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    Former Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod RosensteinThe Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Facebook - Trump's erratic tweets upend stimulus talks; COVID-19 spreads in White House Watchdog finds top DOJ officials were 'driving force' behind Trump's child separation policy: NYT Judiciary Committee postpones hearing with McCabe on Russia probe MORE says he expects the Justice Department to “ignore the president’s threats against his political opponents.” Rosenstein reacted to Trump's comments this week pushing Attorney General William BarrBill BarrPompeo says he expects more Clinton emails to be released before election Trump calls into Rush Limbaugh's show for two hours Report: Barr says review of Russia investigation won't be ready before election MORE to produce results in the probe into how the Obama administration initially investigated his campaign's contacts with Russia in 2016. “The Department of Justice will ignore the President's threats against his political opponents, as it has in the past,” Rosenstein tweeted late Friday. “Because...
    A new film, “The Plot Against the President,” examines the "slow-moving coup engineered by a coterie of the American establishment elite, targeting not only the president, but the whole country” when Democrats attempted to link President Trump’s campaign to Russia.   “The Plot Against the President” is based on Lee Smith’s best-selling 2019 book, “The Plot Against the President: The True Story of How Congressman Devin Nunes Uncovered the Biggest Political Scandal in U.S. History.”   NUNES: TRANSCRIPTS SHOW RUSSIA INVESTIGATION WAS 'PHONY THE WHOLE TIME'  The documentary chronicles Rep. Devin Nunes as he “uncovered the operation” to bring down Trump and has been adapted to include the developments that have come out since the book was released last year.   “There are things in this movie that I don’t even feel comfortable knowing, but everyone needs to know. There are also various important firsthand players that have previously not been interviewed or become household names yet, for instance Kash Patel, who is central to this story,” director Amanda Milius said when promoting the documentary.   DECLASSIFIED TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE DOCS...
    MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia has not opened its own criminal investigation into wanted Belarusian opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, the interior ministry in Moscow said on Thursday. Tsikhanouskaya was added to Russia's wanted list through a mechanism outlined under the auspices of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) regional bloc, the ministry said in a statement on its website. Belarus, a traditional ally of Russia, is a member of the CIS. Tsikhanouskaya fled to neighbouring Lithuania shortly after a disputed Aug. 9 election and has since met with European political leaders and called for President Alexander Lukashenko to leave power. The Belarusian interior ministry's spokeswoman did not immediately reply to a request for comment on Tsikhanouskaya's status in Belarus when asked on Wednesday. (Reporting by Polina Ivanova; writing by Tom Balmforth; editing by) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.
    GENEVA (Reuters) - Russia called on Monday for an evaluation of the legal and financial repercussions of the Trump administration announcing the U.S. withdrawal from the World Health Organization (WHO) next July. Russia's delegation, addressing a two-day meeting of WHO's Executive Board, said: "We need to analyse legal procedures and administrative and financial procedures regarding steps taken by the United States against the WHO." The United States will not pay some $80 million it owes the WHO and will instead redirect the money to help pay its United Nations bill in New York, a U.S. official said on Sept 2. (Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.
    BERLIN (Reuters) - The European Union must give a clear response toward Russia by imposing sanctions following the poisoning of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny with an internationally banned nerve agent, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said on Saturday. "I am convinced that there will be no longer any way around sanctions," Maas told news portal t-online in an interview. "Sanctions must always be targeted and proportionate. But such a grave violation of the International Chemical Weapons Convention cannot be left unanswered. On this, we're united in Europe," Maas added. Germany currently holds the rotating presidency of the 27-member bloc. (Reporting by Michael Nienaber, editing by Louise Heavens) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.
    KYIV – Belarusian authorities on Friday announced they were imposing sanctions against the European Union, and threatened to revise the country's diplomatic relations with the bloc, in response to EU sanctions on several dozen Belarus officials accused of falsifying presidential election results and leading a crackdown on peaceful protesters. Russia said it would also follow Belarus' sanctions on the bloc. The EU in the early hours of Friday decided to impose sanctions on about 40 officials, with the exception of President Alexander Lukashenko, who was re-elected in August in a vote the opposition sees as rigged. In response, the Foreign Ministry of Belarus issued a statement announcing its own sanctions against European officials. “The Belarusian side, starting from today, puts into effect a retaliatory sanctions list,” the statement said. The ministry didn't reveal the list and gave no details as to how many officials were on it....
    By YURAS KARMANAU, Associated Press KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Belarusian authorities on Friday announced they were imposing sanctions against the European Union, and threatened to revise the country's diplomatic relations with the bloc, in response to EU sanctions on several dozen Belarus officials accused of falsifying presidential election results and leading a crackdown on peaceful protesters. Russia said it would also follow Belarus' sanctions on the bloc. The EU in the early hours of Friday decided to impose sanctions on about 40 officials, with the exception of President Alexander Lukashenko, who was re-elected in August in a vote the opposition sees as rigged. In response, the Foreign Ministry of Belarus issued a statement announcing its own sanctions against European officials. “The Belarusian side, starting from today, puts into effect a retaliatory sanctions list,” the statement said. The ministry didn't reveal the list and gave no details as to how many...
    Former FBI Director James Comey Defended the Russia probe during Senate testimony as done by the book 'in the main' as he faced angry criticism from Republicans in the final weeks before Election Day. He was repeatedly questioned by lawmakers about ex British intelligence officer Chris Steele's 'golden showers' dossier, as well as alleged FBI misconduct during the probe. Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham, a Trump loyalist, complained that the FBI used the dossier 'over and over and over' again even though they found it 'fundamentally unsound. Graham, a Republican facing a suddenly tough reelection in South Carolina, fumed: 'What do we do — we just say that was bad, that's the way it goes? Does anybody get fired? Does anybody go to jail?' Graham said. Former FBI director James Comey testifies via videoconference during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020,...
    Robert Mueller defended his Russia investigation against criticism from former special counsel prosecutor Andrew Weissmann and others, arguing that he ran the effort “without any interest in currying favor or fear of the consequences." The 76-year-old former FBI director, who has only spoken out about the Russia investigation one other time since testifying before Congress last summer, also said he stood by his team members and his report. “It is not surprising that members of the Special Counsel’s Office did not always agree, but it is disappointing to hear criticism of our team based on incomplete information,” Mueller said in a rare public statement first obtained by the Washington Post. “When important decisions had to be made, I made them. I did so as I have always done, without any interest in currying favor or fear of the consequences. I stand by those decisions and by the...
    By Andrei Makhovsky MINSK (Reuters) - Belarusian security forces began detaining people on Sunday as tens of thousands of protesters gathered in Minsk for the seventh straight weekend calling on veteran President Alexander Lukashenko to step down. Riot police pulled people out of crowds and hauled them away into vans, a Reuters witness said. The Russian news agency Interfax said at least 10 people had been detained. Several metro stations were shut and the mobile internet disrupted. Belarus plunged into turmoil after Lukashenko claimed a landslide victory in the Aug 9 election that his opponents say was blatantly rigged. He denies electoral fraud and says the protests have foreign backing. Lukashenko was inaugurated for a sixth term on Wednesday in a ceremony held without any prior announcement, sparking more protests and condemnation from the European Union, the United States and Britain. Russia said the EU's decision not to recognise Lukashenko...
    VILNIUS, LITHUANIA — Ten NATO nations kicked off the Tobruq Legacy multinational aerial exercises this week over the skies of Lithuania, Poland and Germany, aiming to practice defending NATO’s most vulnerable region from a Russian air attack. “This is the flank of NATO where the adversary has absolute superiority in the air,” Lithuanian Defense Minister Raimundas Karoblis told the Washington Examiner at the Defense Ministry in Vilnius Thursday, emphasizing the importance of aerial defense exercises as a deterrent signal to Russia. The Baltic states on the eastern flank of the alliance have no offensive air capabilities but bear borders with Russia. Lithuania and Poland also butt against the heavily fortified Russian exclave of Kaliningrad, leaving critical infrastructure and vital NATO air bases open to attack in a conflict that could easily cut them off from the rest of NATO. “Kaliningrad is one of the bubbles of so-called a A2AD,”...
