Russia

Why Russia's ballistic-missile defense works and the US's kinda doesn't

The US has spent $40 billion on the ground-based midcourse ballistic-missile-defense system.<p>By the end of 2017, the US wants to have 44 missile interceptors stationed in Alaska and California to fend off a possible nuclear-missile attack.<p>While the ground-based midcourse missile-defense system has …

North Korea

Siemens dumps Russian partner after turbines end up in Crimea

Siemens is scaling back its business in Russia after it learned that power generation equipment was being diverted to Crimea.<p>The German industrial group said it had received "credible information" that four gas turbines destined for a project in southern Russia had been "modified and illegally …

Crimea

Exclusive: Moscow lawyer who met Trump Jr. had Russian spy agency as client

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Russian lawyer who met Donald Trump Jr. after his father won the Republican nomination for the 2016 U.S. presidential election counted Russia's FSB security service among her clients for years, Russian court documents seen by Reuters show.<p>The documents show that the lawyer, …

World News

Russia’s Foreign Minister Suggests Trump And Putin May Have Met ‘More Than Just Three Times’ At G-20

Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin’s handshake seen ’round the world at the G-20 summit in Germany led to a two-hour private meeting between the pair — as well as a secret meeting that was kept off the books. According to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, however, Trump and Putin may have also …

Vladimir Putin

Donald Trump Jr.’s actions meet a standard for treason

There are 12 words on the record that make the treason case against Donald Trump Jr., and Trump's voters don't care<p>The maelstrom of chaos, apparent confusion, and political effluence that is emitted by Donald Trump’s White House on a near daily basis is overwhelming. Partly by design from Trump’s …

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Vladimir Putin: 'I may not leave Russian presidency'

A question-and-answer session at a Sochi school was designed to make Putin seem youth-friendly after recent youth demonstrations<p>Asked what he plans to do when he leaves the presidency, Vladimir Putin paused and smiled. “But I haven’t decided yet if I will leave the presidency,” the Russian leader …

Vladimir Putin

The Magnitsky Affair and Russia’s Original Sin

Magnitsky's death at the hand of the state exposed the rot at the heart of Moscow. Its ripple effects have shaped Russian foreign and domestic policy …

Magnitsky Act

Russia’s Strategy: Built on Illusion

Strong powers can underplay their hands and afford to make mistakes. Weak powers, on the other hand, need to exaggerate their power and be far more precise in its use. Power is like money; the less you have, the more you need to flaunt it and the fewer mistakes you can afford to make. But by trying …

Soviet Union

Trump's Recently Disclosed Putin Conversation Is 'Nixon All Over Again'

Harry Obst, who worked as a German interpreter for seven U.S. presidents through Bill Clinton, says he can only remember one who ever dispensed with an interpreter during discussions with a foreign leader: Richard Nixon.<p>It was a bad idea for lots of reasons, the author of <i>White House Interpreter:</i> …

Richard Nixon

Did the United States interfere in Russian elections?

<i>Tom Malinowski served as assistant secretary of state for democracy, human rights and labor from 2014 to 2017.</i><p>Russia President Vladimir Putin denies meddling in U.S. politics — though he sometimes suggests, with a wink, that “patriotic” Russians may have done so. But there is one point that he …

Putin says he might be president for life

Russian President Vladimir Putin might remain in office for the rest of his life, he acknowledged Friday.<p>"I have not yet decided yet whether I will …

Vladimir Putin

Sources: Congress close to deal on Russia sanctions

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> House and Senate leaders are close to an agreement on a bipartisan Russian sanctions package and could announce a deal as early as Friday afternoon, according to three sources familiar with the negotiations.<p>Congress hopes to approve the bill and put it on the President's desk …

Politics

Watch NBC News' Full Interview with Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov

Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov sat down with NBC News' Keir Simmons to discuss the relationship between President Putin and President Trump.

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Putin says yet to decide whether to run for president again

MOSCOW (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin said on Friday he had not yet decided whether to run for re-election in 2018, but promised not to change the constitution to allow him to keep on running for Russia's top political post indefinitely.<p>Putin, who has dominated Russia's political landscape …

Vladimir Putin

What Does Russiagate Look Like to Russians?

