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    Fresh proof, and lots of it, just landed that the entire Russiagate probe was a political hit on Team Trump — unprecedented abuse of Justice Department powers by Obama-era officials that continued under Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Start with this: The main “subsource” for Christopher Steele’s infamous dossier (which served as vital “evidence” to justify the investigations) had years earlier been tagged as a possible “national-security threat” and Kremlin asset. And top FBI leaders knew that by December 2016 — yet kept the damning info from the courts as they used the dossier to get warrants to surveil former Trump aide Carter Page. That’s right: The probe of Trump’s supposed Russian ties depended on gossip from a likely Russian asset. Meanwhile, text messages just released in the Mike Flynn case show that some of the agents working on that Crossfire Hurricane investigation believed it was a political hit. Many of...
    When the Crossfire Hurricane team was using the Christopher Steele dossier to secure a surveillance warrant for former Trump campaign aide Carter Page, they knew that its primary sub-source was deemed a possible "national security threat" and was previously the subject of an FBI counterintelligence investigation. The team's knowledge of the situation — and their failure to disclose it — was recently revealed in an FBI memo sent Thursday by Attorney General William Barr, CBS correspondent Catherine Herridge reported.#Durham BREAKING: The primary sub-source for the Steele dossier was deemed a possible “national security threat” +… https://t.co/jGHkqsfWsA — Catherine Herridge (@Catherine Herridge)1600988462.0What are the details?"Between May 2009 and March 2011, the FBI maintained an investigation into the individual who later would be identified as Christopher Steele's Primary Sub-source," the two-page memo states. "The FBI commenced this investigation based on information by the FBI indicating that the Primary Sub-source may be...
    The Russian spy who was accused of killing Alexander Litvinenko has been given a major role in the investigation into Alexei Navalny's poisoning. Andrei Lugovoy, 54, is high up in Moscow's Security and Anti-Corruption committee which has been tasked with probing the latest poison attack on an anti-Kremlin figure. Vladimir Putin's ally previously worked as a KGB ally and is still wanted by British authorities over Litvinenko's poisoning with radioactive polonium-210 in 2006, but Russia have denied his extradition. Andrei Lugovoy (pictured), who was accused of killing Alexander Litvinenko has been given a major role in the investigation into Alexei Navalny's poisoning Navalny, a prominent Putin critic, left his Berlin hospital for the first time this week after being poisoned with Novichok, the same substance used in the Salisbury attack in 2018. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Trials of Russia's coronavirus 'vaccine' have shown... ...
    SergeI Torop got a rude awakening this week when the Russian secret police mounted a dawn raid on his home in a remote part of Siberia. Four helicopters and dozens of heavily armed troops in a fleet of vans and buses descended on the hamlet of Petropavlovka, 2,600 miles east of Moscow. Within minutes they had located their target and masked men in camouflage gear bundled the handcuffed Torop into a waiting chopper, as others with machine guns kept his associates at bay. The unusual aspect of the operation was that Torop, 59, was not a murderer, or an oligarch wanted for tax fraud, but a former traffic cop known as the 'Jesus of Siberia', whose Church Of The Last Testament was based in a settlement he had renamed City of Sun. SergeI Torop, 59, head of the Vissarion sect, greets his followers in the village of  Petropavlovka, 2,600...
    Al Drago | Reuters As the 2020 presidential election approaches across America, voters have déjà vu and are concerned over the risk of hacking. On Sept. 10, Microsoft warned that the Russian military intelligence unit that had attacked the Democratic National Committee in 2016 was back. This time, the company warned, the threats would be more sophisticated and target consultants, staff members, and other entities associated with both Democratic and Republican campaigns. Representatives for Microsoft were not available for comment, but on its blog, the company said that the Russian hacking group Strontium had attacked over 200 organizations, while the Chinese organization Zirconium had attacked people associated with both the election and the Biden campaign. The Iranian hacking group, Phosphorus, has attacked people affiliated with the Trump campaign. The Biden and Trump campaigns both confirmed these cyberattacks in a recent CNN article, noting they remain vigilant against these threats, and will...
    Russian President Vladimir Putin has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, his spokesman said Thursday. A group of Russian writers led by Sergey Komkov said they had submitted the strongman’s nomination to Oslo on Sept. 10, according to the Tass news agency. Presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters that Putin was not nominated by the Kremlin. “You all know that completely different people are nominated for this award, this is an initiative of those submitting the nomination,” he said. “In this case, [the nomination was submitted by] the aforementioned writer,” he added, referring to Komkov. “If this decision is made (to award Putin the prize), great, if not, it’s no problem as well.” In 2013, Putin was nominated for the prize by parliament member Iosif Kobzon — who was known as the “Russian Frank Siantra” — and the International Academy of Spiritual Unity and Cooperation of Peoples for...
    What if we cracked down on Russian trolls and it didn’t matter? That’s the situation the United States faces as Election Day draws near. Yes, the President of the United States is still besotted by a diminutive Russian dictator. Yes, his minions who play legally acting officials on TV try to squelch even the tamest of warnings about Russian interference. And, yes, the president’s pals are still working arm-in-arm with men they know to be Russian agents. But even against those headwinds, the job of an Internet Research Agency troll is even less rewarding in lolz than it is in rubles this time around. In the years since 2016, In the years since 2016, America’s social media platforms, government agencies, and ordinary folks have gotten better at spotting and slowing down Russian trolls. So hooray America? Hardly.Adam Rawnsleyadam.rawnsley@thedailybeast.comGot a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast here.
    Sebastian Vettel hasn’t enjoyed a very exciting season with Ferrari so far, and his Saturday at Mugello was no different. However, a nudge from lady luck and 8 DNFs later, the German managed to reclaim his place on the points table. Moving ahead, Vettel and Ferrari look forward to a successful race at Sochi. READ MORE-  WATCH: Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc’s Epic Ferrari “Blindfold” Challenge Sebastian Vettel shares his opinion on the track at Sochi Autodrom It is traditional for Ferrari to conduct pre-race interviews with their racers. Sebastian Vettel recently opened up on the circuit at Sochi and revealed his favorite sectors and elaborated on the team’s game plan for the weekend. “The Sochi track has a very nice first sector, especially when you tackle turn 3 accelerating flat out,” explained the 4-time World Champion. The Ferrari SF1000 has disagreed with German several times. However, every race brings...
    (CNN)"Agents of Chaos" talks to a who's who of key figures in the Trump-Russia nexus, conveying the scope of a Russian operation that -- to the extent disrupting US politics was the goal -- succeeded beyond its wildest dreams. Director Alex Gibney's two-part documentary is especially notable for its nuance, offering multiple angles exploring what transpired as well as the disparate motivations of those involved.Gibney teamed with investigative journalist Lowell Bergman and reporters from Russia to paint a sweeping portrait of the multi-pronged campaign, orchestrated under Russian president Vladimir Putin's government despite his denials. Andrew Weissmann -- a top lawyer on Robert Mueller's team, who is out with a new book about the investigation -- reiterates its key finding, saying that there were "clear, unequivocal efforts by the Russian government to interfere with our election."The title, however, refers to "agents" in the US and Russia, harboring a range of objectives....
    President Donald Trump speaks to reporters before departing the White House in Washington, bound for a campaign event in Wisconsin, Sept. 17, 2020. (Oliver Contreras/The New York Times) WASHINGTON — Four years ago, when Russian intelligence agencies engaged in a systematic attempt to influence the American presidential election, the disinformation they fed U.S. voters required some real imagination at the troll farms producing the ads. There was the exaggerated Texas secession movement, a famous ad in which Satan arm-wrestles Jesus while declaring, “If I win, Clinton wins,” and an effort to recruit protesters and counterprotesters to the same, invented rally over the rapid spread of Islamic influence in the United States. This year, their task is much easier. They are largely amplifying misleading statements from President Donald Trump, mostly about the dangers of mail-in ballots. In interviews, a range of officials and private analysts said that Trump was feeding...
    A week after the Tuscan Grand Prix, Formula 1 is all set to jump into action. The F1 circus travels to Russia for the 10th race of this season. And it seems like the Sochi tracks are already giving Daniel Ricciardo the nightmares. His streak in Sochi is not something to be proud of, however, he’ll be looking forward to redeeming himself this time. The Australian racer has gained significant experience over the years. The 31-year-old is aware of the curse he carries and seems confident yet cautious about Sochi. “I want to keep up the points-scoring run. My race was pretty short in Sochi last year with a bit of Turn 4 chaos. I think after that race, I remember quite vividly thinking, ‘We have to do better in qualifying, so we are not in the midfield’,” he said. “It wasn’t my strongest weekend last year with qualifying, so...
