Russia

33 questions about Donald Trump and Russia

Michael Flynn’s resignation — under fire — as national security adviser has the larger question of Donald Trump’s relationship with Russia back in the news. It’s a story that centers on three big, but fundamentally unproven, allegations: that Trump is either on the take from Russia, that he is …

Vladimir Putin

The Trump-Russia Saga Takes a Strange New Turn

The president's personal lawyer, a Trump associate with Mafia ties, and a wealthy pro-Putin Ukrainian lawmaker reportedly joined together to concoct a secret peace plan to resolve the Russia-Ukraine crisis—and lift U.S. sanctions.<p>As the Russian intrigues surrounding <b>Donald Trump</b> continue to pile up,</i> …

Donald Trump

Russia will not pay rent for Crimea, Kremlin says after maverick peace plan emerges in White House

An unofficial peace plan for Ukraine reportedly drawn up by a Ukrainian MP and backed by associates of Donald Trump is “absurd” and would be unacceptable to Russia, the Kremlin said on Monday.<p>Dmitry Peskov, Vladimir Putin’s press secretary, denied prior knowledge of the sealed plan, which includes …

Ukraine

Germany: 'Unacceptable' that Russia accepts separatist Ukraine passports

France and Germany have condemned the Kremlin's decision to accept passports issued by authorities controlled by pro-Russian rebels. Meanwhile, a new ceasefire deal is going into effect in Eastern Ukraine.<p>Germany's government on Monday said that Russia's decision to recognize passports issued by …

Ukraine

Russia preps a psychological profile of Trump. Here's what it says.

MOSCOW — A dossier on Donald Trump's psychological makeup is being prepared for Russian President Vladimir Putin.<p>Among its preliminary conclusions is that the new American leader is a risk-taker who can be naïve, according to a senior Kremlin adviser.<p>Trump "doesn't understand fully who is Mr. Putin …

World News

Ukraine's Drone Army Was Born In a Crucible of Conflict

Ukraine is building an unmanned air force for 21st-century warfare.<p>On the eve of combat, Ukraine's unmanned aerial forces were woefully out of date.<p>Almost three years ago, when confrontation appeared imminent over Russia's annexation of Crimea, Ukraine's military relied on Soviet-era Tu-143 …

Ukraine

The Mystery of the Ukraine Peace Plan

Who is its reported author, Andrii Artemenko, and what does he want?<p>On Sunday, <i>The</i> <i>New York Times</i> reported that two associates of President Donald Trump, including Trump’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, presented a sealed envelope to then-National Security Adviser Michael Flynn containing a secret …

Ukraine

Will Republicans Break With Trump Over Russia?

So says Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House intelligence committee, who predicts his GOP colleagues will come around to his way of thinking.<p>President Donald Trump is “dangerously naïve.”<p>He has a “pathological unwillingness to criticize anything the Kremlin does.” He is discrediting U.S. …

Government

Russia seeks to avoid sanctions by buying equipment from Iran

Russia hopes to get around European Union sanctions by reaching a deal with Iran for the supply of gas turbine equipment for two power plants in Crimea, the head of Russian state defence conglomerate Rostec said on Monday.<p>EU sanctions bar European individuals and companies from providing energy …

Crimea

Sorting Out The Latest Twist In The Trump/Russia Saga: Shady Business Dealings With Russian Mafia Figures

Is there such a thing as a slow news day with President Trump? Over the weekend, a string of accusations, heavily researched pieces, and other reports either arrived or were resurrected (from last fall) on a few fronts. One, that the Trump Organization has been involved with some fairly shady, even …

Vladimir Putin

What Does The World Think Of Trump? Germany Won't Let Washington Join Ukraine Conflict Negotiations

Leaders from Germany, France, Russia and Ukraine met Saturday to discuss how to solve a bloody rebel movement that has torn apart Eastern Ukraine in …

Ukraine

A trove of anti-Soviet jokes recently declassified by the CIA offers a glimpse of Cold War humor

Even spies and assassins have a good sense of humor when it comes to poking fun at their enemies—just look at the woman suspected of killing the former heir apparent to Kim Jong-Il, leader of North Korea, while wearing a LOL shirt. It was no different back in the heyday of spy culture: buried in a …

Soviet Union

John Oliver Pinpoints Precisely What’s So Troubling about Trump and Putin’s Special Relationship

To put it plainly: “Trump is basically the propagandist of Putin’s dreams”—and he’s playing directly into the Russian president’s hands.<p>Unlike, say, the costs of continuing to manufacture the penny or special government districts, <b>Donald Trump’s</b> strange insistence on trying to get along better with</b> …