Russia isn't as strong as we think, but they do have nukes – which is why beating the war drum is a mistake<p>Last Wednesday, former adviser to Bill and …

Politics

On this day: The first Russian Tsar of the house of Romanov was crowned

Michael Romanov was the Tsar of Russia from 1613 to 1645 and founder of the Romanov dynasty, which ruled Russia until 1917. He was crowned on July 21, 1613 in Dormition Cathedral.<p>Alexei Tolstoy described the country inherited by Tsar Michael: "Russia was ravaged and ruined. The Crimean Tatars …

History

Chicagoan's run-in with the Russian lawyer at the heart of Trump. Jr. scandal

Reports Friday that <b>Natalia Veselnitskaya</b> — the Russian lawyer who met with <b>Donald Trump Jr.</b> in June 2016 — previously represented the Russian spy agency FSB come as no surprise to Chicago-born businessman <b>Bill Browder</b>.<p>He's been sparring with Veselnitskaya for years. For him, it's personal.<p>Browder, …

Magnitsky Act

Russian man at Trump Jr meeting had partner with Soviet intelligence ties

Irakly Kaveladze’s partner Boris Goldstein was a Soviet-born banker whose ties to former KGB officials attracted interest from US investigators in the 1990s<p>A Russian participant in the notorious meeting held by Donald Trump’s son at Trump Tower last year had a business partner who was linked by US …

Soviet Union

US general says allies worry Russian war game may be 'Trojan horse'

U.S. allies in eastern Europe and Ukraine are worried that Russia's planned war games in September could be a "Trojan horse" aimed at leaving behind …

War

Is Trump Bad News for Putin?

The American president has not proved quite the ally Moscow may have expected.<p>When it emerged that Donald Trump had had a second, unscheduled and unsupervised chat with Vladimir Putin, the president of Russia, the media’s already-overstressed conspirometer dialed up to 11. But what if the real …

Vladimir Putin

Russia sanctions deal taking shape without changes Trump sought

Negotiators in both parties are nearing final approval of a sweeping sanctions deal that does not include changes the White House sought to make it easier for President Donald Trump to ease penalties against Russia, congressional sources said Friday.<p>The imminent accord on a package of sanctions …

Donald Trump

Putin is not the master of control many think he is

<b>(CNN) —</b> The plot seems to thicken on a daily basis in Washington.<p>We've learned this week that a second -- previously undisclosed -- meeting took place between President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G20 summit in Germany this month.<p>We have also recently learned that in …

Vladimir Putin

Here’s what President Trump has done for Russia

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) took a break from dealing with his brain-cancer diagnosis on Thursday to rebuke the White House. After The Washington Post on Wednesday revealed the Trump administration's recent decision to halt a CIA program to arm moderate Syrian rebels, the Senate Armed Services …

Vladimir Putin

5 more Ukrainian soldiers have been killed as a bloody surge in fighting continues

Five Ukrainian soldiers were killed and eight more were wounded Thursday night and Friday morning in eastern Ukraine, according to the Ukrainian Defense Ministry.<p>One soldier was killed and another was wounded on Thursday night near the Butovka coal mine, and three soldiers were killed and seven …

Ukraine

Why is Vladimir Putin holding a news conference just for kids?

MOSCOW — The ad begins: “Hey, did you see?” one Russian tween messages another on Russia’s version of Facebook.<p>The news is that Putin’s going to be talking to kids on TV.<p>“No way!” the other replies. “What would you ask Putin?”<p>They muse. School exams. Where will I find work?<p>And then they start …

Vladimir Putin

Trump's new Ukraine envoy to visit country's embattled east

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration's new special representative for Ukraine negotiations is making his first trip to embattled eastern Ukraine.<p>The State Department says Kurt Volker departs Friday for eastern Ukraine, where he'll meet with people "affected by Russian aggression." Over …

Ukraine

The Russian Revolution, Debt Repudiation, War and Peace | Global Research - Centre for Research on Globalization

<i>In early January 1918, the Soviet government suspended payment on foreign debt, and in early February 1918 it decreed that all Tsarist debts were</i> …

Soviet Union

Stephen Colbert Goes To Russia To Investigate Trump’s Golden Shower Tape “Bombshell”

Kicking off his Night 4 of Russia Week, <i>Late Show</i> host Stephen Colbert said he took the trip to investigate the infamous dossier report that President …

Donald Trump

Classic McCain: Here's The Senator's Message To The Trump Administration Just Hours After He Revealed Cancer Diagnosis

If a statement he issued just hours after revealing to the world that he has been diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumor is any indication, Arizona …

Vladimir Putin

Alyssa Milano Is Fighting to Hold Trump Accountable for Russia ‘Collusion’

The renowned actress has launched an initiative to “hold the Trump administration accountable for collusion with Russia.” Here, she opens up about her political activism.<p>If you happened to be strolling the streets of northern Atlanta on March 28, you could have scored a ride from Alyssa Milano.<p>The …

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