    This was supposed to be Vladmir Putin's year. At the beginning of 2020, the Russian president appeared to have it all figured out. In January, the 67-year-old announced sweeping constitutional reforms that after two decades in power would in practice allow him to remain indefinitely. A perfunctory referendum on the changes, originally scheduled for April, would secure a public endorsement of his tenure as the longest serving ruler in Russia since Joseph Stalin. Days later, widespread celebrations and parades marking the 75th anniversary of the Soviet Union's victory over Nazi Germany would serve as a coming out party for Putin's new tenure as a global elder statesman, seemingly endorsed by the presence by the other world leaders who had confirmed they would attend.[ READ: Russia Surpasses 1M Virus Cases ]President Donald Trump had signaled his interest in Russia returning to the Group of Eight industrialized nations, reversing its exile amid international...
    The Lincoln Project on Tuesday released a damning super cut showing how often President Donald Trump has shamelessly sucked up to Russian President Vladimir Putin. The new video, which features Britney Spears’s “Oops, I Did It Again” as its soundtrack, begins with Trump refusing to say whether he believed that the Russian government was responsible for poisoning Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny. “Uuuuhhhh, we’ll talk about that at another time,” the president said this week of Navalny’s poisoning. It then cuts to a clip of Trump’s infamous Helsinki press conference with Putin in 2018 in which he absolved the Russian president of any responsibility for interfering in the 2016 elections. “President Putin, he just said it’s not Russia,” Trump said. “I will say this, I don’t see any reason why it would be.” It then shows assorted clips of Trump complaining that Russia was thrown out of the G-8 after it illegally annexed...
    Russian special forces today staged a special operation to detain a former traffic cop who leads a sect in Siberia claiming he is Jesus Christ. Sergei Torop - known as Vissarion - and his closest aide Vadim Redkin, a former rock musician, were reportedly detained and flown away under armed guard.   Wispy-haired Torop, 59, is a former Red Army conscript and traffic policeman who claimed he was reborn in 1990 as the literal reincarnation of the son of God.   Russian agents carried out a large military-style operation with four helicopters and dozens of heavily armed troops storming the remote compound called Sun City.  Sergei Torop (pictured), a cult leader known as Vissarion who claims to be the reincarnation of Jesus Christ, was detained in Siberia today  Russian agents carried out a large military-style operation with four helicopters and dozens of heavily armed troops The operation appeared to involve...
    It’s going to take more than a little poison to scare off Alexei Navalny. The vocal Vladimir Putin critic is well on his way to recovery in Germany. A month after a Soviet-style nerve agent nearly killed him, he can breathe and walk on his own, and sees his full recovery as on “a clear path, although a long one.” His family, the European Union and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo have all called the attack out as plainly the work of top Russian officials. A water bottle in his hotel room tested positive for Novichok, the same agent used against former Russian spy Sergei Skripal in Britain in 2018. The Kremlin denies everything. Navalny is resolved to return to Russia as soon as possible to continue his mission of outing Putin and his cronies as “crooks and thieves.” Assassins, too. Filed under Alexei Navalny ,  editorial ,  poison , ...
    A career in academia wasn’t supposed to be this demoralizing. Footage from a “Teacher of the Year” ceremony in Russia earlier this month is raising eyebrows for its highly suggestive processional involving an objectively phallic statuette. Russian news outlet ASTV later called the awards “awkward,” Daily Mail reported, while event producers admitted the trophy had a “strange” and “ambiguous” shape. The contest on September 7, in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk on Sakhalin Island, just north of the Japanese archipelago, was sponsored by top international oil companies, including Russian state oil company Rosneft, Japan’s Sakhalin Oil Development Corp. (SODECO), India’s ONGC Videsh and ExxonMobil subsidiary Neftegas Limited. Now people are asking why the contestants — primarily women — were forced to proceed in a line across the stage and touch the award, allegedly a crystal pelican, as they passed. They were told it would be for “good luck.” Sergey Minaev, RTV broadcaster and...
    Former Pepsi CEO Donald M Kendall who famously served soda to the former Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev in Moscow at the height of the Cold War has died.  Kendall, who was the chief executive officer of Pepsi for 23 years, died of natural causes on Saturday aged 99. He grew up on a dairy farm in Washington and served with distinction as a naval aviator in World War Two in New Guinea and the Philippines. It was, however, his work with Pepsi which gained him and the soft drink worldwide publicity.  He had already been involved with expanding the soft drinks empire into the Soviet Union and China before he met the Soviet Premier. Mr Kendall was Pepsi-Cola's head of international operations when a US official recruited him to take part in the 1959 American National Exhibition in Moscow. Donald Kendall who made Pepsi a famous worldwide brand has died...
    By Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber, Andrey Ostroukh and Elena Fabrichnaya MOSCOW (Reuters) - Before the coronavirus pandemic hit Russia, pensioner Elena rented out her one-bedroom apartment in the Moscow suburbs to help make ends meet. The 18,000-rouble monthly rent, nearly $240 at the current exchange rate, provided her with almost as much income as her retirement benefits. But when restrictions to curb COVID-19 started taking a toll on the economy, Elena's tenants suffered a drop in income and asked her to reduce the rent to 10,000 roubles ($132). In June, they moved out and went back to their hometown outside Moscow. "We've lowered the price to 16,000 roubles, we've been publishing the ad for three months and still can't let this flat," said Elena, who is 56. "Potential tenants say it is still too pricey even though that's the average price. Demand has dropped, we don't get many calls." Elena, who declined...
    A Third of All North Dakotas Coronavirus Cases Have Been Reported in the Last 3 Weeks Which states have the fewest coronavirus restrictions? A Russian MMA fighter scored a rare, up kick knockout by thrusting his heel into his opponents chin while his back was on the canvas © Photo by ACA MMA / Twitter Lom-Ali Nalgiev scored a rare up kick KO. Photo by ACA MMA / Twitter Lom-Ali Nalgiev won an MMA match in Russia on Saturday. But the means he used to do so were as rare as they were inventive. In a traditionally vulnerable position with his back on the canvas, Nalgiev spotted an opening in his standing opponent's guard, and thrust his heel into his man's chin. The result was a shocking one-strike knockout, as Imanali Gamzathanov fell helpless to the floor where he face-planted the canvas. Watch it here. Visit Insider's homepage...
    Lom-Ali Nalgiev scored a rare up kick KO. Photo by ACA MMA / Twitter Lom-Ali Nalgiev won an MMA match in Russia on Saturday. But the means he used to do so were as rare as they were inventive. In a traditionally vulnerable position with his back on the canvas, Nalgiev spotted an opening in his standing opponent's guard, and thrust his heel into his man's chin. The result was a shocking one-strike knockout, as Imanali Gamzathanov fell helpless to the floor where he face-planted the canvas. Watch it here. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. A Russian MMA fighter scored a rare, up kick knockout when he thrust his heel into his opponent's chin while in a seemingly vulnerable position with his back on the canvas. It all went down at an Absolute Championship Akhmat (ACA) event, ACA 111, in Moscow's Krylatskoye Sports Palace. Loma-Ali Nalgiev...
    For more than a week, tens of thousands of protesters have flocked to the streets of Khabarovsk, a region in eastern Russia that has become the epicenter of one of the largest mass protests in the country in the last years. In its eponymous capital, which is more than 6,000 kilometers east of Moscow, around 40,000 people -in a city of 600,000 inhabitants- participated in this Saturday’s call with banners reading “Free Sergei Furgal” , according to local media reported. Sergei Furgal, governor of Khabarovsk Krai, was arrested on July 9; The Russian authorities accuse him of having ordered the murder of several businessmen 15 years ago, without specifying a specific number. He is one of the few regional leaders who is not aligned with President Putin’s government, which is why protesters believe it is “another political move” to control an opposition-administered region. Moscow denies that...
    Director General of the Russian Space Agency Roscosmos said this week that Venus is a “Russian planet”. “The resumption of Venus exploration is on our agenda. We think Venus is a Russian planet, so we should not lag behind,” Dmitry Rokosin told reporters on Tuesday. On top of the already proposed joint venture with the United States known as “Venera-D”, Rogos also revealed plans to send his own mission to Venus. The comments come from top astronauts in the wake of new research released this week The clouds of Venus may have microbial life. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories. The head of the Russian space agency called the country’s claim about Venus “Russian planet” this week. Dmitry Rokosin, the director general of the Russian space agency Roscosmos, has revealed that the country plans to send its own mission to Venus. It will be on top...
