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US: Russia's Using Chemical Agents in Ukraine

Russia said to be using the choking agent chloropicrin and tear gases banned in war

(Newser) - Weeks after Russia launched its war in Ukraine, President Biden warned his Russian counterpart would pay a "severe price" if he approved the use of chemical weapons. Now, the US is handing out new sanctions, alleging Russia has indeed used chemical weapons. The State Department accuses Russia of using...

In Slaying of Russian Defector, a Brutally 'Clear Message'

Maksim Kuzminov was shot to death in Spain earlier this year, with the Kremlin suspected

(Newser) - The New York Times has followed up on the high-profile murder of a Russian helicopter pilot who defected to Ukraine, finding that the slaying of Maksim Kuzminov has renewed fears that the Kremlin's overseas hit teams are alive and well. Among the points:
  • The two men who killed him

Is Putin Interview With Ex-Fox Host in the Works?
Tucker Carlson
Confirms Putin

Tucker Carlson Confirms Putin Interview

'Most Americans have no idea why Putin invaded Ukraine,' he says

(Newser) - Tucker Carlson has confirmed that he is going to interview Vladimir Putin during his visit to Russia. The former Fox News host will be the first Western journalist to interview the Russian leader since the invasion of Ukraine almost two years ago, the BBC reports. "Most Americans have no...

Navalny Gets 19 More Years Tacked Onto Prison Sentence

Opposition leader, already serving 9 years, is convicted of extremism in Russian court

(Newser) - A Russian court convicted imprisoned opposition leader Alexei Navalny of extremism charges and sentenced him to 19 years in prison on Friday. Navalny is already serving a nine-year term on a variety of charges that he says were politically motivated. The new charges against the politician were related to the...

Days After Mutiny, Putin Gave Wagner 'an Assessment'

Kremlin says Putin met with Wagner chief Prigozhin in 3-hour meeting on June 29

(Newser) - Russian President Vladimir Putin met with Wagner Group leader Yevgeny Prigozhin days after a short-lived rebellion by the mercenary chief and his private army, the Kremlin's spokesman said Monday. As the AP reports, the three-hour meeting took place at the Kremlin on June 29 and also involved commanders from...

That Kremlin Drone Attack? The US Has a Theory

US agencies believe Ukrainians are responsible, though Zelensky might not have known

(Newser) - US officials believe Ukraine's security services were behind the drone attack on the Kremlin early this month, despite a denial from Ukraine's president . US intelligence officials don't know exactly which special military or intelligence unit carried out the May 3 attack or whether President Volodymyr Zelensky or...

Russia Says US Relations 'Under Threat of Collapse'

Putin responds to Biden's 'Killer' claim: 'It takes one to know one'

(Newser) - President Biden's comment that Russian President Vladimir Putin is a killer has "sparked the biggest crisis in bilateral relations in years," per AFP , as apparently showcased by Putin's response. "It takes one to know one," Putin said Thursday in remarks aired on Russian state...

Kremlin: Hey, Don't Release Transcripts of Our Calls

Moscow doesn't want to see Trump-Putin conversations made public

(Newser) - The Kremlin is weighing in on the Trump-Ukraine phone controversy, though not about whether President Trump did or did not act appropriately. Instead, Russia has a narrower focus in mind: It doesn't want the US to release transcripts of Trump-Putin calls, reports Bloomberg . "We would like to hope...

Lawmakers Release Russian Facebook Ads

They took both sides on the issues

(Newser) - Curious to see the Facebook ads bought by Russian agents? Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee just released about 3,500 of them on issues from gun control to Black Lives Matter to immigration—often taking multiple sides on the same issue, the Washington Post reports. "They sought to...

Lawyer Who Met With Trump Jr. Admits: 'I Am an Informant'

Natalia Veselnitskaya's ties to Russian government official go against previous denials

(Newser) - The Russian lawyer who met with Donald Trump Jr. has long said she's nothing more than a private attorney who's not linked to the Kremlin—but she's now adding a new self-descriptor. "I am a lawyer, and I am an informant," Natalia Veselnitskaya said in...

