a report published around 5.30 p.m. (Belgian time) by this organization, including 795 in Moscow, where nearly 20,000 people gathered in the city center, according to . journalists. The Moscow police also arrested demonstrators who gathered on the outskirts of Matrosskaya Tichina prison where Russian opponent Alexeï Navalny is being held, according to an . journalist. Some of the protesters were beaten with batons and hundreds of people gathered chanting “freedom!” not far from this detention center in the north of the...
    Russian police arrested more than 1,600 protesters who took to the streets despite low temperatures (down to -50 degrees Celsius) to demand the release of the main opposition leader of the Kremlin, Alexei Navalny. Demonstrations demanding his release were reported in at least 90 cities across Russia, some of which drew thousands of people. Navalny, President Vladimir Putin’s most prominent and long-standing critic, was arrested on January 17 when he returned to Moscow from Germany, where he spent five months recovering from a severe neurotoxin poisoning that he blames on the Kremlin. Russian authorities alleged that he was detained because his stay in Germany violated the terms of his sentence in a criminal case, which Navalny describes as illegitimate. In Moscow, thousands of people gathered in Pushkin Square, where they clashed with the police. Helmeted and riot control officers dragged protesters onto police buses and detention trucks. Others were beaten...
    National Review Order of the Brown Nose Britain’s essential fortnightly magazine Private Eye, whose trademark stance of delivering hard news with a witty bipartisan cynicism about politics has no parallel in the U.S., runs a regular feature entitled “O.B.N.” Longtime readers understand this to be the Order of the Brown Nose, an honor given to the most outlandishly, hilariously sycophantic punditry of the moment. If Private Eye were a U.S. publication, its O.B.N. feature would have to be expanded to sprawl across several pages as it considers the media’s bulk delivery of valentines to the incoming administration. Step forward, Eddie Glaude of MSNBC, who on Tuesday night compared Joe Biden to the Lord and said his ascension would comfort the dead: “President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President Harris pulled the grief and regret out of the privacy of our hearts,” he said. “I’m reminded of the Psalmist, you know? ‘He...
    Several thousand people took to the streets to support Russian opponent Alexeï Navalny. The latter was imprisoned upon his return to Moscow. Alexei Navalny, Russian opponent, was imprisoned upon his return to Moscow, last Monday. To support it, rallies were held this Saturday, January 23 in Siberia and the Russian Far East. According to Le Figaro, around 200 arrests have already taken place. In other cities, thousands of people took to the streets. They chanted slogans, like “Change“,”Freedom” or “Clear“. Moscow police have promised to sanction any unauthorized gathering. The mayor of Moscow, Sergei Sobyanin, denounced the demonstrations “unacceptable“, in this period of coronavirus. On the eve of this day of demonstrations, several employees ofAlexei Navalny have already been arrested, including his spokesperson Kyra Iarmych. The police also visited several opponents, journalists, etc. With its poisoning and recovery, Alexei Navalny gained notoriety, especially when he...
    PROTESTS against Vladimir Putin are underway across Russia in temperatures as low as minus 15C - with police forcibly detained supporters of Alexei Navalny.  Demonstrators shouted "shame, shame" in Pacific capital Vladivostok, as heavily armed baton-wielding special forces officers and national guards threw a protester in a police vehicle. 6Anti-Putin protesters have clashed with cops across RussiaCredit: AFP or licensors 6Heavily armed baton-wielding special forces officers and national guards arrested protesters Credit: AP:Associated Press 6Hundreds of people across the country have been arrested, according to reportsCredit: Alamy Live News The authorities told crowds that their action was unsanctioned and they faced detention unless they dispersed - with 250 people already arrested. Ugly scenes quickly developed at protests in several cities in the Russian Far East. Key Navalny aides around Russia had been rounded up and detained ahead of the rallies. In far-eastern city Khabarovsk, crowds chanted "Putin’s Dogs" as law...
    In the first quarter of 2021, more than 17 million doses of the vaccine against him coronavirus to medical centers in Russia, declared Deputy Prime Minister Tatiana Gólikova. « This week we have drawn up a preliminary vaccination plan for the first quarter of 2021, based on the fact that medical institutions will receive a little more than 17 million doses of the vaccine, » he told Rossiya 1. According to estimates, this amount will be enough to vaccinate about 20 million citizens, Gólikova added. The official also said that to date Russia has produced 7.6 million doses of the vaccine and that 2.1 million doses have already been distributed to the regions. « We expect volumes to increase even more next week … so vaccination opportunities will continue to increase, » he said. According to the vice prime minister, 2,250 vaccination posts operate in the country. « We have advised our...
    The Moscow police arrested at least a dozen people who came to demonstrate on Saturday in the center of the Russian capital at the appeal of the imprisoned opponent Alexeï Navalny, according to . journalists.
    (CNN)Protest rallies in support of detained Kremlin critic Alexey Navalny were taking place across Russia on Saturday, in defiance of the authorities and, in some cases, extremely low temperatures.The demonstrations kicked off in Russia's far east city of Vladivostok and spread to the west as the day progressed. Videos posted on social media showed crowds of people gathered in Vladivostok and a number of cities across Siberia and central Russia. Navalny releases investigation into Putin palaceOne video showed a small protest in the city of Yakutsk, where temperatures dropped to -53 degrees Celsius (- 63 Fahrenheit) on Saturday.The demonstrations have not received an official government permit and the authorities have warned people not to attend them. Several allies of Navalny have been detained this week for inciting the protests, including his spokesperson Kira Yarmysh, Anti-Corruption Foundation investigator Georgy Alburov and opposition activist Lyubov Sobol.Read MoreThe coordinator of Navalny's Moscow office,...
