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‘The Kremlin wants me dead’: Russia's sports doping whistleblower speaks out

Grigory Rodchenkov was head of Russia’s ‘anti-doping’ centre but, in 2015, he fled to the US. He talks to the Observer’s former Moscow correspondent about the lies, the truth and life on the runThe man in front of me is wearing a disguise. We are talking on Skype. I’m at my home near London and Dr Grigory Rodchenkov is at an undisclosed location somewhere in America, guarded 24/7 by armed FBI agents. How is he? “My life is good. My mood is very good,” he says. He’s grinning, I think. Since he’s ...
Tags: London, Vladimir Putin, Russia, US, America, Sport, Fbi, Moscow, Kremlin, Olympic Games, Skype, International Olympic Committee, Sport politics, Grigory Rodchenkov, Rodchenkov

Larry King Duped Into 'Disinfomercial' on Social Media By China (and Possibly Russia)

For 25 years, until 2010, Larry King had a live interview show on CNN. But now ProPublica reports "In the twilight of a remarkable radio and television career spanning more than six decades, battling health problems but determined to stay in the public eye, King was ensnared in an international disinformation scheme." It involved filming Larry King asking questions, and then later splicing in responses from Anastasia Dolgova (an employee of a Russia state-owned broadcaster) — and then widely pr...
Tags: Twitter, Putin, Washington, China, Russia, US, Tech, Cnn, Xi Jinping, Kremlin, King, Larry King, Twitter Facebook, Russia China, Institute for the Study of War, Vladivostok Russia

New Disclosures Confirm: Trump Himself Was the Target of Obama Administration’s Russia Probe

Long-sought documents finally pried from U.S. intelligence agencies prove that the Obama administration used the occasion of providing a standard intelligence briefing for major-party candidates as an opportunity to investigate Donald Trump on suspicion of being a Russian asset.I say investigate Donald Trump advisedly.As I contended in Ball of Collusion, my book on the Trump-Russia investigation, the target of the probe spearheaded by the FBI -- but greenlighted by the Obama White House, and abe...
Tags: Chris Christie, News, Putin, Obama, Washington, Senate, White House, China, Russia, New York City, Joe Biden, Fbi, Gop, House, New Jersey, Susan Rice

Anti-Kremlin protest in Russia's far east attracts thousands for a fourth weekend

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 Sergei Furgal, the wider region's popular governor, who was arrested on murder charges he denies. One banner read "Russia without Putin" while protesters chanted "Putin resign!" outside a government building.
Tags: News, Putin, Russia, Moscow, Kremlin, Khabarovsk, Sergei Furgal

Russia is aiming for an approved COVID-19 vaccine in the next fortnight to portray itself as a global science leader, but there are major concerns over a lack of data and testing

CNN reported critics said Russia was racing ahead with its vaccine because the Kremlin wants to be seen as a global scientific leader.
Tags: News, Russia, Cnn, Kremlin

Russia opens criminal case against Kremlin critic after planned anti-Putin protest

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. Galyamina was involved in a campaign against w...
Tags: News, Putin, Vladimir Putin, Russia, Moscow, Kremlin, Investigative Committee, Yulia Galyamina, Galyamina

Massive protests in Russia's far east rattle Kremlin

Locals say a struggle for democratic freedoms is unfolding in the far eastern Russian city of Khabarovsk, where the arrest of a popular governor has unleashed massive protests. "Sometimes I feel like crying with joy when I see everyone so united," 21-year-old student Yekaterina Ishchenko told AFP. For the last three weeks, she and thousands of other residents of the city 6,000 kilometres (3,700 miles) east of Moscow have taken to the streets, with another huge rally due on Saturday.
Tags: News, Russia, Moscow, Kremlin, Afp, Khabarovsk, Yekaterina Ishchenko

The Disinfomercial: How Larry King Got Duped Into Starring in Chinese Propaganda

This story first appeared at ProPublica. ProPublica is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. Sign up for The Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox. Jacobi Niv had paid Larry King a few thousand dollars apiece to narrate half a dozen videos for companies or projects in Israel, where King is still a big name. But what Niv wanted King to tape on March 27, 2019, wasn’t the usual infomercial. It was more like a disinfomercial. An Israeli with designer clothe...
Tags: Facebook, Asia, Twitter, Hong Kong, Europe, New York, News, Putin, Vladimir Putin, Rihanna, California, Youtube, Washington, White House, China, Russia

Was Belarus’ Arrest of Russian Wagner Soldiers Staged in a Ploy to Postpone Elections?

