Russia

Paul Manafort's Mysterious Millions

New reports question whether transactions by the former Trump campaign chair, who has been tied to Russia, indicate possible money laundering.<p>Washington attracts a certain type of person who loves attention—the thrill of the crowd, the glow of the camera. But it also attracts the kind of person who …

Viktor Yanukovych

All the President's Men with Russia Connections: Breaking Down Every Single Staffer's Alleged Ties

What a tangled Soviet web we weave.<p>"Do you think Putin will be going to The Miss Universe Pageant in November in Moscow - if so, will he become my new best friend?" tweeted the future 45th president of the United States back in June 2013. In the years since, Trump's Russia relationship has gotten …

Vladimir Putin

Donald Trump’s businesses appear to have ties with alleged Russian mobsters: report

There's a long history between Trump's business interests and Russian interests<p>President Donald Trump, his company and partners have worked with wealthy Russians and oligarchs from former Soviet republics, according to a USA Today review of court cases, government and legal documents, in order to …

Liberal POV

In Europe's Other 'Divorce,' Ukraine Loses To Russia ... Again

As the world focuses on the “divorce” between the U.K. and E.U., another divorce court hearing for two other former partners was handed down today in London. In Ukraine vs. Russia on Wednesday, a U.K. court said Kiev still owes the Russians a cool $3 billion.<p>Russia lent Ukraine the money in 2013 …

Ukraine

Who is ‘Source D’? The man said to be behind the Trump-Russia dossier’s most salacious claim.

In June, a Belarusan American businessman who goes by the name Sergei Millian shared some tantalizing claims about Donald Trump.<p>Trump had a long-standing relationship with Russian officials, Millian told an associate, and those officials were now feeding Trump damaging information about his …

Vladimir Putin

Wait, We Might Actually Get Some Answers on Russia?

The Senate is mobilizing.<p>So, on Wednesday, Richard Burr, Republican of North Carolina, and Mark Warner, Democrat of Virginia, the chairman and ranking member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, called a press conference to talk about what their committee is planning to do regarding the …

Government

NATO Sends Typhoon Fighter Jets To Romania In Clear Message To Russia

In a move that will surely make the volatile Black Sea region even more interesting, NATO will begin basing fighter jets in Romania in May, the …

Cold War

Russia probe should focus on Trump financial ties: senator

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. Senate investigation into Russia's meddling during the U.S. election should include a thorough review of any financial ties between Russia and President Donald Trump and his associates, Democratic senator Ron Wyden said Wednesday.<p>In a formal written request made to the …

Russian Government

Russia Stirs the Hornet's Nest

Forecast<p><i>Russia will keep trying to exploit divisions in the western Balkans, traditionally a theater of competition for many world powers.</i>• <i><br>Russian</i> …

Moscow

Putin Can't Stop the Growing Dissent Against His Corrupt Rule

Young Russians defied the police and set out on a people's revolution against corruption.

World News

Russia jailed the man who may become Putin’s biggest challenger in the next election

As Russians from Moscow to St. Petersburg take to the streets in a wave of anticorruption protests, organizer and popular opposition leader Alexei Navalny has found himself at the forefront of governmental efforts to suppress dissension.<p>Here's what you need to know about the staunch critic of …

Putin visits Arctic archipelago to reaffirm Russian presence

MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday visited an Arctic archipelago, part of Russia's efforts to reaffirm its foothold in the oil-rich region.<p>On a tour on the Franz Josef Land archipelago, a sprawling collection of islands where the Russian military has recently built a new runway and …

Russian Billionaires, Including Several Tied To Putin, Are Up $104 Billion In The Last Year

Russian billionaires are worth $104 billion more than they were last year, thanks to the recovery of commodity markets and an increase in the value of Russian currency. Many oligarchs got a boost on the heels of Donald Trump’s election as well. In total Russia’s 96 billionaires, including several …

Vladimir Putin

When Russia and Ukraine Battle in Court, the West Wins

In addition to the skirmishes in eastern Ukraine and a full-scale trade and economic war, a battle is raging between Russia and Ukraine in Western courts. For now, the score is just about even.<p>On Wednesday, Judge William Blair of the High Court of Justice, the older brother of former British Prime …

Ukraine

Who is Obama administration official who spilled beans?