    By Lianne Kolirin, CNN (CNN) — No longer confined to territories here on Earth, Russia has now staked its claim on Venus, saying it is a “Russian planet.” This week, Dmitry Rogozin, head of the Russian space corporation Roscosmos, revealed that the country plans to send its own mission to Venus in addition to “Venera-D,” the planned joint mission with the US, the Russian state news agency TASS reported. Rogozin was addressing reporters at the HeliRussia 2020 exhibition, an international expo of the helicopter industry in Moscow. “Resuming Venus exploration is on our agenda,” he told reporters Tuesday. “We think that Venus is a Russian planet, so we shouldn’t lag behind,” he said. “Projects of Venus missions are included in the united government program of Russia’s space exploration for 2021-2030.” The statement came the day after scientists revealed that a gas on Earth called phosphine had also been detected in...
    Ruth Bader Ginsburg, pictured above in 2009, served for almost 27 years on the highest court of the land and was the second woman to be appointed to the Supreme Court Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the second woman to serve as a Supreme Court Justice, a legal pioneer who broke barriers for women in law, a feminist icon to many, and the recent pop culture phenomenon known as the 'Notorious RBG' has died. She was 87. The collar-wearing octogenarian captured the public's imagination – especially for those on the left who offered everything from kale to protective bubbles to later on wearing masks on social media to safeguard her continued tenure on the highest court in the land. The list of things that Ginsburg inspired is long: two films, memes that range from the ribald to inspirational, mountains of memorabilia from t-shirts to totes, cocktails, a book on her workout,...
    (CNN)No longer confined to territories here on Earth, Russia has now staked its claim on Venus, saying it is a "Russian planet." This week, Dmitry Rogozin, head of the Russian space corporation Roscosmos, revealed that the country plans to send its own mission to Venus in addition to "Venera-D," the planned joint mission with the US, the Russian state news agency TASS reported. Rogozin was addressing reporters at the HeliRussia 2020 exhibition, an international expo of the helicopter industry in Moscow. A gas found on Earth that signifies life has been detected in the clouds on Venus"Resuming Venus exploration is on our agenda," he told reporters Tuesday."We think that Venus is a Russian planet, so we shouldn't lag behind," he said. Read More"Projects of Venus missions are included in the united government program of Russia's space exploration for 2021-2030."The statement came the day after scientists revealed that a gas on...
    It is not unfair to say that the various hosts and contributors of MSNBC’s Morning Joe are not terribly impressed with Bill Barr. Evidence of their animosity towards the controversial attorney general was on display Friday morning as they noted how the nation’s top law enforcement officer seemed to be placing a lesser priority of ongoing Russian interference in the coming general election. Oh, you didn’t hear about that? FBI Christopher Wray testified to Congress on Thursday that the FBI saw considerable efforts from Russian intelligence operations designed to denigrate former Vice President Joe Biden and present “malign influence” in the coming election. But in a sea of news about Covid-19, masks, and vaccine controversy, somehow a fragile democracy doesn’t get front-page coverage. Former Senator Claire McCaskill was shocked at this recent news. “Let this settle in,” she opened dramatically. “The head of the premier law enforcement organization in the...
    WASHINGTON - FBI Director Christopher Wray on Thursday warned lawmakers that Russia is not letting up in its efforts to sway the outcome of the November presidential election by trying to hurt the campaign of Democratic candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden – testimony that appears not to be sitting well with U.S. President Donald Trump. Wray, testifying before the House Homeland Security Committee, described the Kremlin’s influence operations as “very, very active” on social media, on its own state-run media and through various proxies. The aim of these influence operations is “primarily to denigrate Vice President Biden and what the Russians see as kind of an anti-Russian establishment," he said. Wray’s public appraisal of the stepped-up Russian influence operations is his first since the U.S. presidential campaign entered its final stretch. It is also in line with a rare public assessment offered in early August by the...
    Showing that there are still some government officials not terrified to appear on the House side of Capitol Hill (looking at you, Chad Wolf), FBI Director Christopher Wray testified before the House Homeland Security Committee on Thursday morning. And, despite former Republican House member turned Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe informing his erstwhile colleagues that there would be no more in-person briefings on election security, Wray did have some things to say on that topic. In particular, Wray confirmed the ongoing partnership between the Republican Party and Russia.  As CNN reports, Russia’s efforts in the 2020 campaign have a singular focus—convincing people that Joe Biden isn’t up to the task of being president. It’s an approach that, unsurprisingly, fits perfectly with the tweets coming from Donald Trump and claims coming out of right-wing media. It’s almost as if they’re all batting for Team Putin. As in 2016, Russia appears to be engaging...
    There is no shortage of local topics that interest the Kremlin—from the poisoning of an inconvenient dissident, to the events in neighboring Belarus and the ongoing battle against the coronavirus. In the thick of it all, America remains front and center of the Russian state media’s steely focus. In Putin’s Russia, U.S. President Donald J. Trump’s rallies, events and press comments are viewed and reported with maniacal obsession. Russian state media happily poked fun at the Trump campaign’s use of a stock photo of Russian-made fighter jets, but aside from an occasional jab, Moscow’s coverage of the Trump presidency closely resembles that of Fox News. State-controlled media’s slant is a telling indicator of the Kremlin’s leanings. To imagine the relationship between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his massive media apparatus, one may reference the coziness between Sean Hannity and Trump—and magnify that intensity tenfold, with directives flowing only from the...
    The biggest political story of 2016-19 was largely wrapped up this August, and it only made a blip in the news. The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) published the final volume of its enormous investigation into how the Russian government influenced the 2016 election, this time focusing on how the Trump campaign was involved (what has become known as “Russiagate”). Remarkably, the committee is led by Republicans due to their Senate majority — a reasonable sign it was a credible investigation. Since then, there has been a steady drip of reporting about Russia’s apparent effort to influence this year’s election, like President Trump’s own Treasury Department sanctioning a Ukrainian friend of Rudy Giuliani for allegedly doing just that. This volume of the report is nearly 1,000 pages long, but at bottom the story is pretty simple. Essentially, the suspicion your average ordinary liberal had from the start was correct....
    Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming asked the Department of Justice in September to investigate whether Russia and China are working to infiltrate environmental groups to influence U.S. environmental policy, the Daily Caller News Foundation has learned. Russia and China may be infiltrating non-governmental groups in an attempt to meddle in domestic energy and environmental policy, Cheney wrote in a Sept. 4 letter to Attorney General William Barr obtained by the DCNF. The Republican lawmaker said in the letter that Russia had in the past worked to spread anti-fracking propaganda inside the United States. Environmental groups’ willingness to “espouse views that align with those of our adversaries—makes it all the more critical that the Department is aware of any potential foreign influence within or targeting these groups,” Cheney wrote, noting that they are also “major contributors to U.S. political campaigns and have filed hundreds of lawsuits against the Trump Administration.” “Environmental...
    BERLIN – Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny shared a photo of himself in a hospital in Germany on Tuesday and said he could breathe on his own. Hello, this is Navalny. I’ve missed them. I still can’t do much, but yesterday I managed to breathe on my own all day, “she wrote in her post on Instagram. Navalny, 44, was evacuated by air to Berlin for treatment at the Charite hospital, two days after falling ill on an internal flight in Russia on August 20. He spent more than a week in an induced coma while receiving treatment with an antidote. Last week, hospital officials said his condition had improved enough to bring him out of a coma. The hospital said Monday that he had been withdrawn from assisted ventilation and that he had been able to get out of bed for “brief periods of...
    BERLIN – Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny shared a photo of himself in a hospital in Germany on Tuesday and said he could breathe on his own. Hello, this is Navalny. I’ve missed them. I still can’t do much, but yesterday I managed to breathe on my own all day, “she wrote in her post on Instagram. Navalny, 44, was evacuated by air to Berlin for treatment at the Charite hospital, two days after falling ill on an internal flight in Russia on August 20. He spent more than a week in an induced coma while receiving treatment with an antidote. Last week, hospital officials said his condition had improved enough to bring him out of a coma. The hospital said Monday that he had been withdrawn from assisted ventilation and that he had been able to get out of bed for “brief periods of...
    Russian architects have been forced to abandon a contest to renovate Vladimir Lenin's mausoleum in Moscow's Red Square following widespread backlash.  The Russian Union of Architects was met with fury after they launched the competition for ideas to redevelop the founder of the Soviet Union's final resting place once his body is removed. The initiative was cancelled less than 24 hours after being launched.  Russian architects have been forced to abandon a contest to renovate Vladimir Lenin's mausoleum in Moscow's Red Square following widespread backlash. Lenin's Mausoleum pictured above  Gennady Zyuganov, the leader of the Russian Communist Party, slammed the competition as a 'dirty provocation' and likened it to 'spitting on the grave' of the communist leader. Union president Nikolai Shumakov confirmed to Russian news agency Moskva that the competition was off and insisted that the intention had not been to make a political point.  RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next...
