Tag: Russia

America’s Crumbling Global Position

A “complex, coordinated and deliberate attack,” was how John Kirby, the Pentagon press secretary, on Monday described a recent drone assault on a U.S. military outpost in Syria that helps train local allies to fight ISIS. It was conducted with as many as five Iranian drones, launched by Iranian proxies, and conducted with Iran’s aid […]

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What’s Causing ‘Havana Syndrome,’ Really?

Cheryl Royfer, a former chemist at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, has taken a similar view. “The evidence for microwave effects of the type categorized as Havana syndrome is exceedingly weak,” she wrote in Foreign Policy. “No proponent of the idea has outlined how the weapon would actually work. No evidence has been offered that […]

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Russia Challenges Biden Again With Broad Cybersurveillance Operation

SEA ISLAND, Ga. — Russia’s premier intelligence agency has launched another campaign to pierce thousands of U.S. government, corporate and think-tank computer networks, Microsoft officials and cybersecurity experts warned on Sunday, only months after President Biden imposed sanctions on Moscow in response to a series of sophisticated spy operations it had conducted around the world. […]

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Long Arm of Russian Law Reaches Obscure Siberian Church

ABODE OF DAWN, Russia — High on a hilltop bathed in the autumnal colors of pine, birch and larch trees, Aleksei Demidov paused for a few minutes of quiet prayer. He was directing his thoughts to his religious teacher, known as Vissarion, hoping he might feel his energy. As he prayed, a cluster of small […]

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Sinclair Workers Say TV Channels Are in ‘Pandemonium’ After Ransomware Attack

Hacking. Disinformation. Surveillance. CYBER is Motherboard’s podcast and reporting on the dark underbelly of the internet. In the early hours of Sunday morning, hackers took down the corporate servers and systems of Sinclair Broadcast Group, a giant U.S. TV conglomerate that owns or operates more than 600 channels across the country.  Days later, inside the […]

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How Russia Is Cashing In on Climate Change

PEVEK, Russia — A refurbished port. A spanking new plant to generate electricity. Repaved roads. And money left over to repair the library and put in a new esplanade along the shore of the Arctic Ocean. Globally, the warming climate is a creeping disaster, threatening lives and livelihoods with floods, fires and droughts, and requiring […]

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Russia Strengthens Its Internet Censorship Powers

Russia’s boldest moves to censor the internet began in the most mundane of ways — with a series of bureaucratic emails and forms. The messages, sent by Russia’s powerful internet regulator, demanded technical details — like traffic numbers, equipment specifications and connection speeds — from companies that provide internet and telecommunications services across the country. […]

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Dying Satellite, Not U.F.O. or Meteor, Likely Caused Midwest Fireball

Something streaked across the night skies over Ohio, Michigan and Indiana during predawn hours on Wednesday. The fireball burned in hues of green, gold and pink, leaving a bright trail in its wake. It spent about two minutes breaking apart into smaller pieces during its descent from orbit before crossing over the border of the […]

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With “Havana Syndrome,” Washington Is Repeating Colin Powell’s Worst Mistake

Because some of them recounted a high-pitched screeching sound sometime around the onset of symptoms, the improbable “high-tech weapons” thesis got entrenched early on. (That a patient-provided recording of the noise was later found by two separate investigative teams to be crickets did dismayingly little to dislodge this notion.) Once employees in Cuba were warned […]

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On a Pacific Island, Russia Tests Its Battle Plan on Climate Change

SAKHALIN ISLAND, Russia — Sixteen wind turbines are slated to go up amid the winding coast and wooded hills of this Russian island in the Pacific, creating a wind park bigger than any that currently exists in the vast reaches of the country’s Far East. The clean energy generated by the new wind park will […]

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Russia’s Low Vaccination Rates Leads to Record-Breaking Toll

MOSCOW — After Sofia Kravetskaya got vaccinated with Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine last December, she became a pariah on the Moscow playground where she takes her young daughter. “When I mentioned I volunteered in the trials and I got my first shot, people started running away from me,” she said. “They believed that if you […]

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Russia Breaks Diplomatic Ties with NATO

MOSCOW — Russia plans to cease its diplomatic engagement with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, the Russian foreign minister said on Monday, in the latest sign of unraveling relations between Moscow and the West. Though significant on a diplomatic level, the announcement was not apparently accompanied by any military moves by Russia threatening European security. […]

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The Foreign Policy “Credibility” Argument Is, Well, Not Credible

With respect to Korea, for example, as Jonathan Mercer, the author of Reputation and International Politics, notes, for all of the Truman administration’s concerns about how U.S. “weakness” in Korea would be perceived by its European allies, the view in Europe was quite different. French leaders, for example, were more concerned “that American resolve would […]