    Riot police officers detain a participant in an unauthorised rally in support of Russian opposition activist Alexei Navalny in Khabarovsk Thousands of people took to the streets in Russia’s Far East and Siberia on Saturday in support of jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny as Moscow braced for its own demonstrations. Seven time zones east of Moscow, about 3,000 people marched across the city of Vladivostok on the Pacific Ocean, chanting “Navalny!” In Novosibirsk, chants “Putin is a thief” rang out in freezing minus 19 C temperatures as opposition supporters walked across the city to the main square. Riot police were deployed to most of the protesting cities, with local media reporting violent detentions in Vladivostok and Khabarovsk. OVD-Info, a citizen project that collects information on protesters’ detentions, reported over 130 arrests across Russia by late Monday morning. The protests were triggered by the arrest of Mr Navalny who returned...
    From Moscow to Vladivostok, the team of the notorious anti-corruption activist, victim of suspected poisoning this summer, has issued calls for a rally in 65 Russian cities. In the capital, where opposition mobilization is usually strongest, protesters are scheduled to meet at 2:00 p.m. (11:00 GMT) in Pushkin Square. The Moscow police have already promised to “repress without delay” any unauthorized assembly that they consider a “threat to public order”. The mayor, Sergei Sobyanin, denounced him the “unacceptable” demonstrations in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. On Instagram, Mr. Navalny’s wife, Yulia Navalnaïa, nevertheless announced her intention to demonstrate in Moscow for her husband who “never gives up”. Fear of mass arrests As authorities have not authorized these gatherings, protesters across Russia face brutal arrests and prosecution. Previous large opposition rallies in Moscow in the summer of 2019 led to thousands of arrests of peaceful protesters. Several of them...
    MOSCOW—Russia’s state atomic energy agency has seen fit to mount two full-sized figures of Lavrenty Beria, one of the most ghoulish villains of the Great Purge, in its latest exhibition. The bizarre move to resurrect the hate figure has shocked Moscow, where every post-Soviet child knows Beria as one of the most feared hangmen of the Stalin era. Officials at Rosatom, the nuclear agency, insist that without Beria, the USSR would not have built its arsenal of atomic bombs. But then, Beria is not the only ghost of the Stalin era finding a place of honor in the Russian capital today. As new repressions tarnish modern Russian politics, Russian historians and educators are urging the public to pay attention to the glorification of Soviet tyrants and criminals, an issue that came into focus this week. Ever since a former KGB agent, Vladimir Putin, rose to the presidency, Russian authorities have...
    In an interview with Fox News on Friday, Republican Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas slammed President Joe Biden for reversing the previous administration’s policies on Russia. Biden announced that he will seek a five-year extension to the START (Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty) agreement between the United States and Russia. “This is a very bad decision,” Cotton said, arguing that the Biden administration’s actions could jeopardize American national security because the agreement is “one-sided” and favors Russia over the United States. Cotton ripped into Democratic Party politicians for endorsing Biden’s initiative after spending four years alleging that former President Donald Trump colluded with Vladimir Putin and Russian government officials to defeat former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election. “After four years of the Democrats beating their chests about Russia and continuing on and on about the Russia collusion hoax, they’ve now gone back to their old, weak,...
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    Moscow — Russian authorities have rounded up several more opposition activists, including close allies of jailed Kremlin critic Alexey Navalny, as part of a pressure campaign aimed at keeping a lid on protests this weekend sparked by Navalny’s arrest. Moscow is also pushing international social media companies to silence calls for people to join the unsanctioned rallies on Saturday in support of Navalny. Navalny, 44, was detained Sunday evening at a Moscow airport immediately upon his return from Germany, where he spent the previous five months recovering from poisoning with the deadly Soviet-era nerve agent novichok. He believes the attack took place in Russia on the orders of President Vladimir Putin. After a judge ordered him held in jail for at least 30 days pending another court appearance, Navalny’s allies posted a video online in which the dissident sharply criticized Putin and called for Russians to “take to the streets”...
    Moscow — Russian authorities have rounded up several more opposition activists, including close allies of jailed Kremlin critic Alexey Navalny, as part of a pressure campaign aimed at keeping a lid on protests this weekend sparked by Navalny's arrest. Moscow is also pushing international social media companies to silence calls for people to join the unsanctioned rallies on Saturday in support of Navalny. Navalny, 44, was detained Sunday evening at a Moscow airport immediately upon his return from Germany, where he spent the previous five months recovering from poisoning with the deadly Soviet-era nerve agent novichok. He believes the attack took place in Russia on the orders of President Vladimir Putin. After a judge ordered him held in jail for at least 30 days pending another court appearance, Navalny's allies posted a video online in which the dissident sharply criticized Putin and called for Russians to "take to the streets"...
    MOSCOW (AP) — Authorities in Russia have taken elaborate measures to curb protests against the jailing of opposition leader Alexei Navalny, planned by his supporters for Saturday in more than 60 Russian cities. Navalny’s associates in Moscow and other regions have been detained in the lead-up to the rallies. Opposition supporters and independent journalists have been approached by police officers with official warnings against protesting. Universities and colleges in different Russian regions have urged students not to attend rallies, with some saying students may be subject to disciplinary action, including expulsion. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Friday that “it is only natural that there are warnings … about the possible consequences related to noncompliance with the law” since there are calls for “unauthorized, unlawful events.” Navalny, an anti-corruption campaigner and Kremlin’s fiercest critic, was arrested Sunday when he returned to Russia from Germany, where he had spent...
    MOSCOW (AP) — The return to Russia from Germany by opposition leader Alexei Navalny was marked by chaos and popular outrage, and it ended, almost predictably, with his arrest. The Jan. 17 flight from Berlin, where Navalny spent nearly five months recovering from a nerve agent poisoning, carried him and his wife, along with a group of journalists documenting the journey. But the plane was diverted from its intended airport in Moscow to another one in the capital in what was seen as an apparent attempt to foil a welcome from crowds awaiting him. Authorities also took him into custody immediately, sparking outrage at home and abroad. Some Western countries threatened sanctions and his team called for nationwide demonstrations Saturday. Navalny had prepared his own surprise for his return: A video expose alleging that a lavish “palace” was built for President Vladimir Putin on the Black Sea through an elaborate...
