Russia

What Russia's Latest Protests Mean for Putin

After the largest demonstrations in years erupted across the country on Sunday, the Kremlin is fighting back.<p>MOSCOW— It’s not a rare sight in this city to see tens of thousands of people pour into the streets to express their opposition to the government that makes its home here. Moscow was the …

Moscow

Sanctions, spies, and oligarchs: Putin’s pet bank and its meeting with Jared Kushner

Jared Kushner, US president Donald Trump’s son-in-law, is to be the latest White House official grilled over the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia, the New York Times reports (paywall). In December Kushner met with Russian ambassador Sergei Kislyak alongside fired former national security adviser …

Jared Kushner

Putin Should Fear a New Generation of Protesters

At first sight, the Russian anti-corruption protests on Sunday didn't draw enough people to rock the Kremlin. And yet they must be extremely worrying for Russian President Vladimir Putin: The movement against him, which he had every reason to write off as dead, is attracting a new generation of …

Kremlin

This Badass Woman Has Become A Symbol For Russia's Young Protesters

Ducks, trainers, and a badass woman all defined Sunday's protests.<p>Posted on March 27, 2017, 10:45 GMT<p>On Sunday, thousands of Russians gathered in cities across Russia to protest against Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.<p>Maxim Shemetov / Reuters<p>The protests were organized by Alexei Navalny, one of …

World News

Russia is the house that Vladimir Putin built – and he’ll never abandon it

By co-opting the masses against the elite, the president has shaped a country to echo his values and grievances. And now he’s working to secure his legacy<p>When Vladimir Putin was asked about his job, two years after becoming master of the Kremlin on New Year’s Eve, 1999, he said something about …

Democracy

Life under Russia not all it was cracked up to be: Crimean ex-leader

| SEVASTOPOL, Crimea<p>The pro-Moscow Crimean politician who signed a document handing control over the Ukrainian peninsula to Russia in March 2014 said the three years since had been a time of disappointment for many people in the region.<p>Alexei Chaliy, who at the time of Russia's annexation was the …

Ukraine

Why have I been arrested? Maybe you killed Kennedy, the Russian officer said

I was detained by riot police while covering a demonstration in Moscow. The treatment of peaceful protesters was shocking<p>I raised my phone to take a photo as riot police suddenly began detaining protesters, but before I could get the picture a pair of thick arms grabbed me. A trooper in a black …

Policing

US War Crimes In Iraq? Russia Wants UN Meeting After Airstrike Kills 200 Civilians In Mosul

Russia’s top diplomat asked Monday for an impromptu meeting in the United Nations’ Security Council following the United States’ admission to an …

Sergey Lavrov

DICK CHENEY: 'No question' Russia meddled in the US election, and it could be 'an act of war'

In a wide-ranging speech at the Economic Times' Global Business Summit on Monday, former US Vice President Dick Cheney spoke unequivocally about Russia's meddling in the 2016 US presidential election.<p>Cheney said there were a "rising number of threats" in the world that, beyond national security, …

World News

At Least 500 Demonstrators Arrested In Moscow

Thousands of Russians protested against corruption in what appears to be the largest public demonstrations in the past few years. The crowds gathered to protest government corruption, many calling for Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev's resignation. The main leader of the anti-corruption movement, …

Dmitry Medvedev

America Is Ill-Prepared to Counter Russia's Information Warfare

When historians look back at the 2016 election, they will likely determine that it represented one of the most successful information operation campaigns ever conducted. A foreign power, through the targeted application of cyber tools to influence America’s electoral process, was able to cast doubt …

Opinion

Paul Manafort's ties to Russia are about more than politics. They're also about money.

In June 2005, former Donald Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort proposed extensive lobbying on behalf of Russia, the <i>Associated Press</i> reported …

Vladimir Putin

Russia And Iran's Growing Cooperation Hints At A New Middle East

Clément Therme, <i>École des Hautes Études en sciences sociales (EHESS)</i><p>Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Iranian counterpart, Hassan Rouhani, will meet for the eighth time in four years from March 27 to 29. According to the Tehran Times, both sides are “preparing more than ten documents for …

Iran

Kushner, Kremlin, korruption?

