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In Moscow’s Afghan Bazaar, Searching for a Bagman Who Pays Bounties for Dead Americans

MOSCOW—If you ask where to find almost anyone in Moscow’s Afghan community, you’ll be told to come here, to the Hotel Sevastopol. Probably you will be told it has 16 floors, which seems important to the direction givers. Much of the hotel has been turned into a market, a sort of Afghan bazaar where men with tired eyes above their covid masks crowd into the elevators carrying plastic shopping bags full of fragrant Indian spices, semi-precious stones, and cheap leather goods.Russian neighbors of t...
Tags: Europe, Isis, News, Putin, Vladimir Putin, Obama, Washington, China, Islamic State, Russia, Barack Obama, Afghanistan, Britain, United States, Taliban, New York Times


How Russia Built a Channel to the Taliban, Once an Enemy

The recent assessment that Russia paid bounties to the insurgents to attack U.S. troops stunned many, but officials said the Kremlin’s outreach began almost a decade ago.
Tags: News, Putin, Russia, Afghanistan, Taliban, Al Qaeda, Kremlin, Vladimir V, United States International Relations, Espionage and Intelligence Services, United States Defense and Military Forces, Afghanistan War (2001-


Protests Rock Russian Far East With Calls for Putin to Resign

Tens of thousands took to the streets in Russia’s usually somnolent hinterland after the arrest of a popular regional governor.
Tags: News, Putin, Russia


Russia's journalists under increasing pressure from the secret services in wake of Putin's shaky referendum victory

Russia's intelligence services have 'stepped up' their war on free media, carrying out a series of operations designed to intimidate journalists in the wake of Vladimir Putin's controversial referendum victory last week. In an unprecedented case for post-Soviet Russia, prominent defence reporter Ivan Safronov was seized outside his home on Tuesday morning by secret service agents and arrested on suspicion of treason. Citing the secret nature of the case, the investigators have no...
Tags: News, Putin, Vladimir Putin, Russia, Kremlin, Fsb, Ivan Safronov


The Absolute Emptiness of ‘MAGA’ and ‘Black Lives Matter’

The two most powerful political slogans of our era are “Make America Great Again”, and “Black Lives Matter.” Both of them, once uttered, seemed to invite immediate, obvious, simple-minded rejoinders. “America is already great,” say Trump’s opponents. “All Lives Matter,” say those who are made uncomfortable by the hint of exclusion in BLM. But for the initiated, the rejoinders almost prove the necessity of repeating the slogan.In other words, the genius of both phrases is that they are self-authe...
Tags: News, Putin, Mexico, China, America, Pentagon, Black Lives Matter, BLM, Trump, Hugo Chavez, Maga


Arrests and police raids follow Russia's vote to let Putin rule for life

An opposition governor was detained and several activists had their homes raided by the police on Thursday as Russia’s latest crackdown on dissent gathers momentum. The flurry of arrests and criminal inquiries follow last week’s vote in which nearly 78 percent endorsed constitutional amendments allowing Vladimir Putin to stay as president at least until 2036 when he turns 83. Sergei Furgal, the governor of the Khabarovsk region in Russia’s Far East who beat a Kremlin candidate at the 2018 electi...
Tags: News, Putin, Vladimir Putin, Russia, Moscow, Kremlin, Far East, Khabarovsk, Sergei Furgal, Investigative Committee Russia, Furgal




Don’t Let Russian Meddling Derail Afghanistan Withdrawal Plans

Allegations of bounties paid for the deaths of U.S. soldiers are serious. But the White House ought to stay the course toward a peace deal.
Tags: News, Putin, White House, Bolton, Central Intelligence Agency, Trump, Mike, John R, O'Brien, Pompeo, House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Vladimir V, United States Politics and Government, Donald J, House Committee on Armed Services, Azizi


Russia is killing US soldiers. Trump's response is a shameful dereliction of duty

He has probably known for months, yet he continues to praise Putin. The American president is not looking out for the American peopleDonald Trump’s response to Russia’s attempts to kill American soldiers in Afghanistan is a dereliction of duty, and yet another sad reminder that the actions of the US president cost American lives.Numerous reports detail how the Trump administration – and the president himself – were aware as early as 2019 that Russia had been offering bounties to Taliban fighters...
Tags: News, Putin, Vladimir Putin, Nsa, White House, Germany, Russia, US, Ukraine, Afghanistan, United States, Taliban, Susan Rice, Cia, Trump, Oval Office


