Tag Archives: Russia

Trump abandons detente with Russia

Eric Schuler

Source: Libertarian Institute
by Eric Schuler

"According to one of Trump’s senior advisers, improving relations with Russia is no longer a priority for the Trump administration. Sanctions will not be lifted and might even be increased. … This is bad news for several reasons. First and foremost, Trump’s relatively friendly stance towards Russia was the most useful position he offered on the campaign trail. And he often presented it in a common sense way that had a chance to actually resonate with the American people. In his words, 'Wouldn’t it be nice if we actually got along with … Russia?' Indeed, during the campaign, it seemed like the most likely problem with Trump’s foreign policy towards Russia would be that he’d take it to far the other direction. Instead of just cooling tensions and resuming a normal, sanction-free trading relationship, Trump seemed interested in having an outright alliance with Russia to help in the War on Terror. This would have been problematic, in large part because it probably would have been stepping up the demonstrably counterproductive War on Terror overall. Now, it appears those concerns are no longer necessary." (05/29/17)


Putin visits France, hopes to mend strained ties with west

Source: Washington Post

"On a visit likely to shape Russia-France ties for years, French President Emmanuel Macron hosted Russian President Vladimir Putin at the sumptuous Palace of Versailles on Monday for what the newly-elected French leader said would be 'demanding' talks on Syria, the Ukrainian crisis and other thorny issues driving the rift between Russia and the West." (05/29/17)


Clinton supporters try to shift blame for Servergate to, you guessed it, !THEM RUSSIANS!

Source: Washington Post

"A secret document that officials say played a key role in then-FBI Director James B. Comey’s handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation has long been viewed within the FBI as unreliable and possibly a fake, according to people familiar with its contents. In the midst of the 2016 presidential primary season, the FBI received what was described as a Russian intelligence document claiming a tacit understanding between the Clinton campaign and the Justice Department over the inquiry into whether she intentionally revealed classified information through her use of a private email server. … Current and former officials have said that Comey relied on the document in making his July decision to announce on his own, without Justice Department involvement, that the investigation was over. That public announcement — in which he criticized Clinton and made extensive comments about the evidence — set in motion a chain of other FBI moves that Democrats now say helped Trump win the presidential election." [editor's note: I'm pretty sure !THEM RUSSIANS! stole my car keys, too,
since I can't find them – TLK] (05/25/17)


Philippines' Duterte looks to strengthen ties with trip to Moscow

Source: CNN

"Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte will depart on an official five-day visit to Moscow Monday, as part of an effort to realign his country's foreign policy away from longtime ally the United States. Under Duterte, who took office in June 2016, the Philippines has made overtures toward Beijing and Moscow — seeing the countries as a source of much-needed investment — and away from the US. … The trip, alongside recent visits to China, is designed to diversify the Southeast Asian nations' trade as relations with allies such as the European Union and the US become increasingly chilly." (05/22/17)


Trump letter accounts for more than $100 million in Russian income since 2008

Source: McClatchy DC Bureau

"President Donald Trump collected at least $100 million from Russian people or organizations between 2008 and this March, according to a personal letter from his tax counsels that he released Friday in response to a senator’s unofficial query. The amount could be higher. The letter notes that money from sales of condominiums or other products would 'not have been separately identified as 'Russian' in your books.' … Trump released the letter, saying it had been sent to Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., who had asked former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper in a recent Senate hearing if he had ever seen 'a situation where a Trump business interest in Russia caused him concern.' Clapper’s answer appeared to be less than a wholesale no — he said he’d seen nothing to concern him in the investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 election but that he couldn’t answer beyond that because it could interfere with an investigation." (05/12/17)


Coats: Your blender is going to murder you in your bed because !THEM RUSSIANS!

Source: Engadget

"Hackers aren't the only ones bypassing the weak security of the Internet of Things. According to Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats, smart devices could also be used to shut down US intelligence operations in the future. At an open hearing today, the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) heard testimony on the worldwide threat assessment of the US intelligence community. Coats'[s] opening statements included a warning of the dangers of poor smart device security as well as the continued inevitability of Russian cyber threats. Coat[s]'s testimony lists these concerns first, with Russia topping the list of enemy actors. Coats says that the Kremlin has taken a much more aggressive 'cyber posture,' which 'was evident in Russia's [alleged without evidence] efforts to influence the 2016 US election.'" (05/11/17)


Russia: Blogger convicted for playing Pokemon Go in church

Source: Yahoo! News

"A Russian court on Thursday convicted a video blogger of inciting hatred against believers by posting videos online showing him chasing Pokemons in a church, giving him a suspended sentence. Ruslan Sokolovsky, a militant atheist who posted the videos on his YouTube channel, was detained in August 2016 and spent nine months in jail and under house arrest. His case, heard in the Urals city of Yekaterinburg, highlighted the role of the powerful Orthodox Church and sparked comparisons with the scandalous case that saw members of the Pussy Riot punk group sent to prison for a performance critical of President Vladimir Putin in a Moscow cathedral in 2012." (05/11/17)


Russia: On Victory Day, Putin calls for international unity

Source: Washington Post

"Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday told the annual Victory Day parade on Red Square that the horrors of World War II demonstrate the necessity of countries working together to prevent war. Russia celebrates the 1945 defeat of Nazi Germany every May 9 to honor those who fought and died for their country. 'This monstrous tragedy was not able to be prevented primarily because of the connivance of the criminal ideology of racial superiority and due to the lack of unity among the world’s leading nations,' he said. 'To effectively combat terrorism, extremism, neo-Nazism and other threats, consolidation of the entire international community is necessary.'" (05/09/17)


Putin pushes Syria "deconfliction zone" proposals in talks with Erdogan

Source: Washington Post

"Russian President Vladimir Putin expanded a diplomatic blitz over the war Syria on Wednesday, meeting with Turkey’s president as the Kremlin pushes a proposal to create 'deconfliction zones' in Syria with apparent U.S. support. The talks with Turkish Prime Minister Reçep Tayyip Erdogan reflect possible growing cooperation between nations once deeply at odds over Syria’s conflict — with Turkey backing rebel factions and Russia providing key military support to Syria’s government." (05/03/17)


Homophobic purges in Putinland

Source: Students For Liberty
by Vera Kichanova

"When someone refuses to sell you a pizza because you are gay, it is not fascism, it is bigotry. When they kidnap you because you are gay, hold you in a secret prison, torture you into giving up your friends’ names and then return you to your family saying 'Either you kill him or we will,' now this is fascism. And this is exactly what is going on in Putin’s Russia today." (05/01/17)