MOSCOW—The videos were certainly not what Russians have come to expect from their country’s secret warriors abroad: powerful men in unmarked uniforms imposing Russian influence on Syria, Ukraine, and Africa. These men were caught on camera by Belarusian security officers totally unprepared. Some were naked except for underwear, with documents, propaganda leaflets, and condoms strewn around their hotel rooms. Others wore vaguely marked uniforms. All 33 of them were military-age Russians hunkered ...
Tags: News, Putin, Vladimir Putin, Russia, Africa, Ukraine, Moscow, Libya, Belarus, Kremlin, The Daily Beast, Fsb, KGB, Minsk, Interfax, Wagner

US to pull 12,000 troops out of Germany as Trump blasts 'delinquent' Berlin

Pentagon insists move is about long-term strategy but Trump says: ‘We’re reducing the force because they’re not paying their bills’The US is planning to pull nearly 12,000 troops out of Germany in a move the Pentagon insisted was about long-term strategy but which Donald Trump said was to punish Berlin for low defence spending.Of a total of 11,900 personnel that will be leaving Germany under the proposal, 6,400 will be returning to the US, from where they could be used for rotational deployments...
Tags: Europe, Hbo, News, Vladimir Putin, Washington, Senate, White House, Germany, Angela Merkel, Russia, Berlin, US, Afghanistan, United States, Taliban, Nato

Trump Dismisses Russian Support for Taliban, Citing U.S. Tactics during Cold War

President Trump said Tuesday that he has never discussed with Russian President Vladimir Putin the intelligence indicating that Russia paid Taliban fighters to kill U.S. troops despite several phone calls between the two heads of state since the intelligence was made known.“I have never discussed it with him,” Trump said in an interview with "Axios on HBO."Asked why he did not confront Putin over the alarming revelation, Trump responded, “That was a phone call to discuss other things, and frankl...
Tags: Hbo, News, Putin, Vladimir Putin, Washington Post, White House, Russia, Afghanistan, Taliban, New York Times, The Times, Moscow, Cia, Kremlin, National Security Agency, Trump

The Russia report's real warning? Britain has given up protecting its democracy | Peter Geoghegan

Our political system is easily influenced by wealthy donors or hostile powers. The government seems unwilling to defend itThe recent Russia report paints a grim picture of British democracy. Kremlin disinformation targeting our elections, a London laundromat cleaning dirty money, Russian elites buying their way into the British establishment. Related: The Russia report points to wilful negligence by the British government | Dominic Grieve Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Politics, London, Russia, Conservatives, UK News, World news, Britain, Foreign Policy, Kremlin, Dominic Grieve, Electoral reform, Peter Geoghegan

49% of voters believe Kremlin interfered in Brexit referendum

Opinium poll for the Observer also reveals 47% of public think Putin’s government affected UK’s 2019 general election Almost half the British public believes the Russian government interfered in the EU referendum and last year’s general election, according to a poll. The latest Opinium poll for the Observer found that 49% of voters think there was Russian interference in the Brexit referendum, with 23% disagreeing. Some 47% believed Russia interfered in the December general election.The poll fin...
Tags: Politics, UK, Putin, Russia, Eu, UK News, World news, Foreign Policy, Boris Johnson, Kremlin, Intelligence and Security Committee, Brexit, Observer, General election 2019

Huge anti-Kremlin protests erupt in Russia's far east

Residents of Khabarovsk march over the arrest of popular governor Sergei FurgalHuge anti-government demonstrations erupted in Russia’s far east on Saturday over the arrest of a popular governor who was replaced this week by a Kremlin appointee who has never lived in the fraught region.Residents of Khabarovsk near the border with China took to the streets en masse for the third Saturday in a row after governor Sergei Furgal was arrested by federal law enforcement and flown to Moscow on murder cha...
Tags: Europe, Vladimir Putin, China, Russia, Moscow, Kremlin, Khabarovsk, Sergei Furgal, Sergei FurgalHuge

