Tag: Russia

Now Trump Is Even Meddling in Roger Stone’s Trial in Real Time

President Trump can’t stop meddling in his old friend Roger Stone’s trial — and he was at it again Tuesday at the very time when the judge was in court reading the president’s previous meddling tweets aloud. Judge Amy Berman Jackson found herself reading some recent Trump tweets, along with commentary from conspiracy theorist Alex […]

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Trump Accuses Schiff of Leaking Intelligence on Russia’s 2020 Interference

WASHINGTON — President Trump on Tuesday accused the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee of leaking information about Russia’s efforts to interfere in the 2020 election, dismissed the intelligence as “exaggerated” and refused to acknowledge that Moscow was behind similar efforts in 2016. “I can’t imagine that people are not going to go after them […]

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Putin Would Hate President Bernie Sanders

On Friday, The Washington Post reported that U.S. officials had briefed Bernie Sanders that Russia was trying to boost his fortunes in the Democratic primary fight, as it did in 2016. It’s not hard to imagine Vladimir Putin’s motives. Russia aims to cause chaos and division in liberal democracies, and so has often supported both […]

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On Russia-China Border, Life and Commerce Frozen by Coronavirus

BLAGOVESHCHENSK, Russia — With a contagious illness raging in China, just 600 yards away across the frozen Amur River, the Cathedral of the Annunciation in the Russian border city of Blagoveshchensk thundered with promises of salvation from the plague. “A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will […]

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Same Goal, Different Playbook: Why Russia Would Support Trump and Sanders

At first glance, it may seem contradictory that the nation’s intelligence agencies were telling Congress that President Vladimir V. Putin is presumably striving to get President Trump re-elected, while also warning Senator Bernie Sanders of evidence that he is the Russian president’s favorite Democrat. But to the intelligence analysts and outside experts who have spent […]

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Cripple the Intelligence Agencies? Not Smart

President Trump is intensifying his efforts to undermine the nation’s intelligence agencies. On Wednesday, Mr. Trump announced that he was replacing the acting director of national intelligence, Joseph Maguire, with Richard Grenell, the ambassador to Germany. Mr. Maguire is a retired Navy admiral who previously served as the head of the National Counterterrorism Center. Mr. […]

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Uniting Trumpers, Never Trumpers and Democrats With a New Deputy at the State Dept.

WASHINGTON — When Stephen E. Biegun was sworn in as deputy secretary of state, it was in front of an unusual crowd at the State Department — one that included loyalists to President Trump, but also a mix of Never Trumpers and Democrats. Denis R. McDonough, President Barack Obama’s White House chief of staff and […]

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Yes, Dana Rohrabacher Dangled a Pardon in Front of Julian Assange. Just Ask Dana.

WASHINGTON — So much for the White House insisting Julian Assange’s story about discussing a presidential pardon with a Republican congressman was “a total lie.” The congressman in question just backed it up. Hours after President Trump’s White House issued a blanket denial on Wednesday, former California Rep. Dana Rohrabacher piped up to say that, […]

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U.S. Military Vehicle Pushes Russian Armored Truck Off The Road In Syrian Road Rage

Tensions between the United States and Russia have been escalating recently, for the first time since the end of the Cold War, with incidents involving both parties surfacing in war-torn Syria these past few weeks. One of these episodes was filmed in Qamishli, a city located in the northeastern part of the country, near the […]

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U.S. and Allies Blame Russia for Cyberattack on Georgia

LONDON — For years, Russia has tormented neighboring countries with targeted cyberattacks, including blackouts in Ukraine and broad online assaults on Estonian institutions. The United States has rarely publicly attributed blame, though experts found the fingerprints of the Kremlin on those intrusions abroad. In a break from past practice, the State Department said publicly on […]

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Russia Is Defeating The U.S. In The Middle East Oil Game

Yves here. There’s a bit of a “dastardly Russia” undertone to this piece which undercuts the notion that the author, Simon Watkins, is engaged in reporting. But Watkins may regard this positioning as necessary. Frankly, the US has made such a mess of Iraq, and in killing Iran’s Solemani, also knocked off Iraqi general al-Muhandis, […]

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Report Reveals Insider Dealing at Russia’s Antidoping Agency

A forensic audit of Russia’s scandal-plagued antidoping agency appears to have unearthed a new problem: hundreds of thousands of dollars, and perhaps more, paid to companies linked to former senior executives at the agency. The spending, documented by the international financial consultants Baker Tilly in a report commissioned by the antidoping agency’s director general, was […]

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U.S. Imposes Sanctions on Russian Oil Company Supporting Venezuela’s Leader

WASHINGTON — The United States on Tuesday imposed tough economic sanctions against a Russian oil giant that is keeping Venezuela’s ruling government afloat, in a gamble that could roil global oil prices. The sanctions were levied against Rosneft Trading, a subsidiary of the Russian state-controlled oil company, and Didier Casimiro, who is identified on the […]

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Pessimistic Outlook in Russia Slows Investment, and the Economy

MOSCOW — Last year, Russia set a goal to quicken its economic expansion — to grow faster than the world as a whole — as a way to secure the country’s position as a dominant global power. So far, the plan is off to a sputtering start. President Vladimir V. Putin’s proposal, which struck some […]

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Drop the Corruption, Keep the Authoritarianism

In Russia, informal hierarchies tend to prevail over formal rules and procedures, or so we have long thought. Long-established democracies are different: They have traditions and regulations in place that set clear limits on nepotism and clan-based politics. It is for a reason, then, that many political scientists define Russia’s regime as electoral authoritarianism. What […]

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The Race For Arctic Oil Is Heating Up

Lambert here: The new Great Game? By Tsvetana Paraskova, a writer for Oilprice.com with over a decade of experience writing for news outlets such as iNVEZZ and SeeNews. Originally published at OilPrice.com Despite climate concerns and environmentalist backlash against exploration for oil and gas in pristine sensitive regions of the Arctic, companies continue to explore […]

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Russia Sentences Anti-Fascists on Bogus Terror Charges, Critics Say

MOSCOW — A Russian military court on Monday handed down harsh sentences of up to 18 years to seven members of a group of left-wing activists, who in turn accused the authorities of extorting confessions through torture and threats against their families. Critics said the charges of terrorism were fabricated and that the accused, as […]

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A Plea to Save the Last Nuclear Arms Treaty

The relationship between Russia and the United States has been mired in crisis for much of the past decade. Communication once considered routine has been cut off, deepening mistrust and making it more difficult to reduce tensions and avoid miscalculation. The current state of affairs does not serve the strategic interests of either country, and […]

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