Tag: Russia

Mueller Report Expected to Go to Justice Department Within Weeks

WASHINGTON — The new attorney general, William P. Barr, is preparing for the special counsel to deliver a report in coming weeks on the results of the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, two officials briefed on the Justice Department’s preparations said. President Trump’s legal team and other allies of the administration have […]

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Threatening U.S., Putin Promises Russians Both Missiles and Butter

MOSCOW — President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia — facing an economically beleaguered, less-supportive public — used his annual state-of-the-nation speech on Wednesday to promise a raft of social spending, while also doubling down on threats against the United States. Mr. Putin said Washington was fueling a new arms race by withdrawing from a landmark […]

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Russians, Feeling Poor and Protesting Garbage, Suffer Winter Blues

URDOMA, Russia — Russia’s countryside and smaller cities have long been fertile ground for President Vladimir V. Putin and his message of restoring bygone greatness, but even here, there are limits. Plans to ship Moscow’s garbage to the provinces — abetted by secrecy, trickery and bending the law — have set off widespread protests. Underlying […]

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Takeaways From The Times’s Investigation Into Trump’s War on the Inquiries Around Him

WASHINGTON — President Trump has called the Russia investigation a hoax, a witch hunt and fake news. But since he has been in office, Mr. Trump has tried to end the inquiry into his campaign’s possible coordination with Russia during the 2016 presidential election, opening himself up to questions about whether these efforts constitute attempts […]

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Russia Votes to Ban Smartphone Use by Military, Trying to Hide Digital Traces

MOSCOW — Russian lawmakers voted on Tuesday to prohibit the country’s troops from using smartphones or recording devices, or posting anything online about their military service, after journalists used soldiers’ digital traces to reveal actions the Kremlin wanted to keep secret. In recent years, pictures, videos and social media posts put online by Russian servicemen […]

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Rift Between Trump and Europe Is Now Open and Angry

MUNICH — European leaders have long been alarmed that President Trump’s words and Twitter messages could undo a trans-Atlantic alliance that had grown stronger over seven decades. They had clung to the hope that those ties would bear up under the strain. But in the last few days of a prestigious annual security conference in […]

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Russian Flag Is Unfurled on Salisbury Cathedral. Residents See a Morbid Prank.

LONDON — Two weeks before the anniversary of a nerve agent attack against a former Russian spy in Salisbury, England, someone unfurled a large Russian flag on the city’s cathedral overnight, in what residents took to be a mockery of the ordeal they suffered last year. Images of the Russian flag, fluttering from scaffolding around […]

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How Trump Has Hurt the Gun Lobby

Last Valentine’s Day, a year ago this Thursday, classes were wrapping up at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School when a former student with a semiautomatic rifle murdered 17 people and wounded 17 others. It so happens that this Wednesday, the House Judiciary Committee will move to advance legislation requiring background checks on all firearm sales. […]

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The Spy Who Wasn’t

On a steamy Sunday last July, at about half-past noon, a caravan of unmarked SUVs exited the FBI’s Washington, D.C., field office, an eight-story concrete building that exudes all the charm of a supermax prison. The cars moved swiftly across the city; speed was critical. There were indications that the target, who had canceled the […]

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No Winner in a New Arms Race

Before the fear of being blown up on a plane, or a train, or a sidewalk gave millions of people sleepless nights, before the threat of global climate disaster stirred dread, nuclear annihilation was the stuff of nightmares. By the mid-1980s, the United States and the Soviet Union had amassed 63,000 nuclear weapons, with the […]

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If the I.N.F. Treaty Dies, Blame Russia

Why did Russia argue that the United States should keep the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty intact and then recently declare its own suspension of the treaty? After all, it has deployed many of the very missiles banned by the treaty. Russia began the covert development of this class of missiles, probably in the mid-2000s, in […]

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In Closed Hearing, a Clue About ‘the Heart’ of Mueller’s Russia Inquiry

WASHINGTON — Of the few hints to emerge from the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, about evidence of possible collusion between President Trump’s campaign and Russia, one of the most tantalizing surfaced almost in passing in a Washington courtroom last week. Comments by one of Mr. Mueller’s lead prosecutors, disclosed in a transcript of […]

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Which Way to the North Pole?

It was hard to see the headlines proclaiming that the north magnetic pole is speeding toward Russia and not feel a pang of anxiety. Vladimir Putin annexing the North Pole? Climate change threatening more global chaos? Malevolent cosmic rays about to burst through Earth’s magnetic shield? The stories under the headlines proved less alarming. The […]

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Is Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Investigation Coming to a Close?

Photo: Alex Wong (Getty Images) The first reports from several news outlets noted that special counsel Robert Mueller’s latest probe filling may possibly bring more indictments. And then news broke that a prosecutor working with the investigation had left Mueller’s team and returned to the Justice Department, possibly pointing to the hunt for Russian collusion […]

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Fifty Years Later, Russia Is Still Trying to Figure Out What Killed These Hikers

The search party at the tent of the hikers. Photo via Wikimedia Commons. This article originally appeared on VICE Canada. In the deep cold of a northern Soviet Union February in 1959, nine hikers made camp for the night under the peak in the Ural Mountains known as Kholat Syakhl, the Dead Mountain. The group […]

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What Is the Legacy of Communist China’s Fine Art?

In a tiny gallery on Henry Street last week, the young artist Chang Yuchen taught me one of her father’s drawing lessons: “There is no line in the real world.” A subzero wind blew outside as she held up two fingers pressed together. You see a line between them, she explained, but that’s an illusion: […]

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Putin Warns That Russia Is Developing ‘Invincible’ Hypersonic Missiles

MOSCOW — Alarmed by the Trump administration’s scrapping of a Cold War-era arms control treaty, President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia has ramped up warnings that his country is developing new hypersonic missiles that will travel at more than five times the speed of sound and will be “invincible.” But while instructing his military to […]

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With Savings to Burn, Russia Turns (Again) to a State-Led Spending Plan

MOSCOW — Russia has become a world-class saver. So much gold has piled up in its central bank that Russia surpassed China last year to become the world’s fifth-largest holder of gold. The International Monetary Fund often has to badger developing nations to bulk up foreign currency reserves. Russia has $472 billion in reserves, more […]

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Feature: He Was the Perfect Fixer for Putin’s Russia. Until He Got Fixed.

On the thawing March morning he died, Denis Voronenkov stood on Shevchenko Boulevard, a broad poplar-lined street in central Kiev named after Ukraine’s national poet, his eyes glued to his phone. The 45-year-old former Russian lawmaker and security agent was promoting an interview he had given to a local news site about the life he […]

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