Dr. T. Ohm, Ph.D.

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Former Russian mayor drives Ferrari into shopping mall ‘for a joke’

A former Russian mayor has been filmed doing doughnuts in a Ferrari in the middle of a shopping mall.<p>CCTV footage apparently shows Aleksandr Donskoy, …

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Europe and U.S. Move to Fight Russian Hybrid Warfare

On Tuesday, Finland, Sweden, the United Kingdom, the United States, Poland, Latvia, and Lithuania signed a memorandum of understanding to establish …

Russia’s King of Spam Unmasked

Pyotr Levashov has flooded inboxes with emails in the service of fraud schemes. And the U.S. elections? Unclear. But his botnet days may now be …

Freed Putin critic Navalny says to keep organising protests | Reuters

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny said on Tuesday he would press ahead with organising more anti-Kremlin demonstrations despite being jailed after orchestrating the biggest protests against the authorities in years.<p>Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny attends a hearing …

Chechen police 'kidnap and torture gay men' - LGBT activists

<b>Gay men are fleeing brutal persecution in Chechnya, where police are holding more than 100 people and torturing some of them in an anti-gay crackdown, Russian activists say.</b><p>Natalia Poplevskaya of the Russian LGBT Network said "we are working to evacuate people".<p>A government spokesman called the …

Russia Was Possibly Behind Brexit Vote Website Crash, Panel Says

Foreign governments such as Russia and China may have been responsible for a crash in the U.K.’s voter registration website in the weeks before the …

Russian Hackers Are Afraid to Travel After U.S. Arrests Spam King

News of police in Barcelona arresting the notorious Russian cyber criminal, Pyotr Levashov, has put hackers in his home country on edge.<p>In response …

Trump just made another move that will anger Russia

The move comes after Trump dismissed NATO as "obsolete" on the campaign trail.<p>The White House press office released a statement praising NATO and affirming US commitment to strengthening its "already strong relationship with Montenegro."<p>"Since its inception in 1949, the NATO Alliance has been …

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Putin: U.S. Trying to ‘Plant’ Future Chemical-Weapons Attacks in Syria

Fears grow that Russia could meddle in Mexican election

Fears that Russia could meddle in next year’s Mexican presidential election are growing.<p>While there is no hard evidence to suggest that Moscow will …

Power brokers in the Kremlin jostle to succeed Putin

Alexei Navalny has picked up where he left off. The Russian opposition politician, released on Monday after 15 days in jail for his role in last …

Opinion: Putin’s Russia is too weak to threaten anyone

His meddling in the war in Syria has plunged the region into a fresh crisis. He manipulated the results of the American presidential vote with a …

Alleged Gay 'Concentration Camps' In Chechnya Spark Global Outrage

Over 100 gay men are said to have been detained and tortured.<p>International human rights activists are decrying reports that at least 100 gay men have been arrested, and three killed, in the Russian region of Chechnya.<p>A Moscow-owned Russian opposition newspaper, Novaya Gazeta, cited claims by …

Russia faces mounting pressure to abandon Syria's Assad

Foreign ministers from the Group of Seven (G7) major industrialised nations meeting in Lucca in Italy are looking to put pressure on Russia to break its ties with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.<p>Italy has also invited the foreign ministers from several "like-minded countries" - Turkey, Saudi …

Middle East

US to Russia: Abandon Syria's President Bashar al-Assad

The US secretary of state has said he hopes Russia will abandon its support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad because actions such as last week's chemical attack have stripped him of all legitimacy.<p>Rex Tillerson made the remarks at the conclusion on Tuesday in Italy of a meeting of foreign …

Russian-owned Livejournal bans dissenting speech to please Putin

Russia's hardline stance against LGBTQ media is back in the news. This time it's because a change in the terms of service for LiveJournal strictly prohibits users from posting "political solicitation materials" and anything "contradictory to the laws of the Russian Federation." As <i>AdVox</i> notes, what …

Internet

Spain arrests Russian citizen for connections to US election hack (updated)

The evidence that Russia hacked the US to influence the outcome of the 2016 presidential election continues to grow. The latest comes from AFP, which says that that a Russian "computer expert" was arrested in Spain today at the Barcelona airport on suspicions of hacking the US presidential election …

Russia, Iran vow continued military support for Assad

The army chiefs of Russia and Iran have vowed to continue the fight against "terrorists" and their supporters in Syria days after the US Navy launched a barrage of cruise missiles against a Syrian government airbase.<p>Speaking by phone on Saturday, Major General Mohammad Bagheri of Iran and General …

Russia slams UK for Syria support

Russia has slammed the United Kingdom after British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson cancelled a scheduled visit to Moscow over its support for the Syrian government, claiming Britain has "no real influence" internationally.<p>The cancellation "once again confirms doubts about the added value of …

Putin: Syria strike illegal, damages US-Russia ties

The Russian government has condemned missile strikes by the US on a Syrian airbase, saying Washington's action would "inflict major damage on US-Russia ties", according to Russian news agencies.<p>In its first public response to missile strikes by the US , the Kremlin on Friday issued a strong …

UK's Boris Johnson cancels Moscow visit over Syria

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has cancelled a scheduled visit to Moscow due developments in Syria where a suspected poison gas attack in a rebel-held area prompted the United States to launch missile strikes on a Syrian airbase.<p>"Developments in Syria have changed the situation …

Vladimir Putin HATES this meme so much Russia banned it

A viral meme appears to have hurt poor Russian President Vladimir Putin's very sensitive feelings.<p>Last week, the Russian justice ministry added an …

Russia

Thousands gather in Moscow to pay tribute to St Petersburg victims

Thousands of people gathered outside the Kremlin walls on Thursday in solidarity with the victims of Monday’s bomb blast in St Petersburg.<p>The rallies came as the police announced they had made eight new arrests in connection with the attack that killed 13 people and injured more than 50.<p>State …

Extremism

Children taught to glorify war and the invader in Russian-occupied Crimea - Human Rights in Ukraine

Children waving machine guns or ‘thanking’ a monument to the Russian soldiers who invaded Crimea in 2014 are more than tasteless Russian propaganda …

General: U.S. Has 'No Defense' for Russian Ground-Launched Cruise Missile

The U.S. has "no defense" for the type of ground-launched cruise missile that Russia recently deployed, a top American general told members of Congress on Tuesday.<p>General John Hyten, the commander of U.S. Strategic Command, warned that the system "can range and threaten most of the continent of …

Anti-corruption protests continue across Russia

<b>Moscow (CNN) —</b> Anti-corruption protests continued across Russia on Sunday, days after President Vladimir Putin admitted Russia has a problem with state corruption.<p>The protests hit the capital and several other cities, but attendance was notably smaller than the week before, when Russians took to …

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Did Russia Delete Its Twitter Mob?

After our election, the frog bots dispatched to ‘undermine trust, create divisions, and foment chaos’ crossed the Atlantic to plague France.<p>When …

Agitation Grows in Russia

<b>Click on the 'Listen' button above to hear this interview.</b><p>In St. Petersburg, Russia, a bomb on a subway train in St. Petersburg killed an estimated 10 people and injured dozens more on Monday.<p>Russian police suspect that a 22-year-old man from a former Soviet Central Asian country who had links to …

St Petersburg explosion: Russian media wrongly names man as attacker

In the hours after Monday’s bomb attack on the St Petersburg metro, Russian media ran photographs of the man believed to be responsible. Captured on closed circuit television, the man wore all black, what looked like an Islamic prayer cap and had a long dark beard.<p>The photographs were circulated …

Extremism