Massive protest against governor's arrest challenges Kremlin

Tens of thousands of people marched Saturday across the Russian city of Khabarovsk on the border with China to protest the arrest of the regional governor on murder charges, continuing a wave of protests that has lasted for two weeks in a challenge to the Kremlin. Sergei Furgal has been in a Moscow jail since his arrest on July 9, and Russian President Vladimir Putin has named an acting successor. Protesters in Khabarovsk see the charges against Furgal as unsubstantiated and demand that he sta...
Tags: News, Vladimir Putin, China, Moscow, Kremlin, Khabarovsk, Sergei Furgal, Furgal

Amazon In Talks to Acquire Michael B. Jordan’s Without Remorse

Amazon in talks to acquire Michael B. Jordan’s Without Remorse After announcing a few months ago it had delayed the release of the Michael B. Jordan-starring thriller by a month, it now appears Paramount’s Without Remorse may forgo a theatrical release all together as Amazon is entering final negotiations to acquire the film, according to The Hollywood Reporter. RELATED: Paramount Pushes Tom Clancy’s Without Remorse Release Date PB = PB || {}; PB.gptStand...
Tags: Amazon, Movies, Aaron Sorkin, Ben Affleck, Chicago, Jordan, Cia, Harrison Ford, Kremlin, Paramount Pictures, Baltimore, Liev Schreiber, Paramount, Michael B Jordan, Tom Clancy, Chris Pine

Russia satellite: Kremlin accuses US and UK of 'distorting' truth

Moscow insists US and UK accusations that Russia has tested anti-satellite weaponry are "distorted".
Tags: UK, News, Russia, US, Moscow, Kremlin

What did Trump and Putin chat about on latest phone call?

Your guesses in the BBS, please. “President Trump reiterated his hope of avoiding an expensive three-way arms race between China, Russia and the United States and looked forward to progress on upcoming arms control negotiations in Vienna,” White House spokesman Judd Deere today said. “The need for collective efforts to maintain regional stability and the global nuclear non-proliferation regime has been emphasized on both sides,” the Kremlin said. Reuters reports, Russian President Vladimir ...
Tags: Post, Politics, News, Putin, Vladimir Putin, White House, Russia, US news, Iran, Vienna, United States, Kremlin, Donald Trump, Trump, Reuters, China Russia

UK efforts to penetrate Kremlin would not be shared with ISC

Whitehall sources argue that criticism of Britain’s spy agencies work on Russia is unfairWhat does the UK’s Russia report say? Key points explainedBritish efforts to penetrate the Kremlin are kept so secret that they would not be shared with the intelligence and security committee (ISC), according to Whitehall sources who argue that the body’s criticism of their work on Russia is unfair.Critical intelligence would only be shared in a tight circle with the prime minister, senior ministers and off...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, Vladimir Putin, Russia, UK News, Britain, Foreign Policy, UK security and counter-terrorism, MI5, MI6, Espionage, Kremlin, ISC, Whitehall

Russian Elite Given Experimental COVID-19 Vaccine Since April

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: Scores of Russia's business and political elite have been given early access to an experimental vaccine against Covid-19, according to people familiar with the effort, as the country races to be among the first to develop an inoculation. Top executives at companies including aluminum giant United Co. Rusal, as well as billionaire tycoons and government officials began getting shots developed by the state-run Gamaleya Institute in Moscow as earl...
Tags: Russia, Tech, Bloomberg, Moscow, Kremlin, Vector, Health Ministry, Dmitry Peskov, Peskov, Novosibirsk Siberia, United Co Rusal, COVID, Gamaleya Institute, Gamaleya, Sergei Netesov, Netesov

NYT Reporter: Intel Officials Believe Russians Using Hunter Biden Allegations to Distract from Election Interference

New York Times reporter Julian Barnes implied on Tuesday that some intelligence officials believe that the Kremlin is fanning corruption allegations against Joe Biden's son Hunter in order to "obscure" Russia's ongoing election interference attempts.During an MSNBC interview, host Nicole Wallace referred to Russian disinformation campaigns that she said appear to have "infected" the House Intelligence Committee, asking Barnes, "What access to any information or briefings do Democrats rea...
Tags: Europe, News, Congress, Russia, Joe Biden, Ukraine, Intel, Fbi, House, New York Times, State Department, Nancy Pelosi, Kremlin, Biden, Times, House Intelligence Committee

