Russia

Kushner Met With Russian Banker Who Is Putin Crony, Spy School Grad

The Russian banker Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner met with in December is viewed by U.S. intelligence as a "Putin crony" and a graduate of a "finishing school" for spies who was often tasked with sensitive financial operations by Putin, according to multiple U.S. officials and documents viewed by …

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This is why presidents want backchannels and how it can go wrong

The Washington Post reports that presidential son-in-law and adviser, Jared Kushner, met with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak to set up a secret and secure communications channel between Trump’s transition team and the Kremlin. In itself, this is not necessarily surprising. The use of back …

Soviet Union

Jared Kushner’s Growing Stench of Treason

Nobody knows yet whether the president's son-in-law broke any laws. But "traitor" is more than just a legal term.<p>It’s time to talk about treason.<p>We …

Jared Kushner

Putin and Erdogan want deeper strategic partnership: Kremlin

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkey's Tayyip Erdogan confirmed in a phone call their mutual desire for a deepening of the strategic partnership between their two countries, the Kremlin said on Saturday.<p>The Kremlin said the two leaders discussed agreements previously made …

World News

The Filmmaker Holding Putin’s Feet to the Fire

After helming the Ukrainian revolution doc ‘Maidan,’ Sergei Loznitsa is back at Cannes with ‘A Gentle Creature’—a disturbing portrait of contemporary Russia.<p>CANNES, France – It’s difficult to imagine a grimmer cinematic portrait of Vladimir Putin’s Russia than the one depicted in Sergei Loznitsa’s <i>A</i> …

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The last Romanov residence: 9 facts about Livadia Palace

This summer palace was designed in the Italian style and ended up being the last residence built for the Russian imperial family, the Romanovs. It was the site of many significant events, such as the Yalta Conference, where leaders of the Allied forces met in 1945. RBTH explores the rich history of …

History

Trump’s White House Does Not Want To Talk About Kushner And Russia. At All.

Top aides McMaster and Cohn refuse to answer questions about a report that Trump’s son-in-law wanted to set up a secret back channel to speak with Russia.<p>GIARDINI NAXOS, Italy – Two of President Donald Trump’s top aides Saturday refused to discuss a report that his son-in-law Jared Kushner had …

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Russia is planning to build an Arctic military research center to further its polar buildup

The Russian Defense Ministry, at the direction of President Vladimir Putin, is planning to build a military research and testing center in the Arctic, Russian state-owned media outlet Sputnik reported on Friday.<p>The research center will be used for developing weapons and military logistics designed …

Vladimir Putin

Jared Kushner was right to seek private channels with Russia

Just as the Russia fracas in Washington seemed to be dying down, Donald Trump’s critics have found a new Russia-related stick to beat him with. The …

Donald Trump

BuzzFeed sued by Russian bank for publishing the infamous Trump dossier

Alfa Bank, implicated in a conspiracy, filed a defamation lawsuit against BuzzFeed<p>Owners of a Russian bank are suing BuzzFeed for publishing an unsubstantiated dossier that claimed that the businessmen were part of Moscow’s campaign to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election, Politico …

Liberal POV

Danish man arrested in Russian raid on Jehovah's Witness service

A Danish national was arrested this week during a police raid in the central city of Oryol, Russia, during a worship service by members of the Jehovah's Witnesses, which Russia recently banned as an extremist organization.<p>The Dane was identified as Dennis Christensen, according to a spokesman for …

Jehovah's Witnesses

Russia hacks Gmail: Kremlin hackers abused Google services to target Putin critics

Russian hackers with links to the Kremlin targeted over 200 Gmail users as part of a massive cyberespionage and disinformation campaign.<p>Russian …

Security

Trump team planning post-trip retool to address Russia fallout

After returning to Washington, President Trump is expected to meet this week with his team of senior advisers to discuss possible changes to his …

Donald Trump

G7 leaders agree to maintain sanctions on Russia, fight protectionism

The Group of Seven nations struck deals on sanctions against Russia and global trade, overcoming disputes on two issues that threatened to pit U.S. President Donald Trump against the other six leaders.<p>The nations agreed at a summit Saturday to maintain sanctions on Russia for its interference in …

World Trade Organization

Trump claims defense money is pouring into NATO after speech

President Trump on Saturday claimed that money was "beginning to pour in" to NATO, just two days after he gave a speech scolding allies for not …