    American Intelligence Agencies believe Russian President Vladamir Putin is behind a disinformation campaign targeting U.S. Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenJoe Biden looks to expand election battleground into Trump country Trump puts Supreme Court fight at center of Ohio rally Special counsel investigating DeVos for potential Hatch Act violation: report MORE, according to a new report. A top-secret CIA assessment concluded Ukrainian lawmaker Andriy Derkach engaged in peddling "disparaging information about Biden inside the United States through lobbyists, Congress, the media and contacts with figures close to the president," two sources with knowledge of the report told The Washington Post. “We assess that President Vladimir PutinVladimir Vladimirovich PutinNavalny calls on Russia to return clothes he was wearing when he fell ill Democrats fear Russia interference could spoil bid to retake Senate Putin is about to turn his attention to the American way of life MORE and the senior most Russian officials are...
    FBI Director Christopher Wray is warning Congress of Russia’s “very active” efforts to influence the 2020 election against Joe Biden and sow discord in the country. “The intelligence community’s consensus is that Russia continues to try to influence our elections, primarily through what we would call malign foreign influence,” the FBI Director told members of the House Homeland Security Committee Thursday. “But we certainly have seen very active, very active efforts by the Russians to influence our election in 2020, through what I would call more than malign foreign influence side of things – social media, use of proxies, state media, online journals, etc. – an effort to both sow divisiveness and discord and, and I think the intelligence community has assessed this publicly, to primarily, to denigrate Vice President Biden, and what the Russians see as kind of an anti-Russian establishment.” Watch: FBI Director Wray: "We certainly have seen very...
    Fired FBI agent Peter Strzok wrote in his new book that his wife told him he deserves "to be divorced, not fired" after anti-Trump texts he had exchanged with former FBI lawyer Lisa Page, with whom he was having an affair, were discovered in 2017. “Make no mistake — I regret sending those texts. But there’s a point that’s worth noting. Bureau policy allowed personal use of FBI smartphones. ... Having said that, just because something might be allowed doesn’t necessarily make it wise or prudent,” Strzok wrote in his new book, Compromised. “To be clear, I have made some terrible personal decisions, and they have hurt the people and institutions I love the most in the world — my wife, my family, and the Bureau — in a way that I’m deeply sorry for. At one point much later in the swirl of all this, my wife reflected...
    American intelligence agencies should find and expose the wealth of Russian President Vladimir Putin and his close associates in retaliation for the poisoning of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, according to a senior Republican senator. “I would guess it would make the Russian people pretty upset when they find out how many billions, not only Putin but his close associates in his inner circle, how much those folks are worth,” Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and chairman of the subcommittee for Europe, told the Washington Examiner. “I think that would be effective.” Navalny’s sudden sickness has aggravated the tense relations between the Kremlin and Western powers, especially in the wake of Germany’s announcement that the dissident was targeted by the same type of chemical weapon used in a previous attempted assassination of a Soviet double agent. Russia already labors under sanctions...
    The top Democrat and Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee wrote a letter to President Trump calling for an investigation into whether Russia used chemical weapons to poison opposition leader Alexei Navalny. Chairman Eliot Engel of New York and ranking member Michael McCaul of Texas sent the letter on Tuesday. The congressmen said that their request triggers part of the Chemical and Biological Weapons Control and Warfare Elimination Act of 1991, which requires a 60-day evaluation period, and “if a determination is made that chemical weapons were used, a sanctions process is laid out under the Act." Navalny, one of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s most prominent critics, suddenly became ill and fell unconscious during a flight in Siberia late in August. After initially being held by Russian doctors, he was released to Germany, where he is being treated. German officials announced on Sept. 2 that Navalny...
    WASHINGTON — Chinese intelligence hackers were intent on stealing coronavirus vaccine data, so they looked for what they believed would be an easy target. Instead of simply going after pharmaceutical companies, they conducted digital reconnaissance on the University of North Carolina and other schools doing cutting-edge research. They were not the only spies at work. Russia’s premier intelligence service, the SVR, targeted vaccine research networks in the United States, Canada and Britain, espionage efforts that were first detected by a British spy agency monitoring international fiber optic cables. Iran, too, has drastically stepped up its attempts to steal information about vaccine research, and the United States has increased its own efforts to track the espionage of its adversaries and shore up its defenses. In short, every major spy service around the globe is trying to find out what everyone else is up to. The coronavirus pandemic has prompted one of...
    A serviceman stands next to a Russian Viking surface-to-air missile system on display during the International military-technical forum “Army-2020” in Moscow – Reuters Russia’s aggression towards its neighbours and the West risks a new Cold War, Nato’s Secretary General has warned. In an exclusive interview with The Telegraph following the disclosure that Russia’s opposition leader had been poisoned with Novichok, Jens Stoltenberg warned that Moscow’s behaviour and attempt to establish a new “sphere of influence … requires a response from Nato”. “We don’t want a new Cold War, we don’t want a new arms race, but at the same time we have to make sure that we are adapting as the world is changing,” Mr Stoltenberg said. “So we are responding to what Russia is doing.” Mr Stoltenberg first learned of the probability that Alexei Nalvany had been poisoned with a chemical weapon in a private briefing with Angela...
    First Lady Melania Trump defended President Trump against anonymous allegations that he denigrated fallen soldiers, calling the story “not true.” “[email protected] story is not true,” the first lady tweeted Friday night in response to a story published in the Atlantic claiming Trump referred to fallen soldiers as “losers.” “It has become a very dangerous time when anonymous sources are believed above all else, & no one knows their motivation. This is not journalism — It is activism. And it is a disservice to the people of our great nation," she said. [email protected] story is not true. It has become a very dangerous time when anonymous sources are believed above all else, & no one knows their motivation. This is not journalism - It is activism. And it is a disservice to the people of our great nation.— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) September 4, 2020 President Trump has vehemently denied the...
    The Homeland Security Department has warned in a new intelligence bulletin Thursday that Russia is seeking to 'amplify' attacks on the nation's mail-in voting system as part of its influence campaign. News of the bulletin broke Thursday, a day when President Donald Trump once again attacked mail-in voting, as he has been doing for months. The president urged followers to vote by mail and then go to their polling place on election day and vote if their prior vote was not yet tabulated due to the 'massive number' of unsolicited and solicited ballots. The bulletin was titled: ''Russia Likely to Continue Seeking to Undermine Faith in U.S. Electoral Process.'  A new Homeland Security bulletin warns that 'Russia Likely to Continue Seeking to Undermine Faith in U.S. Electoral Process' through attacks on mail-in voting 'We assess that Russia is likely to continue amplifying criticisms of vote-by-mail and shifting voting process amidst...
    Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny’s apparent poisoning by a chemical weapon amounts to “an act of domestic terrorism against citizens of Russia,” according to a senior U.S. ambassador in Vienna. “Such incidents of violence against government critics have the chilling effect of silencing independent voices, which is the intention of an attack like this,” Ambassador Jim Gilmore, who leads the U.S. Mission to Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, said, though without explicitly blaming the Russian government for the attack. Russian officials have denied responsibility for Navalny’s condition after German officials reported that the anti-corruption activist was targeted with a poison from the same class of nerve agents used in the 2018 attempt to assassinate former Soviet double agent Sergei Skripal in London. Russian officials and allies such as Belarusian autocrat Alexander Lukashenko maintain that the controversy has been orchestrated by Western powers, but Gilmore suggested that...
    The former head of the National Security Agency under President Barack Obama and President Trump says he wishes the United States had taken more action against Russian meddling prior to the 2016 election and claimed the country is better prepared in 2020. Adm. Mike Rogers, who retired in 2018 after four years as NSA chief and commander of U.S. Cyber Command, spoke with NPR’s Mary Louise Kelly on All Things Considered this week, saying that “I wish we had taken, broadly, more action prior to the election itself” in 2016. He said the U.S. was aware of Russia’s meddling efforts in the summer of 2016, even after Obama said in December 2016 that he pulled Russian President Vladimir Putin aside during an early September 2016 G20 meeting and told him “to cut it out” and “there were going to be serious consequences if he did not.” Obama claimed...
    MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's foreign ministry said on Tuesday it had warned the United States and European Union against imposing sanctions on its ally Belarus and interfering in its internal affairs. The comments were made in a statement released after talks between Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun in Moscow. "During discussions over the current situation in Belarus, the Russian side there should not be any attempt to pressure Minsk, either through sanctions or politically," the statement said. Belarus has endured more than two weeks of mass strikes and protests over a disputed Aug. 9 presidential election. (Reporting by Andrey Ostroukh; Writing by Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber; Editing by Sujata Rao) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.
    MOSCOW (Reuters) - Alexei Navalny has been the biggest thorn in the Kremlin's side for more than a decade, persistently detailing what he says is high-level graft and mobilising crowds of young protesters in a country where the opposition has no meaningful power. The 44-year-old lawyer, in a coma in hospital on Friday after a suspected poisoning, has never challenged President Vladimir Putin at the ballot box but is the highest-profile leader of Russia's deeply divided government opponents. Part of a new generation prepared to take to the streets to make their views heard, he came to prominence when demonstrations against Putin took off in December 2011, 12 years after the former KGB officer first came to power. Navalny was one of the first protest leaders arrested and after 15 days in jail for obstructing police, he emerged a hero, with protesters chanting his name at demonstrations and giving his...
    Cody Fenwick August 20, 2020 6:22AM (UTC) This article originally appeared on AlterNet. Though former Special Counsel Robert Mueller did not establish that Donald Trump or members of his campaign conspired with the Kremlin in 2016 to influence the election, he famously concluded: The presidential campaign of Donald J. Trump ("Trump Campaign" or "Campaign") showed interest in WikiLeaks's releases of documents and welcomed their potential to damage candidate Clinton. … [The] investigation established that the Russian government perceived it would benefit from a Trump presidency and worked to secure that outcome, and that the Campaign expected it would benefit electorally from information stolen and released through Russian efforts… And this is, undoubtedly, happening again. Despite everything that happened in 2016, the chaos and scandal it unleashed, and all we've learned about the Russian efforts to interfere an American Democracy since then, Trump is welcoming Russia's help once again. :...
    Reuters August 19, 2020 0 Comments U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned Russia and China not to disregard the reimposition of all United Nations sanctions on Iran, which President Donald Trump has directed him to trigger at the U.N. Security Council in New York on Thursday. Pompeo will meet with Indonesia’s U.N. Ambassador Dian Triansyah Djani – council president for August – to submit a complaint about Iran’s non-compliance with a 2015 nuclear deal, even though Washington quit the accord in 2018. The nuclear deal between Iran, Russia, China, Germany, Britain, France and the United States aimed to prevent Tehran from developing nuclear weapons in return for sanctions relief. That accord is enshrined in a 2015 Security Council resolution. In response to what the United States calls its “maximum pressure” campaign of unilateral sanctions – a bid to get Iran to negotiate a new deal – Tehran has...
    The daughter of a Hollywood legend has made a documentary about the Russia collusion hoax. But don’t expect it to be your typical Hollywood hatefest on President Donald Trump. Quite the opposite. Amanda Milius is a  Los Angeles-bred filmmaker who is also a political conservative. The daughter of John Milius — the  acclaimed screenwriter of Apocalypse Now, director of Conan the Barbarian, and maverick Hollywood right-winger — she has directed The Plot Against the President, an in-depth look at the Russiagate hoax and how Democrats and the mainstream media conspired to undermine the peaceful transition of power following the 2016 election. The Plot Against the President, which is adapted from the 2019 bestseller by Lee Smith, features interviews with the key players who fought to debunk the Russia collusion hoax. The documentary boasts sit-downs with Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), Rudy Guiliani, Gen. Michael Flynn’s attorney Sidney Powell, and Donald Trump, Jr. Watch below: It...
    Fox Business’ Lou Dobbs teed off once again on Republican “RINOs” in Congress for “working against President Trump.” The Republican-led Senate Intelligence Committee released the newest volume of its Russia report and Russian connections to the Trump campaign. Acting Chairman Marco Rubio said in a statement, “We can say, without any hesitation, that the Committee found absolutely no evidence that then-candidate Donald Trump or his campaign colluded with the Russian government to meddle in the 2016 election…Russia took advantage of members of the Transition Team’s relative inexperience in government, opposition to Obama Administration policies, and Trump’s desire to deepen ties with Russia to pursue unofficial channels through which Russia could conduct diplomacy.” Dobbs noted Rubio’s statement on the finding of no collusion, and added, “But we’ve known that for quite some time, haven’t we?” “RINO Rubio did call, bless his heart, the FBI’s role in spreading the left-wing radical...
    Though former Special Counsel Robert Mueller did not establish that Donald Trump or members of his campaign conspired with the Kremlin in 2016 to influence the election, he famously concluded: The presidential campaign of Donald J. Trump (“Trump Campaign” or “Campaign”) showed interest in WikiLeaks’s releases of documents and welcomed their potential to damage candidate Clinton. … [The] investigation established that the Russian government perceived it would benefit from a Trump presidency and worked to secure that outcome, and that the Campaign expected it would benefit electorally from information stolen and released through Russian efforts… And this is, undoubtedly, happening again. Despite everything that happened in 2016, the chaos and scandal it unleashed, and all we’ve learned about the Russian efforts to interfere an American Democracy since then, Trump is welcoming Russia’s help once again. On Sunday, Trump shared a tweet that included audio that U.S. intelligence has...
    MOSCOW – The first batch of the Spútnik V vaccine, created by Russia to prevent COVID-19, exceeded 15,000 doses, the press service of the Binnopharm pharmaceutical factory reported on Monday. Last Friday the start of serial production of the vaccine was announced, without specifying the quantities, but this Monday the company revealed that “the first industrial batch of the vaccine was 15,500 doses,” according to the TASS agency. Russia announced on Sunday that the mass vaccination campaign against COVID-19 will begin within a month. The director of the Gamaleya Center for Microbiology and Epidemiology, Alexandr Ginzburg, who developed the first vaccine registered in the country against the disease, indicated that in the next seven or ten days the studies after the registration of the preparation will begin, in which dozens will be vaccinated of thousands of people. Guinzburg pointed out that the studies will last between four and six...
    DONALD Trump may be looking to get some face time with Vladimir Putin ahead of election day. The point of the meeting might be to forge a new nuclear arms control treaty between Russia and the United States, the world's top two nuclear powers. 3 Trump at Putin last talked on the phone on June 23 3 Trump may want to boost his deal-maker reputation by inking an agreement with Putin The two leaders last spoke on the phone on June 23 to discuss arms control, according to the Associated Press. But the content of the treaty might be secondary to Trump's goal of netting a foreign policy win in time for November. "He wants it to show his deal-maker abilities," one source familiar with the discussions told NBC. "It's just a big stage." National Security Advisor Robert O'Brien appeared to try to play down the idea that Trump was...
    MOSCOW – The Russian Ministry of Health announced this Saturday that it has produced the first batch of the anti-COVID-19 vaccine registered in the country that will be marketed under the name Sputnik V. “The first batch of the vaccine produced by the Gamaleya Center for Microbiology and Epidemiology of the Russian Ministry of Health has been produced,” he said in a statement. Previously, the director of the Gamaleya Center, Alexandr Ginzburg, indicated that by next December or January 2021 the country will produce five million doses of the vaccine each month and that in the course of a year the country will be able to cover all the needs of this preparation . The World Health Organization (WHO) cautiously received the news that Russia had registered the world’s first vaccine against COVID-19, noting that it, like the rest, must follow the prequalification and review procedures established by the...
    MOSCOW – The Russian Ministry of Health announced this Saturday that it has produced the first batch of the anti-COVID-19 vaccine registered in the country that will be marketed under the name Sputnik V. “The first batch of the vaccine produced by the Gamaleya Center for Microbiology and Epidemiology of the Russian Ministry of Health has been produced,” he said in a statement. Previously, the director of the Gamaleya Center, Alexandr Ginzburg, indicated that by next December or January 2021 the country will produce five million doses of the vaccine each month and that in the course of a year the country will be able to cover all the needs of this preparation . The World Health Organization (WHO) cautiously received the news that Russia had registered the world’s first vaccine against COVID-19, noting that it, like the rest, must follow the prequalification and review procedures established by the...