'Enemy of democracy': Oligarch says Putin wants to harm UK

Alexander Temerko admits being a Tory activist but not a Kremlin ally as Russia report publishedIn the wake of the long-awaited publication of the Russia report into interference in UK democracy, one of the most prominent Soviet-born donors to the Conservative Party has said he is no “friend of Putin” and called for greater scrutiny of British ex-politicians working for Russian state firms.In an interview with the Guardian Alexander Temerko said he welcomed the publication of the intelligence an...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, Putin, Vladimir Putin, Russia, Conservatives, UK security and counter-terrorism, Boris Johnson, Espionage, Kremlin, Conservative Party, Alexander Temerko, ISC Russia

UK took its 'eye off the ball' on Russian meddling, long-awaited report finds

The UK took its "eye off the ball" in relation to Russia's attempts to meddle in British politics and deliberately "glossed over" allegations of a Kremlin-sponsored influence campaign during the Brexit referendum, an influential group of UK lawmakers say.
Tags: Europe, UK, News, Russia, Kremlin

Russia accuses UK of 'Russophobia' in angry rejection of report

Country says Britain is seeking to distract from a loss of status due to the Brexit crisisLive reaction and analysis of Russia reportUK government failed to investigate Kremlin interferenceRussian officials have angrily rejected the conclusions of the Russia report, accusing the UK of taking a “leading role in Russophobia” and seeking to distract from a loss of status due to the Brexit crisis.But they have also claimed the report cleared Moscow of attempts to influence the 2016 Brexit referendum...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, Russia, UK News, World news, Britain, Foreign Policy, Moscow, Kremlin, Brexit

Was there Russian meddling in the Brexit referendum? The Tories just didn't care | Jonathan Lis

The Russia report confirms it: the government had reason to suspect a violation of our democratic processes and ignored itThe conclusion of the Russia report is damning not for what it says, but for what it cannot. Neither the British government nor intelligence agencies made any effort to investigate the alleged hacking of the UK’s most significant democratic event in generations. Related: Russia report reveals UK government failed to investigate Kremlin interference Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, Russia, European Union, UK News, Foreign Policy, Kremlin, Brexit, Jonathan Lis

Just what does the UK's Russia report say? Key points explained

Intelligence and security committee finds Kremlin’s reach in UK politics - especially in ‘Londongrad’ - is ‘new normal’It has been beset by a nine-month delay, with heightened speculation about its contents amid Downing Street’s attempts to downplay its significance. But now the Russia report by parliament’s intelligence and security committee, which shines a light on the Kremlin’s reach in UK politics, has finally been published. So just what does it say? Here are some of the key points: Contin...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, Technology, Scotland, Russia, UK News, World news, Hacking, Espionage, Kremlin, Cyberwar, Brexit, Londongrad

UK government 'did not want to know' about Russian interference in EU referendum – video

Long-delayed findings on Russia’s influence over UK politics reveals that the British government and intelligence agencies failed to conduct any proper assessment of Kremlin attempts to interfere with the 2016 EU referendum.Parliament’s intelligence and security committee revealed the findings in a long overdue report that said ministers, in effect, ignored allegations of Russian disruptionRussia report reveals UK government failed to investigate Kremlin interference Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, Vladimir Putin, Russia, Eu, UK News, Boris Johnson, Parliament, Kremlin, Brexit

Report: UK officials ‘avoided’ looking into Russian meddling

By DANICA KIRKA, SYLVIA HUI and JAMEY KEATEN LONDON — A long-awaited report on Russian influence in British politics criticized the British government for neglecting to investigate whether Russia interfered in the 2016 Brexit referendum, describing its utter lack of curiosity about the threats to democracy as being a major failure at the heart of power. The parliamentary report’s authors accused the British government of “actively avoiding” looking into evidence of the Russian threat to the EU r...
Tags: Health, Elections, UK, London, News, Vladimir Putin, Russia, Uncategorized, Eu, Conservative, Sport, European Union, World news, Canada, Britain, Soccer

Government rejects ISC's call for inquiry into Russian interference in Brexit referendum - live news

Report was sent to Downing Street in October last year, in time for publication before the general electionFull story: Russia report reveals UK government failed to investigate Kremlin interferenceGlobal coronavirus updates – live 12.18pm BST This is from Lisa Nandy, the shadow foreign secretary, on the ISC Russia report.It is extraordinary that the prime minister, Boris Johnson, took the political decision last October ahead of the general election to block the publication of this important...
Tags: Politics, UK, Vladimir Putin, Russia, Conservative, Conservatives, UK News, Intelligence, Defence policy, Boris Johnson, Kremlin, Downing Street, ISC, Damian Collins, Brexit, Lisa Nandy