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Russia Looks to Decriminalize Domestic Violence

Bill will go before the Duma this week eliminating criminal liability

(Newser) - In Russia, giving one's spouse a slap is nothing extraordinary for many people. This week, the Russian parliament is expected to take a step closer toward decriminalizing it altogether, reports the AP . Battery is a criminal offense in Russia, but a study this month showed that 19% of Russians... More »

Biden, Power Go Out With Guns Blazing at Russia

Both describe Russia as major threat in final speeches

(Newser) - Donald Trump's plan to cozy up to Russia is "backwards" and all politicians should stand against it, says the current US ambassador to the UN. In her last major speech on the job Tuesday, Samantha Power urged politicians to prevent the Kremlin from "tearing down" a "... More »

Snowden One Step Closer to Russian Citizenship

NSA whistleblower just got 3-year extension on residency permit

(Newser) - Comrade Edward Snowden? Per Reuters , the NSA whistleblower just inched closer to that possibility with a three-year extension of his residency permit in Russia, meaning he may be eligible to apply for Russian citizenship next year, the RIA Novosti news agency quoted his Russian lawyer, Anatoly Kucherena, as saying Wednesday.... More »

US Marines Land in Norway, and Russia Isn't Pleased

'The relationship between Norway and Russia is put to a test now,' says Russian rep

(Newser) - Poland isn't the only country in Europe welcoming US troops. About 300 Marines arrived in Norway on Monday, marking the first time since World War II that foreign troops have been stationed in the country, reports Reuters . The mission is to last one year, with the first batch of... More »

Russia Suspected of Leaking Sherlock Finale

Dubbed version appeared a day before BBC aired it

(Newser) - Russian authorities are suspected of doing something Sherlock's producers might consider as dastardly as meddling in the US election: leaking the hit BBC detective series' season finale online. A Russian-language version of the fourth season finale appeared on Saturday, a day before the BBC aired it, and evidence including... More »

Biden: We Were Briefed on Trump Dossier

He says Obama asked: 'What does this have to do with anything?'

(Newser) - President Obama received a briefing last week on a dossier with allegations of compromising material being held by the Russians on his successor, Joe Biden has confirmed. Biden says intelligence chiefs also briefed him on the dossier, but neither his officer nor Obama's requested more information, CNN reports. Biden—... More »

In a Slap at Russia, US Troops Head to Poland

It's the biggest American military presence in Europe since the Cold War

(Newser) - Europe is welcoming the largest US military deployment in the region since the Cold War. Some 87 tanks, 144 armored vehicles, and 4,000 soldiers are expected to reach Poland in the coming days, with many already in place, before they're spread across Poland, Romania, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania... More »

Ex-Spy Behind Trump Dossier Identified

Research was originally funded by anti-Trump donor

(Newser) - The author of the explosive dossier dogging Donald Trump less than 10 days before his inauguration has been named as a former British intelligence officer—but the investigative firm he co-directs won't confirm or deny his involvement. Sources tell the Wall Street Journal that the document was prepared by... More »

Trump Slams Russia Blackmail Claims as 'Fake News'

He says explosive allegations are a 'witch hunt'

(Newser) - After bombshell allegations about a Russian dossier , Donald Trump appears ready to step up his war with the media. "FAKE NEWS - A TOTAL POLITICAL WITCH HUNT!" he tweeted Tuesday night after news that Russian agents allegedly hold compromising information on him spread. He later tweeted a link... More »

Ex-Cop Serving Life for 22 Murders Charged With 47 More

Mikhail Popkov killed women across Siberia

(Newser) - An ex-cop already serving life for 22 murders has been charged with 47 more killings and another 12 are under investigation, which would make Mikhail Popkov the worst serial killer in Russian history and the third-worst in world history. Law enforcement sources tell the Siberian Times that Popkov, who targeted... More »

Kellyanne Conway: Trump 'Wasn't Aware' of Allegations

She discusses explosive claims with Seth Meyers

(Newser) - Kellyanne Conway managed to keep her cool Tuesday night on Late Night With Seth Meyers after the host confronted her with explosive new allegations against her boss . The former campaign manager, now Donald Trump's special counselor, told Meyers that claims that Russian intelligence services are holding compromising personal information... More »

Report: Russians Claim to Have Blackmail Info on Trump

Including 'perverted sexual acts' and cooperation between campaign and Kremlin

(Newser) - CNN is reporting on bombshell classified documents presented to Donald Trump and President Obama last week. The intelligence documents allege that Russian operatives have—or at least claim to have—compromising information, both financial and personal, on Trump. The documents have been circulating since before the election— Mother Jones... More »

McConnell on Ethics Tiff: Dems Need to 'Grow Up'

Says opposition to unvetted Cabinet nominees is just 'little procedural complaints'

(Newser) - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says Democrats need to "grow up" and "get past" the election. The Kentucky Republican is objecting to concerns raised by Democrats that Congress this week will hold hearings to consider nominees for the incoming administration who haven't completed ethics reviews . The director... More »

Declassified Report on Russia and US Election Is 'Damning'

Report says Putin ordered an 'influence campaign' to help Trump get elected

(Newser) - A report declassified Friday by the US intelligence community states Vladimir Putin ordered an "influence campaign" during the 2016 US election to hurt Hillary Clinton and help Donald Trump, CNN reports. According to NBC News , the CIA and FBI have "high confidence" in that conclusion, and the NSA... More »

Russia Says It's Pulling Warships Out of Syria

But does this armed forces reduction mean anything permanent?

(Newser) - A tenuous ceasefire in Syria between the government and rebel forces that was brokered by Russia and Turkey is so far holding, and Russia has announced it will start to tamp down its military presence there, per the Wall Street Journal and BBC . "In accordance with the decision of... More »

Intel Report: Russians Celebrated Trump's Win

'Russians ... felt pretty good about what they did'

(Newser) - Evidence that Russian hackers meddled in the US election includes intercepted communications in which senior Russian officials celebrate Donald Trump's stunning win, sources tell the Washington Post . "The Russians felt pretty good about what happened on Nov. 8 and they also felt pretty good about what they did,... More »

'Every American Should Be Alarmed': McCain on Russia

Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on foreign cyberthreats, Russia underway

(Newser) - "Every American should be alarmed by Russia's attack on our nation." These words from Sen. John McCain, chair of the Senate Armed Services Committee, as the panel kicked off a hearing Thursday into foreign cyberthreats, with Russia at the top of the agenda, the New York Times ... More »

Trump Appears to Trust Assange Over US Intel

He's accused of 'mocking' intelligence officials who risk their lives

(Newser) - The American intelligence community had concluded Russia is to blame for cyberattacks during the US election, including those targeting Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange disagrees. And in a move one Republican political consultant sees as "mocking American men and women who … put their... More »

Why Donald Trump Is Calling Putin 'Very Smart'

And why Twitter users are calling Trump's tweet possible 'treason'

(Newser) - After Vladimir Putin said he wouldn't deport US diplomats after the latest round of US sanctions against Russia, Donald Trump once again praised the Russian president, Mediaite reports. Putin said he would delay any sanctions until after Trump takes office, and the US president-elect tweeted in response, "Great... More »

'Fragile' Ceasefire Begins in Syria

Minor violations reported, but it's still holding

(Newser) - A ceasefire brokered by Russia and Turkey went into effect in war-ravaged Syria at midnight, a potential breakthrough in the six years of fighting that have left more than a quarter-million people dead and triggered a refugee crisis across Europe. If it holds, the truce between the Syrian government and... More »

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