    MOSCOW – The Russian Ministry of Health announced this Saturday that it has produced the first batch of the anti-COVID-19 vaccine registered in the country that will be marketed under the name Sputnik V. “The first batch of the vaccine produced by the Gamaleya Center for Microbiology and Epidemiology of the Russian Ministry of Health has been produced,” he said in a statement. Previously, the director of the Gamaleya Center, Alexandr Ginzburg, indicated that by next December or January 2021 the country will produce five million doses of the vaccine each month and that in the course of a year the country will be able to cover all the needs of this preparation . The World Health Organization (WHO) cautiously received the news that Russia had registered the world’s first vaccine against COVID-19, noting that it, like the rest, must follow the prequalification and review procedures established by the...
    Even before he arrived to be Donald Trump’s personal attorney general, William Barr engaged in attacks against the Department of Justice investigation into Russian involvement in the 2016 election. Shortly after his approval by Senate Republicans, he appointed U.S. Attorney John Durham to begin an investigation into the investigation. After more than a year, Durham’s investigation has resulted in its first charges … sort of. Because the single charge is actually something that showed up in a review of the case by DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz last December. The single charge is directed at former FBI attorney Kevin Clinesmith and concerns the FISA warrant issued for the surveillance of Carter Page. In obtaining that warrant, Clinesmith was asked to make sure that Page was not an active source for an “other government agency,” almost certainly the CIA. Clinesmith apparently obtained this assurance, but sent an email that made it appear as if the...
    A FOURTH "Black Death" victim has died from the bubonic plague. A 42-year-old man died in Mongolia - as Russia vaccinates thousands against the disease. 6Mongolia has recorded another death from the bubonic plagueCredit: National Center for Zoonotic Diseases 6The news comes after Russia began a vaccination programme against the plague amid fears that it's spreadingCredit: Tuva Media Group He died after buying two infected marmot rodents which are seen as a food delicacy, according to reports. The district of Jargalant has been locked down following his death. Russia has begun a vaccination programme against the plague over fears that it is spreading after outbreaks in Mongolia and China. At least 2,500 adults and 623 children have been given vaccinations in Siberia - a favourite Vladimir Putin holiday spot.  The region shares a border with Mongolia.  A huge disinfection campaign has been carried out to kill infected...
    A Russian official accused the United States of conducting "information warfare" against the coronavirus vaccine it says is ready for mass use. Kirill Dmitriev, the CEO of the Russian Direct Investment Fund, told CNBC Wednesday the vaccine news "divided the world." "It really divided the world into those countries that think its great news ... and some of the U.S. media and some U.S. people who actually wage major information warfare on the Russian vaccine," he said. "We were not expecting anything else, we are not trying to convince the U.S. Our point to the world is that we have this technology, it can be available in your country in November/December if that works with your regulator ... [while] people who are very skeptical will not have this vaccine and we wish them good luck in developing theirs." The vaccine has been labeled "Sputnik V." The RDIF, which the Russian...
    A police officer patrols a deserted Red Square during the pandemic of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).Valery Sharifulin Russia has rejected international criticism and skepticism toward its coronavirus vaccine, saying that it's safe and that it works. Russia announced Tuesday that its vaccine had been approved by its health regulators, making it the first coronavirus vaccine in the world to be registered. Full-scale production is due to start next month. Russian President Vladimir Putin insisted it was safe and effective and that one of his daughters had already received the vaccine. The news attracted widespread criticism and concern as to its safety and efficacy. It has only undergone rapid Phase 1 and 2 clinical trials on a small number of people and no data from these has yet been published. Phase 3 trials are to begin shortly yet Russia expects to start producing the vaccine in September. Russian Health Minister Mikhail Murashko said...
    THOUSANDS of people are being vaccinated against the bubonic plague in a Russian region, it was revealed today. The action was taken amid signs of an outbreak in Mongolia and China.  4Two cases of Bubonic plague confirmed by Mongolian National Center for Zoonotic Diseases in the province of KhovdCredit: National Center for Zoonotic Diseases 4D. Narangerel, head of the Emergency Management Department of the Ministry of Health speaks about the rise in bubonic plague infectionsCredit: National Center for Zoonotic Desease Some 2,500 adults and 623 children have been so far given vaccinations in Siberia - a favourite Vladimir Putin holiday spot.  The region shares a border with Mongolia.  A huge sanitisation campaign has been carried out to kill infected fleas by spraying across a large area near remote villages, it was announced.  The Bubonic plague is a bacterial disease spread by fleas living on wild rodents. "A wide distribution of the plague...
    Sputnik-V. With this name reminiscent of the first artificial satellite placed in space in the history of mankind, a feat of the Soviet space agency, Russia approved the world’s first COVID-19 vaccine. In fact, a daughter of Putin has already applied the drug developed by the Gamaleya Institute in Moscow. With the media name of Sputnik-V, in addition to enthusiasm, this first vaccine has caused concern in the international scientific community that questions its safety and the rigor of the clinical trials to which it was subjected. “This morning a vaccine against the coronavirus was registered for the first time in the world,” Russian President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday in a meeting with his cabinet broadcast on state television. “I know it works quite effectively, forms a stable immunity, and again, it has gone through all the necessary tests“, He assured. The Kremlin chief added that one of his...
    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Saturday warned his country’s citizens against interfering in foreign elections, calling it “unacceptable” under any circumstance. Zelensky also spoke out about any possibility that Ukraine is involved in attempts to interfere in the 2020 presidential election. The comments came just a day after a top U.S. counterintelligence official said that a pro-Russian Ukrainian lawmaker was participating in a Kremlin effort to meddle in the November election.  "Once again, I assure our partners that Ukraine did not allow and will not allow itself to intervene in the future in the elections and thereby harm our trustworthy and sincere partnerships with the United States," Zelensky said in a statement shared on Facebook.  He added that preventing "our country's domestic policy into the United States is a matter of our national security." "Therefore, I believe that citizens of Ukraine should, mildly, refrain from any activity related to the US...
    WASHINGTON -- U.S. intelligence officials believe that Russia is using a variety of measures to denigrate Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden ahead of the November election and that individuals linked to the Kremlin are boosting President Donald Trump's reelection bid, the country's counterintelligence chief said in the most specific warning to date about the threat of foreign interference.U.S. officials also believe China does not want Trump to win a second term and has accelerated its criticism of the White House, expanding its efforts to shape public policy in America and to pressure political figures seen as opposed to Beijing's interests.The statement Friday from William Evanina is believed to be the most pointed declaration by the U.S. intelligence community linking the Kremlin to efforts to get Trump reelected - a sensitive subject for a president who has rejected intelligence agency assessments that Russia tried to help him in 2016. It also...
    MINSK, Belarus (AP) — The authoritarian leader of Belarus warned political opponents Thursday that authorities won’t allow any unsanctioned demonstrations following the weekend election in which he is seeking a sixth consecutive term. President Alexander Lukashenko, who has ruled the ex-Soviet nation with an iron hand for 26 years, is facing an upsurge in opposition protests fueled by the worsening economy and the Belarusian government’s botched response to the coronavirus pandemic. Election officials barred Lukashenko’s two main challengers from the race, leaving a former English teacher who is the wife of a jailed opposition blogger as the candidate trying to unseat the president. But Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, 37, has managed to unite the fragmented opposition in Belarus and drawn tens of thousands to her campaign rallies. Police have detained over 1,360 participants in opposition protests since the start of the campaign in May, according to the Viasna human rights...
    MOSCOW – Clinical tests of the COVID-19 vaccine developed by Russia’s National Center for Epidemiological and Microbiological Research “Gamalei” have been completed and the registration phase is beginning, Russian Health Minister Mikhail Murashko reported. “The vaccine against the new coronavirus developed by the Gamalei center has completed clinical trials and documents are now being prepared for registration,” said Murashko, quoted by TASS. According to the Minister of Health, doctors and teachers will be the first to receive this vaccine, and it is planned that it will be sent to the Russian regions from August 10. “We plan to have the broader vaccination campaign, which will gradually be added to the new care system, begin in October,” he said. The minister added that the second Russian vaccine, developed by the Véctor center, is currently in the process of clinical tests and stated that the Ministry of Health expects “in the...
