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Russian Invasion of Ukraine Is 'Inevitable'

Michael Weiss, James Miller say offensive is coming this summer

(Newser) - If you thought Ukraine was in for a better summer than last year, think again. "Vladimir Putin's drip-drip invasion continues" and "a summer offensive is inevitable," write Michael Weiss and James Miller at the Daily Beast . They back up the claim with news from Ukraine President... More »

Russia Has 2 Space Glitches Within Hours

Including the loss of a satellite being blasted into orbit

(Newser) - Russia's space agency is having a very bad day. First, one of its spaceships attached to the International Space Station was supposed to fire up its engines and shift the ISS into a higher orbit, but the engines failed to start, reports AP . The cause is unclear, but those... More »

Most Russians Think US Poses Threat: Poll

Of those 59%, 31% fear a US invasion

(Newser) - Some 59% of Russians believe the US is a threat to their country and of that number, 31% say a US invasion and occupation is possible. The latest opinions, courtesy of a Levada Center think tank poll of 1,600 adults, offer further evidence that relations between the two countries... More »

Russian Spaceship Plummets to Earth

Progress had entered the wrong orbit and went into a spin after April 28 launch

(Newser) - Russia's space agency says the unmanned cargo ship that went out of control en route to the International Space Station has fallen to Earth over the Pacific Ocean. A brief statement from Roscosmos says the Progress craft entered the planet's atmosphere about 10pm EDT yesterday. Progress was expected... More »

Kim Jong Un Blowing Off Moscow Trip: Kremlin

'Domestic affairs' keeping North Korean leader from first foreign visit

(Newser) - He's not coming. A Kremlin spokesman said today that North Korea's Kim Jong Un, set to make his first official trip abroad since taking power, won't be showing up in Moscow next month to help commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Soviet Union's victory over Nazi... More »

Russia Has Lost Control of Spacecraft

Unmanned cargo ship missed orbit, reportedly falling back to Earth

(Newser) - Russia's Mission Control has failed to stabilize a cargo ship spinning out of control in orbit, but it says it hasn't yet given up on saving the unmanned spacecraft. The Progress M-27M was launched yesterday and was scheduled to dock at the International Space Station six hours later... More »

Russia Jails 3 Over 'Erotic, Sexual Twerk Dance'

Dance in front of WWII monument does not go over well

(Newser) - Note to Miley: No twerking in Russia, where the BBC reports three women have just been jailed for performing what prosecutors charmingly call an "erotic and sexual twerk dance" in front of a World War II memorial. "This incident of disrespect for the memory of war history is... More »

At 145, Vladimir Lenin Is Looking Great

Though his body, at this point, isn't entirely his

(Newser) - A tip for looking your best at age 145: Try replacing bits of your skin with plastic. That's what the experts in charge of preserving Vladimir Lenin's body have done, Scientific American reports. The Soviet Union founder, who died in 1924, would have turned 145 this week, and... More »

What Putin Tackled in This Year's Marathon Q&A

Ukraine, sanctions, and Boris Nemtsov's murder

(Newser) - Vladimir Putin spent four hours responding to queries from the Russian people today as part of his annual "direct line" Q&A session in Moscow, which can be viewed in its entirety here . While he spoke on lighter matters, like the sale of milk in schools, he also touched... More »

Putin Selling Iran a 'Game Changer' Missile Defense

'Beast' could make it very hard for US to strike Iran

(Newser) - The nuclear deal between Iran and Western powers is still only a "framework," but Vladimir Putin has decided to lift a ban on missile sales to Tehran—and make it a lot harder for the US to strike Iran if the deal goes bad. The Russian leader has... More »

US: Russia Jet Blew by Ours in 'Unsafe' Move

Washington is communicating concerns to Russia, officials say

(Newser) - A Russian fighter jet flying over the Baltic Sea last week flew a little too near a US reconnaissance plane in what the Pentagon calls "an unsafe and unprofessional manner," USA Today reports. Now the US is taking up the matter with Russian authorities, US officials tweeted. "... More »

Russia Hackers Had Access to Obama's Schedule

President's whereabouts not classified, but not public knowledge, either

(Newser) - Russian hackers' apparent infiltration of the White House computer network in October wasn't exactly confidence-inspiring, even though it was the unclassified portion of the system that was breached. Now US officials say some of the unclassified information that made its way onto hackers' screens was related to President Obama'... More »

Snowden, John Oliver Explain NSA Spying in Terms of Dirty Pics

HBO host traveled to Russia to meet with whistleblower

(Newser) - Not long ago, Edward Snowden's NSA leaks were the focus of vast media attention. But two years later, "it seems like we've kind of forgotten to have a debate over the content of what Snowden leaked," John Oliver tells his HBO audience, showing them a series... More »

Czech Prez Bans US Envoy From Castle

Andrew Schapiro questioned Milos Zeman's plan to attend Moscow event

(Newser) - The US ambassador to the Czech Republic recently suggested it would be "awkward" if the country's president headed to a World War II remembrance in Moscow, as most EU leaders are skipping it over Russia's meddling in Ukraine. To show exactly what he thinks of the unsolicited... More »

Iran Balks at 11th Hour, Says Deal Still 'Doable'

Tehran suddenly says it won't ship uranium to Russia

(Newser) - A German foreign minister today cited "some progress and some setbacks" in an 11th-hour attempt to reach a nuclear agreement with Iran in Swiss talks—and those "setbacks" include a seemingly sudden decision by Iran not to ship the bulk of its uranium to Russia as it had... More »

Russian Wants London-to-NY Highway— Via Moscow

Putin pal says 13K-mile superhighway would cost 'trillions' but be totally worth it

(Newser) - London to New York? Skip flying the Atlantic and hop a 13,000-mile superhighway connecting the two via Moscow. That’s the plan a pal of Vladimir Putin's is proposing to create the first modern roadway from the Pacific to the Atlantic, Fox News reports. And while Russian Railways... More »

Broke Russians Swap Pricey Booze for Bath Cleaner

Economic crisis taking a toll on heavy drinkers

(Newser) - As an economic crisis sweeps through Russia, a dangerous trend is emerging in the heavy-drinking country: the rise in consumption of potentially lethal moonshine, medical alcohol, or even cleaning products. Layoffs, wage cuts, and price increases are combining to worsen the problem of alcoholism, which has long been a major... More »

Russia Picks a New Fight—With Tiny Denmark

'Danish warships will be' nuclear targets if country joins NATO shield: ambassador

(Newser) - Denmark is poised to play a role in NATO's missile defense system, and Russia isn't happy about it. In August, Denmark said it would use its warships' radar to contribute to the shield, Reuters reports; now Russia has issued a threat over the decision. "If that happens,... More »

A 'Relaxed If Pale' Putin Reappears

He's finally surfaced

(Newser) - Meetings between the presidents of Russia and Kyrgyzstan don't usually capture the world's attention—until today. After more than 10 days out of the public eye, Vladimir Putin appeared before reporters in his first appearance before journalists since March 5. Reuters describes him as "relaxed if pale,... More »

China Now the World's 3rd-Largest Arms Exporter

Buyers turn to China instead of US, Russia for cheaper, comparable weapons

(Newser) - From 2005 to 2009, China reigned as the world's top weapons importer, but since then, it's fallen to third place—while sliding into the third slot on another list: It's displaced Germany as the third-largest weapons exporter. China retains only 5% of the global export market—the... More »

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