    BERLIN – Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny shared a photo of himself in a hospital in Germany on Tuesday and said he could breathe on his own. Hello, this is Navalny. I’ve missed them. I still can’t do much, but yesterday I managed to breathe on my own all day, “she wrote in her post on Instagram. Navalny, 44, was evacuated by air to Berlin for treatment at the Charite hospital, two days after falling ill on an internal flight in Russia on August 20. He spent more than a week in an induced coma while receiving treatment with an antidote. Last week, hospital officials said his condition had improved enough to bring him out of a coma. The hospital said Monday that he had been withdrawn from assisted ventilation and that he had been able to get out of bed for “brief periods of...
    Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalni has published this Tuesday a photo on the social network Instagram in which he appears accompanied by his wife in the German hospital in which he is admitted, with a message in which he assures that on Monday he was able to breathe by himself all day. “data-reactid =” 17 “> The Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalni published a photo on the social network Instagram on Tuesday in which he appears accompanied by his wife in the German hospital where he is admitted, with a message in which says that on Monday he was able to breathe on his own all day. Hi, I’m Navalni. I miss them. I still can’t do almost anything, but yesterday I was able to breathe on my own all day, ”Navalni said, in the message published with the hospital photo on his Instagram account. Navalni...
    Russian dissident Alexei Navalny posed on his German hospital bed with his family today and announced he could breathe by himself a month after he was poisoned with Novichok.        Taunting the Kremlin in a defiant Instagram post, Navalny appeared with his wife Yulia and their two children from the Berlin hospital where he was flown for treatment after falling ill.  'Hello, this is Navalny,' he said. 'I can still hardly do anything, but yesterday I was able to breathe on my own all day. Actually on my own, no extra help. 'I liked it very much. It's a remarkable process that is underestimated by many. Strongly recommended,' Navalny said in his first social media post for 26 days.  Doctors at the Charite hospital say Navalny's condition 'continues to improve', announcing yesterday that he was able to leave his bed for short periods.  Russia, which denies involvement in the poison plot, said...
    By now, the Kremlin has meddled in so many elections around the world that the immune system of global democracy has gotten at least a little wise to its threats. Here are some lessons that other countries can teach us in the age of Russian mayhem. When in Doubt, Go AnalogIn 2017, spooked by stories about Russian hacking in the US election, Dutch TV broadcaster RTL investigated the Netherlands' software system for counting paper ballots and found it riddled with security flaws. “The average iPad is more secure than the Dutch electoral system,” said one security researcher. So in a dramatic move just six weeks before a big election, the country decided to count all the votes manually—a slower but far more secure option.Get Physical AuthenticationIn 2007, Estonia was an early victim of Russian cyberattacks; yet today nearly half of the country's citizens vote online. Estonia has kept the Kremlin...
    A recent digital ad for President Trump’s reelection campaign calling for the public to “support our troops” reportedly used a stock image of Russian-made fighter jets and weapons, Politico reported Monday, citing experts who identified the image.  “That’s definitely a MiG-29,” Pierre Sprey, who helped design both the F-16 and A-10 planes for the U.S. Air Force, told Politico regarding the photo in the ad.  “I’m glad to see it’s supporting our troops.” Ruslan Pukhov of the Centre for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies in Moscow also confirmed to Politico that the planes are Russian MiG-29s and said the soldier on the far right carries an AK-74 assault rifle.  The digital ad was made by the Trump Make America Great Again Committee and ran from Sept. 8 to Sept. 12. It features the silhouette of soldiers standing beneath the jets.  In identifying the jets to Politico, Sprey noted the angle of...
    Moscow — Belarus' authoritarian president visited Russia Monday in a bid to secure more loans and political support, as demonstrations against the extension of his 26-year rule entered their sixth week. Alexander Lukashenko's talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Black Sea resort of Sochi come a day after an estimated 150,000 people flooded the streets of the Belarusian capital, demanding Lukashenko's resignation. The Interior Ministry said 774 people were arrested in Minsk and other cities of Belarus for holding unsanctioned rallies on Sunday. Putin said that Russia would provide a $1.5 billion loan to Belarus and fulfill all its obligations under a union treaty between the neighbors. Speaking at the start of the talks, he emphasized that the Belarusians themselves must settle the situation without any foreign meddling, and commended Lukashenko for his pledge to conduct a constitutional reform. Get Breaking News Delivered to Your Inbox Protesters...
     Former national security official Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman called President Donald Trump a 'useful idiot' for Vladimir Putin in his first interview since serving as a star impeachment witness. Vindman, who testified in Congress about Trump's infamous call with the president of Ukraine, spoke about his time on the Trump national security council as a Ukraine expert.    'President Trump should be considered to be a useful idiot and a fellow traveler, which makes him an unwitting agent of Putin,' Vindman told the Atlantic. Lt. Colonel Alexander Vindman, former director for European Affairs at the National Security Council, said in an interview President Trump 'should be considered to be a useful idiot and a fellow traveler' for Russia's Vladimir Putin He describes Trump as an 'admirer' of the Russian strongman – and says Putin is able to have a hold over Trump even without the presence of any 'dirt'...
    Mark Wilson/Getty Images In his first major interview since leaving civil service, Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman shared a less than a charitable description of President Donald Trump’s relationship with Vladimir Putin, calling him a “useful idiot” to the Russian president. Lt. Col. Vindman played a central role in the controversial foreign policy relationship between the Trump Administration and foreign agents representing Ukraine that ultimately led to the impeachment of President Trump. The Atlantic’s Editor-in-Chief Jeffrey Goldberg met with and interviewed Vindman in a wide-ranging look back at Vindman’s role in the center of that massive political controversy unfolded, impossibly it seems, less than a year ago. After an appropriate amount of context and set-up, Goldberg asked Vindmand the “key question: Does he believe that Trump is an asset of Russian intelligence?” Vindman’s reply: “President Trump should be considered to be a useful idiot and a fellow traveler, which makes him...
    Former FBI agent Peter Strzok said Sunday that he believed President Donald Trump was 'compromised' by the Russians.   'I believed at the time in 2016 and I continue to believe that Donald Trump is compromised by the Russians,' Strzok told NBC's Chuck Todd on 'Meet the Press.' 'And when I say that I mean that they hold leverage over him that makes him incapable of placing the national interest, the national security ahead of his own.'   Strzok is one-half of the 'FBI lovers,' who Trump targeted after anti-Trump texts the agent sent to his ex-mistress, FBI lawyer Lisa Page, came to light.  Former FBI agent Peter Strzok said Sunday he believes President Donald Trump is 'compromised' by the Russians  Peter Strzok (left) was one-half of the 'FBI lovers,' which also included his former mistress Lisa Page (right), a former FBI lawyer  The president has tried to use...
    MOSCOW – Russia reiterated on Friday that it “does not interfere or intend to interfere” in the US electoral process, after the US Treasury Department sanctioned four people linked to the Russian government for trying to influence the elections next November, in the that President Donald Trump is seeking re-election. “Let me remind you once again that Russia has never interfered, does not interfere or intend to interfere in the US electoral process,” Foreign spokeswoman María Zajárova said at her weekly press conference. He argued that Russia has offered the US on more than one occasion “to address and resolve all issues in a calm, depoliticized manner and within a framework of respectful dialogue, but there was never a response” to Moscow’s suggestion. “With its actions, Washington demonstrates its intention to pursue the course of further aggravating bilateral relations. That is unfortunate. However, it is...
    Hackers related to Russia, China and Iran are conducting espionage between the Democratic and Republican campaigns, according to Microsoft Hackers with ties to Russia, China and Iran are trying to spy on individuals and groups involved in the November presidential elections in the United States, Microsoft warned Thursday. Both the campaigns of President Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden are under attack, based on activity the company has monitored. Most have not been successful. “Foreign operation groups have intensified their efforts towards the 2020 elections as anticipated and is consistent with what the US government and others have reported,” said Tom Burt, one of the chiefs of the security area of Microsoft. The firm said in a statement that the Russian group that hacked the Democratic Party campaign in 2016 is once again involved in cyber attacks. “Similar to what we observed in 2016, Strontium is...
    Kevin Jantzer via AP/Mother Jones illustration For indispensable reporting on the coronavirus crisis, the election, and more, subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter.Wildfires have long been weaponized by climate deniers wanting to sow political division. But this week, the blazes consuming the West Coast became part of an election cycle culture war when claims that Antifa started wildfires in Portland went viral. There’s no evidence that Antifa started any wildfires, but conservatives on social media ran with the claim anyway, spreading it far and wide in Facebook groups and on YouTube. It’s unclear how the conspiracy theory originated, but its first big boost appears to have come courtesy of RT (formerly Russia Today, a Russian state-controlled media outlet known for mixing news with Russian propaganda.) RT’s signal boost came in the form of an article that smashed together separate pieces of information about policing in Portland and the wildfires, insinuating...