    KHABAROVSK/MOSCOW (Reuters) - Thousands of people marched in the Russian far eastern city of Khabarovsk on Saturday for the fourth weekend in a row, protesting at President Vladimir Putin's handling of a local political crisis. Residents of Khabarovsk, around 3,800 miles (6,110 km) and seven time zones east of Moscow, are unhappy about the July 9 detention of the wider region's popular regional governor, Sergei Furgal, who was arrested on murder charges he denies. His detention, which his supporters say was politically motivated, has triggered weeks of street protests, creating a headache for the Kremlin which is trying to troubleshoot a sharp COVID-19-induced drop in real incomes and keep a lid on unrest as the economy stutters. Sheltering from sporadic and heavy rain beneath umbrellas, protesters chanted "Freedom!" and "We came here of our own will." One banner read "Russia without Putin" and protesters chanted "Putin resign!" Many held up...
    MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia is preparing to start a mass vaccination campaign against the novel coronavirus in October, Health Minister Mikhail Murashko said on Saturday, RIA news agency reported. The minister, who did not give details about the vaccine to be used, said doctors and teachers would be the first to be vaccinated. A source told Reuters this week that Russia's first potential COVID-19 vaccine, developed by a state research facility, would secure local regulatory approval in August and be administered to health workers soon after that. (Reporting by Vladimir Soldatkin; Editing by Edmund Blair) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.
    MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian authorities said on Friday they had opened a criminal case against an opposition Moscow city councillor who had planned a rally against President Vladimir Putin because she had allegedly violated laws on street protests. The Moscow branch of Russia's Investigative Committee, the body that probes serious crimes, said Yulia Galyamina had "repeatedly violated the established procedure" for organising and staging protests, rallies and pickets. It said she would soon be taken in for questioning. Galyamina was involved in a campaign against what she said were Putin's illegal plans to remain in power. The campaign had planned a protest on July 15 in central Moscow against constitutional reforms that gave Putin the option to remain in power for another 16 years. Dozens of protesters were detained at the rally. A landslide vote this month approved those changes, allowing Putin, who has ruled Russia for more than two...
    House GOP leaders are considering pursuing ethics charges against Democrat Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY) for alleged misconduct he engaged in against Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) at an Intelligence Committee meeting on Wednesday morning. “He was very rude,” Rep. Rick Crawford (R-AR) told Breitbart News on Wednesday evening of Maloney’s behavior towards Nunes and others during the committee meeting earlier in the day. “Members don’t question other members in hearings. This wasn’t on the agenda for the meeting. It was really inappropriate in my opinion, and pretty childish.” Others familiar with the incident told Breitbart News that when a transcript of the incident—with the exact words of Maloney’s accusations and questions of Nunes during the meeting—becomes available, House GOP leadership lawyers familiar with parliamentary rules will consider bringing formal ethics charges against Maloney for his alleged misconduct toward Nunes during the meeting. The standing rules of the House of Representatives...
    President Trump did not confront Russian President Vladimir Putin about intelligence community reports that Moscow paid the Taliban bounties for US soldiers, he confirmed in an interview. Speaking with Axios on Tuesday, the commander-in-chief made the claim after being asked if the issue was raised during his July 23 call with the Russian leader. “No, that was a phone call to discuss other things, and frankly, that’s an issue that many people said was fake news,” he told the outlet. Trump said his discussion with Putin covered the issue of nuclear proliferation, “which is a very big subject where they would like to do something and so would I,” as well as “numerous” other topics. The issue of Russia paying the Taliban to kill American soldiers in Afghanistan, however, did not come up. The reason, Trump argued, was that the intelligence itself was questionable. “[The intelligence] never reached my desk,...
    Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump said he hasn't discussed US intelligence that alleged Russia offered bounties to Taliban fighters to kill US troops in Afghanistan with Russian President Vladimir Putin in a recent telephone call.Trump, in an interview with Axios that was released on Wednesday, also continued to downplay the validity of the US intelligence and drew a moral equivalency between the possibility that Russia backed efforts to kill US troops and the American campaign to aid anti-Soviet forces in Afghanistan in the 1980s."I have never discussed it with Putin. I would, I have no problem with it," Trump said in a clip of the interview, which is set to air on HBO Monday. HBO is owned by WarnerMedia, the same parent company as CNN.The President said he spoke with Putin via phone last Thursday. "No, that was a phone call to discuss other things, and frankly, that's an issue that...
    U.S. Attorney General Bill Barr listens during a roundtable discussion with law enforcement hosted by U.S. President Donald Trump in the State Dining Room at the White House in Washington, U.S., June 8, 2020.Kevin Lamarque | Reuters Attorney General William Barr is set Tuesday to testify before Congress that "violent rioters and anarchists" have "hijacked" the protests over George Floyd's death "to wreak senseless havoc and destruction on innocent victims." Barr will also offer a full-throated defense of his much-criticized conduct in the federal probe of Russian election interference, slamming the "bogus 'Russiagate' scandal" and asserting President Donald Trump has not acted inappropriately. Barr is set to deliver the opening statement at 10 a.m. ET before the Democrat-led House Judiciary Committee, marking his first-ever appearance before that panel during his tenure in the Trump administration and his first session before Congress in over a year. The hearing comes more than...
    Trump-loyal Attorney General William Barr continues to use his granted federal powers to retaliate against Trump’s enemies—namely, those that would dare investigate Trump and his uncountably-many crooked allies. He has taken it upon itself to sabotage federal investigations, remove investigators and watchdogs who have taken on Trump-related cases, withhold evidence from Congress, order that testimony be withheld from Congress, and rigorously done whatever other actions would best cement conservative, fascist-premised power. The Washington Post reports on a new instance, in which Barr ordered the declassification of a document last week that, upon delivery to senator and fellow corruption-enabler Lindsey Graham, within days resulted in the public outing of a secret FBI source. The reason? That source was one who compiled information for the now-infamous “dossier” collecting rumors and leads on Donald Trump’s dealings inside Russia, and we can presume the outing of this confidential source is in keeping with Barr’s brazenly...
    Party over country, and damn the costs Trump-loyal Attorney General William Barr continues to use his granted federal powers to retaliate against Trump's enemies—namely, those that would dare investigate Trump and his uncountably-many crooked allies. He has taken it upon itself to sabotage federal investigations, remove investigators and watchdogs who have taken on Trump-related cases, withhold evidence from Congress, order that testimony be withheld from Congress, and rigorously done whatever other actions would best cement conservative, fascist-premised power. The Washington Post reports on a new instance, in which Barr ordered the declassification of a document last week that, upon delivery to senator and fellow corruption-enabler Lindsey Graham, within days resulted in the public outing of a secret FBI source. The reason? That source was one who compiled information for the now-infamous "dossier" collecting rumors and leads on Donald Trump's dealings inside Russia, and we can presume the outing of this...
    MOSCOW (Reuters) - Thousands of people marched in the Russian far eastern city of Khabarovsk on Saturday for the third weekend in a row, protesting at President Vladimir Putin's handling of a regional political crisis that has sparked demonstrations. Residents of Khabarovsk, around 3,800 miles (6,110 km) and seven time zones east of Moscow, are unhappy about the July 9 detention of the wider region's popular regional governor, Sergei Furgal, who was arrested on murder charges he denies. His detention, which his supporters say was politically motivated, has triggered more than two weeks of street protests, creating a headache for the Kremlin which is trying to troubleshoot a sharp COVID-19-induced drop in real incomes and keep a lid on unrest as the economy stutters. Footage of the protest showed people chanting "Disgrace!" and slogans demanding Putin resign because local people had lost trust in him. City authorities estimated around 6,500...
    MOSCOW, July 25 (Reuters) – Thousands of people marched in the Russian far eastern city of Khabarovsk on Saturday for the third weekend in a row, protesting at President Vladimir Putin’s handling of a regional political crisis that has sparked demonstrations. Residents of Khabarovsk, around 3,800 miles (6,110 km) and seven time zones east of Moscow, are unhappy about the July 9 detention of the wider region’s popular regional governor, Sergei Furgal, who was arrested on murder charges he denies. His detention, which his supporters say was politically motivated, has triggered more than two weeks of street protests, creating a headache for the Kremlin which is trying to troubleshoot a sharp COVID-19-induced drop in real incomes and keep a lid on unrest as the economy stutters. Footage of the protest showed people chanting “Disgrace!” and slogans demanding Putin resign because local people had lost trust in him. City authorities estimated...