Vladimir Putin

Trump's Allegiance To Russia Begins With The Oil Industry

The president's deference to Russian energy interests is a disturbing signal of weakness before the Putin regime.<p><i>This article was co-written with</i> Kert Davies<p>Any analysis of Russiagate, and the fateful phone calls between Michael Flynn and Russia’s ambassador to the United States, must address the …

Vladimir Putin

Kremlin defends its recognition of Ukraine rebel passports

MOSCOW (AP) — The Kremlin says its decision to recognize passports and other documents issued by separatist authorities in eastern Ukraine is a response to Ukraine's blockade of rebel regions.<p>The weekend's move by Russian President Vladimir Putin has drawn sharp criticism from Ukraine, which called …

Ukraine

See John Oliver's Warning to Trump About Vladimir Putin, Russia

John Oliver explained why it wouldn't be so "nice if we actually got along with Russia," as Donald Trump often says, in a <i>Last Week Tonight</i> exposé …

Vladimir Putin

Kremlin denies Montenegro assassination plot

Moscow has rejected allegations that it was involved in a plot to assassinate Montenegro's prime minister. A Montenegrin prosecutor had said the alleged conspiracy was aimed at halting the country's NATO integration.<p>The Kremlin on Monday denied interfering in Montenegro's internal affairs, strongly …

World News

We need a special prosecutor to investigate the Russian plot

<i>This article first appeared on the Just Security site.</i><p>The U.S. intelligence community has concluded that a covert Russian operation targeting the …

Russian Government

John Oliver Takes A Long Look At Trump’s Bizarre Russia Fetish: ‘He’s Nicer To Putin Than Meryl Streep’

On Sunday night’s episode of <i>Last Week Tonight</i>, John Oliver couldn’t avoid discussing Donald Trump again, which is an understandable dilemma. The man dominated the media before he was elected, and things are even more chaotic now. So, Oliver turned to a subject that was ripe for ribbing … Trump’s …

Comedy

Oliver Stone bonds with Putin during documentary interviews

While controversy has swirled over Michael Flynn’s abrupt resignation as national security adviser due to his contact with Vladimir Putin’s regime, …

Documentaries

New Ukraine Truce Begins Amid Fresh Push to Resolve Conflict - Bloomberg

A new cease-fire began in eastern Ukraine as international diplomacy to resolve the nation’s conflict with Kremlin-backed insurgents gathers pace.<p>The …

Ukraine

John Oliver tries to warn Trump about Putin — through horrible techno music

Throughout campaign season and since winning the election, President Donald Trump has asked, “Wouldn’t it be great if we actually got along with Russia?”<p>John Oliver isn’t so sure. “It would also be nice if you could walk right up to a bear and hug it,” the “Last Week Tonight” host said on Sunday’s …

Vladimir Putin

Study looks at free-trade-with-Russia scenario

Free trade between the EU and Russia could bring enormous benefits for both sides, a study by the Munich-based Ifo economic research institute suggests. Only, the Ukraine conflict still stands in the way.<p>A free trade area for the European Union, Russia and other states would have economic …

World News

Germany wartime movie star 'was a Russian spy'

One of Germany’s most popular film stars of the Nazi and postwar eras was a suspected Soviet spy, according to newly declassified records.<p>Marika Rökk shot to fame in the 1930s when Joseph Goebbels, the Nazi propaganda minister, decided Germany needed a movie icon to rival Hollywood leading ladies …

World War II

Top Russia Diplomat Questions US Surveillance Motives

Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov delivers his speech during the 53rd Munich Security Conference in Munich, Germany Saturday.Russia’s top …

Sergey Lavrov

John Oliver perfectly explains to Donald Trump why Putin is bad news

Russia is currently one of Donald Trump’s worst problems, one that the President keeps dismissing as “fake news.” After Michael Flynn’s resignation …

Donald Trump

Head of the AfD Frauke Petry meets with Russian officials in Moscow

The head of Germany's populist party AfD has met with high-level Russian politicians in a secretive meeting in Moscow. Petry's office refused to clarify who else attended the talks.<p>Frauke Petry, the prominent co-chair of Germany's nationalist AfD party, met with senior Russian politicians in Moscow …

World News

Allegations against Michael Flynn add up to what?

The issue with the ouster of Michael Flynn as national security adviser is not the mishandling of classified information, despite some of President Donald Trump's tweets about it. It's about Flynn's detractors selectively disclosing to the public the communications of U.S. officials, and how this …

Russian Government

Kremlin building psychological portrait of Trump

Russian President Vladimir Putin is already beginning the prep work for his first face-to-face meeting with President Trump. NBC's Bill Neely reports.

Kremlin

The new global plutocracy

President Trump has more in common with Russia's Vladimir Putin and Chinese business titans than most people realize.<p>Trump represents the latest …

Social Justice