    MOSCOW (AP) — The return to Russia from Germany by opposition leader Alexei Navalny was marked by chaos and popular outrage, and it ended, almost predictably, with his arrest. The Jan. 17 flight from Berlin, where Navalny spent nearly five months recovering from a nerve agent poisoning, carried him and his wife, along with a group of journalists documenting the journey. But the plane was diverted from its intended airport in Moscow to another one in the capital in what was seen as an apparent attempt to foil a welcome from crowds awaiting him. Authorities also took him into custody immediately, sparking outrage at home and abroad. Some Western countries threatened sanctions and his team called for nationwide demonstrations Saturday. Navalny had prepared his own surprise for his return: A video expose alleging that a lavish “palace” was built for President Vladimir Putin on the Black Sea through an elaborate...
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    Carolyn Maloney, the top Democrat on the House Oversight Committee, is asking the FBI to conduct a "robust examination" of the role social media site Parler played in the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, specifically whether the platform was a "potential facilitator" of planning or inciting the violence.  Maloney, D-N.Y., in a letter to the FBI Thursday, requested that the FBI review whether Parler facilitated planning and questioned whether it is "a potential conduit for foreign governments who may be financing civil unrest in the United States." PARLER CEO BARRED FROM PLATFORM BACKEND: 'WE DON'T HAVE ANY MORE ACCESS' Maloney pointed to a number of individuals who have been arrested and charged threatening violence against elected officials or for their role in participating directly in the Capitol riot, and said the Justice Department alleged that some conspirators posted threatening message on Parler. Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) delivers her opening statement at a...
    Children at a Siberian kindergarten strip to their underwear and douse themselves with a bucket of icy water as part of the curriculum.   At state kindergarten number 317 in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia, this is believed to keep them healthy, and stop infections. The pandemic has done nothing to stop the daily winter ritual.  Children at state kindergarten 317 in Krasnoyarsk, in Siberia are seen pouring ice water over themselves to celebrate the Orthodox Epiphany  Kindergarteners douse themselves with ice cold water in Siberia, Russia. The process is believed to keep the youngsters healthy and ward off infections A boy pours ice cold water over himself in Siberia, Russia. Pre-school teacher Oksana Kabotko said most parents give their permission for the cold shower  A video shows the children dousing themselves in the cold  at the kindergarten - which is also known as Sibiryachok, or Little Siberian. 'The little walruses warmed...
    A medical worker fills a syringe with the Gam-COVID-Vac vaccine (under the brand name of Sputnik V) at in Butovo, south Moscow.Sergei Savostyanov | TASS | Getty Images DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Russia's Sputnik V Covid-19 vaccine got a series of boosts on Thursday as Hungary and the United Arab Emirates became the first countries in the European Union and Gulf region, respectively, to register the shot for emergency use.  Hungary's decision was confirmed by President Viktor Orban's spokesperson, who said that if the country agrees on a shipment deal with Moscow, it will become the first European Union country to receive the vaccine. This comes as the country's cases have fallen from a peak of more than 6,000 per day in early December to below 2,000 per day.  "This decision is very important as it demonstrates that the vaccine's safety and efficacy of over 90% are highly regarded...
    . The profitability of housing in Spain rises despite the pandemic Jan 19 (.) – The return obtained by investors who put their money in the Spanish housing sector stood at 6.8% in 2020, slightly above the 6.6% of 2019, despite a difficult environment in some market segments and geographies due to the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the study “The profitability of housing in Spain in 2020”, based on the analysis of housing prices for sale and rent in December 2020 by In the Fotocasa portal, the profitability of 2020 is more than four points higher than the 4.3% of the end of 2010, when Spanish real estate was mired in a deep crisis, and is the highest in ten years.
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    The Government of Russia plans to administer the vaccine Sputnik V against him coronavirus to almost 70 million people, half of its population, until June, assured the head of Industry and Commerce, Denís Mánturov. « About 70 million doses should be distributed nationwide and administered to the population until June. To be more exact, 68 million people should be vaccinated in this period, » the minister told the Vesti station. FM. The country, with a population of more than 140 million inhabitants, began on December 5 the immunization campaign against the coronavirus and to date one million people received the vaccine. Sputnik V, the first vaccine registered in the world, it was developed by the Nikolai Gamaleya Center for Epidemiology and Microbiology with funding from the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF). The inoculation consists of two doses that are applied with an interval of...
    President TrumpDonald TrumpGiuliani used provisional ballot to vote in 2020 election, same method he disparaged in fighting to overturn results Trump gets lowest job approval rating in final days as president Fox News' DC managing editor Bill Sammon to retire MORE on Tuesday evening moved to declassify documents related to the FBI’s Russia investigation in one of his last acts before he leaves office. A memo released by the White House states that Trump requested and reviewed a binder of materials related to the FBI probe, dubbed Crossfire Hurricane, in the last month and determined that they should be declassified “to the maximum extent possible.” The memo states that Trump accepted redactions to the materials proposed by the FBI on Jan. 17 and ordered the declassification of the “remaining materials in the binder.” The document does not describe the extent of the redactions or the amount of material that will...
    CHINA, Russia and Iran are helping to turn Americans against each other as they stoke violence with toxic online campaigns, experts have said. The warning comes as the divisions in the US were laid bare when furious Donald Trump fans stormed the Capitol - resulting in five deaths, including a cop. * Read our US Politics live blog for the latest news on Joe Biden, Donald Trump and Wednesday's inauguration 10Police and rioters clashes on Capitol Hill in violent scenes on January 6Credit: Reuters Theresa Payton, the first female chief intelligence officer at the White House, CEO of Fortalice Solutions, told The US Sun state actors have been fanning the flames of division. "Nation state backed misinformation is dangerous. It is the carbon monoxide poisoning of our social discourse," she warned. "It's silent and deadly to how we listen and treat each other." America's rivals have already celebrated the horrific scenes...
