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China, Russia Are Interfering in Campaigns, Intelligence Shows

Beijing is working against Trump, Russia against Biden, official says

(Newser) - China and Russia are interfering in the US presidential campaign, according to an intelligence report, with both parties' candidates as targets. "We assess that China prefers that President Trump—whom Beijing sees as unpredictable—does not win reelection," said William Evanina, director of the National Counterintelligence and Security... More »

Scientists Sound Alarm Over Russia's Race for Vaccine

It may be unsafe as well as ineffective, they warn

(Newser) - Russia is boasting that it is about to become the first country to approve a COVID-19 vaccine, with mass vaccinations planned as early as October using shots that are yet to complete clinical trials—and scientists worldwide are sounding the alarm that the headlong rush could backfire. Moscow sees a... More »

Russia Will Start Mass COVID Vaccinations in October

Despite the fact that clinical trials are not yet complete

(Newser) - Clinical trials are not yet complete, but Russia plans to roll out a nationwide COVID-19 vaccination campaign in October. Teachers and health care workers will be the first to get the coronavirus vaccine currently being developed by Moscow's Gamaleya Institute, which is reportedly set to begin Phase III trials—... More »

Accusations Fly Over Biden Materials 'Sent to the GOP'

And that's not the only alleged threat to the 2020 election

(Newser) - As the Nov. 3 presidential vote nears, there are fresh signs that the nation’s electoral system is again under attack from foreign adversaries, the AP reports. Intelligence officials confirmed in recent days that foreign actors are actively seeking to compromise the private communications of "US political campaigns, candidates... More »

Russia's GRU Among Those Hit by EU Cyberattack Sanctions

Penalties are the organization's first

(Newser) - The European Union on Thursday imposed its first-ever sanctions over cyberattacks, slapping them on alleged Russian military agents, Chinese cyber spies, and organizations including a North Korean firm. The six people and three groups hit with sanctions include Russia's GRU military intelligence agency, the AP reports. EU headquarters blamed... More »

Former US Marine Sentenced to 9 Years in Russian Prison

Trevor Reed says he's not guilty

(Newser) - Former US Marine Trevor Reed drank too much vodka at a farewell party in Moscow last summer. Now, he might not be saying farewell to the country until 2029. A Russian court sentenced the Texan to nine years in prison Thursday for allegedly attacking a police officer, just short of... More »

Ex-FBI Agent: Trump Let Putin Outdo Stalin

Peter Strzok has a book coming out before the election

(Newser) - Another book critical of President Trump is coming before the election, this one by former FBI agent Peter Strzok , reports the AP . Strzok had been part of Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election until anti-Trump texts surfaced between him and a fellow agent. The counterintelligence... More »

Putin Flexes His Military Muscle

Russian president announces a slew of new ships coming soon

(Newser) - President Vladimir Putin said the Russian navy will get 40 new ships and vessels this year, reports the AP , as he attended a naval parade in St. Petersburg on Sunday marking Navy Day in Russia. The parade in St. Petersburg and the nearby town of Kronshtadt featured 46 ships and... More »

Ominous Warning from Counterintel Chief on Election

NCSC's William Evanina says Russia, China, Iran are trying to sway voters; Dems want more

(Newser) - The country's top counterintelligence official issued a warning Friday regarding the US election in November, though he's getting some pushback from Democratic leaders. "Foreign nations continue to use influence measures in social and traditional media in an effort to sway US voters' preferences and perspectives, to shift... More »

Chinese Hackers Accused of Trying to Steal COVID Info

Justice Department says pair tested computer network of Massachusetts firm, others

(Newser) - The Justice Department on Tuesday accused two Chinese hackers of stealing hundreds of millions of dollars of trade secrets from companies across the world and more recently targeting firms developing a vaccine for the coronavirus, per the AP . The indictment says the hackers in recent months had researched vulnerabilities in... More »