Donald Trump

Artists are protesting as Russia targets an avant-garde theater director

MOSCOW — A sensational embezzlement investigation involving a theater company has sparked a protest among prominent figures in Russia’s arts community, pitting directors and actors against powerful Russian law enforcement agencies and prompting appeals to Russian President Vladimir Putin to …

World News

Why St Nicholas works wonders for Russians

<b>The Soviet Union turned its back on religion but modern Russia, under Vladimir Putin - the former KGB officer - has made religion, nationalism, patriotism and conservatism cornerstones of the Russian state, reports BBC Moscow correspondent Steve Rosenberg.</b><p>One hundred years ago, the Russian …

Putin discusses Syria, economic ties with Iran's Rouhani - Kremlin

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Iran's Hassan Rouhani held a phone call in which the two leaders stressed the need for more joint efforts to resolve the Syria crisis and discussed economic ties, the Kremlin said on Saturday.<p>The Kremlin added that Putin congratulated Rouhani on his recent …

Kremlin

As President Trump Returns to U.S., Efforts to Counter Russia Probe Fallout Intensify

The president will reportedly hire a team of lawyers and create a "war room" to counter Russia claims, as new damaging new reports emerged Friday.

Donald Trump

JFK’s Russian Conspiracy

On a day in early December, one of Moscow’s agents in the United States, working undercover as a journalist for <i>Izvestia</i>, reported a private meeting …

Robert F. Kennedy

Zbigniew Brzezinski, National Security Adviser to Jimmy Carter, dies at 89

Zbigniew Brzezinski, the hawkish strategic theorist who was national security adviser to President Jimmy Carter in the tumultuous years of the Iran …

Foreign Policy

US sanctions on Russia to continue, says Donald Trump's economic adviser

<b>Taormina (Italy)</b>: US President Donald Trump favours keeping in place the sanctions Western nations imposed on Russia over Moscow's role in the …

Donald Trump

France's Macron says hopes Trump will finally back climate deal

French President Emmanuel Macron said on Saturday he hoped U.S President Donald Trump would end up backing the 2015 Paris climate change agreement despite declining to do so during a Group of Seven summit in Sicily.<p>"I told Donald Trump that it was crucial that the United States remained fully …

World News

The Hottest Summer Vacation Spot Is In Putin's Backyard

One of the most isolated countries in Europe has opened up its doors to American travelers for the first time—giving tourists a look behind the Iron Curtain.<p>Alex turned and looked at me as we sped down the highway. “Welcome to the last dictatorship in Europe!” he shouted, jerking the SUV slightly …

Soviet Union

Trade and Russia unresolved issues in G7 communique - source | Reuters

TAORMINA, Italy Group of Seven (G7) leaders have still not agreed to joint language on the issues of trade and Russia, a G7 source said, hours before …

G-7 Leaders Agree to Maintain Sanctions on Russia, Fight Protectionism -- Update

TAORMINA, Italy -- The Group of Seven nations struck deals on sanctions against Russia and global trade, overcoming disputes on two issues that threatened to pit U.S. President Donald Trump against the other six leaders.<p>The nations agreed at a summit Saturday to maintain sanctions on Russia for its …

World Trade Organization

Donald Trump setting up 'war room' to take on Congress' Russia investigation

The Trump administration is due to launch its most aggressive effort yet to push back against allegations that the President had colluded with Russia …

Donald Trump

Malta accuses Russia of cyber-attacks in run-up to election

IT systems ‘hit’ after prime minister took on central European role<p>The embattled Maltese government has claimed that it has come under attack from a Russian-backed campaign to undermine it, amid worsening relations with the Kremlin.<p>Malta assumed the presidency of Europe’s Council of Ministers in …

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Macron and Putin are going to meet on Monday

Paris (AFP) - France's new President Emmanuel Macron will hold delicate talks with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on Monday with the two countries harbouring longstanding differences over Ukraine and Syria.<p>Coming just three weeks after an election in which the Kremlin was widely seen as …

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Even the Russians Are Scared to Death for America!

They’ve been here before, after all.<p>In March, <b>Vladimir Zhirinovsky</b>, the leader of the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia, was giving a speech about corruption at the Duma. Zhirinovsky, who is known for his theatrics, accused his fellow lawmakers, who don’t really make laws so much as rubber-stamp …

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