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Study: Russia's Sputnik Vaccine Appears Safe, Effective
Health
Study: Russia's Sputnik Vaccine Appears Safe, Effective

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian scientists say the country's Sputnik V vaccine appears safe and effective against COVID-19, according to early results of an advanced study published in a British medical journal. The news is a boost for the shot that is increasingly... Read More

Kremlin Foe Navalny Slams Court That May Jail Him for Years
Foreign Affairs
Kremlin Foe Navalny Slams Court That May Jail Him for Years

MOSCOW (AP) — Opposition leader Alexei Navalny denounced a Moscow court hearing Tuesday on whether he should be sent to prison for years, calling it a vain attempt by the Kremlin to scare millions of Russians into submission. The 44-year-old... Read More

EXPLAINER: Behind the Kremlin's Response to Navalny Rallies
Foreign Affairs
EXPLAINER: Behind the Kremlin's Response to Navalny Rallies

MOSCOW (AP) — Rattled by nationwide protests over jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny, Russian authorities are moving rapidly to block any new ones – from piling legal pressure on his allies to launching a campaign to discredit the demonstrations. Unprecedented... Read More

Biden Walking a High Wire with Russia Ahead of Putin Call
Geopolitics
Biden Walking a High Wire with Russia Ahead of Putin Call

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden has been quickly thrown into a high-wire balancing act with Russia as he seeks to toughen his administration’s stance against Vladimir Putin while preserving room for diplomacy in a post-Donald Trump era. The relationship... Read More

Russia Welcomes US Proposal to Extend Nuclear Treaty
Geopolitics
Russia Welcomes US Proposal to Extend Nuclear Treaty

MOSCOW (AP) — The Kremlin on Friday welcomed U.S. President Joe Biden’s proposal to extend the last remaining nuclear arms control treaty between the two countries, which is set to expire in less than two weeks. Russian President Vladimir Putin’s... Read More

US Cybersecurity Agency Warns of 'Grave' Threat from Hack
Cybercrime
US Cybersecurity Agency Warns of 'Grave' Threat from Hack

WASHINGTON -- The federal government's top cybersecurity agency on Thursday issued its most urgent warning yet about a sophisticated and extensive computer breach, saying it posed a "grave risk" to cyber networks maintained by governments, utilities and the private sector... Read More

Hacking Spree by Suspected Russians Included US Think Tank
Cybercrime
Hacking Spree by Suspected Russians Included US Think Tank

The suspected Russian hackers behind a global campaign of cyberattacks that have breached U.S. government agencies also hit an American think tank, according to a cybersecurity firm that has been fighting them off. For the better part of a year,... Read More

US Agencies Hacked in Monthslong Global Cyberspying Campaign
Cybercrime
US Agencies Hacked in Monthslong Global Cyberspying Campaign

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. government agencies were ordered to scour their networks for malware and disconnect potentially compromised servers on Monday after authorities learned that the Treasury and Commerce departments were hacked in a global cyber-espionage campaign tied to a... Read More

Barr Appoints Special Counsel in Russia Probe Investigation
Political News
Barr Appoints Special Counsel in Russia Probe Investigation

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General William Barr has given extra protection to the prosecutor he appointed to investigate the origins of the Trump-Russia probe, granting him authority to complete the work without being easily fired. Barr told The Associated Press... Read More

Iran and Russia Have Attempted to Influence US Election, Officials Say
2020 Elections
Iran and Russia Have Attempted to Influence US Election, Officials Say

WASHINGTON — Iran and Russia have obtained voter registration information and are sending disinformation to Americans ahead of Election Day, the leaders of U.S. intelligence agencies and the FBI warned Wednesday night. The announcement was made during a brief and hastily announced news conference, and it was another reminder of... Read More

Intelligence Community Expecting More Russian Interference This Election Cycle
2020 Elections
Intelligence Community Expecting More Russian Interference This Election Cycle
2020-10-05 12:56:14
by Reece Nations

The United States’ intelligence community is expecting active Russian disinformation efforts to influence the results of the 2020 presidential election, according to analysis by the RAND Corporation. Among the corporation’s key findings was that technological innovation has made widespread propaganda... Read More

Trump Vote-Rigging Claims Fit Russia’s Plan, Former Top Spy Says
2020 Elections
Trump Vote-Rigging Claims Fit Russia’s Plan, Former Top Spy Says

President Donald Trump is playing into Russia’s hands by claiming that his political adversaries are trying to rig the U.S. election, a former senior intelligence official said. Sue Gordon, who left the second-highest post in the Office of the Director... Read More

Whistleblower Says Trump Aides Suppressed Russia Evidence
2016 U.S. Election
Whistleblower Says Trump Aides Suppressed Russia Evidence

WASHINGTON — Trump administration appointees suppressed intelligence on Russian election interference and the threat from white supremacists, according to a whistleblower complaint filed by the Department of Homeland Security’s former intelligence chief. The complaint by Brian Murphy alleges interference from... Read More

Russian Navy Conducts Major Maneuvers Near Alaska
Geopolitics
Russian Navy Conducts Major Maneuvers Near Alaska

MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian navy conducted major war games near Alaska involving dozens of ships and aircraft, the military said Friday, the biggest such drills in the area since Soviet times. Russia's navy chief, Adm. Nikolai Yevmenov, said that... Read More

Russia's Navalny in Coma in ICU After Alleged Poisoning
Foreign Affairs
Russia's Navalny in Coma in ICU After Alleged Poisoning

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny is in a coma and on a ventilator in a hospital intensive care unit after falling ill from suspected poisoning that his allies believe is linked to his political activity. The 44-year-old... Read More

