Tag Archives: Russia

Russia: Regime denies flouting key Cold War treaty with new missiles

Source: CBS News

"Russian President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman denied Wednesday allegations from U.S. officials that Moscow is violating a decades-old arms control treaty with the deployment of a new nuclear-capable cruise missile. The treaty in question was signed between President Ronald Reagan and Russian President Mikhail Gorbachev in the final years of the Cold War and is still in effect. It bars missiles with a range greater than 300 miles. U.S. officials tell CBS News'[s] David Martin that they have monitored flight tests in which the missile, known as the SSC-8, flew farther than 300 miles. It happened secretly in December during the Obama administration, says Martin, but it is now up to President Trump to respond." [editor's note: In other words, it wouldn't have been brought up if Trump hadn't won the election, but since he did and since it's the Russians, it might make for good War Party propaganda – TLK] (02/15/17)


Flynn resigns as America's new Red Scare proves its staying power

Source: Roll Call

"Michael Flynn, President Donald Trump's mercurial national security adviser, submitted his resignation late Monday amidst growing controversy over his communications with Russia's ambassador to the United States. Flynn wrote in his resignation letter that he provided 'incomplete information' about conversations with Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. Critics are questioning whether top Trump Administration officials were misled, lied to — or perhaps complicit. And beyond the disruption caused by the resignation of a senior official so early in a new administration, the circumstances surrounding Flynn's departure will almost certainly increase scrutiny of others in Trump's inner circle who allegedly have ties to Russia.


Rumor: Russian regime considers giving Edward Snowden as "gift" to Trump

Source: New York Daily News

"Russia is considering sending surveillance leaker Edward Snowden back to the United States as a 'gift' to President Trump, according to a report. Snowden fled his job as an NSA contractor in 2013, when he leaked a trove of documents to journalists that exposed widespread surveillance on ordinary Americans through the bulk collection of metadata. He fled to and was granted asylum in Moscow, though two unidentified officials told NBC News that internal Russian deliberations show conversations about using him to 'curry favor' with the new administration." (02/10/17)


Syria: Russian airstrike kills Turkish troops

Source: Guardian [UK]

"Three Turkish soldiers have been killed and 11 injured after a Russian fighter jet accidentally bombed their location outside an Islamic State-held town in northern Syria. … The Turkish military said in a statement that a Russian warplane struck a building where Turkish personnel were present at 8.40am on Thursday as it was targeting Isis. It said the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, called his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, to express his condolences." (02/09/17)


Russia: Opposition leader Alexei Navalny found guilty

Source: BBC [UK state media]

"Russia's main opposition leader, Alexei Navalny, has been found guilty of embezzlement and handed a five-year suspended sentence. It bars him from running for president next year against Vladimir Putin. But Mr Navalny, who denies the charges, has vowed to take part in the race regardless. It was not immediately clear if this was legally possible. His conviction came in a retrial after the European Court of Human Rights ruled the first trial to be unfair. The court in the provincial city of Kirov found Mr Navalny guilty of embezzlement in relation to a timber company called Kirovles, for which he was also handed a 500,000-rouble ($8,500) fine." (02/08/17)


Russia: Opposition leader barred from presidential run by … convenient … embezzlement conviction

Source: ABC News

"A Russian court has found the country's most prominent opposition leader guilty of embezzlement in what critics say is a political trial intended to prevent him from running against President Vladimir Putin next year. Aleksei Navalny, 40, who made his name as an anti-corruption blogger chronicling the alleged ill-gotten gains of top officials, has become one of the leading figures in Russia's beleaguered anti-Putin opposition. In December, he had declared his intention to run against Putin in the country's 2018 presidential election, saying that although he has no chance of winning it would be good for the country. But on Wednesday, a court in the provincial city of Kirov found Navalny guilty of embezzling about $500,000 from local timber company Kirovles. The conviction now means Navalny is barred from running in the presidential election." (02/08/17)


US eases sanctions on Russian intelligence agency

Source: Jamestown Sun

"The U.S. Treasury Department on Thursday eased sanctions on Russian intelligence agency FSB put in place by former President Barack Obama last year over accusations that Moscow launched cyber attacks to try to influence the U.S. presidential election. The Treasury Department said in a statement it would allow U.S. companies to make limited transactions with the intelligence service that are needed to gain approval to import information technology products into Russia." (02/02/17)


McCain: Russia testing US in former Ukraine republics, Trump should "hit back"

Source: Reuters

"Russia is testing President Donald Trump with a surge of violence in [seceded areas formerly part of Ukraine] and the U.S. president should give Ukraine the lethal aid it needs to [invade and conquer the new republics], Senator John McCain said in a letter to Trump on Thursday. Renewed violence flared this week between Moscow-backed rebels [sic] and Ukraine government forces that has caused the highest casualty rate since mid-December and cut off power and water to thousands of civilians on both sides of the frontline. 'That this surge of attacks began the day after he talked with you by phone is a clear indication that Vladimir Putin is moving quickly to test you as commander in chief. America’s response will have lasting consequences,' McCain said in a letter to Trump released by his office." [editor's note: Anyone else out there so glad this saber-rattling moron never got to be POTUS? – SAT] (02/02/17)


Russia: Regime grounds Proton-M rockets over crash

Source: Deutsche Welle

"Authorities in Russia ordered Proton-M engines to be checked after reports that workers replaced some components with shoddy parts during construction. The wrongdoers would be 'harshly punished,' officials have said. The rockets would be grounded for some three-and-a-half months, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said on Saturday, while visiting the Voronezh plant that supplies engines for Proton-M systems. The move comes after the results of a thorough checkup followed a failed launch in December. The failure was caused by a breakup of the third-stage engine, an official commission reported, adding that an 'assembly fault' was among possible causes." (01/28/17)


Russia: Regime arrests Kaspersky cybercrime hunter in "treason" probe

Source: Forbes

"One of Russia's most successful cybercrime investigators and hacker hunter at one of the world's biggest security companies, Kaspersky Lab, has been arrested by Russian law enforcement as part of a probe into possible treason, according to reports. Kaspersky has confirmed incident response chief Ruslan Stoyanov was at the center of an investigation, but could not offer more details. 'This case is not related to Kaspersky Lab. Ruslan Stoyanov is under investigation for a period predating his employment at Kaspersky Lab,' a Kaspersky spokesperson said in an emailed statement. 'We do not possess details of the investigation.' … A Russia-based information security source told FORBES the details of the case were likely to remain private [sic]. The case has been filed under article 275 of Russia's criminal code, the source said, meaning it should result in a secret military tribunal." [editor's note: "Private" and "secret" do not mean the same thing – TLK] (01/25/17)