    A CAPITOL Hill rioter alleged to have stolen a laptop from the office of Nancy Pelosi and then planned to sell it to Russia has been arrested. Riley June Williams, 22, of Harrisburg, was seen on video taking part in the Capitol Hill siege and directing other rioters, the Department of Justice alleges. 6Riley June Williams, 22, is being investigated over her role in the Capitol riotsCredit: FBI 6Williams seen directing people up a staircase during the riotsCredit: ITV 6Williams pictured holding a large rifle in the months before the incidentCredit: ITV In a court affidavit detailing the allegations, FBI agent John Lund said a former romantic partner of Williams told the agency that, during the riots, Williams had taken either a laptop or a hard drive from Pelosi's office. The former partner - named only as W1 - also said they had been played a video by other...
    More On: Alexei Navalny Poisoned Russian dissident detained after returning to Moscow Alexei Navalny’s next heroic act Alexei Navalny returning to Russia despite poisoning, jail threat Russian dissident Alexei Navalny blasts Twitter for Trump ban A Russian judge ruled Monday that Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, who was detained after arriving from Germany late Sunday, must remain in jail for 30 days. “The court arrested Navalny for 30 days. Until February 15,” the judge’s spokeswoman Kira Yarmysh said on Twitter. The 44-year-old dissident was detained at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport after he arrived from Berlin, where he had been treated following a poisoning that he had blamed on the Kremlin. The United Nations and Western nations urged Russia to immediately free the opposition leader, while some countries called for new sanctions, according to Reuters. After the court’s ruling, Navalny urged people to take to the streets in protest, the news outlet...
    Moscow (CNN)Kremlin critic Alexey Navalny was ordered to remain in custody for 30 days during a makeshift hearing in Russia on Monday, less than 24 hours after he returned to the country and five months after he was poisoned with the nerve agent Novichok.The opposition leader flew back to Moscow from Germany on Sunday, and was immediately detained by masked officers. He was held overnight a police station in the city of Khimki, just north of central Moscow. Navalny was placed on the country's federal wanted list last month for violating terms of probation related to a 2014 conviction for fraud, which he dismisses as politically motivated.Russia's Federal Penitentiary Service (FSIN) has requested that a court replace his suspended sentence with a prison term. If the request is granted, Navalny will likely be jailed for 3.5 years. Governments around the world have criticized Russia over Navalny's arrest. US Secretary of...
    MOSCOW (AP) — Russia’s Foreign Ministry on Monday announced the expulsion of two Dutch diplomats in a quid pro quo move. In December, the Netherlands ordered two Russian diplomats out after the country’s intelligence agency accused them of gathering intelligence information on semiconductors, nanotechnology and artificial intelligence. The Russian Foreign Ministry said it summoned a Dutch envoy Monday to protest the “unfriendly and provocative” Dutch action, adding that the accusations against the Russian diplomats were “slanderous and unfounded.” It said that two Dutch diplomats were ordered to leave Moscow in two weeks “on the principle of reciprocity.” Russia-Dutch relations have been strained over the investigation into the 2014 downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over conflict-ravaged eastern Ukraine, which killed all 298 people on board. Dutch prosecutors have said the airliner was shot down with a missile provided by Russia, the allegations Moscow has denied. In 2018, the Dutch...
    Alexei Navalny was detained at passport control at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport on Sunday evening – Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP After branding him a traitor and a spy for months, the Kremlin had little choice but to arrest Alexei Navalny, the Russian opposition leader, upon return to Moscow on Sunday, fearful of appearing weak in the eyes of security services. Mr Navalny, a trained lawyer who rose to prominence about a decade ago thanks to his investigations into official graft, has long been a thorn in the Kremlin’s side. As his profile grew, Mr Navalny kept on receiving persistent messages from the state to stop. He has faced charges on countless criminal inquiries, received two suspended sentences, spent months under house arrest and seen his own brother locked up for three and a half years in an apparent political vendetta. Thousands of people took to the streets in summer 2013 when he...
    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo led criticism Leading politicians and diplomats called for the immediate release of Alexei Navalny last night after the Russian opposition figure was detained by security forces minutes after landing back in Moscow. The United States, the European Union, several EU governments, Canada and a senior aide to US President-elect Joe Biden called for him to be freed, with some in the EU urging new sanctions against Moscow.  Navalny and his wife Yulia flew into Russia yesterday from Berlin for the first time since he was left fighting for life having been poisoned with the chemical weapon Noivchok five months ago. The Kremlin had ordered Navalny to return saying his continued stay in Germany, where were was flown in a coma in August, breached a suspended jail sentence against him. The warned him he risked detention on landing. But after Navalny was detained at Moscow's...
    A tiny Cornish seaside village is to host world leaders in the first in-person meeting of the G7 in almost two years in June. For Boris Johnson's first major summit in the UK, he has picked Carbis Bay in Britain's most southerly county for the gathering, where he hopes to unite leaders on a message of 'building back better from coronavirus'. The resort village has a population of just over 3,000, and is served by a Tesco supermarket and a 'popular' fish and chip shop. It is one of the smallest locations ever to host the G7, and in summer is often overlooked by tourists driving through on their way to nearby St Ives. Sights such as Air Force One, The Beast and mile-long motorcades are expected for the people of Camborne and Redruth as the US President's entourage pulls into town from Newquay Airport, whose boss said they are 'delighted' to...
    MOSCOW (AP) — Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was arrested Sunday at a Moscow airport as he tried to enter the country from Germany, where he had spent five months recovering from nerve agent poisoning that he blames on the Kremlin. Navalny’s detention at passport control in Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport was widely expected because Russia’s prisons service said he had violated parole terms from a suspended sentence on a 2014 embezzlement conviction. The prisons service said he would be held in custody until a court rules on his case. No date for a court appearance was immediately announced. The service earlier said that it would seek to have Navalny serve his 3 1/2-year sentence behind bars. Navalny, 44, who is President Vladimir Putin’s most prominent and determined foe, brushed off concerns about arrest as he boarded the plane in Berlin. “It’s impossible. I’m an innocent man,” he said. The arrest...