Report: Russian News Agency Under FBI Investigation

Ex-WH correspondent for Sputnik reportedly turned over thousands of files to bureau

(Newser) - There are plenty of investigations happening on Russia, but a new one may have just been added to the pile. Yahoo News says it learned the FBI is poking around to get info on Sputnik, the news agency funded by the Russian government, with one of the FBI's lines...

Russian Opposition Leader Blinded With Toxic Green Dye

Assailant threw 'weapon of choice' on Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny in Moscow

(Newser) - Russia may soon have a president with a "stylish white eye." Not Vladimir Putin, but Alexei Navalny, a Russian opposition leader who made the joke after a not-so-funny incident last week that may leave him partially blind. The New York Times reports Navalny was attacked Thursday in Moscow...

Obama Hits Russia With New Sanctions

But Trump could lift them once he's in office

(Newser) - The Kremlin is threatening to respond in kind after the US imposed new sanctions against Russia on Tuesday. The sanctions go after several businessmen and companies—and they're not over allegations of hacking . Instead, the US is punishing Moscow for what it sees as Russia's illegal incursions in...

Nemtsov Murder Suspect Blows Himself Up

Suspect charged in killing is said to have confessed

(Newser) - Well, that seems settled: Not only has Russia charged two and detained three others in the murder of opposition figure Boris Nemtsov, but one of those charged has apparently confessed. And a sixth suspect blew himself up last night when police approached his apartment in Chechnya, reports Interfax via the...

Russia Mad at Putin's 'I Could Take Kiev in 2 Weeks' Leak

Because it leaked, not because he didn't say it

(Newser) - Vladmir Putin supposedly told the head of the European Commission in a private phone call that "if I wanted to, I could take Kiev in two weeks," reports La Repubblica via the New York Times . The Kremlin hit back today, saying that even if Putin did say that,...

UK Opens Inquiry in Death of Poisoned Ex-KGB Spy

Alexander Litvinenko's widow 'delighted;' more bad news for Russia

(Newser) - The widow of former KGB spy Alexander Litvinenko has been pressing the UK government for nearly eight years to investigate his death. Today, Marina Litvinenko got her wish: Home Secretary Theresa May announced that London is opening an official inquiry into whether Russia was behind her husband’s fatal poisoning...

Kremlin's Anti-Leak Strategy: Typewriters?

Security officials order $15K worth of low-tech machines

(Newser) - With leaks and surveillance concerns flooding the international community, Russia's got a not-so-high-tech defense system: The Kremlin is using typewriters. Security officials are set to spend more than $15,000 on the machines, says an insider. Following news of WikiLeaks, Edward Snowden, and "reports about Dmitry Medvedev being...

Pussy Riot Found Guilty
 Pussy Riot Guilty, Gets 2 Years 

Pussy Riot Guilty, Gets 2 Years

Judge finds three band members guilty of hooliganism

(Newser) - A Russian judge today found three members of punk band Pussy Riot guilty of hooliganism driven by "religious hatred and enmity" and sentenced them to two years in prison, Reuters reports. Prosecutors had been seeking three years. The three were arrested in March after performing an anti-Putin "punk...

Putin Will Run for President: Medvedev Stepping Aside

He will likely lead Russia through 2024

(Newser) - He wasn't honing his image as an oh-so-buff Renaissance man for nothing: Vladimir Putin will again run for president in Russia next year, and the odds are that he will lead the nation through 2024, reports the Guardian . Current President Dmitry Medvedev ended months of Kremlin speculation today with...

Russia Votes on Burying Lenin
 Russia Votes on Burying Lenin 

Russia Votes on Burying Lenin

Poll asks whether he should be taken from Red Square and buried

(Newser) - The body of Vladimir Lenin has been on public display at a mausoleum in Moscow's Red Square since he died in 1924. With the Soviet Union now a 20-year-old memory, many wonder if perhaps it's time to retire the socialist leader's remains to a cemetery. To that end, the pro-Kremlin...

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