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Russian Film Crew Wraps Space Station Shoot and Returns to Earth

A Russian actress and a film director landed safely on Earth early Sunday after spending 12 days aboard the International Space Station shooting scenes for the first feature-length drama made with scenes shot in space. Yulia Peresild, the actress, and Klim Shipenko, a film director, launched to space with a Russian astronaut on Oct. 5 […]

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Space Station Emergency Prompted by Russian Thruster Firing

The International Space Station was briefly tilted out of its normal position in orbit on Friday during a test firing of thrusters on one of Russia’s docked spacecraft. The Russian space agency said in a statement on its website that the crew and station were never in any danger. But it was the second such […]

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How the Nobel Peace Prize Laid Bare the Schism in Russia’s Opposition

MOSCOW — If you lived in Putin’s Russia, what compromises would you make? Dmitri A. Muratov, a Moscow newspaper editor, has made his choice. He accepts donations from a business tycoon with Kremlin connections, refuses to publish articles about the personal lives of the Russian elite, and has petitioned President Vladimir V. Putin to help […]

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Central Asia’s Neoliberal Tragedy

Yves here. The story of the post-USSR plutocratic land grab in Russia is well known, at least among those paying a bit of attention. By contrast, comparatively few have heard of the parallel, similarly exploitative, neoliberal program in Central Asia, specifically Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. I had a friend who was regularly flying to Almaty in […]

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Putin Suggests Germany Approve Nord Stream 2 to Solve Energy Crisis

MOSCOW — President Vladimir V. Putin drew a connection on Wednesday between resolving Europe’s natural gas crisis and gaining regulatory approval for the Russian-backed, politically fraught Nord Stream 2 pipeline. Natural gas prices have soared in recent months, and with them Europeans’ heating and electricity bills. That has only increased Russia’s sway over the continent’s […]

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As Europe Faces a Cold Winter, Putin Seizes on the Leverage From Russia’s Gas Output

MOSCOW — In Europe, the surge in the price of natural gas has halted factories, startled politicians and alarmed consumers fearful of a cold winter. For President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia, who turned 69 on Thursday, it all added up to something of an early birthday present. The Kremlin has for years bridled at […]

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Germany Sets Aside an Additional $767 Million for Holocaust Survivors, Officials Say

“We’re dealing with people who weren’t even born during the Holocaust,” he said, adding that negotiators used Zoom because of the coronavirus pandemic. “They still recognize their moral responsibility.” The German Embassy in Washington did not immediately comment. Ms. Khusid, who moved to the United States in 2010 to live near her daughter, is one […]

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A Scary Energy Winter Is Coming. Don’t Blame the Greens.

But the economy snapped back — thanks to government stimulus programs — far faster than anticipated. And so, too, did demand for energy. But this industry does not ramp up quickly. So, there was not enough natural gas, let alone renewables, to fill in the gap. America has enough oil and natural gas to meet […]

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Russian Film Crew Has Arrived at Space Station: Live Updates

As an actress, Ms. Peresild, has performed in some 70 roles onscreen, and Russian movie publications have named her among the top 10 actresses under 35 years old. She may be best known among Russian moviegoers for “Battle for Sevastopol” (2015), in which she played the role of Lyudmila Pavlichenko, the deadliest Red Army female […]

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Russia to Send Film Crew to Space: Time and Livestream Details

The first dog in space. The first man and woman. Now Russia is about to clinch another spaceflight first before the United States: Beating Hollywood to orbit. A Russian actress, a director and their professional Russian astronaut guide are set to launch on a Russian rocket to the International Space Station Tuesday morning. Their mission […]

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French and Russian Art on a ‘War and Peace’ Scale

PARIS — Sometimes you yearn for the beauty of small things: the haiku, the string quartet, the miniature engraving. And then other times, tovarishch, you need your beauty as big as the motherland. “The Morozov Collection: Icons of Modern Art,” which opened last week at the Louis Vuitton Foundation here, brings to Paris a “War […]

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Amid Tensions With U.S., Erdogan Praises Ties with Russia

MOSCOW — Relations between President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the Biden administration may be frayed, but on Wednesday the Turkish leader made abundantly clear his access to an alternative partner for trade and military deals: President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia. At a three-hour meeting in the Black Sea resort city of Sochi, Russia — […]

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It Isn’t Over When The Fat Lady Sings – The First Russian Strategic Assessment of the Australia-UK-US (Aukus) Submarine Deal

Yves here. This post, which consists largely of the translation of an article in a top Russian strategy publication, provides useful detail on Chinese submarine capacity and prospects. By John Helmer, the longest continuously serving foreign correspondent in Russia, and the only western journalist to direct his own bureau independent of single national or commercial […]

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