The former Obama administration official who admitted earlier this month that her former colleagues tried to secretly gather intelligence on President Trump’s team was no low-level staffer.<p>Evelyn Farkas was once considered the most senior policy officer for Russia within the Pentagon, and she is …

Russian Government

The pressure on Nunes is intensifying. He won’t be able to hold off a reckoning forever.

If not now, when?<p>New signs of increased pressure on House Intelligence Committee Devin Nunes are emerging that could complicate his efforts to prevent a serious investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election and possible collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign. Yet most …

Russian Government

230 Ukraine Immigrants Arrive In Israel

JERUSALEM — Some 230 new immigrants from Ukraine arrived in Israel. The immigrants landed Tuesday at Ben Gurion Airport on a flight organized by the …

Ukraine

U.S. General: 'Fair to Assume' Russia Is Supporting Taliban in Afghanistan Insider

A top U.S. general told Congress today it's "fair to assume" that Russia is providing support to the Taliban in Afghanistan.<p>"I think it is fair to assume they may be providing some sort of support to [the Taliban], in terms of weapons or other things that may be there. I believe what Russia is ... …

Afghanistan

A decorated raven bone discovered in Crimea may provide insight into Neanderthal cognition

The cognitive abilities of Neanderthals are debated, but a raven bone fragment found at the Zaskalnaya VI (ZSK) site in Crimea features two notches …

Crimea

Why Russia gave up Alaska, America's gateway to the Arctic

One hundred and fifty years ago, on March 30, 1867, U.S. Secretary of State William H. Seward and Russian envoy Baron Edouard de Stoeckl signed the …

Alaska

Putin critic says he narrowly escaped death after poisoning

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Russian opposition leader sharply critical of President Vladimir Putin told U.S. lawmakers Wednesday that he narrowly escaped death last month after being poisoned with a substance his doctors still haven't been able to identify.<p>In congressional testimony, Vladimir Kara-Murza …

Russian Government

Dick Cheney lashes out at Russia for “act of war” as neocons try outreach to liberals

Former vice president and leading neocon hawk joins bipartisan coalition comparing Russian hacking with bombing<p>Former Vice President Dick Cheney, one of the few elite Republicans who endorsed Donald Trump for president early in the 2016 campaign cycle, is speaking out against the Russian government …

Russian Government

End the Nunes charade, and follow the Russian money

The Post reports:<p>The House Intelligence Committee’s probe of alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 elections, including potential ties between the Trump team and the Kremlin, is effectively on hold, after its chairman said the panel would not interview more witnesses until two intelligence chiefs …

Russian Government

FBI Director James Comey Tried To Reveal Russian Tampering Months Before Election

Officials from the Obama White House and the Justice Department stopped him from writing an op-ed on the topic, two sources say.

Government

Senators vow Trump-Russia inquiry will be bipartisan and independent

Leaders of Senate’s intelligence committee promised independent inquiry that would ‘follow the intelligence wherever it leads’ amid allegations of a cover-up<p>The leaders of the Senate intelligence committee have pledged that their investigation of Russian interference in last year’s presidential …

Government

Senate Intel Committee Previews Probe Into Russia's Election Meddling

The chairman and vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee briefed reporters on Wednesday about their investigation into President Trump's potential connections to Russia's election meddling.

Russian Government

How Putin's Pursuit of Stalin's Arctic Dream Lost Global Appeal - Bloomberg

Vladimir Putin wanted to remake Josef Stalin’s quest for a greater foothold in the Arctic into a global shipping bonanza that could compete with the …

Climate Change

Face of anti-Kremlin protests is the son of a Putin ally | Reuters

By Maria Tsvetkova and Maria Vasilyeva<br>| MOSCOW<p>MOSCOW Russian high school student Roman Shingarkin had some explaining to do when he got home after …

Protest

Marine Le Pen Snaps At BBC's Emily Maitlis For Questioning Russian Aggression, Tears Into War Rant

Touchy subject?<p>Far-right French leader Marine Le Pen has accused a BBC presenter of warmongering, snapping at a question probing her resilience to Russian aggression.<p>Le Pen, who heads Front National and is leading the French Presidential race, went into a furious rant when asked if she would …

Marine Le Pen

Defiant world chess head says 'revolution' to oust him has failed

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The president of world chess's governing body said on Wednesday that an attempted "revolution" to oust him by falsely announcing his resignation had failed, and that he would serve out his full term and might even stand for re-election.<p>Russia's Kirsan Ilyumzhinov -- a millionaire …

Ukraine