    Alexei Navalny on the plane heading to Moscow – KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP Alexei Navalny, the Russian opposition leader, was arrested immediately after returning to the country for the first time since he was poisoned with a nerve agent. The plane carrying Mr Navalny from Germany, where the 44-year-old had been recovering from a poisoning he blames on Russian authorities, landed at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport around 8:15 pm. The pilot had told passengers there was a delay for “technical reasons” and then that the flight had been diverted from Vnukovo, another Moscow airport where Mr Navalny’s supporters and media had gathered for his return. President Vladimir Putin’s most well-known opponent was returning to Russia for the first time since the poisoning in August, in defiance of warnings from officials that they would arrest him for breaking the terms of a suspended prison sentence. Mr Navalny is defying the Kremlin’s threats to...
    A new vaccine against him coronavirus, developed by the Immunological Center Chumakov, may begin to be distributed within Russia in March, the director of the scientific research institute, Konstantin Chernov, reported this Sunday. He Chumakov Center is in the final phase of the second stage of clinical trials of the new drug to prevent Covid-19, whose effectiveness is currently being tested in a group of volunteers. « We have to wait for it to begin to be distributed within the country, it will probably happen in March, » Chernov told Rossiya 1 television channel about the new Chumakov vaccine. The scientist expressed his hope that the new vaccine is « the most complete ». « In the virus so far found more than 50 different proteins« announced the director of the Chumakov Center, adding that these new data were taken into account in the creation of the drug. To date, the Russian Ministry of Health has...
    BERLIN (AP) — Leading Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny plans to fly home to Russia on Sunday after recovering in Germany from his poisoning in August with a nerve agent. Navalny announced Wednesday that he would return, despite Russian authorities’ threats to put him behind bars again. He is expected to fly from Berlin to Moscow. On Thursday, Russia’s prison service said that he faces immediate arrest once he returns. Navalny, who has blamed his poisoning on the Kremlin, charged that Russian President Vladimir Putin was now trying to deter him from coming home with new legal motions. The Kremlin has repeatedly denied a role in the opposition leader’s poisoning. At the end of December, the Federal Penitentiary Service, or FSIN, warned Navalny that he faced time in prison if he fails to immediately report to its office in line with the terms of a suspended sentence and probation he...
    LINDSEY Graham has slammed the FBI's probe into alleged links between Donald Trump and Russia as one of the "most corrupt" in history as he released interview transcripts from the Senate review. Senator Graham, chair of the Judiciary Committee, released hundreds of pages of transcripts from the inquiry into the investigation which was dubbed "Crossfire Hurricane" by the FBI. Read our Donald Trump live blog for the very latest news on the President... 4Lindsey Graham branded Crossfires Hurricane the 'most corrupt' probe in the history of the FBICredit: Getty Images - Getty The FBI's initial investigation looked into whether members of Trump's 2016 campaign colluded with the Russians to influence the election. The probe was later turned over to Special Counsel Robert Mueller, whose report did not find proof of the conspiracy but did not exonerate Trump. Mueller's probe found that Russia had attempted to interfere with the election...
    An agent involved in the FBI’s original Trump-Russia case left the Crossfire Hurricane team amid a "professional disagreement" with Bill Priestap, after the former assistant director of counterintelligence denied his request for an "enhanced validation review" of Christopher Steele’s reporting.  The Senate Judiciary Committee on Friday released a slew of transcripts from its inquiry into the origins and aftermath of the FBI’s investigation into whether members of President Trump’s first campaign colluded or coordinated with Russia to influence the outcome of the 2016 election. SOURCE OF STEELE DOSSIER WAS INVESTIGATED BY FBI FOR RUSSIAN CONTACTS  One transcript made public on Friday was that of the committee’s interview on Aug. 27, 2020, with "Supervisory Special Agent 1. During the interview, the agent described requesting a "human source validation review" on Christopher Steele in November 2016. The agent testified that he understood that Steele "had a sub source network that provided him the...
    “I ask to launch a mass vaccination of the whole population from next week,” the Kremlin chief said during a meeting of the Russian government by videoconference. Putting the homemade vaccine into orbit In December, Russia had already started its vaccination campaign targeting populations deemed to be a priority, in particular the elderly and medical and school personnel. The categories authorized to receive the Russian vaccine Sputnik V were then … Follow La Tribune Share economic information, receive our newsletters
    Russian sport begins the ordeal of two years of sanction for doping in the Handball World Cup that will be played starting tomorrow in Egypt, where it will compete without a shield, flag and anthem. As soon as they step onto the pitch against Belarus on Thursday, the Russians will not hear their country’s anthem, as is customary in international tournaments. Instead of the Russian anthem, a melody agreed between the International Olympic Committee and the Russian Olympic Committee will be played, while the shirts of the Russian team will not include the national crest with the double-headed eagle or a badge with the tricolor of the Russian Federation. During the next two years, Russian athletes will have to compete as neutral athletes in the Games (Tokyo and Beijing) and World Cups, but not in the qualifying events or in the Europeans, where they will be able to carry their...
    # Alert package Polluted rivers or soil, abandoned industrial waste… Do you live near a polluted area?Click here to alert us! Five years after the Paris climate deal, the situation continues to worsen. Greenhouse gas emissions broke records again last year. Extreme weather events, floods, and wildfires continued to rise and warmed the November 2020 record. This week, we are taking you to all four corners of the planet to see if this warming is being observed everywhere. Direction Australia, Russia, Lebanon and Italy. In Australia, November 2020 is the hottest month on record. But on the other hand, throughout the year, it was a little colder overall, and after all, it rained a lot, more than in previous years. However, things continue to heat up in the Pacific Ocean. The Great Barrier Reef was the main victim. So far, the Australian government has shown very little ambition to control...