Trump’s 2016 Campaign Chair Communicated with Russian Intelligence, Bipartisan Senate Panel Finds
Political News
Trump’s 2016 Campaign Chair Communicated with Russian Intelligence, Bipartisan Senate Panel Finds

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign eagerly capitalized on Russia’s efforts to meddle in the U.S. election four years ago, according to a bipartisan Senate Intelligence Committee report that raises new concerns about connections between his top aides and... Read More

Russia’s New Sputnik Launch Raises Risks in Dash for COVID-19 Shots
Health
Russia’s New Sputnik Launch Raises Risks in Dash for COVID-19 Shots

Russia’s decision to approve a coronavirus shot before crucial tests have shown it’s safe and effective raises worries that politics will trump public health in the quest for a vaccine. The country’s plan to start mass inoculations as soon as... Read More

Putin Approves First COVID-19 Vaccine Even As Trials Go On
Health
Putin Approves First COVID-19 Vaccine Even As Trials Go On

President Vladimir Putin said Russia cleared the world’s first COVID-19 vaccine for use and hopes to begin mass inoculation soon, even before clinical testing has finished. “The first registration has taken place,” Putin said Tuesday at a televised government meeting,... Read More

Trump Says He Never Raised Taliban Bounties in Talks With Putin
Geopolitics
Trump Says He Never Raised Taliban Bounties in Talks With Putin

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump says he hasn’t discussed reports that Russia paid bounties to the Taliban to kill U.S. troops in Afghanistan with Russian President Vladimir Putin, despite having numerous phone calls as recently as last week. “I have... Read More

Blue Dogs Urge Congress to Respond to Russian Bounties Reports
Geopolitics
Blue Dogs Urge Congress to Respond to Russian Bounties Reports
2020-07-28 20:33:42
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Blue Dog Coalition of House Democrats is urging the chamber to take up two measures aimed at responding to reports of a Russian plot to pay bounties to the Taliban to kill U.S. troops in Afghanistan. In... Read More

U.S. Space Command Says Russia Tested Anti-Satellite Weapon From Space
Geopolitics
U.S. Space Command Says Russia Tested Anti-Satellite Weapon From Space
2020-07-24 13:28:42
by Gaspard Le Dem

U.S. Space Command on Wednesday said it had proof that Russia tested an anti-satellite weapon from outer space last week. The agency, which is in charge of U.S. military operations in space, said that a Russian satellite by the name... Read More

Dems Ask FBI Director to Brief House on Foreign Efforts to Upend November Election
2020 Elections
Dems Ask FBI Director to Brief House on Foreign Efforts to Upend November Election
2020-07-21 17:34:33
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Democratic leaders in the House and Senate, led by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., have called on FBI Director Christopher Wray to provide a classified briefing before the August recess on how the agency is combating an active... Read More

UK Says Russians Are Trying to Steal Vaccine Research
Intelligence
UK Says Russians Are Trying to Steal Vaccine Research

Russian state intelligence is hacking international research centers that are racing to develop a COVID-19 vaccine, the U.K., U.S. and Canadian governments said. It is unclear whether research facilities have been damaged or if the vaccine programs have been set... Read More

Congress Told Russia’s Putin is a Growing Threat to the U.S.
Congress
Congress Told Russia’s Putin is a Growing Threat to the U.S.
2020-07-07 23:33:36
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - Foreign policy experts at a congressional hearing Tuesday described the Russian government as increasingly troubled under the rule of Vladimir Putin and a growing threat to the United States. They said recent reports that the Russian military paid... Read More

Supreme Court to Hear Case on Release of Full Mueller Report
Supreme Court
Supreme Court to Hear Case on Release of Full Mueller Report
2020-07-02 14:42:26
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court announced on Thursday that it would decide whether Congress may see currently redacted parts of the report prepared by Special Counsel Robert Mueller during his investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election. As is... Read More

Trump’s Deference to Putin Back Under Harsh Scrutiny After Russian Bounty Reports
Geopolitics
Trump’s Deference to Putin Back Under Harsh Scrutiny After Russian Bounty Reports

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s deference to Vladimir Putin is back under the microscope amid accusations that he ignored intelligence that Russia offered to pay Taliban militants to kill U.S. troops in Afghanistan. Democrats returning from a classified briefing at... Read More

White House Seeks to Downplay Russian Election Interference
2020 Elections
White House Seeks to Downplay Russian Election Interference

WASHINGTON — President Trump’s national security advisor, in an exchange that touched on a perennial sore point for the president, said Sunday he had no knowledge of intelligence agency warnings that Russia is trying once again to help Trump by... Read More

Blue Dogs Call For Fast, Bipartisan Action on Russia Election Meddling Reports
Elections
Blue Dogs Call For Fast, Bipartisan Action on Russia Election Meddling Reports
2020-02-22 00:09:25
by Dan McCue

The Blue Dog Coalition of House Democrats on Friday called for the immediate passage of bipartisan legislation safeguarding the nation's elections in the wake of a New York Times report Russia is meddling in the 2020 race to assure President... Read More

Russian Tatars Feel Threatened As Putin Pursues Nationalist Agenda
Russia
Russian Tatars Feel Threatened As Putin Pursues Nationalist Agenda

KAZAN, Russia — This month, school officials across Tatarstan were ordered to trim by half the number of hours of optional lessons offered in the Tatar language — from four a week down to two. The directive came two years... Read More

Does Putin Intend to Rule for Life — or Does He Have Other Plans?
Russia
Does Putin Intend to Rule for Life — or Does He Have Other Plans?

MOSCOW — When Russian President Vladimir Putin proposed sweeping constitutional changes last month, prompting the replacement of his entire government, analysts were quick to assume he was charting a course to rule Russia for life. Weeks later, here’s what we... Read More

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