    A RUSSIAN financier claims he and his family have been vaccinated against deadly coronavirus and developed "double the antibodies" than usual. Kirill Dmitriev, who is married to model and tv presenter Natalia Popova, said he and his parents were injected with an "experimental" drug which has been developed in Moscow laboratories. ⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 4Kirill Dmitriev claims he and wife Natalia Popova have been given Moscow's coronavirus vaccine The 45-year-old, manager of the £7bn Russian Direct Investment Fund, spoke out as it was revealed Russia plans to produce 30 million doses of the vaccine domestically this year The Kremlim also has the potential to manufacture a further 170 million abroad, Dmitriev told Reuters. The first human trial of the vaccine, a month-long test on 38 people, ended this week. Dmitriev told the FT he had injected himself and his 74-year-old...
    A female police major in Russia has become the latest person to mysteriously fall to their death from a window after testifying against her boss in a criminal extortion case, according to local media reports. The Moscow Times reported Thursday that footage from security cameras showed the lifeless body of criminal investigation officer Yekaterina Mishkina, 37, having fallen from the fifth floor of a nine-floor apartment building in the far eastern city of Khabarovsk, over 8,000 kilometers from Moscow. Although circumstances around her death currently remain unclear, security footage captured her unsuccessfully attempting to reach the building’s rooftop before going back down the stairs. Reports indicate that Mishkina may have been targeted after testifying as a witness in a criminal case against her former boss, who is facing extortion charges. Khabarovsk regional police spokesperson Yekaterina Tarasova told Gubernia that the department would launch an internal investigation into Mishkina’s death, noting that her lead investigator...
    THE CIA has conducted a number of covert cyber operations against Iran, Russian and other targets after winning a secret powers victory in 2018, according to reports. Former U.S. officials with direct knowledge of the matter told Yahoo! News that President Donald Trump signed the sweeping authorization to undertake such activities. 5 President Trump signed a sweeping authorization of cyber powers for the CIA in 2018, according to reportsCredit: Picture Alliance/Avalon.red. All rights reserved. 5 The authorization, known as a presidential finding, reportedly granted the CIA sweeping cyber powersCredit: AFP The secret authorization, known as presidential finding, reportedly gives the U.S. spy agency more freedom regarding the kinds of operations it undertakes and who it targets. According to reports, the findings mean the CIA can more easily authorize its own cyber operations, rather than having to seek White House approval first. The directive was reportedly driven by the National Security...
    By MATTHEW LEE, AP Diplomatic Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Wednesday hardened its efforts to prevent the completion of new German-Russian and Turkish-Russian pipelines by ending sanctions exemptions for companies involved in the projects and warning they'll be subject to U.S. penalties unless they halt their work. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced the administration is ending grandfather clauses that had spared firms previously involved in the pipelines' construction from sanctions authorized by the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act, a 2017 law aimed at punishing Russia, in particular, for interference in U.S. elections and other matters. The move opens the door for U.S. economic and financial penalties to be imposed on any European and other foreign company over the Nord Stream 2 and TurkStream projects, including those that had been working on the pipelines before the passage of CAATSA and had been exempted from the penalties....
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Wednesday hardened its efforts to prevent the completion of new German-Russian and Turkish-Russian pipelines by ending sanctions exemptions for companies involved in the projects and warning they’ll be subject to U.S. penalties unless they halt their work. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced the administration is ending grandfather clauses that had spared firms previously involved in the pipelines’ construction from sanctions authorized by the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act, a 2017 law aimed at punishing Russia, in particular, for interference in U.S. elections and other matters. The move opens the door for U.S. economic and financial penalties to be imposed on any European and other foreign company over the Nord Stream 2 and TurkStream projects, including those that had been working on the pipelines before the passage of CAATSA and had been exempted from the penalties. The Trump administration has lobbied...
    Fox News host Sean Hannity said he believes Robert Mueller could be charged for crimes related to how he carried out his special counsel investigation. Hannity, who frequently derides the investigation into links between the Trump campaign and Russia, made the claim about Mueller, 75, on his radio show Monday afternoon. The television and radio host noted that Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham said he will invite Mueller to testify before his panel and that the former special counsel was "willing" and "capable" to defend the investigation in a Washington Post op-ed over the weekend. "Great, since we already know beyond any reasonable doubt that the Mueller investigation now is a complete fraud, and he needs to now defend it," Hannity added. "And frankly, I could see charges being brought up against him. What did he know, when did he know it on the exculpatory information involved in this...
    The 2018 US attack on Russia was reportedly meant to disrupt efforts to cast doubt on the legitimacy of midterm results, which saw the Democrats regain control of the House of Representatives. The confirmation is a change of tune for Trump. He previously claimed that Russia had stopped cyberattacks agains the US and has supported Russian President Vladimir Putin’s denials of interference in the 2016 election despite evidence. Here, Trump is directly confirming at least one Russian interference attempt. It’s not certain how Russia will respond to Trump’s statement, although history suggests it’s unlikely to acknowledge the IRA’s activities. As it stands, American intelligence agencies and internet giants have shifted much of their attention to potential Russian actions during the 2020 election — those officials and companies will want to know if Trump’s statement will lead to a similar crackdown.
    President Trump acknowledged this week that in 2018 he authorized a covert U.S. cyberattack against a Russian “troll farm,” according to a report. The attack targeted Russia’s Internet Research Agency, the St. Petersburg organization that led Russian efforts to disrupt the 2016 U.S. presidential election and was repeating its efforts ahead of the 2018 midterm elections, The Washington Post reported. AUSTRALIA BLAMES CHINA FOR MONTHS-LONG CYBER ATTACKS In an interview with Post columnist Marc A. Thiessen, Trump said he OK’d the U.S. operation after receiving an intelligence report about Russia’s activities. “Look, we stopped it,” the president said, contrasting his action with what he claimed was former President Barack Obama’s reluctance to take action in 2016. According to Thiessen, Trump claimed Obama “said nothing” about Russian interference that year because he thought Hillary Clinton was going to win the race for the White House against Trump. Trump said Obama “knew...
    President Donald Trump on Friday confirmed for the first time that the United States launched a cyberattack against the Russian Internet Research Agency in 2018. The IRA, a Russian company that deploys online trolls for influence operations, was blamed by U.S. officials for meddling in both the 2016 presidential election and the 2018 midterms. Trump confirmed the attack during a two-part interview with Washington Post columnist Marc Thiessen. When asked whether the U.S. had launched an attack on the IRA, Trump responded “correct.” The Washington Post in 2019 reported on the attack, which blocked the IRA’s internet access, but Trump had not previously confirmed U.S. involvement. The president went on to criticize former President Obama for not doing enough to address the interference ahead of the 2016 elections. Obama “knew before the election that Russia was playing around. Or, he was told. Whether or not it was so or not,...
    (CNN)President Donald Trump, for the first time, confirmed the US conducted a covert cyberattack in 2018 against Russia's Internet Research Agency. The Internet Research Agency is a troll farm blamed by the US for helping to facilitate interference both in the 2016 presidential election and the 2018 midterms.Trump gave the confirmation during an interview conducted by Marc Thiessen, a Washington Post columnist and former speechwriter for President George W. Bush and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld.Thiessen writes in the Post that during his interview he asked Trump whether he had launched a cyberattack. Thiessen said Trump replied, "Correct."Trump said during the interview that in 2016, then-President Barack Obama "knew before the election that Russia was playing around. Or, he was told. Whether or not it was so or not, who knows? And he said nothing. And the reason he said nothing was that he didn't want to touch it because he...
    By Bart H. Meijer THE HAGUE (Reuters) - The Dutch government on Friday said it would file a suit against Russia at the European Court of Human Rights over the downing of Malaysia Airlines passenger flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine six years ago. The Netherlands, home to roughly two-thirds of the 298 victims, holds Russia responsible for the crash on July 17, 2014. The Kremlin has consistently denied involvement in the matter. "The submission is a new step in our efforts to establish truth, justice and accountability", Dutch Foreign minister Stef Blok said in a letter to parliament. Blok said his government would give the court all its information on MH17, thereby supporting the individual applications already submitted by the victims' next of kin. MH17 was flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur when it was shot down by a missile fired from territory held by pro-Moscow rebels during fighting in...