    A federal prosecutor who was helping lead the investigation into the origins of the Trump-Russia probe has resigned from the Justice Department, a spokesman said. Nora Dannehy was a top prosecutor on a team led by U.S. Attorney John Durham of Connecticut, who was appointed last year to lead an investigation into how the FBI and other federal agencies set out to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and whether the Trump campaign had coordinated with the Kremlin. A spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s office in Connecticut on Friday confirmed Dannehy’s departure, which was first reported by The Hartford Courant, but the spokesman declined to comment further. Her departure could complicate the final stretch of an investigation already slowed by the coronavirus pandemic but eagerly anticipated by President Donald Trump and his supporters to uncover what they see as wrongdoing within the FBI during the Russia investigation. It...
    A federal prosecutor who was helping lead the investigation into the origins of the Trump-Russia probe has resigned from the Justice Department, a spokesman said. Nora Dannehy was a top prosecutor on a team led by U.S. Attorney John Durham of Connecticut, who was appointed last year to lead an investigation into how the FBI and other federal agencies set out to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and whether the Trump campaign had coordinated with the Kremlin. A spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s office in Connecticut on Friday confirmed Dannehy’s departure, which was first reported by The Hartford Courant, but the spokesman declined to comment further. Her departure could complicate the final stretch of an investigation already slowed by the coronavirus pandemic but eagerly anticipated by President Donald Trump and his supporters to uncover what they see as wrongdoing within the FBI during the Russia investigation. It...
    European Commission vice-president Maros Sefcovic arrives at the London offices of the European Commission ahead of the next round of Brexit talks – Neil Hall/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock Before he arrived in London on Thursday to set the British Government an end-of-month deadline to drop the Internal Markets Bill, few people in the UK had heard of Maroš Šefčovič.  The towering, basketball-loving Slovak is Michael Gove’s opposite number on the joint committee for the implementation of the Withdrawal Agreement.  The committee is tasked with making sure that the provisions of the Brexit treaty – and especially the provisions designed to prevent a hard border in Ireland – are in force and on time on January 1.   When it became clear that the UK planned to breach some of those clauses, Brussels sent for Mr Šefčovič (see video below).  For many in the Belgian capital, the 54-year-old polyglot, who speaks English, French and Russian, was...
    Hackers from Russia, China, and Iran are targeting individuals and organizations involved in both Donald Trump and Joe Biden’s presidential campaigns, according to a new security report from Microsoft. The tech giant says the “majority” of the attacks it’s detected have been unsuccessful, but it’s working with targets who have been compromised. Notably, Microsoft says that the Russian hacking group known variously as Fancy Bear, Strontium, or APT28, which successfully targeted Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign in 2016, has returned to look for new targets in the upcoming 2020 election. President Trump downplayed Russia’s connection to the Clinton hackers throughout the 2016 campaign, and recent reports indicate he has actively suppressed US intelligence reporting on Russian threats to the US election. Russian hackers who targeted Clinton are back for a swipe at Biden Microsoft says Strontium has targeted more than 200 organizations in total, including political consultants working for both...
    Minh Hoang/AP For indispensable reporting on the coronavirus crisis, the election, and more, subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter.Not since the Civil War—when leaders responsible for the enslavement and brutalization of millions of Americans sought to destroy the United States and took military action that resulted in the violent deaths of hundreds of thousands of citizens—has a group of politicians so profoundly betrayed the republic. And this band—Donald Trump and GOP officials—has done so on two fronts simultaneously. They have failed to respond effectively to a pair of immense threats: a pandemic that has claimed the lives of close to 200,000 Americans, and a foreign attack on the political foundation of the country. What exacerbates this double tragedy is that Trump and his Republican supporters have done so purposefully. This has been no accident or act of unintentional incompetence. In each case, they sacrificed the public interest—including the well-being...
    MOSCOW – Russia reiterated on Friday that it “does not interfere or intend to interfere” in the US electoral process, after the US Treasury Department sanctioned four people linked to the Russian government for trying to influence the elections next November, in the that President Donald Trump is seeking re-election. “Let me remind you once again that Russia has never interfered, does not interfere or intend to interfere in the US electoral process,” Foreign spokeswoman María Zajárova said at her weekly press conference. He argued that Russia has offered the US on more than one occasion “to address and resolve all issues in a calm, depoliticized manner and within a framework of respectful dialogue, but there was never a response” to Moscow’s suggestion. “With its actions, Washington demonstrates its intention to pursue the course of further aggravating bilateral relations. That is unfortunate. However, it is...
    MOSCOW – Russia reiterated on Friday that it “does not interfere or intend to interfere” in the US electoral process, after the US Treasury Department sanctioned four people linked to the Russian government for trying to influence the elections next November, in the that President Donald Trump is seeking re-election. “Let me remind you once again that Russia has never interfered, does not interfere or intend to interfere in the US electoral process,” Foreign spokeswoman María Zajárova said at her weekly press conference. He argued that Russia has offered the US on more than one occasion “to address and resolve all issues in a calm, depoliticized manner and within a framework of respectful dialogue, but there was never a response” to Moscow’s suggestion. “With its actions, Washington demonstrates its intention to pursue the course of further aggravating bilateral relations. That is unfortunate. However, it is...
    Now that Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has come out of his medically induced coma and seems to be improving, members of Vladimir Putin’s entourage must be wringing their hands over what appears to be a botched attempt by the Russian security services (in this case, probably the FSB) to get rid of the Kremlin’s most dangerous critic. Not only did Navalny survive; the West is likely to impose further stiff economic sanctions on Russia, and Germany could even cancel the natural gas pipeline project, Nord Stream 2, between the two countries.    But Putin’s men have only themselves to blame. Although Putin doubtless gave the order to poison Navalny on Aug. 20, he would not have taken this decision without knowing that he had the support of key members of the Kremlin elite, who themselves had strong reasons for wanting Navalny dead. For close to a decade Navalny and his Anti-Corruption Foundation...
    RUSSIA has boasted some 40,000 people will receive doses of its coronavirus vaccine Sputnik V as the West continues to doubt the drug's effectiveness. Vladimir Putin's scientists handed out the first doses of the Covid-19 inoculation yesterday as the drug entered the third stages of clinical trials. ⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 6A volunteer receives a shot of Russia's coronavirus vaccine 'Sputnik V'Credit: Alamy Live News The controversial drug was unveiled last month as it came under criticism for a potentially unsafe rapid development process. A recently published Russian study boasts the vaccine is "100 per cent effective" at beating Covid. However, western scientists have pointed to "strange patterns" in the data and even claimed some of the evidence looked "photoshopped" as they analysed the results. Kremlin scientists are however hoping to give 40,000 people in Moscow the drug in the coming weeks...
    (CNN)One by one, the leaders of the protest movement in Belarus are being taken out of circulation. One of them is reportedly in prison after apparently being detained early Wednesday. Several others have been unceremoniously dumped at the country's borders and are now in exile.Exactly a month after a hotly disputed election, Belarus' long-time leader, President Alexander Lukashenko, is trying to "disrupt the opposition's ability to sustain large-scale protests by arresting or expelling all organizers," according to the Institute for the Study of War in Washington, DC. These three women stood up to Europes longest-serving dictator. Heres what happened to themAfter the vote in August, election officials declared a landslide victory for Lukashenko, ushering in his sixth consecutive term. But opposition activists documented widespread irregularities, and street protests erupted. They've been continuing ever since, especially at weekends, despite heavy-handed action by police.The international community looks on in anger -- but...
    BENIDORM is aiming to fill the gap left by British holidaymakers with Russians, as tourism leaders pledge: "We have no intention of throwing in the towel!". Russian tourists have been missing since March 27th when, as a result of the pandemic, the borders of the Russian Federation were closed and commercial flights linking the two countries were suspended. 2Benidorm is aiming to fill the gap left by British holidaymakers with RussiansCredit: Getty - Contributor But according to tourism chiefs at the resort, the return of Russian tourists to Spain is imminent. A message from the local council said: "Today, competing destinations such as Turkey have already started receiving Russian tourists. "For this reason and looking to the near future, the Visit Benidorm Foundation has resumed promotional actions in this market in order to take a position in the face of a return to normality." Benidorm is now going to...
    In his first sit-down interview since anti-government protests swept the nation, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko made a slight concession, The Guardian reports — the so-called “last dictator in Europe,” who has held his post for 26 years, acknowledged he “may have sat in the president’s chair a little too long.” But, other than that, he denied responsibility for the unrest, instead pointing a conspiratorial finger at the United States, and reiterated that he does not plan on stepping down. Lukashenko reportedly told members of the Russian media — whom The Guardian notes did not appear to subject the ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin to tough questioning — that he believes Washington is orchestrating the protests via the messaging app Telegram from centers in Poland and the Czech Republic, using the situation as a dry run, more or less, for a similar operation in Russia for the future. The claims...