    (CNN)The US announced sanctions Monday against a group of Russian-linked Ukrainians, including two people who worked closely with Trump allies to discredit President-elect Joe Biden during the 2020 election campaign.Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced sanctions against seven individuals and four entities "that are part of a Russia-linked foreign influence network associated with" accused Russian agent Andrii Derkach, designating them for their involvement in efforts to try to influence the election."Russian disinformation campaigns targeting American citizens are a threat to our democracy," Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in his own statement. "The United States will continue to aggressively defend the integrity of our election systems and processes."The Trump administration sanctioned Derkach in September, accusing him of being an "active Russian agent" who was part of Moscow's efforts to interfere in the 2020 campaign. Derkach has close ties to President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani and was singled out earlier...
    RUSSIA’S nuclear forces will conduct more than one exercise every two days ALL year featuring an "unstoppable" 15,000mph missile that could wipe out Texas. The country’s defence ministry said the 200-plus land-based drills in 2021 will involve “latest missile systems” put on combat duty by Vladimir Putin. 4Strategic nuclear forces in Russia will conduct exercises every two days Credit: East2west News 4Land-based drills will involve Putin’s new state-of-the-art missilesCredit: East2west News The exercises are due to feature the Sarmat hypersonic missile - known as ‘Satan-2’ - the biggest beast in Russia’s nuclear arsenal, which goes into service this year.  It has been shown on video emerging from an underground silo at Plesetsk spaceport - pausing as if hovering above the ground, and then speeding to its target in a cloud of white smoke.  The missile has an 11,000-mile range and can evade the United States’ defence shield and is capable...
    MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday hosted his counterparts from Armenia and Azerbaijan, their first meeting since a Russia-brokered truce ended six weeks of fighting over Nagorno-Karabakh. As he sat down for talks in the Kremlin with Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev and Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, Putin said that the peace agreement has been successfully implemented, laying the foundation for a fair settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. He noted that senior officials from Armenia, Azerbaijan and Russia will now discuss further moves to restore traffic links in the region after the decades-long conflict. The Nov. 10 peace deal ended 44 days of hostilities in which the Azerbaijani army routed Armenian forces and reclaimed control over large parts of Nagorno-Karabakh and surrounding areas. Nagorno-Karabakh lies within Azerbaijan but was under the control of ethnic Armenian forces backed by Armenia since a separatist war there ended in 1994....
    MOSCOW (AP) — A fire at a nursing home in Siberia killed seven people in Siberia on Saturday, Russian authorities said. The fire took place at the private home for the elderly in the Tyumen region of western Siberia. The fire also injured a resident, according to the Investigative Committee, the nation’s top criminal investigation agency. Police detained the care home’s owner on charges of violating safety regulations. Related Articles US officials: Massive hack of US ‘likely originated in Russia’ Trump briefed that China sought to pay for attack on US forces Letters: Rail boondoggle | Raiders supporter | Vaccine line | COVID relief | Promoting Russia Letters: Giving’s hierarchy | Trump consequences | Numbers against win | Promoting Russia Russia to Navalny: Return or face jail time Local officials said the home in the town of Borovsky wasn’t...
    Justice Department email accounts were compromised during the massive hack that officials believe was spearheaded by the Russian government. Roughly 3% of Department of Justice (DOJ) email accounts were accessed during the hack, the department said in a press release Wednesday. There is currently no “indication” of any classified systems being impacted. “On Dec. 24, 2020, the Department of Justice’s Office of the Chief Information Officer learned of previously unknown malicious activity linked to the global SolarWinds incident that has affected multiple federal agencies and technology contractors, among others,” DOJ spokesperson Marc Raimondi said in a statement. “This activity involved access to the Department’s Microsoft O365 email environment,” he continued. (RELATED: Massive Cyberattack Was Waged From Within US, Top Cybersecurity Firm Says) A view of the Department of Justice press room pictured in 2019. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images) It remained unclear following the announcement if federal government data beyond...
    By Zachary Cohen | CNN US intelligence and law enforcement agencies investigating the massive hacking campaign on US government agencies and private sector companies said Tuesday that the attack “likely originated in Russia,” issuing a joint statement that clearly acknowledges Moscow’s suspected link to the intrusion. The statement said the evidence that has been gathered so far indicates “an Advanced Persistent Threat (APT) actor, likely Russian in origin, is responsible for most or all of the recently discovered, ongoing cyber compromises of both government and non-governmental networks.” The attack, which has impacted computer networks of roughly half a dozen US government agencies and a number of private sector companies, is believed to be “an intelligence gathering effort,” but investigators are still working to understand its full scope, according to the statement from the Cyber Unified Coordination Group (UCG). That group consists of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Cybersecurity...
    Washington (CNN)US intelligence and law enforcement agencies investigating the massive hacking campaign on US government agencies and private sector companies said Tuesday that the attack "likely originated in Russia," issuing a joint statement that clearly acknowledges Moscow's suspected link to the intrusion.The statement said the evidence that has been gathered so far indicates "an Advanced Persistent Threat (APT) actor, likely Russian in origin, is responsible for most or all of the recently discovered, ongoing cyber compromises of both government and non-governmental networks."Concern mounts over government cyber agencys struggle to respond to hack falloutThe attack, which has impacted computer networks of roughly half a dozen US government agencies and a number of private sector companies, is believed to be "an intelligence gathering effort," but investigators are still working to understand its full scope, according to the statement from the Cyber Unified Coordination Group (UCG).That group consists of the Federal Bureau of...
