Tag: Ukraine

Amid Diplomatic Strain, House Opens Inquiry Into Trump’s Dealings With Ukraine

WASHINGTON — The White House delayed a package of military assistance to the new government in Ukraine, and has yet to schedule a White House meeting for its new president. After abruptly pulling the previous American ambassador out of Kiev when conservatives questioned her political loyalty, President Trump has yet to nominate a successor. Behind […]

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Russia and Ukraine Exchange Dozens of Prisoners, Aiming to Defuse Tensions

MOSCOW — Russia and Ukraine began a long-anticipated swap of dozens of prisoners on Saturday, with government planes taking off from both countries’ capitals around the same time, as the two nations moved to defuse tensions. A plane carrying 24 Ukrainian sailors detained by Russia in the Kerch Strait last year took off from Vnukovo […]

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Want to Feel Like a Russian Ballerina? Start With the Tutu

Surfacing A trove of lush Soviet-era tutus can be found hidden in the back room of a small school near Chicago. ImageJulianne Pankau, a ballet student in Tatyana’s Mazur’s class. The gown she wears was brought from the Ukraine, originally made for a role in “La Esmeralda.”CreditWhitten Sabbatini for The New York Times Written by […]

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Trial of High-Powered Lawyer Gregory Craig Exposes Seamy Side of Washington’s Elite

WASHINGTON — It is a trial tailor-made to grab the attention of this city’s power brokers: In a federal courtroom this month, one of Washington’s most prominent lawyers — a former White House counsel and attorney to global statesmen and other icons — is battling criminal charges of lying to investigators about his work for […]

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Giuliani Renews Push for Ukraine to Investigate Trump’s Political Opponents

WASHINGTON — Months after backing out of a trip to Ukraine amid criticism that he was mixing partisan politics with foreign policy, Rudolph W. Giuliani, President Trump’s personal lawyer, has renewed his push for the Ukrainian government to pursue investigations into political opponents of Mr. Trump. Over the last few weeks, Mr. Giuliani has spoken […]

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Neo-Nazis Are Selling the New Zealand Shooter’s Racist Screed for $4 on Telegram

Before a mass shooter killed 51 people and injured 49 others in two Christchurch mosques in mid-March, he released an 87-page racist screed — titled “The Great Replacement” — that quickly found its way onto 8chan before New Zealand authorities could shut it down. Now, while the shooter remains in jail, his writings are being […]

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Prominent Lawyer’s Trial Will Test Crackdown on Unregistered Foreign Agents

WASHINGTON — Not long before Christmas 2012, Paul Manafort, then a foreign lobbyist, congratulated Gregory B. Craig, a well-known Washington lawyer, on the release of a report that Mr. Manafort had commissioned to help Ukraine’s pro-Russian president polish his image in the West. “Well done,” Mr. Manafort wrote in an email to Mr. Craig after […]

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Russians Pulling Out Credit Cards, and Consumer Debt Spirals

MOSCOW — Yekaterina V. Bulgakova gushed about the cozy one-room apartment that she and her boyfriend share, and particularly about the way they could always cover the rent: by charging it on credit card. “Our salaries don’t go far enough” to pay for housing, food and other necessities every month, Ms. Bulgakova, a tattoo artist, […]

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Putin’s New Problem in Ukraine: A Charismatic, Quick-Witted Rival

KIEV, Ukraine — He’s a quick-witted politician who understands the power of television, has broad public support at home and, perhaps not so important, sometimes takes off his shirt in public. And he is not President Vladimir V. Putin, Russia’s paramount leader of nearly 20 years. This is Volodymyr Zelensky, the former comedian who became […]

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Is Putin Burning Out?

ImageCreditSputnik/Reuters With demonstrations that won’t stop, and arrests reaching 1,000 in a single day, Moscow is buzzing about a surge of political activism. Having been disappointed so often in the past, of course, Russian democrats know not to get their hopes up: President Vladimir Putin remains firmly in charge. Yet his footing is less sure. […]

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You Can Read This Book in Russian, Except for the Parts About Russia

MOSCOW — Andrei Chernikov, an information-technology specialist from western Ukraine, was near the end of Yuval Noah Harari’s book “21 Lessons for the 21st Century” when he stumbled onto something that concerned him directly — a description in the “Post-Truth” chapter of how Russia’s government in 2014 attempted to hide its invasion of Ukraine and […]

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The Risks of Radical Renewal in Ukraine

KIEV, Ukraine — Voters across the country took another leap of faith on Sunday, handing yet more power to their new and untested leader. In April, the former comedian Volodymyr Zelensky went from playing an accidental president on television to unexpectedly becoming the country’s real-life president. In this weekend’s parliamentary elections, he led his party […]

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In Ukraine Snap Elections, New President Aims to Consolidate Power

MOSCOW — Ukrainians voted on Sunday in an early parliamentary election called by President Volodymyr Zelensky, a former comedian who was elected in April, as he seeks to strengthen his position in a country that has been at war with Russian-backed rebels for more than five years. Mr. Zelensky, 41, has positioned himself as an […]

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The Welcome Humiliation of John Bolton

Say this for Donald Trump. He may be transforming American politics into a kleptocratic fascist reality show and turning our once-great country into a global laughingstock, but as least he’s humiliating John Bolton in the process. Many people who get involved with this president end up diminished, embarrassed or, in quite a few cases, indicted. […]

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The Worm That Nearly Ate the Internet

Just over 10 years ago, a unique strain of malware blitzed the internet so rapidly that it shocked cybersecurity experts worldwide. Known as Conficker, it was and remains the most persistent computer worm ever seen, linking computers with Microsoft operating systems globally, millions of them, to create a vast illicit botnet, in effect, a black-market […]

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Trump’s Inauguration: The Money Behind the Most Expensive Presidential Debut in U.S. History

Episode 5: ‘Inauguration, Inc.’ Producer/Director John Pappas Donald Trump’s presidential inauguration was the most expensive in the country’s history, with $107 million raised for black-tie parties and bespoke gifts. That’s more than double the previous record set by Barack Obama. Where did the money come from? Where did it all go? And why should we […]

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Was the Downing of Flight MH17 State-Sponsored Murder?

In Vladimir Putin’s Kremlin, lying — willfully, methodically, shamelessly — is the default response to any accusations of wrongdoing. Russia did not meddle in American elections. Accusations of systematic Olympic doping are malicious foreign inventions. The Novichok nerve agent killers in Salisbury, England, were there only to admire the cathedral’s spire. Russia has nothing to […]

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The MH17 Charges, Explained

An international investigative team on Wednesday charged four people, including three with ties to Russian intelligence, with shooting down a Malaysia Airlines jet over Ukraine in 2014, killing 298 people. The long-awaited announcement, the culmination of an investigation by officials from five countries, is the first time anyone has been charged in connection with the […]

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