    A former beauty queen has been detained on suspicion of attempted murder after a 'random knife attack' on a shopworker. Natalya Dolganovskaya, 32, was heard shouting 'I hate women' as she repeatedly stabbed her victim, said reports citing law enforcement. The detained woman was crowned Miss Ulyanovsk in 2005, and had been a well known local model.   CCTV video footage shows how a 36-year-old saleswoman was attacked at the fruit and vegetable section in supermarket Gulliver. 
    (CNN)Let's call a lie a lie. It gets tiresome under President Donald Trump as his inaccurate statements pile up, but it's important that Americans are made aware that the President continues to lie about almost everything. Each new falsehood is unsurprising based on his track record with the truth -- but that doesn't make them any less dangerous. They pose risks to our democracy, including the security of our election in November. Samantha Vinograd During a White House press briefing on Friday, in response to a question about the poisoning of Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny, President Trump said the US had no proof yet about what had happened. Navalny, an anti-corruption activist and outspoken critic of Vladimir Putin, collapsed on a flight to Moscow on August 20 and was taken to Berlin for treatment two days later. The German government said last Wednesday that Navalny was poisoned with...
    SERGEI GAPON/AFP via Getty Images MOSCOW—Men in civilian clothes with masks covering their faces grabbed the woman inspiring a revolution in Belarus on Monday. They pushed Maria Kolesnikova into a minivan at about 10am local time (3am ET)—the opposition leader hasn’t been seen since. Alexander Lukashenko, Belarus’ brutal leader for the past 26 years, has been cracking down on protests and threatening to arrest members of the opposition Coordination Council for an alleged “attempt to seize power,” but this is not simply a case of heavy-handed policing. It was a classic abduction, a technique of repression favored by the likes of the KGB and its Russian successor the FSB for generations. The Belarusian KGB has been known for making people “disappear” since the early years of Lukashenko’s rule; for more than a quarter of a century, he has chosen to repress his opponents. His willingness to abuse power is...
    This article was paid for by AlterNet subscribers. Not a subscriber? Try us and go ad-free for $1. Prefer to give a one-time tip? Click here. When President Donald Trump was asked about new reports that Russian President Vladimir Putin apparently had opposition leader Aleksei Navalny poisoned, he predictably refused to condemn the Kremlin and cast doubt on the evidence. “We haven’t had any proof yet, but I will take a look,” Trump said, seemingly open to the idea that Putin’s chief critic just happened to coincidentally be poisoned by Novichok, a military-grade nerve agent developed by the Soviet Union. It was yet another stark reminder of the president’s odd fealty to Putin, and even his admiration. “I do get along with President Putin,” Trump added. With the 2020 election in sight, the president’s continued refusal to call Putin to account should increasingly disturb us. Not just because of what it means...
    Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/Getty/Vicente Mendez Austrian financier Jan Marsalek disappeared on June 18, the same day the 40-year old was fired from his position as chief operating officer of Wirecard, a German financial services provider. A €1.9 billion hole had been discovered in Wirecard’s accounts by an independent auditor and Marsalek had been fingered as the one responsible for it. Investigative journalists affiliated with Bellingcat, a digital forensic website, suggested that Marsalek fled from Germany to Belarus via Estonia, and then had been taken to Russia by the GRU, Russia’s military intelligence service. Further reporting by the Financial Times revealed that Marsalek appeared to have close links to the GRU, which has been very busy of late. The GRU: Putin’s No-Longer-So-Secret Weapon Among the classified materials Marsalek possessed before his escape from Austria were a set of papers related to an investigation by the Organization for the...
    German Chancellor Angela Merkelgreets Russian President Vladimir Putin in January 19, 2020 in Berlin, Germany.Adam Berry | Getty Images News | Getty Images German officials are increasing pressure on the Kremlin to cooperate in the investigation into the suspected poisoning of Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny, with one lawmaker noting this weekend that Berlin could rethink its joint massive gas pipeline project with Moscow. On Sunday, Germany's foreign minister warned Russia that if it does not contribute to an investigation then it could "force" it to rethink Nord Stream 2, its joint gas pipeline project with Russia. "I hope the Russians won't force us to change our position regarding the Nord Stream 2" pipeline, Germany's Foreign Minister Heiko Maas told the Bild am Sonntag newspaper. "If there won't be any contributions from the Russian side regarding the investigation in the coming days, we will have to consult with our partners," Maas...
    Democratic 2020 vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris warned that Russia’s continued interference in America’s political institutions could be a reason why Joe Biden might not win the election. Harris spoke with CNN’s Dana Bash, who asked for the senator’s response to a Department of Homeland Security warning that Russia is working to undermine public trust in the election by amplifying groundless claims that mail-in voting will lead to mass corruption. When asked if Russian interference could cost the election for Biden, Harris referred to the findings from her place on the Senate Intelligence Committee, saying she expects Russia “will be at the front of the line” of foreign efforts to meddle with the election. “Could it cost you the White House?” Bash asked. “Theoretically, of course, yes,” Harris answered. Harris elaborated by saying she and Biden were taking a realistic approach to the possibilities of what might happen at...
    Kamala Harris slammed President Donald Trump and his Attorney General William Barr for denying systematic racism in the US justice system.  The California senator and Democratic vice presidential candidate hit out at Trump and Barr in an interview with CNN aired Sunday - saying that they are 'spending full time in a different reality'.  'We do have two systems of justice' for black and white Americans, said Harris, the first black and South Asian American woman on a major party presidential ticket.  'I don't think that most reasonable people who are paying attention to the facts would dispute that there are racial disparities and a system that has engaged in racism in terms of how the laws have been enforced,' she said.  'It does us no good to deny that. Let's just deal with it. Let's be honest. These might be difficult conversations for some, but they're not difficult conversations...
    Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie defended President Trump after a scathing report by the Atlantic claimed his boss used derisive language referring to fallen soldiers as "losers" and dead Marines as "suckers." When asked by CNN's Dana Bash if he's ever heard the president use that kind of talk to describe U.S. service members of veterans, Wilkie responded "absolutely not," adding he would be offended if the report is true. "I think [the] anonymous [sources] are the same people that brought you fake heart attacks, fake strokes, Russian collusion," Wilkie said Sunday on State of the Union, referring to other stories the Trump administration has pegged as false. Wilkie was also asked about the 2016 presidential contest, during which Trump disparaged the late Sen. John McCain, who was a military veteran, and other prisoners of war. He dismissed the comments as political rhetoric. "I was a friend with John McCain,...
    VA Secretary Robert Wilkie defended President Donald Trump following last week’s stunning Atlantic report during a CNN interview Sunday. Dana Bash asked Wilkie about Trump allegedly disparaging fallen soldiers and said CNN has confirmed a detail of the report. “Have you ever heard the president disparage U.S. service members or veterans?” “Absolutely not,” Wilkie said. “And I would be offended too if I thought it was true. Again, I think anonymous are the same people that brought you fake heart attacks, fake strokes, Russian collusion. So, I am very proud that this president has led to a renaissance at Veterans Affairs.” He mentioned CNN’s own reporting on the VA under the Obama administration and touted Trump administration successes. Bash went back to the Atlantic report and told Wilkie that CNN has not reported anything about strokes. She continued on to note how multiple news outlets have corroborated parts of...
    Sen. Kamala Harris, the running mate to Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden said foreign interference by Russia could cost them the 2020 election. "We have what happened in 2016, which is foreign interference," Harris said during a CNN interview that aired Sunday. "We have a president who has tried to convince the American people not to believe in the integrity of our election system and compromise their belief that their vote might actually count. These things are all at play." Earlier this year, the U.S. intelligence community warned China, Russia, and Iran are seeking to influence the 2020 election. That assessment, released in August by Bill Evanina, who leads the National Counterintelligence and Security Center, said Russia is “using a range of measures to primarily denigrate” Biden. The same report said China wants President Trump to lose reelection, and the Iran regime is seeking to undermine his presidency. Although the...
    A Saturday report from The Telegraph covers leaked meeting notes that suggest that United States President Donald Trump pushed back on former United Kingdom Prime Minister Theresa May’s calls to expel Russian diplomats after the poisoning of former Russian military officer Sergei Skripal and his daughter. The notes were taken during high-level meetings between the U.K. and U.S. and shine a light on the unique relationship between the two countries. “No, all of us have to be together,” Trump allegedly said of the push to expel Russian spies. “Germany has to do something. You have to put together a coalition. I’m not willing for the U.S. to go first and then have others not to do anything. Germany has to do something.” “I would rather follow than lead,” he reportedly said elsewhere in the conversation. According to the report, one U.S. official listening in on the call claimed that May...