In Russia, They Tore Down Lots of Statues, but Little Changed

“Waging war on bronze men doesn’t make your life any more moral or just,” one observer noted. “It does nothing really.”
Tags: News, Putin, Russia, Columbus, Demonstrations, Kalashnikov, Stalin, Joseph, KGB, Christopher, Lenin, Vladimir, Khrushchev, Vladimir V, Protests and Riots, Moscow (Russia


Russians living near base where Putin's doomsday missile may have exploded last year warned ahead of new military activity

Residents were told they are living in the "danger zone" and were given the opportunity to evacuate the before the military starts its work nearby.
Tags: News, Putin


Russian Court Convicts Journalist for ‘Justifying Terrorism’

The case against the freelance reporter revolved around a 2018 text critical of the security services. Even the Kremlin’s human rights council had denounced the charges.
Tags: News, Putin, Kremlin, Freedom Of The Press, Svetlana, Vladimir V, News and News Media, Ekho Moskvy, Human Rights and Human Rights Violations, Prokopyeva


Sen. Cotton: Biden VP hopeful Susan Rice was the 'Typhoid Mary' of the Obama foreign policy

Former Obama national security adviser and potential Biden running mate Susan Rice claims President Trump 'picks Putin over U.S. troops'; Republican Sen. Tom Cotton reacts.
Tags: News, Putin, Obama, Susan Rice, Biden, Trump, Republican Sen Tom Cotton, Typhoid Mary of the Obama


‘Strategic Empathy’: How Biden’s Informal Diplomacy Shaped Foreign Relations

President Trump is attacking his record on China. But for Mr. Biden, it’s part of a long history of befriending and sometimes confronting world leaders.
Tags: News, Putin, China, United States, Xi Jinping, Mandela, Erdogan, Biden, Assad, Nelson, Elizabeth Ii, Trump, Netanyahu, Benjamin, Qaddafi, Havel


Susan Rice Rips Trump For Claiming He Was Never Briefed On Russia Bounty Plot

Former national security adviser Susan Rice on Sunday slammed President Trump for claiming that he was never briefed on the intelligence suggesting Russia paid bounties to Taliban-linked militants to kill U.S. troops in Afghanistan. In the past week, Trump has downplayed the Russia bounty plot allegations in tweets by saying that it’s “possibly another fabricated Russia hoax” and that he was “never briefed because any info that they may have had did not rise to that level.” Last week, White Ho...
Tags: News, Putin, Vladimir Putin, White House, Russia, Afghanistan, United States, Taliban, Susan Rice, Associated Press, Bolton, Rice, Trump, Oval Office, John Bolton, Kayleigh McEnany


Constitutional changes are the 'right thing' for Russia: Putin

President Vladimir Putin said on Sunday constitutional amendments approved in a nationwide vote created the conditions for Russia's "progressive development" for decades to come. One of the changes approved in the week-long vote that ended on July 1 makes it possible for Putin to seek two more terms as president and, if re-elected, to stay in power until 2036. "They will strengthen our nationhood and create conditions for the progressive development of our country for decades to come," he said...
Tags: News, Putin, Vladimir Putin, Russia


Moscow Has a Field Day With Trump’s Fireworks at Mt. Russia-More

Kremlin-controlled Russian state media set out to tickle U.S. President Trump’s fragile ego amid falling ratings after his blustery appearance at Mount Rushmore on Friday. Mentioning that the American head of state had previously toyed with the idea he might be featured alongside Washington, Jefferson, Teddy Roosevelt, and Lincoln, Russia’s premier state media channel Rossiya-1 aired a graphic of Trump’s mug right up there on the mountain beside them. Given the frequent allusions on Russian stat...
Tags: News, Putin, Vladimir Putin, White House, Germany, Russia, America, Syria, Afghanistan, Gop, Taliban, Moscow, Fox News, Kremlin, Helsinki, Trump


Opinion: Russian democracy is a farce. Putin wants the same fate for America

The Kremlin bullied and bribed Russians to the ballot box again on Wednesday, the latest episode of what long ago became a painful mockery of democracy. Democracy means choices, and there has been no real choice in Russia for many years. All roads, all votes, lead to Vladimir Putin.
Tags: News, Putin, Russia, America, Stories, Kremlin


Russian democracy is a farce. Putin wants the same fate for America

The Kremlin bullied and bribed Russians to the ballot box again on Wednesday, the latest episode of what long ago became a painful mockery of democracy, writes Garry Kasparov.
Tags: Putin, America, Cnn, Kremlin


Garry Kasparov: Russian democracy is a farce. Putin wants the same fate for America