    A Russian 'cannibal' pensioner known as Granny Ripper, who gave children sweets made from the flesh of her victims, has died of Covid-19 before the end of her serial killer trial. Sofia Zhukova, 81, a retired pig slaughterer, was accused of butchering schoolgirl Anastasia Alexeenko, seven, whose severed head was found in 2005 with a severely battered face. She was also charged with murdering and dismembering a 52-year-old male street cleaner and janitor in Russian city Khabarovsk, and killing a woman friend, aged 77. A Russian 'cannibal' pensioner known as Granny Ripper has died of Covid-19 before the end of her serial killer trial Sofia Zhukova, 81, a retired pig slaughterer, was accused of butchering schoolgirl Anastasia Alexeenko, seven Separately, police were investigating at least four more unsolved suspected murders linked to the killer.  Zhukova became infected with Covid-19 in a detention jail, and died on December 29...
    From a strange figure appearing in an Indonesia forest to lightning-proof humans and an ‘alien creature’ found in Russia – the world is full of strange and unusual sightings, but with science and technology these mysteries can be solved. Veteran television journalist Tony Harris has set out on a journey to determine what is real, what is fake and everything in between with the help of experts during History channel’s latest series ‘The Proof Is Out There.’ Harris takes an in-depth look at ‘some of the most incredible and thought provoking videos of unexplained phenomena and mysterious must-see moments of all time.’ ‘I have become more interested in UFO and extraterrestrials as the revelations have been coming out from various governments around the world,’ Harris told DailyMail.com. ‘We have moved beyond the tin foil hat guy.’ ‘This seems to be a really interesting field and as journalists we are always...
    American tennis star Sam Querrey has revealed he got into the UK without any checks or tests despite fleeing Russia on a private jet after testing positive for Covid-19.  Querrey dropped out of the St Petersburg Open in October after he and his wife Abby Dixon, an American model, received positive test results. He was last week handed a suspended fine of £15,000 by the ATP for the breach of strict protocols. In his first interview since fleeing Russia, Querrey has detailed why the couple decided to ignore rules to isolate in their hotel and instead take a flight to London with their son Ford. Sam Querrey (left) has revealed why he chose to ignore Covid-19 protocol in Russia to take a private jet to London despite testing positive along with his wife, Abby Dixon (right) The couple decided to ignore protocol to remain in their St Petersburg...
    (Bloomberg Opinion) — In the thick of it, back in Moscow in 2003, it never seemed possible that the onslaught would go as far as it did. In the end, it took only months for Mikhail Khodorkovsky to find his oil empire under siege, and not much longer for the edifice to crumble. The parallel between the Yukos Oil Co. debacle almost two decades ago and the crackdown on Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. and affiliate Ant Group Co. over the past weeks will seem at best inexact. And, to be clear, it is. Jack Ma didn’t benefit from a chaotic and often murky privatization process, nor has he been involved in the direct political machinations of the kind dabbled in by Russian oligarchs in the 1990s. Ultimately, Khodorkovsky spent more than 10 years behind bars — though he has maintained his innocence — and the bulk of the company he...
    MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia is ready to conduct clinical trials in Ukraine of a COVID-19 vaccine combining its Sputnik V with a vaccine developed by AstraZeneca together with Oxford University, the head of Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) said on Saturday. Russia's sovereign RDIF, which is marketing the Sputnik V vaccine abroad, announced in December trials to test a combination of the AstraZeneca vaccine with the Sputnik V shot to see if this can boost the efficacy of the British drugmaker's vaccine. (Reporting by Polina Ivanova and Andrey Ostroukh; editing by David Evans) Copyright 2021 Thomson Reuters. Tags: infectious diseases, United Kingdom, diseases, Ukraine, public health, Russia, coronavirus, Asia, European Union, Europe
    MILLWALL fans are notorious for singing “no one likes us we don’t care” but it turns out they actually do have a gang of loyal supporters… only they are 1,500 miles away in RUSSIA. Gathering each week in Churchill's Pub in Moscow to drink London Pride beer and eat fish and chips is a dedicated cohort of Russian fans. 13Maxim Prokhoroenko (centre) and his pals outside Churchill's Pub in MoscowCredit: Maxim Prokhorenko 13Churchill's Pub is the spirtual home of Millwall in RussiaCredit: East2west News 13Millwall fans enjoy a pint of London Pride and a plate of fish and chips at Churchill's Pub Calling themselves the "Russian Lions", The Sun Online tracked down the supporters who said they were drawn to the London side despite living half the world away from The Den. Pictures from Churchill's Pub in the north eastern part of the Russian capital shows it decked out...
    CAIRO (Reuters) - Islamic State has claimed responsibility for a knife attack on police on Monday in the capital of Russia’s southern Chechnya region, Al-Naba newspaper affiliated with the group said on Friday. It made the claim without providing any evidence. Two assailants killed one policeman and injured another on Monday in Grozny, Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov said. The poor and mainly Muslim region has seen previous attacks on security officials and an insurgency since Moscow fought two wars with separatists after the 1991 Soviet Union breakup. Kadyrov said the attackers were brothers from the neighbouring region of Ingushetia who worked at a bakery in Chechnya. They were shot dead while trying to seize weapons, he said. (Reporting By Ahmed Tolba; editing by Grant McCool) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters. Tags: Russia, crime, Middle East, Europe
    DONALD Trump was told this month that China “wanted to pay terrorists to attack American forces in Afghanistan.” According to The New York Times, Trump was briefed about US intel reports that China offered to pay bounties to people in Afghanistan who attacked US soldiers there. 4Donald Trump was reportedly briefed by US intelligence officials about alleged bounties China offered for American troopsCredit: Getty Images - Getty The Times reported on Wednesday that that information, however, “was uncorroborated.” It’s not clear whether the information from the US intelligence community shows that China paid any bounties – or whether any attacks on Americans happened. US intel officials gather huge amounts of information, much of which turns out to be misleading or false, per the newspaper. Trump was given the intel in a written briefing on December 17, Axios reported.  4Earlier this year, Trump said such reports that Russia put bounties on...
