Category Archives: Russia

South America Is a Battlefield in the New Cold War

The political crisis in Venezuela has pitted the U.S. against a dictator who refuses to leave office. But the crisis has a broader significance: It shows that Latin America has again become an arena in which rival great powers struggle for influence and advantage. As the U.S. faces surging geopolitical rivalry around the world, its position is also coming under pressure in its own backyard.


Hundreds of Russian and Chinese spies in Brussels — report

The EU’s foreign service has warned there are hundreds of Russian and Chinese intelligence agents operating in Brussels, according to a report in Germany’s Welt am Sonntag newspaper.

The European External Action Service (EEAS) estimates there are “about 250 Chinese and 200 Russian spies in the European capital,” the paper reported, citing EU diplomats.

Diplomats and military officials were advised to avoid certain parts of Brussels’ European quarter, including a popular steakhouse and a cafe near the European Commission’s main building, the report said.


Venezuela crisis: Why Russia has so much to lose

As the political and economic pressure on Nicolás Maduro mounts, Venezuela’s president believes there is one person he can rely on – Vladimir Putin.

The Kremlin has accused the opposition leader Juan Guaidó of an “illegal attempt to seize power”, backed by the United States. Moscow says it will do “everything required” to support Nicolás Maduro as Venezuela’s “legitimate president”.

But Russia’s appetite for protecting relations with Caracas may be more limited than its rhetoric suggests.


Russian company creates ‘Our Guys in Salisbury’ board game in ‘humorous’ response to novichok attack

A Russian company has produced a children’s board game in which players retrace Russian assassins’ route to the nerve agent attack Salisbury, prompting anger from residents.

Called “Our Guys in Salisbury,” a picture of the game board shows a brightly-coloured step-by-step path across Europe. Stops include Geneva, Paris, Amsterdam and London, all of them European cities that the two suspects visited before allegedly poisoning Sergei Skripal.

The finish line is in Salisbury, which is represented by a cathedral and men in bright green hazmat suits.


“Peace Through Paper”

The disarmament community in the United States — made up of organizations such as Global Zero and the Ploughshares Fund — believes that America’s nuclear modernization program is “stoking a new arms race.”

Downplaying threats from North Korea, Iran, China and Russia, pro-disarmament groups want the U.S. unilaterally to eliminate more than 90% of its strategic nuclear delivery vehicles and drastically reduce strategic nuclear bombers, submarines and silo-based missiles.


Mueller Draft Report Says Trump ‘Helped Putin Destabilize The United States’, Watergate Journalist Says

“This is about the most serious counterintelligence people we have in the U.S. government saying, ‘Oh, my God, the president’s words and actions lead us to conclude that somehow he has become a witting, unwitting, or half-witting pawn, certainly in some regards, to Vladimir Putin,’” Bernstein explained during his appearance on Reliable Sources .


Russia: BBC Investigated For Promoting Islamist Extremist Ideology

Russia’s media regulator says it is investigating whether British broadcaster BBC has broken Russian law by allegedly promoting Islamist extremism.

“Checks are underway into whether the BBC’s Internet sites… comply with Russian law. To date, material has been uncovered which transmits the ideological principles of a terrorist group (quotes of the terrorist Al-Baghdadi),” Roskomnadzor said in a statement on January 10.

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is the leader of the extremist group Islamic State.

“An investigation is underway into whether these materials are in compliance with the norms of Russian legislation,” the Russian watchdog’s statement also said.

Tough call I tell ya.


Russia reportedly detains American over suspected spying

An American citizen has been detained in Russia over spying allegations leveled by the country’s domestic security service, Reuters reported early Monday.

The FSB, the country’s main security arm, said the unidentified American was detained in Moscow on December 28 and there is a criminal case against him, according to the report.

The FSB said the American faces up to 20 years in jail if convicted, TASS news agency reported.


Russia brings back children of ISIS fighters from Iraq

The first flight carrying Russian children of “Islamic State” (IS) militants landed in Russia after leaving Baghdad on Sunday.

The group included 16 girls and 14 boys aged between 3 and 15, Russian officials said.

Out of 30 minors on board the flight, 24 were from the Muslim-majority Russian state of Dagestan, three from Chechnya, one from the southwest city of Penza and one from Moscow, said Chechnya strongman Ramzan Kadyrov in an online post.


List of BBC reporters in Russia leaked online along with their photos

Leak comes after Times published names of journalists working for Moscow-backed Sputnik’s UK bureau

A list of BBC reporters working in Russia has been leaked online, along with their photographs, amid growing pressure on the broadcaster in Russia.

The list of 44 journalists, most of them Russian citizens, appears to have first been published in the anonymously run For Mother Russia group on the social network VKontakte. It was then reprinted by a rightwing Russian news website with photographs culled from the journalists’ social media profiles and other public sources.

The independent TV Rain also reported a version of the list that had been released on the Russian site Pikabu, which resembles Reddit.


Russia ‘meddled in all big social media’ in US election, says report

Russia allegedly used every major social media platform to influence the 2016 US election, a report claims.

Research is expected to say YouTube, Tumblr, Instagram and PayPal – as well as Facebook and Twitter – were leveraged to spread propaganda.

This week, the US Senate will publish the report, which exposes the scale of Russian disinformation efforts.

Its authors criticise the “belated and uncoordinated response” by tech firms.


France Is Investigating Russia’s Supposed Role In Promoting Yellow Vest Riots

French security services are looking into whether Russian outlets boosted hashtags promoting the protests, Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said in a Sunday local radio interview. His comments come after reports showed that 600 Twitter accounts pushed the anti-carbon tax protests.

Anti-carbon tax protests would have ended when the carbon tax was rescinded.


I was a CIA spy in Russia – and now my family is in danger. But Trump can help

I have always acted on the principle that the enemy of my enemy is my friend.

The United States may be an enemy of Russia, and I love my country very much. But I consider this Russian government to be the enemy of the Russian people.

Vladimir Putin and his cronies have plundered our country and are oppressing its people. Corruption and extortion is all around. Russians feel intimidated and fear repression by the state. We have a resource-rich country yet our people are poor.

So I decided to help the US as a friend.