Russian Interference the 'New Normal': Report

A long-awaited British report is out, faults British leaders for failing to look into matter

(Newser) - A long-awaited report published Tuesday on Russian influence in British politics criticized the British government for its slow response to Russian interference in the 2016 Brexit referendum, with its authors saying it was “astonishing” that no one sought to protect that democratic process, per the AP . While the report... More »

Olympics Figure Skater Dies at 20 in Moscow

Ekaterina Alexandrovskaya was born in Russia but won a world junior title for Australia

(Newser) - A former figure skating champion who was born in Russia but skated for Australia has died in Moscow at the age of 20, CNN reports. Ekaterina Alexandrovskaya's death was confirmed Saturday by skating officials , but no cause was given. A pairs' figure skater, Alexandrovskaya obtained Australian citizenship in 2016... More »

People Hit the Streets Over Governor's Arrest

Sergei Furgal has been arrested on multiple murder charges

(Newser) - Mass rallies rocked the Russian Far East city of Khabarovsk again on Saturday, as tens of thousands took to the streets to protest the arrest of the region's governor on charges of involvement in multiple murders, the AP reports. Local media estimated the rally in the city 3,800... More »

Biden: I'm Now Getting Intel Briefings. Here's a Warning

Presumptive Democratic nominee says Russia, China, and others are trying to undermine election

(Newser) - Joe Biden said Friday night he's begun receiving intelligence briefings as he warned that Russia, China, and other adversaries were attempting to undermine the upcoming US election in November. The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee wasn't specific and offered no evidence while addressing a virtual fundraiser with more than... More »

Russian Cop Plunges From Window After Testifying

Yekaterina Mishkina, 37, had testified against her former boss

(Newser) - A Russian police major plunged to her death not long after testifying against her old boss in a criminal-extortion case, the Moscow Times reports. The body of Yekaterina Mishkina, 37, was caught on security cameras lying near an apartment building in the city of Khabarovsk ( has... More »

US, UK, Canada All Point a Big Finger at Russia

Hacking group Cozy Bear is allegedly trying to steal information about a virus vaccine

(Newser) - Britain, the US, and Canada accused Russia on Thursday of trying to steal information from researchers seeking a COVID-19 vaccine, the AP reports. The three nations alleged that hacking group APT29, also known as Cozy Bear and said to be part of the Russian intelligence service, is attacking academic and... More »

Putin Ally: Rainbow Ice Cream Is Gay Propaganda

Head of Russia's Union of Women implies harmful effect on children

(Newser) - A newspaper has jokingly suggested that rainbows be banned in Russia after President Vladimir Putin heard complaints about one featured on ice cream packaging. Yekaterina Lakhova, a former MP and the current head of Russia's Union of Women, likened the image to gay propaganda during a Friday video conference... More »

Russian Voters Agree to Extend Putin's Rule to 2036

Moscow says majority of voters has approved constitutional amendments

(Newser) - Moscow says a majority of Russians approved amendments to Russia’s constitution in a weeklong vote that ended Wednesday, allowing President Vladimir Putin to hold power until 2036. The balloting, however, was tarnished by widespread reports of pressure on voters and other irregularities. With most of the nation's polls... More »

Heat Grows on White House Over Alleged Russian Bounties

Democratic lawmakers will be briefed on Tuesday

(Newser) - The new controversy over allegations that Russia put bounties on US troops in Afghanistan—and whether President Trump himself was briefed about it—continues to gain steam. The White House briefed a group of Republican lawmakers on the issue Monday, and a group of Democratic lawmakers will be briefed on... More »

Russian Bounties on US Troops Proved Deadly: Reports

As Trump continues to deny being briefed on the alleged plot

(Newser) - The bounties Russia allegedly put on US troops in Afghanistan led to at least one US soldier's death, sources tell the New York Times . President Trump has denied reports that he was briefed on the plot, in which Russia promised to pay the Taliban if they killed American troops,... More »

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