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5.4K Lbs. of Supplies Explode in Skies Over Siberia

Russian cargo spaceship en route to International Space Station crashes

(Newser) - The International Space Station crew may find themselves short of a few presents this Christmas: A Russian Progress 65 cargo spacecraft carrying around 5,400 pounds of supplies to the station broke up over Siberia on Thursday, minutes after it was launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Bloomberg reports.... More »

Putin: 'We Are Ready for Cooperation' With US

Russian leader softens rhetoric in annual speech

(Newser) - “We aren’t looking for enemies," Vladimir Putin said Thursday during his annual state-of-the-nation speech. "We need friends." He says he's hoping one of those friends is the US under President-elect Donald Trump, who Putin wants to work with as equals, Bloomberg reports. "We... More »

How Russia, OPEC May Have Just Driven Up Gas Prices

Deal cuts output for first time in 15 years

(Newser) - It's a victory for international agreement, but not for consumers: OPEC nations and Russia have managed to overcome their differences because of their common desire to drive up oil prices, Reuters reports. They have agreed on their first joint output cut since 2001, a move that sent the price... More »

Holocaust-Themed Skating Number Doesn't Go Over Well

One of the skaters on Russian reality-TV show is wife of Putin's spokesman

(Newser) - Using the theme song from the 1997 Holocaust film Life Is Beautiful wasn't what raised eyebrows Saturday during an ice-skating performance for a Russian reality show. It was the overall Holocaust theme that produced what the Jerusalem Post calls a "largely cold reception" to Olympic champion Tatiana Navka... More »

Putin Personally Delivers Steven Seagal's New Passport

Putin hopes it's a symbol of improving US-Russian relations

(Newser) - New Russian citizen Steven Seagal received his passport from none other than Vladimir Putin himself during a ceremony Friday, the Washington Post reports. The Under Siege 2 star accepted the passport with an "Aikido-inspired bow." "I want to congratulate you and express the hope that this is... More »

200 Sites Peddled Fake Election News From Russia

'It was like Russia was running a super PAC for Trump's campaign'

(Newser) - Some of the anti-Hillary Clinton news stories that popped up in your social media feeds during the election campaign may have been put there by Russia. That's the conclusion of independent propaganda research group PropOrNot, which provided its report to the Washington Post . PropOrNot found more than 200 websites,... More »

Families Try to Flee Aleppo, Rebels Stop Them: Report

As conditions have gone from 'terrible to terrifying and now barely survivable'

(Newser) - A Syrian monitoring group alleged Tuesday that rebels are preventing dozens of families from fleeing eastern Aleppo as Russian-backed government forces intensify their bombardment of the besieged quarter, the AP reports. Such claims are difficult to verify and often distorted due to propaganda, but Syrian and Russian state media maintain... More »

No More Hospitals in East Aleppo After 'Catastrophic Day'

Airstrikes have left 250K residents with very little access to medical care

(Newser) - On Friday, airstrikes led by Russia and the Syrian government, ostensibly meant to target rebel-held areas in Aleppo, caused enough damage to force four hospitals in the city to close, the Guardian reports. And then the final blow: The Omar bin Abdul Aziz facility, the last remaining hospital in East... More »

Russia Plans to Slaughter 250K Reindeer This Year

Officials say it's about curbing overgrazing, illness—but is it really about oil?

(Newser) - In 2013, 61,000 reindeer in Russia's northern Yamal region, a remote section of Siberia, starved to death when ice and deep snow sealed off the Arctic tundra where they graze. This summer, the region's first outbreak of anthrax in 75 years —an epidemic thought to be... More »

Putin to International Criminal Court: Russia's Out

The day after Russia was condemned by the ICC for human rights abuses

(Newser) - Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree Wednesday to withdraw Russia from the International Criminal Court, which rules on such grave charges as genocide and crimes against humanity, the AP reports. Russia in 2000 signed the Rome treaty that established the Hague-based court but never ratified it. Putin's decree,... More »