    U.S. intel officials have been alleging that according to their sources, the Russian government offered a bounty to Taliban extremists if they would kill U.S. troops in Afghanistan. Just Security discussed these allegations with some former Trump Administration officials, trying to get some insights on what President Donald Trump and his officials knew about Russian government activity in Afghanistan. “Why would the Russian government think it could get away with paying bounties to the Taliban to kill American soldiers?,” Just Security’s Ryan Goodman writes. “One answer to that question may be the extraordinary response that Moscow received when the Trump Administration learned of a precursor to the bounty operation. From mid-2017 and into 2018, Pentagon officials became increasingly confident in intelligence reports that the Kremlin was arming the Taliban, which posed a significant threat to American and coalition forces on the ground in Afghanistan.” President Donald Trump and his administration...
    Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov says new UK sanctions against Russia will not be left unanswered – Maxim Shemetov/Reuters The Kremlin spokesman says that Moscow will respond to new UK sanctions against Russian citizens including a senior investigator and prison officials. Britain on Monday used a new legislation drafted in the memory of a killed Russian tax adviser to sanction 25 Russian nationals linked to prosecution and mistreatment of tax adviser Sergei Magnitsky as well as 20 Saudis involved in the murder of a journalist in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Dmitry Peskov, the Kremlin spokesman, told reporters on Tuesday that Moscow “can only lament such hostile steps.” “We will certainly rely on reciprocity and respond in the way that fits Russia’s interests,” he said. Alexander Bastrykin, Russia’s top investigator and a university friend of Vladimir Putin, is arguably the most senior official to have been slapped by the new...
    MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian investigators on Tuesday opened a criminal case against Pyotr Verzilov, an anti-Kremlin activist and associate of the Pussy Riot punk group, for having allegedly failed to declare his dual Canadian citizenship. The announcement came as Verzilov, publisher of the private Mediazona news outlet, had just been released following a 15-day stint in jail after he was found guilty of petty hooliganism for swearing in public. Russia's Investigative Committee, which probes serious crimes, said it had discovered Verzilov held a Canadian passport while conducting a search linked to his participation in unauthorised protests last year. The Investigative Committee said Verzilov had not notified the Russian authorities that he holds dual citizenship, an offence that can lead to a fine or compulsory labour. Verzilov wrote on Twitter that he was already being questioned by investigators and called the criminal case against him "crazy". Russia in 2014 adopted legislation...
    Rep. Brad Wenstrup, R-Ohio, on Friday blasted the leaders who were calling President Trump weak on Russia. “This president has done more than anyone else against Russia by expelling people through sanctions, withdrawing from the INF treaty, by bolstering our forces in the eastern flank and bolstering NATO,” Wenstrup told “Fox & Friends First.” Wenstrup said that Trump indeed “does respond” to foreign threats, citing his record of killing Iranian General Qassem Soleimani and launching an attack in Syria. Wenstrup said Trump applied the same pressure against the Ukrainians, a move President Obama did not do. “I think that those types of statements are really irresponsible from people in leadership if they really take a second to look at the long laundry list of what this president has done to counter Russian actions,” Wenstrup said. HOUSE DEMS ATTEND BRIEFING AT WHITE HOUSE ON RUSSIAN BOUNTY REPORTS Intelligence community heads briefed top congressional leaders...
    Washington — National security adviser Robert O'Brien said Wednesday that the senior career CIA officer who briefs President Trump in person made the decision not to verbally brief him on intelligence about a Russian scheme to offer bounties targeting American troops in Afghanistan, saying she lacked confidence in the veracity of the intelligence. "The president's career CIA briefer decided not to brief him because it was unverified intelligence," O'Brien said in an interview with Fox News, adding that she is "an outstanding officer." O'Brien told reporters at the White House following his interview that the CIA officer who serves as the president's briefer, who he did not identify, decided not to tell Mr. Trump of the Russian bounty operation "because she didn't have the confidence in the intelligence that came up." Get Breaking News Delivered to Your Inbox "We get raw intelligence and tactical intelligence every day, hundreds of...
    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urged the United Nations Security Council to extend the arms embargo against Iran — which he described as the “world’s most heinous terrorist regime” – and stand by the international body’s commitment to “its finest ideals.” “This chamber has a choice: Stand for international peace and security, as the United Nations’ founders intended, or let the arms embargo on the Islamic Republic of Iran expire, betraying the UN’s mission and its finest ideals, which we have all pledged to uphold,” Pompeo told the group Tuesday via a video presentation. The Secretary of State explained that unless the arms embargo is extended, Iran will hold a “sword of Damocles” over the economic stability of the Middle East and put a target on cities in the region, Europe and Asia. “If you fail to act, Iran will be free to purchase Russian-made fighter jets that can strike up...
    Sen. Robert MenendezRobert (Bob) MenendezGOP lawmakers voice support for Israeli plan to annex areas in West Bank Lighthizer denies Bolton claim that Trump asked Xi for election help GOP's Obama-era probes fuel Senate angst MORE (D-N.J.) introduced a proposal on Wednesday to slap sanctions on Russian President Vladimir PutinVladimir Vladimirovich PutinPompeo tells Taliban 'not to attack Americans' McConnell: Russia should not be admitted to G-7 Intercepted financial data raised suspicions about Russian bounties: report MORE over reports that Russia offered bounties to Taliban-linked fighters to target U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan.  The proposal from Menendez, the top Democrat on the Foreign Relations Committee, would impose a visa ban and an asset freeze on Putin and Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, as well as other Russian officials involved in the targeting of U.S. troops. “As more details continue to surface on this despicable Russian campaign, Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpUtah Lieutenant Gov. Cox leads...
    White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said Tuesday that President Donald Trump is “prepared to act” against Russia and President Vladimir Putin if the intelligence community reaches a “consensus” on the alleged bounties paid to Taliban-backed fighters to kill American troops in Afghanistan. McEnany, echoing her comments from Monday, responded to a question asked during the White House press briefing: “if this intelligence does turn out to be true, is the president prepared to take some serious action against Russia and Russian President Vladimir Putin?” (REPORT: John Bolton Personally Briefed Trump On Russia-Taliban Bounties In 2019) WATCH: “The president has always taken action, unadulterated action against Russia,” she responded. “We saw that there is no diplomatic presence of the west coast of our country, of Russia because the president closed the consulates. We saw he expelled 60 officers, sanctioned hundreds of targets, withdrew from the IMF treaty, the Open...
    Amanda Marcotte June 30, 2020 6:06PM (UTC) It's safe to say that few things have obsessed Donald Trump more than his outrage at professional athletes who have chosen to kneel during the national anthem to protest racism and police brutality. Particularly in the fall of 2017 — while he was still smarting from the national outrage at his description of the white supremacists who rioted in Charlottesville as "very fine people" — Trump went on a rampage against the NFL kneelers, trying to position his racist response as patriotism and love for U.S. troops.  "Wouldn't you love to see one of these NFL owners, when someone disrespects our flag, to say, 'Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out. He's fired. He's fired,'" Trump ranted at an Alabama rally in September 2017.  : Trump also declared that month on Twitter that NFL ratings were down because "many stay away because they...
    BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union on Monday prolonged economic sanctions against Russia for six months for failing to live up to its commitments to the peace agreement in Ukraine. The measures target Russia’s financial, energy and defense sectors, as well as goods that can be used for both civilian and military purposes They are part of a raft of sanctions slapped on Russia in 2014 after it annexed Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula, and are tied to respect of the 2015 Minsk peace deal. “Given that full implementation has not yet been achieved, EU leaders took the political decision to roll-over the economic sanctions against Russia,” the EU Council said in a statement. The sanctions have been extended until Jan. 31. The move limits Russian bank and company access to EU capital markets and outlaws financial assistance or brokering for Russian financial institutions. It halts all imports, exports or transfers of...
    BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union on Monday prolonged economic sanctions against Russia for six months for failing to live up to its commitments to the peace agreement in Ukraine. The measures target Russia’s financial, energy and defense sectors, as well as goods that can be used for both civilian and military purposes They are part of a raft of sanctions slapped on Russia in 2014 after it annexed Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula, and are tied to respect of the 2015 Minsk peace deal. “Given that full implementation has not yet been achieved, EU leaders took the political decision to roll-over the economic sanctions against Russia,” the EU Council said in a statement. The sanctions have been extended until Jan. 31. The move limits Russian bank and company access to EU capital markets and outlaws financial assistance or brokering for Russian financial institutions. It halts all imports, exports or transfers of...