The Kremlin bullied and bribed Russians to the ballot box again on Wednesday, the latest episode of what long ago became a painful mockery of democracy. Democracy means choices, and there has been no real choice in Russia for many years. All roads, all votes, lead to Vladimir Putin.
Tags: News, Putin, Russia, America, Stories, Kremlin, Garry Kasparov


Putin and Xi are both taking advantage of uncertainty and unpredictability Trump has helped create

This past week, on US President Donald Trump's watch Russia and China have effectively re-aligned the coming world order. They didn't do it together, but both took advantage of uncertainty and unpredictability that Trump has helped create.
Tags: News, Putin, China, Russia, US, Stories, Donald Trump, Trump


Russia Denies Paying Bounties, but Some Say the U.S. Had It Coming

MOSCOW -- Three years into a grinding war in eastern Ukraine, the Trump administration, in a sharp break with Obama-era policy, proposed providing the Ukrainian army with potent American weapons, Javelin anti-tank missiles, to aid its struggle with Russian-backed separatists.President Vladimir Putin of Russia responded with an ominous warning, saying weapons in the separatist regions could easily be sent "to other zones of conflict" -- which many took to mean Afghanistan.Russia's grievances ...
Tags: News, Putin, Vladimir Putin, Obama, Washington, Russia, America, Syria, Ukraine, Afghanistan, Munich, United States, Taliban, Nato, New York Times, Moscow


Reading Orwell for the Fourth of July

As we celebrate freedom, speaking freely is in danger.
Tags: Hong Kong, News, Putin, China, Russia, Social Media, United States, Xi Jinping, Poland, Orwell, Freedom Of The Press, Trump, George, Facebook Inc, Vladimir V, Donald J


Russia Denies Paying Bounties, but Some Say the U.S. Had It Coming

Russia’s grievances against what it sees as American bullying and expansion into its own zones of influence have been stacking up for decades.
Tags: News, Putin, Obama, Russia, Ukraine, Central Intelligence Agency, Barack, Trump, KGB, Vladimir V, Donald J, Moscow (Russia, United States Defense and Military Forces, Kabul (Afghanistan, USSR (Former Soviet Union, Afghanistan War (2001-


Putin mocks U.S. embassy for flying rainbow flag

President Vladimir Putin on Friday mocked the U.S. embassy in Moscow for flying a rainbow flag to celebrate LGBT rights, suggesting it reflected the sexual orientation of its staff. Putin said the U.S. embassy's move to raise the LGBT pride flag "revealed something about the people that work there".
Tags: News, Putin, Vladimir Putin, Moscow


A polling station that was observed records low turnout in Russian vote

Some voters who took part in a referendum that paves the way for President Vladimir Putin to extend his rule over Russia said they had been asked by their employers to do so, and to provide evidence to bosses to show they did. Despite that campaign, only 43% percent of eligible voters took part in the referendum at the polling station, below the national average of 68% and roughly half the percentage in the area where the station was located. In fact turnout, an important measure for the Kreml...
Tags: News, Putin, Vladimir Putin, Russia, Moscow, Kremlin, Reutov


The only region to say 'nyet' to Putin in landslide victory

Nenets Autonomous District protest vote signalled anger over merger with Arkhangelsk regionCritics say Russian vote that could allow Putin to rule until 2036 was riggedOnly one of Russia’s 85 regions, a sparsely-populated patch of the Arctic known for reindeer herders, defied the Kremlin and voted against changes granting President Vladimir Putin the right to stay in power until 2036.The former KGB officer, who has ruled Russia for more than two decades as president or prime minister, handily wo...
Tags: Putin, Vladimir Putin, Russia, Arctic, Kremlin, KGB, Arkhangelsk, Nenets Autonomous District


One sole Russian region says 'nyet' to Putin, defying the Kremlin

Only one of Russia's 85 regions, a sparsely-populated patch of the Arctic known for reindeer herders, defied the Kremlin and voted against changes granting President Vladimir Putin the right to stay in power until 2036, results on Thursday showed. Discontent there has been brewing for some time and its rejection appeared to be a protest vote designed to signal anger over a local issue. Specifically, residents object to a plan put forward earlier this year by authorities to merge with neighbour...
Tags: News, Putin, Vladimir Putin, Russia, Arctic, Kremlin, Arkhangelsk


Putin could rule Russia until 2036. He's already one of the world's longest-serving leaders

Russian President Vladimir Putin is already one of the world's longest-serving leaders, and on Wednesday, voters paved the way for him to rule the country until 2036.
Tags: Europe, News, Putin, Vladimir Putin, Russia