Confession: Russian Spies in NYC Want More 'Drama'

Foreign operatives like Evgeny Buryakov often spend their days at meetings and on LinkedIn

(Newser) - A Wall Street analyst in the Bronx who spent much of his time attending mundane meetings, filing reports, and networking (including on LinkedIn) turned out to be a Russian spy—just part and parcel of the undercover espionage operations that burrow into place in New York City, as reported in... More »

Around the World, Pro-Russia Candidates Are Winning

Add Moldova and Bulgaria to the list

(Newser) - Some think Vladimir Putin actively sought to get Donald Trump elected. If so, the Kremlin remains on a roll. Pro-Russia candidates won presidential elections in Eastern Europe over the weekend in Moldova (Igor Dodon) and Bulgaria (Rumen Radev), reports the AP. The resulting coverage sees some clear trends emerging:
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Ex-US Ambassador to Russia Banned From Country

Michael McFaul believes his connection to Obama played a part

(Newser) - Michael McFaul, US ambassador to Moscow from 2012 to 2014, recently applied for a Russian visa in hopes of aiding President-elect Hillary Clinton in her transition. This clearly didn't work out so well. But beyond the obvious reason, Reuters reports McFaul discovered he had been banned by Russia from... More »

Trump Camp, Russian Officials in Contact During Campaign: Minister

'Obviously, we know most of the people from [Trump's] entourage'

(Newser) - The Trump camp is saying "nyet," but Russia's deputy foreign minister claims members of his government corresponded with Donald Trump's advisers throughout the US presidential campaign, the New York Times reports. "There were contacts," Sergei A. Ryabkov was quoted as saying by Interfax. "... More »

US Hackers Infiltrate Russian Systems Ahead of Election Day

Ready to respond in kind over any 'significant' cyberattack

(Newser) - US military hackers are ready should Russia try any cyber shenanigans during the election Tuesday, NBC News reports. Senior intelligence sources say the US has successfully hacked into various Russian systems, including command systems at the Kremlin, telecommunications networks, and the electric grid. Officials describe this as "preparing the... More »

Trump May Be 'Misleading' US Public on Russia: NATO Allies

Or, if not that, they fear he doesn't believe intelligence info or doesn't understand it

(Newser) - Donald Trump has long pooh-poohed any ties between his campaign and the Kremlin that might be working to undermine the presidential election. But according to officials from two of America's European allies, some of the US' NATO partners have become "alarmed" at Trump's dismissive attitude toward Moscow,... More »

Feds Investigating Fake Documents Targeting Clinton

Officials warn Russian meddling won't end with election

(Newser) - Moscow is on a mission to meddle in the election, and it could continue even after Election Day, American officials warn. Officials tell the Washington Post that Russian intelligence services may try to create doubt about the legitimacy of the results, possibly faking evidence of vote-rigging if Donald Trump loses... More »

Steven Seagal Now Officially a Russian Citizen

Yes, really

(Newser) - Vladimir Putin just took his bromance with Steven Seagal to a whole new level. The Russian leader has signed an executive order granting Seagal Russian citizenship, reports the BBC . A Kremlin rep says Seagal "was asking for citizenship persistently and for quite a long time," and his soft... More »

Clinton Camp Says FBI Chief Guilty of 'Double Standard'

He'll talk about emails but not possible Russia connection, says spokesman

(Newser) - The Clinton camp went after FBI chief James Comey on Monday over what campaign manager Robby Mook calls a "blatant double standard": Comey is willing to publicly disclose new information on Hillary Clinton's email troubles but not about possible Russian meddling into the election. "Director Comey owes... More »

Podesta Got Hacked Because Clinton IT Team Was Fooled

Probably

(Newser) - It appears we now know how John Podesta's email account got hacked, and it seems Russia was behind it. CNN reports a new batch of emails belonging to Hillary Clinton's campaign chairman released Friday includes one from March with the subject line "Someone has your password."... More »

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