    By LYNN BERRY and ZEKE MILLER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Sunday denied that he had been briefed on reported U.S. intelligence that a Russian military intelligence unit secretly offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants for killing American troops in Afghanistan, and he appeared to minimize the allegations against Moscow. American intelligence officials concluded months ago that Russian officials offered rewards for successful attacks on American service-members last year, at a time when the U.S. and Taliban were holding talks to end the long-running war, according to The New York Times. Trump, in a Sunday morning tweet, said “Nobody briefed or told me” or Vice President Mike Pence or chief of staff Mark Meadows about “the so-called attacks on our troops in Afghanistan by Russians.” "Everybody is denying it & there have not been many attacks on us,” he said. The White House had issued a statement...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Sunday denied that he had been briefed on reported U.S. intelligence that a Russian military intelligence unit secretly offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants for killing American troops in Afghanistan, and he appeared to minimize the allegations against Moscow. American intelligence officials concluded months ago that Russian officials offered rewards for successful attacks on American service-members last year, at a time when the U.S. and Taliban were holding talks to end the long-running war, according to The New York Times. Trump, in a Sunday morning tweet, said “Nobody briefed or told me” or Vice President Mike Pence or chief of staff Mark Meadows about “the so-called attacks on our troops in Afghanistan by Russians.” “Everybody is denying it & there have not been many attacks on us,” he said. The White House had issued a statement Saturday denying that Trump or Pence had been...
    Diplomats from different countries called on Saturday, in a joint statement on the occasion of gay pride, the Russian government to protect the rights of LGBTI people (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or intersex). The initiative comes from American, British, Canadian, Australian and New Zealand diplomats. They call on the Russian Federation to “honor its commitment to protect the rights of all citizens, including lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex communities”. The British and American embassies also raised the LGBTI flag. An action that hardly pleased Russian President Vladimir Putin, who considered that it violated Russian law against the public promotion of homosexuality. “Any form of propaganda for non-traditional sexual minorities in our country is prohibited by law,” said his spokesperson Dmitry Peskov to the Interfax news agency. Russia has often been the target of criticism for its policy of inciting hatred against sexual minorities. According to human rights activists, sexual...
    “Everything is in the hands, mainly, of the US administration,” said the Latin America department of the Russian Foreign Ministry. Russia endorses a possible meeting between the presidents of U.S, Donald Trump, and Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, to find a way out of the crisis in the Latin American country, the Latin America department of the Russian Chancellery. “We consider the signal coming from the US president. about the possibility of a meeting with President Maduro, it is a sign in the right direction, “he said Alexandr Schetinin, head of the department, to the Interfax agency. The Russian official called on Caracas and Washington to find “the time and place” for such direct negotiations. “Everything is in the hands, mainly, given its position, of the US administration,” he said. He stressed that both the Venezuelan and Russian governments have taken into account Trump’s statements in which he was willing to...
    Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said at a press conference on Tuesday that the Trump administration has made more sanctions decisions against Russia in three years than the Obama administration did in eight. “I’ve lost count already, trying to sum up the number of decisions made by both the Obama and the Trump Administrations. The Trump Administration, by the way, has already long surpassed Obama’s by the sheer amount of persons and legal entities covered by these decisions,” said Lavrov, as quoted by Russia’s state-run Tass news agency. Of course, Lavrov did not render this verdict in an approving manner. He grumbled that the United States has grown less interested in resolving international disputes through negotiations than Russia or China. “Our American colleagues have basically long ago embarked on abandoning diplomacy as a method of conducting business at the international arena. Unless it is a very exotic diplomacy, comprised of...
    Coronavirus — The vaccine developed by Russia Against the SARS-CoV-2 virus it could guarantee people immunity for two years. This was stated by Alexander Guíntsburg, director of the Moscow National Center for Epidemiology and Microbiology Research, which works in its experimental phase. The treatment, which seeks to slow the advance of the deadly virus in that country and the world, according to international media reports, is currently being tested in a group of volunteers. The Russian Ministry of Defense is also working on this project. The infectologist Carlos Quant assured the newspaper LA PRENSA days ago that It was unknown how long a person could have immunity after being infected with the virus., since investigations were still being carried out in this regard. The announcement made by Guíntsburg, represents a great advance in the subject, since even the WHO assured that it was unknown if the people who developed...
    BERLIN (AP) — German prosecutors file murder charges against Russian man over slaying in Berlin, say Russia ordered killing. Copyright © 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany expects European Union leaders this week to pave the way for an extension of EU sanctions against Russia over its involvement in the Ukraine crisis, a senior government official said on Thursday. The virtual EU summit on Friday is likely to seal the political agreement for such a step which would then be implemented by EU foreign ministers later this month, the official added. Reporting by Andreas Rinke; Writing by Michael Nienaber; Editing by Thomas Seythal Our Standards:News Brig Trust Principles.
    One way Russian President Vladimir Putin is defending himself against the coronavirus is by using disinfection tunnels for visitors, according to a Kremlin spokesman. Putin has one disinfection tunnel at his home in Novo-Ogaryovo and two from the Kremlin, Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov announced Wednesday. Putin has spent most of his time during the pandemic in his near Moscow residence, according to Reuters. The disinfection tunnel sprays a “fine water mist” on people passing through, state-run media outlet RIA Novosti news reported Tuesday. The spray comes from the ceiling and the sides when someone passes through, according to Reuters. The tunnels were created and installed by a Russian company Mizotty and used Anolit, a government approved anti-septic, CNN reported. “Such disinfectant equipment is installed in the Kremlin too, there are even two tunnels there, and in Novo-Ogaryovo, which you know is the main work base for the President, he hold[s] a lot of...
    U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is demanding that Russia release an American corporate security executive after a Russian court sentenced the man to 16 years in prison for spying. Russia’s Federal Security Service detained Paul Whelan, former director of global security for auto-parts supplier BorgWarner, in December 2018 for keeping a flash drive that allegedly contained Russia state secrets. The Moscow City Court convicted Whelan of spying on Monday and sentenced him to 16 years in prison, according to The Wall Street Journal. U.S. Ambassador John Sullivan denounced the trial as a “mockery of justice” immediately after the ruling was announced. Sullivan added that the verdict “will not have a positive effect” on relations between Washington and Moscow. “The Russian Federation wouldn’t talk about releasing Paul until he was convicted,” Sullivan told the Associated Press. “And so, now that that has happened, we hope that the U.S. government will...
    MOSCOW (AP) — Russian authorities have opened a criminal case against Alexei Navalny, the most prominent foe of President Vladimir Putin, for allegedly slandering a veteran of World War II. The case announced Monday by the Investigative Committee stems from comments Navalny posted on social media about a video on Kremlin-backed RT television. In it, several prominent Russians speak in favor of the July 1 referendum on constitutional reform that would allow Putin to run for another two terms. Among those featured was Ignat Artemenko, a 93-year-old WWII veteran. Navalny’s post criticized the people in the video as being “without conscience.” The case against Navalny says the comments were “false information discrediting the honor and dignity of a veteran of the Great Patriotic War.” Russian officials bridle at any criticism connected to the Red Army’s actions in the war; the sentiment is especially high ahead of next week’s...
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Russia is defending Iran’s right to launch a satellite, dismissing U.S. claims that Tehran was defying the U.N. resolution endorsing the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and six major powers by sending it into space. Russia’s U.N. ambassador, Vassily Nebenzia, said that “the ongoing attempts of the United States side to deprive Iran of the right to reap the benefits of peaceful space technology under false pretexts are a cause for serious concern and profound regret.” He dismissed as “”misleading” U.S. accusations that the April 22 satellite launch carried out by Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps went against the 2015 resolution, which calls on Iran not to undertake any ballistic missile-related activities capable of delivering nuclear weapons. “Iran has never possessed nuclear weapons, nor does it possess these weapons now, nor, we expect, will it ever possess them in the future,” Nebenzia said in a letter to...
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