Trump son-in-law and senior advisor Jared Kushner is going to be interviewed by the Senate Intelligence Committee about his contact with Russian …

Kremlin

From spy to president: the rise of Vladimir Putin

He’s intent on pushing back against the Western world order ... and it appears to be working.<p>Vladimir Putin has been ruling Russia since 1999. In that time, he’s shaped the country into an authoritarian and militaristic society. Today, as president of Russia, he’s challenging the US-led Western …

Rights group: More than 1,000 arrested in Belarus protests

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — A Belarusian human rights group says more than 1,000 people have been arrested for weekend protests in the former Soviet Republic and that about 150 of them have been sentenced to jail terms of up to 25 days.<p>Opponents of authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko held …

Ukraine

World chess body chief alleges plot to oust him - TASS

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Russian head of world chess's governing body FIDE said on Monday he was the victim of a plot to oust him but denied a report by his own organisation that he had resigned.<p>The statement on the FIDE website said Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, its president since 1995, had announced his …

The Russian regime’s critics are falling dead, but their discontent can’t be killed

ON MONDAY, March 20, Denis Voronenkov met a Post journalist in the lobby bar of Kiev’s five-star Premier Palace Hotel, along with his wife, seeming to feel he was in danger. “For our personal safety, we can’t let them know where we are,” he said. Both Mr. Voronenkov and his wife were former members …

Dmitry Medvedev

Rouhani hints at 'big development in energy cooperations' between Russia and Iran

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Monday that Tehran welcomed Russian investment in its gas and oil fields, signaling major developments in energy cooperation between the two countries.<p>"There is a huge potential for Russian investment in Iran's energy sector," Rouhani told reporters at …

Iran

Russia broadening economic ties with Asian and African countries

Sergei Dankvert, the Head of Russia’s Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Control in Moscow, said Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Iran, …

South Africa

Russia: Vladimir Putin critic Alexei Navalny gets 15 days in jail following nationwide protests

<b>Moscow:</b> The wave of nationwide demonstrations that shook Russia's long dormant political scene over the weekend showed a new face of protest: mostly …

Dmitry Medvedev

1938: Japan Almost Attacked Russia

Michael Peck [2]<p>Tactically, the battle highlighted the weaknesses of an infantry-centric army fighting a conventional battle against mechanized …

Military History

WH Rejects Special Prosecutor for Russia Probe: Will GOP Oppose?

Matt Schlapp, American Conservative Union Chair, joins us to discuss if there is more of a risk for Republicans to resist Pres. Trump on his …

Politics

Russia's weekend protesters were young, organized, and ready to challenge Putin

Going into Sunday, no one really knew how many people would show up for the “anti-corruption” rallies across Russia. But show up they did.<p>Independent estimates say some 60,000 Russians defied strict government, anti-assembly laws in more than 90 cities across Russia — the largest turnout against …

Protest

How a Premier May Become a Strongman in Serbia: QuickTake Q&A - Bloomberg

The April 2 presidential election in Serbia, a country with strong cultural and religious ties to Russia that’s seeking to join the European Union, …

Iran's Rouhani seeks deals with new friend Russia

| MOSCOW<p>Iran's president met Russia's prime minister on Monday in a bid to develop a warming relationship that has been greatly strengthened by both sides' involvement on the same side of the war in Syria.<p>Beginning a visit to Moscow, President Hassan Rouhani told Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev: "I …

Iran

Lend-Lease Saved Countless Lives — But Probably Didn’t Win the Eastern Front

A British Valentine tank sets off for Russia. Photo via WikimediaThe Western allies certainly gave the Soviets a major boostby ROBERT BECKHUSENAround …

Military History

Vladimir Putin's critics keep turning up dead

9:53 a.m. ET<p>While many moderate Republicans are now eyeing opportunities to cooperate with Democrats on health care, still others are doubling-down …

Russian Government

Making sense of FBI Director James Comey's Testimony

Source: (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)<p>FBI Director Jim Comey’s testimony on March 20, 2017 was an eye opener and nothing to smirk at. The FBI is …

FBI

How Vladimir Putin rose to power and Made Russia Great Again

This video from Vox explains how Vladimir Putin took advantage of the post-Soviet political and economic chaos in Russia to become its leader in a …