    A serviceman stands next to a Russian Viking surface-to-air missile system on display during the International military-technical forum “Army-2020” in Moscow – Reuters Russia’s aggression towards its neighbours and the West risks a new Cold War, Nato’s Secretary General has warned. In an exclusive interview with The Telegraph following the disclosure that Russia’s opposition leader had been poisoned with Novichok, Jens Stoltenberg warned that Moscow’s behaviour and attempt to establish a new “sphere of influence … requires a response from Nato”. “We don’t want a new Cold War, we don’t want a new arms race, but at the same time we have to make sure that we are adapting as the world is changing,” Mr Stoltenberg said. “So we are responding to what Russia is doing.” Mr Stoltenberg first learned of the probability that Alexei Nalvany had been poisoned with a chemical weapon in a private briefing with Angela...
    Lutz, Brittany expecting baby 7 months after her miscarriage In Spiveys Corner, North Carolina, the hills are alive with the sound of hollerin A Russian fighter slapped his opponent at a weigh-in ceremony, and the UFC boss Dana White blames himself © Provided by INSIDER Zelim Imadaev slapped Michel Pereira. Photo by MMA Weekly / YouTube One fighter slapped another at a pre-fight weigh-in event in Las Vegas on Friday. The UFC president Dana White, who was between the two athletes, is blaming himself for letting it happen. At a post-event press conference, White said he is getting too old and reacted too late even though both guys were acting aggressively toward one another. Zelim Imadaev and Michel Pereira fight for real at the UFC Vegas 9 event on Saturday. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. A Russian fighter slapped his opponent at a weigh-in ceremony on...
    Donald Trump has flown three B52 bombers into Ukrainian airspace as a warning to Russian president Vladimir Putin. The B-52H stratofortress bombers swooped along the border of the Russian-occupied Crimean peninsula in a clear show of strength before flying close to areas under the control of Kremlin-backed separatists. The bombers, which are capable of carrying nuclear weapons, took off from RAF Fairfold in Gloucestershire, UK. It comes amid mounting tensions between Washington and Moscow over the poisoning of Putin's main rival Alexei Navalny and Russia's interference in unrest in Belarus. A week ago a Russian Su-27 fighter jet performed a potentially dangerous manoeuvre in front of another B-52H flying over the Black Sea. Three B-52H bombers flew into Ukrainian airspace in a show of strength against Putin The elite warplanes, capable of carrying nuclear weapons, swooped by the border of Russian-occupied Crimea before flying near to areas occupied...
    No journalist has done a better job of fact-checking Donald Trump during his presidency than Daniel Dale. But now the CNN reporter, formerly of the Toronto Star, has done an invaluable service by outlining the nine conspiracy theories the president is continuously peddling. As Dale suggests, “Trump has been a conspiracy theorist for years.” but never before has he pushed so many at one time. Two of them align completely with disinformation campaigns coming out of Moscow. For example, we learned that the Russian government began promoting the lies about mail-in ballots as early as last March. Russia has sought to “amplify” concerns over the integrity of U.S. elections by promoting allegations that mail-in voting will lead to widespread fraud, according to an intelligence bulletin obtained by ABC News, again echoing a frequent and unfounded complaint raised by President Donald Trump. Analysts with the Department of Homeland Security’s intelligence...
    Activists rally against the Trump administration's immigration policies outside the New York City offices of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), July 26, 2018, in New York City. Gregory Duralev has been seeking asylum in the United States since 2016 after exposing corruption in Russia’s economy. It’s no exaggeration to say that this could be a matter of life or death, when critics of the Russian government continue to die “mysteriously.” But Politico’s Natasha Bertrand reports Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has sought to deport Duralev to exactly that—and even as he’s been allowed to legally remain in the U.S. while his asylum claim plays out. “Duralev has no criminal record in the U.S. or Russia,” Bertrand reported. “Nor do Russia and the United States have a formal extradition treaty. But he was arrested, deemed a flight risk and denied bond, he says, because of a Red Notice issued by Russia and shared with POLITICO....
    Gregory Duralev has been seeking asylum in the United States since 2016 after exposing corruption in Russia’s economy. It’s no exaggeration to say that this could be a matter of life or death, when critics of the Russian government continue to die “mysteriously.” But Politico’s Natasha Bertrand reports Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has sought to deport Duralev to exactly that—and even as he’s been allowed to legally remain in the U.S. while his asylum claim plays out. “Duralev has no criminal record in the U.S. or Russia,” Bertrand reported. “Nor do Russia and the United States have a formal extradition treaty. But he was arrested, deemed a flight risk and denied bond, he says, because of a Red Notice issued by Russia and shared with POLITICO. Experts who have reviewed the document say it was so incomplete and riddled with inaccuracies that it was nearly incomprehensible.” The Atlantic in 2018 described Interpol-issued Red Notices as “the closest instrument to...
    Russia is "amplifying criticisms" of voting by mail in order to undermine trust in the electoral process, according to a bulletin by the Department of Homeland Security obtained by CBS News.  Analysts from the Department's intelligence arm conclude that Russian state media and proxies will likely "promote allegations of corruption, system failure, and foreign malign interference to sow distrust in democratic institutions and election outcomes." "We assess that Russia is likely to continue amplifying criticisms of vote-by-mail and shifting voting processes amidst the COVID-19 pandemic to undermine public trust in the electoral process," the bulletin by the agency's Office of Intelligence and Analysis says. "Decisions made by state election officials on expanding vote-by-mail and adjusting in-person voting to accommodate challenges posed by COVID-19 have become topics of public debate." Get Breaking News Delivered to Your Inbox The contents of the bulletin were first reported by ABC News. The bulletin...
    Not content with sentencing his political opponents to death, Josef Stalin inflicted a particularly cruel end on those awaiting execution in Lubyanka, the notorious Moscow jail run by his secret police, the NKVD — the forerunner of the KGB and FSB. In a neighbouring building there was a special cell where condemned men and women became guinea pigs in experiments designed to find the ultimate weapon for the state's assassins — a poison which left no trace in the body. Given food and drink laced with deadly toxins, they died in such agony that their torturers had to buy a radio set to drown out their victims' cries. Fast forward to the present day and it seems that Western governments have their own radio sets turned up to full volume, in ignoring the murders commissioned by Vladimir Putin in the 20 or so years he has been in power —...
    Belarusian strongman Alexander Lukashenko has claimed that his security forces had intercepted German calls showing that Kremlin foe Alexei Navalny's poisoning had been faked. Lukashenko told visiting Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin in Minsk on Thursday that the call between Berlin and Warsaw showed that the incident was a 'falsification'. 'There was no poisoning of Navalny,' Lukashenko told a poker-faced Mishustin during their televised meeting. Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin (left) and Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko (right) pictured together on Thursday. Lukashenko has claimed that his security forces had intercepted German calls showing that Kremlin foe Alexei Navalny's poisoning had been faked Lukashenko told Mishustin in Minsk on Thursday that the call between Berlin and Warsaw showed that the incident was a 'falsification' 'There was no poisoning of Navalny,' Lukashenko told a poker-faced Mishustin during their televised meeting, pictured above  'They did it - I quote -...
    The German government announced on Wednesday that Alexei Navalny had been poisoned with a chemical neurotransmitter from the Novichok group – the Kremlin’s Russian spy Sergei Skribal and his daughter were poisoned in the UK in March 2018. Leaders around the world, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, have strongly condemned and called on the Russian government to respond. But US President Donald Trump – who has faced harsh criticism for his lenient approach to Russia – has been almost silent on Navalny’s poisoning, a US response from a National Security Council spokesman on Wednesday. This is the latest incident in which Trump has failed to speak to the Kremlin and seek answers to issues ranging from electoral intervention to the forthcoming bounties on US troops in Afghanistan. At a news conference on Wednesday, Merkel called Navalny a “victim of a crime” and said, “They...
    (CNN)When the German government said Wednesday that Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny had been poisoned by the nerve agent Novichok, one thing was certain: The apparent murder attempt would become a full international crisis.Navalny remains in a serious condition at the intensive care unit of the Charité Hospital in Berlin. But the identification of Novichok as the poison has already raised serious questions about whether Navalny was the target of a state-orchestrated assassination.Suspected poisoning of Putin critic was meant to kill him, not to scare him off, chief aide says"There are very serious questions now which only the Russian government can and must answer," German Chancellor Angela Merkel said in a statement Wednesday. After Navalny fell ill while en route from Siberia to Moscow last month, there was room for speculation about who might have ordered an attempt on his life — the anti-corruption campaigner, after all, had many powerful enemies in Russia. But Navalny's supporters are now pointing the finger of blame directly at Russian...