    MICROSOFT on Thursday said as part of their massive hack – that included the US government – Russian hackers viewed their source code. The company announced that the hackers saw more in their cyber attack than was previously known. 5Microsoft on Thursday said Russian hackers saw some of their source codeCredit: Reuters Microsoft said in a blog post: Our investigation into our own environment has found no evidence of access to production services or customer data." "The investigation, which is ongoing, has also found no indications that our systems were used to attack others. "We detected unusual activity with a small number of internal accounts and upon review, we discovered one account had been used to view source code in a number of source code repositories. "The account did not have permissions to modify any code or engineering systems and our investigation further confirmed no changes were made. These accounts were...
    A lion cub has been forced to have both eyes removed after it was smuggled by bus across Russia in a tiny wooden box. The cub, named Grom, was discovered in a narrow wooden box in the luggage compartment of an inter city bus. It was travelling on a 1,200-mile route from Makhachkala to Moscow, Russia, when the police had found the animal during the summer. The cub, named Grom, pictured, has been forced to have both eyes removed after it was smuggled by bus across Russia in a tiny wooden box The baby, pictuted, who was just a few weeks old, had no food or water and vets believe he was removed from his mother before even suckling her milk The baby, who was just a few weeks old, had no food or water and vets believe he was removed from his mother before even suckling her...
    Russia has reopened a Madeleine McCann-style probe into the mysterious disappearance of two girls aged three in June 2013. Ayana Vinokurova and Alina Ivanova were last seen playing in the yard of a house in the remote village of Sinsk in the region of Yakutia, Russia, before they vanished.     The girls were last seen outside Alina's grandfather Gavrila Ivanov's house on June 24, 2013.  Ayana Vinokurova (pictured left) and Alina Ivanova (pictured right), both aged three, were last seen playing outside a house in the village of Sinsk in Yakutia, Russia, in 2013 The girls were last seen outside Alina's grandfather Gavrila Ivanov's house (pictured) on June 24, 2013 Following their disappearance, an extensive search and criminal investigation failed to locate the children or find what happened to them. Now top detectives have been sent 5,150 miles east from Moscow in a fresh attempt to solve the crime,...
    Alexey Druzhinin/Sputnik/AFP via Getty By Jeff Stein and Patricia Ravalgi If Russian intelligence were a baseball team, they’d be the Houston Astro—good, powerful, even lethal, but cheaters who broke the rules in a game already known for bending them. And they pretty much got away with it. “I like that analogy,” says retired top former CIA clandestine operations official Marc Polymeropoulos. “I would add that the Houston players were never really sanctioned either, right? They lost their manager and GM, but players got off scot-free. Sound familiar?” Whatever the analogy, Russia’s spies took the field like bruising athletes in 2020, scoring big, clever, espionage wins in the West but also tripping over themselves with clumsy murder plots that further blackened their names on the competitive field of international relations. You’d think the manager would be fired with such a record, but then again, this team is run by Vladimir...
    By Jeff Stein and Patricia Ravalgi If Russian intelligence were a baseball team, they’d be the Houston Astro—good, powerful, even lethal, but cheaters who broke the rules in a game already known for bending them. And they pretty much got away with it. “I like that analogy,” says retired top former CIA clandestine operations official Marc Polymeropoulos. “I would add that the Houston players were never really sanctioned either, right? They lost their manager and GM, but players got off scot-free. Sound familiar?” Whatever the analogy, Russia’s spies took the field like bruising athletes in 2020, scoring big, clever, espionage wins in the West but also tripping over themselves with clumsy murder plots that further blackened their names on the competitive field of international relations. You’d think the manager would be fired with such a record, but then again, this team is run by Vladimir Putin. He just doesn’t care....
    MOSCOW -- A well-preserved Ice Age woolly rhino with many of its internal organs still intact has been recovered from permafrost in Russia's extreme north.Russian media reported Wednesday that the carcass was revealed by melting permafrost in Yakutia in August. Scientists are waiting for ice roads in the Arctic region to become passable to deliver it to a lab for studies next month.It's among the best-preserved specimens of the Ice Age animal found to date. The carcass has most of its soft tissues still intact, including part of the intestines, thick hair and a lump of fat. Its horn was found next to it.Recent years have seen major discoveries of mammoths, woolly rhinos, Ice Age foal, and cave lion cubs as the permafrost increasingly melts across vast areas of Siberia because of global warming.Yakutia 24 TV quoted Valery Plotnikov, a paleontologist with the regional branch of the Russian Academy of...
    MOSCOW -- A well-preserved Ice Age woolly rhino with many of its internal organs still intact has been recovered from permafrost in Russia's extreme north.Russian media reported Wednesday that the carcass was revealed by melting permafrost in Yakutia in August. Scientists are waiting for ice roads in the Arctic region to become passable to deliver it to a lab for studies next month.It's among the best-preserved specimens of the Ice Age animal found to date. The carcass has most of its soft tissues still intact, including part of the intestines, thick hair and a lump of fat. Its horn was found next to it.Recent years have seen major discoveries of mammoths, woolly rhinos, Ice Age foal, and cave lion cubs as the permafrost increasingly melts across vast areas of Siberia because of global warming.Yakutia 24 TV quoted Valery Plotnikov, a paleontologist with the regional branch of the Russian Academy of...
    (CNN)President Donald Trump received information earlier this month that China sought to pay non-state actors to attack American forces in Afghanistan, a senior administration official said. The intelligence, which will be declassified by the Trump administration, was provided to the President in his daily brief on December 17, the official said. His national security adviser Robert O'Brien discussed the information with the President that same day, the official said.News of the briefing and the administration's intention to declassify the information was first reported on Wednesday by Axios.Information of this alleged intelligence is thus far uncorroborated. The scenario is reminiscent of reports earlier this year that Russia allegedly offered Afghan militants bounties to kill US forces in Afghanistan. That information also appeared in the President's intelligence briefing although it was later revealed that the information likely went unnoticed for weeks.Trump has yet to publicly call Russia out on the issue.Read MoreWhile...