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Trump's New Lawyer in Russia Probe Is a Familiar Face

Rudy Giuliani is joining, plus more of the latest developments related to Russia, Trump

(Newser) - Rudy Giuliani is joining President Trump's legal team with an eye on ending special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe. "I’m doing it because I hope we can negotiate an end to this for the good of the country and because I have high regard for the... More »

'Russia's Elon Musk' Was Tortured, Raped Before Dying: Report

Valery Pshenichny, 56, suffered horribly

(Newser) - An entrepreneur known as "Russia's Elon Musk" was apparently raped and tortured in prison before he died—a finding that casts doubt on the official account of his death, Newsweek reports. Valery Pshenichny, 56, was awaiting trial on charges of embezzlement when he was found hanging in his... More »

Haley on Russia Sanctions: 'I Don't Get Confused''

Remark seen as 'extraordinary rebuke'

(Newser) - It's not clear whether it was caused by crossed wires or an administration flip-flop, but Nikki Haley's back-and-forth with the White House over Russia sanctions appears to have exposed a fault line. After the administration denied that a decision had been made on sanctions Haley announced Sunday —... More »

Nerve Agent in Poisoning of Skripals Was Liquid

Investigators say full cleanup will take months

(Newser) - The nerve agent used on former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia was delivered in liquid form, British officials said Tuesday, per the AP , revealing it will take months to clean up the toxic trail the poison left around the city of Salisbury. The UK Environment Department said... More »

US, Britain Issue Unusually Strong Warning About Russia

They warn of cyber threat, just as White House loses its cyber czar

(Newser) - Two big developments in the arena of cyber security: First, the US and Britain issued a joint warning, and an unusually strong one at that, about Russia. Second, the White House is losing its well-regarded "cyber czar," along with his boss. On the first development, the New York ... More »

Trump on New Russia Sanctions: Not So Fast

White House walks back Nikki Haley's comments

(Newser) - A day after Nikki Haley announced that the US would be hitting Russia with new sanctions due to the suspected Syria chemical attack, President Trump is walking back her comments. Haley, the US ambassador to the UN, said on Face the Nation that any Russian companies linked to equipment used... More »

'Mom, I'm Dying': Error Leads to Woman 'Embalmed Alive'

Russia's Ekaterina Fedyaeva dies after injection of formaldehyde instead of saline

(Newser) - A Russian woman who went for a routine procedure in hopes of soon becoming pregnant ended up dead after doctors mistakenly injected her with formaldehyde instead of saline—leading to her being "embalmed alive," per the Washington Post . Ekaterina Fedyaeva, in her late 20s, had gone in for... More »

Russia: Airstrikes in Syria Will Bring 'Consequences'

Putin sees US-led military assault as 'act of aggression'

(Newser) - Russia, Iran, and Syria reacted angrily Saturday to the US-led airstrikes that hit Syria overnight, though so far the move hasn't led to the worst-case scenario: direct conflict between US and Russian forces, reports the Washington Post . Vladimir Putin called the airstrikes by the US, France, and Britain an... More »

Russia: Britain Staged Syrian Chemical Attack

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov says whole thing was set up as part of 'Russophobic campaign'

(Newser) - As the world watches to see what US President Trump will do in the wake of a suspected chemical attack widely believed to have been carried out by the Syrian government against its own people, there's another theory floating around courtesy of Russia. The BBC reports that, according to... More »

UK Alleges Russia Previously Tested Door-Handle Attack

Sends letter to NATO detailing evidence of Russia's hand in things

(Newser) - The Skripals have been in Russia's sights for some time, or so alleged the UK on Friday. National Security Adviser Mark Sedwill accused the country of spying on Sergei Skripal and daughter Yulia for a minimum of five years, and offered some specifics in a letter sent to NATO... More »

New Findings Lend Weight to Russian Role in Poisonings

Watchdog says 'high purity' nerve agent used against Skripals

(Newser) - The international chemical weapons watchdog on Thursday confirmed Britain's finding that a former Russian spy and his daughter were poisoned with a nerve agent, as Russia continued to deny suggestions that it was behind the attack. Investigators from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, a Nobel Peace... More »

Russia Warns US on Syria. Trump's Response: a Taunt

President say 'get ready'

(Newser) - If the US tries to launch missiles at Syria, they will be shot down and the warships or planes they're launched from will become targets, Russia's ambassador to Lebanon said Tuesday night, echoing earlier warnings from Moscow. "If there is a strike by the Americans, then …... More »

Russians Go After US Drones in Syria With 'Fairly Easy' Tactic

They're reportedly jamming the drones' GPS signals

(Newser) - US military drones patrolling the skies over Syria have an operational issue: Russia is messing with them. Specifically, US officials tell NBC News , Russia is jamming their GPS signals, a tactic that seems to have started in earnest on smaller drones a few weeks ago after chemical attacks were suspected... More »

Skripals May Be Moving to America

Sergei and Yulia Skripal could be relocated with new identities

(Newser) - A former Russian spy and his daughter who were poisoned by a nerve agent are not only feeling better , they may move to America. A top Whitehall official tells the Sunday Times that Sergei and Yulia Skripal could be "offered new identities" and relocated to the West—if not... More »

Trump: 'Big Price' Will Be Paid for 'Mindless CHEMICAL Attack'

The president hits Twitter after Syria strike

(Newser) - President Trump responded to news of a Syrian chemical-weapons attack near Damascus with his own weapon of choice: the tweet. "Many dead, including women and children, in mindless CHEMICAL attack in Syria," he tweeted Sunday, per CNN . "Area of atrocity is in lockdown and encircled by Syrian... More »

Russia's Postal Drone Program Hits a Literal Wall

First test of delivery system does not go well

(Newser) - Using drones to deliver the mail isn't a new idea, but it's a particularly relevant one in far-flung, snowy Russia. However, it's not one that's going seamlessly, reports Reuters . At a test in Siberia last week, a drone took off with the country's first special... More »

City Says Cats Keeled Over Dead, Kids Poisoned by Landfill

Moscow's garbage problem is imperiling towns around it

(Newser) - Cats that "keeled over dead" isn't the worst part of what residents of Volokolamsk, Russia, say they're enduring. The city is located 75 miles west of Moscow and has since the summer been on the receiving end of more and more of Moscow's waste—at their... More »

US Punishes Russian Oligarchs Over 'Malign Activity'

24 Russians hit in latest round of sanctions

(Newser) - The United States hit seven Russian oligarchs and 17 Russian government officials with sanctions on Friday for what it called "malign activity" around the world, as the Trump administration tried to show the president is taking tough action to stand up to Moscow. A dozen Russian companies owned by... More »

Poisoned Russian Daughter Issues First Statement

'My strength is growing daily,' says Yulia Skripal

(Newser) - Good news on the fate of Yulia Skripal, who was poisoned along with her father in Britain: The 33-year-old issued a statement saying her health is improving. "I woke up over a week ago now and am glad to say my strength is growing daily," she says in... More »

Russian Oligarchs May Be Next in Trump's Sights

Sources say they'll be target of latest round of sanctions

(Newser) - President Trump's latest round of sanctions against Russia is going to hit some billionaires with close ties to Vladimir Putin, officials say. Sources tell Reuters and the Washington Post that the new sanctions, expected to be in place by Friday, will target Russian oligarchs under powers given to Trump... More »

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