    Russian military aggression is on the rise against the U.S. — but President Trump has seemingly not responded to it. Russian warplanes are increasingly flying close to Alaskan airspace, forcing the U.S. to run interception efforts more often than it has in recent years. Russian fighter jets kept zooming within 100 feet of a U.S. Air Force bomber over the Black Sea, and a Russian helicopter recently hovered close to U.S. forces. And just last week, a Russian armored vehicle “deliberately rammed” into an American patrol in Syria, injuring seven U.S. troops, The New York Times notes. But President Trump hasn’t given much public attention to the threats — something both Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and Trump’s own former officials have called him out for. They say it’s a continuation of Trump’s lack of public confrontation with Russian President Vladimir Putin over reports that Russia placed bounties on U.S....
    WASHINGTON — Russian fighter jets repeatedly veered 100 feet in front of a U.S. Air Force B-52 bomber over the Black Sea. Six Russian warplanes flew close enough to Alaska that Air Force F-22s scrambled to intercept them. And seven U.S. soldiers were injured when a Russian armored vehicle deliberately rammed an American patrol in northeast Syria. Within a few days last week, smoldering tensions between the United States and Russian militaries flared around the world. Already fraught with fresh evidence of election interference, the relationship between Washington and Moscow has grown even more tense after the recent military encounters. Joe Biden, in a speech in Pennsylvania on Monday, rebuked President Donald Trump for failing to publicly address the altercation in Syria. “Did you hear the president say a single word? Did he lift one finger?” Biden asked. Biden, the Democratic Party’s nominee for president, also criticized Trump for failing...
    Rafael M. Mañueco FOLLOW Moscow Correspondent Updated: 08/30/2020 01: 34h Save Related news Sabotage has always been one of the main tasks of any intelligence service, in addition to other tasks such as the gathering of information or the physical elimination of undesirable elements, either because of their dangerousness, because they constitute a relevant obstacle or simple revenge. Russia, like any other great power, has extensive experience in creating such structures. Tsarist Russia had its spies and military intelligence agents, the fearsome Okhrana, but it was with the emergence of the Soviet Union that the secret services acquired the configuration that the State required during the two world conflagrations of the 20th century and the Cold War. Felix Dzerzhinsky founded in December 1917, shortly after the Bolshevik Revolution, the VChK (All-Russian Extraordinary Commission), the infamous Cheká or Czech, as it was known in Spain....
    The Pentagon has released new video of a Russian Su-27 fighter jet veering directly into the path of an American B-52 bomber in what US officials decried as an 'unsafe and unprofessional' intercept. The B-52 was conducting 'routine operations' over the Black Sea on Friday morning when two Russian Su-27s crossed within 100ft of its nose multiple times in international airspace, the Air Force said in a statement Saturday. In one particularly alarming clip, one of Su-27s is seen pulling up next to the B-52's left wing before swerving directly in front of its nose. The Russian pilots conducted the dangerous maneuver - which is often referred to as 'thumping' or a 'head-butt' and can be extremely dangerous - by shifting into afterburner mode.  In modern aviation, when pilots activate afterburners, it injects fuel directly into the exhaust stream of a turbine engine, increasing the thrust so that the aircraft...
    The United States military on Saturday accused Russian fighter pilots of conducting an ‘unsafe and unprofessional’ intercept of a nuclear-capable B-52 bomber that was conducting ‘routine operations’ over the Black Sea on Friday morning. According to a statement from the Air Force, two Russian Su-27 jets crossed to within 100ft of the nose of the B-52 multiple times as the US bomber flew over international airspace. The US military said the Russian pilots’ shift to afterburner mode caused turbulence for the American aircraft, limiting the pilot’s ability to maneuver. In modern aviation, when pilots activate afterburners, it injects fuel directly into the exhaust stream of a turbine engine, increasing the thrust so that the aircraft can accelerate. Video released by the Russian Ministry of Defense shows an American B-52 bomber being intercepted over the Black Sea on Friday morning The Russian government claims that the B-52 was flying...
    The Russian navy conducted major war games near Alaska involving dozens of ships and aircraft, the military said Friday, the biggest such drills in the area since Soviet times.  Russia's navy chief, Adm. Nikolai Yevmenov, said that more than 50 warships and about 40 aircraft were taking part in the exercise in the Bering Sea, which involved multiple practice missile launches. 'We are holding such massive drills there for the first time ever,' Yevmenov said in a statement released by the Russian Defense Ministry. As part of the exercises, the Russian nuclear submarine Omsk surfaced near Alaska on Thursday, U.S. military officials said. The Russian nuclear submarine Omsk is seen in a file photo. The submarine surfaced in international waters near Alaska on Thursday, US military officials confirmed Russian warships take part in maneuvers in the Bering Sea in this undated video grab provided by Russian Defense Ministry...
    (CNN)US F-22 fighter jets intercepted Russian military aircraft in international airspace off the coast of Alaska late Thursday, according to North American Aerospace Defense Command.The intercept took place amid heightened tensions between the US and Russian militaries, tensions that were thrust onto center stage this week when a collision between American and Russian military vehicles in Syria injured seven US service members and led Moscow and Washington to blame each other for the incident.US B-52 bombers fly over NATO nations despite doubts over Trumps commitment to alliance"North American Aerospace Defense Command F-22 fighter aircraft, supported by KC-135 air refuelers, intercepted three groups of two Tu-142 Russian maritime patrol aircraft that entered the Alaskan Air Defense Identification Zone late last night," the command said in a statement on Friday.While the Russian aircraft came within 50 nautical miles of the Alaskan coast, they remained in international airspace.On Thursday, US Northern Command said...
    Minsk — Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday that he was ready to provide a reserve force of police to neighboring Belarus if the political upheaval there continues to deteriorate.  Speaking on Russian state TV, Putin said the president of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, had "asked me to set up a certain police reserve," and "I have done so," adding, "we also agreed that it won't be used until the situation gets out of control."  Unprecedented protests have swept across Belarus since election results on August 9 declared Lukashenko, president of 26 years, the winner with more than 80% of the vote, raising global accusations of vote rigging.  Belarus protester found hanging from tree 01:22 Riot police have cracked down violently on protesters — numbering at times more than 200,000 people — with human riots groups documenting numerous instances of brutality and torture of protesters in state custody.  Get Breaking News...
    German doctors treating Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny have contacted Bulgarian colleagues amid suspicions he was poisoned with the same mysterious toxin used on an arms dealer. 'Obviously, they consider it possible that the same or very similar substances were used,' reported news magazine Der Spiegel. Doctors at Berlin's Charité hospital - where Navalny remains in a coma - said they believe the 44-year-old Vladimir Putin critic was poisoned with an unknown substance used variously in drugs, insecticides and nerve agents. In 2015, Bulgarian doctors found that arms dealer Emilian Grebev was poisoned but were unable to identify the substance. German doctors treating Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny (pictured) have contacted Bulgarian colleagues amid suspicions he was poisoned with the same mysterious toxin used on an arms dealer This came as Navalny's wife, Yulia, 44, who is at his bedside in Berlin, marked their 20th wedding anniversary by quoting...
    (CNN)Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny was flown to Berlin Saturday morning. He was in a coma after suddenly falling ill on a flight from the Siberian city of Tomsk to Moscow. Physicians in Berlin confirmed the poisoning of yet another Putin critic, and I very much hope not to lose another brave colleague in the fight against Putin's deadly mafia regime. Navalny came to prominence as an anti-corruption blogger, using investigation techniques and public documents to expose the incredible scale of looting perpetrated by Russia's ruling elite. He went on YouTube with photos of the spectacular yachts and mansions owned by Russian politicians with modest salaries. Earlier this year, he said that the new prime minister and his family owned $45 million in properties, even as the Kremlin disputed the source of income. He branded Putin's United Russia forever as "the party of crooks and thieves." This wasn't the...
    Forgive us for finding the international push for an investigation into the poisoning of Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny to be a bit… hopeless. Navalny, President Vladimir Putin’s fiercest domestic critic for the last decade, has been in a coma since last week. After delaying his transfer out of country, the Russian government is pooh-poohing the idea that there’s anything to investigate unless it’s proved he was poisoned. But German doctors confirm that Navalny was poisoned. They don’t know the exact agent but say it’s from the group of chemicals known as cholinesterase inhibitors, which interfere with the nervous system. “We don’t understand on what grounds our German colleagues are in such a hurry to use the word poison,” lies Putin spokesworm Dmitry Peskov. German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s spokesman counters: “The suspicion is not that Mr. Navalny poisoned himself but that someone poisoned Mr. Navalny. And there are unfortunately one...