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Jehovah's Witnesses Say More Homes Raided In Central Russia

March 27, 2019           |                                       

Russian law enforcement agencies have raided more homes belonging to members of the Jehovah’s Witnesses in regions east of Moscow, according to the U.S.-based religious group. The group, which the Russian Supreme Court has deemed to be extremist, said on March 26 that masked, armed officers raided an apartment in the central Chelyabinsk region, seizing […]

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From the “scandal’s” outset, Consortium News adopted journalistic skepticism, led by founding editor, the late Robert Parry, with Ray McGovern, Daniel Lazare, Patrick Lawrence, Joe Lauria and VIPS debunking much of the irresponsible mania that seized the land. In the wake of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s final report in which no one was accused of […]

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U.S. Calls On Russia To Allow More Access To Ex-Marine Whelan

March 11, 2019           |                                       

The United States has called on Russia to permit increased access to ex-Marine Paul Whelan, who is being held in Moscow on an espionage charge. Andrea Kalan, a spokeswoman at the U.S. Embassy in the Russian capital, said on March 11 that officials would visit the 49-year-old “later this week.” Whelan — who holds U.S., […]

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Moscow Protests Against Internet Bill

March 10, 2019           |                                       

Thousands rallied in downtown Moscow to protest an Internet bill on March 10. Similar rallies took place across Russia. Critics of the bill say it will increase state control over the Internet and facilitate censorship. Protesters in Moscow chanted slogans such as “Russia Without Putin” and “Russia Will Be Free.” The police detained several people, […]

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Tajik Opposition Activist: 'I Was Kidnapped In Moscow'

March 6, 2019           |                                       

Tajik opposition activist Sharofiddin Gadoev said in a video statement that he was abducted in Moscow by Tajik government officials. Now back in the Netherlands, where he has refugee status, Gadoev said that he was tortured in Tajikistan, and pledged to give more details on the ordeal in the coming days.

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Top U.S. General Calls For More Defenses For Ukraine Against Russia

March 6, 2019           |                                       

The commander of U.S. forces in Europe called for bolstering Ukraine’s defenses against Russian aggression, in eastern Ukraine as well as in the Black Sea. General Curtis Scaparrotti made the comments on March 5 in testimony before the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee. Scaparrotti spoke just over three months after Russian naval forces seized three […]

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Putin Officially Suspends Russia's Participation In INF Treaty With U.S.

March 4, 2019           |                                       

The Kremlin says President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree suspending Russia’s participation in a key Cold War-era nuclear arms-control agreement with the United States. Putin ordered the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty be suspended until Washington stops violating the accord, according to the text of the decree placed on the Kremlin’s website on […]

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Rogues' Gallery: Whatever Happened To The First Separatist Leaders In Ukraine?

March 3, 2019           |                                       

In 2014, Russia-backed separatists made their grab for power in Ukraine’s Crimea Peninsula as well as the Donetsk and Luhansk regions, sparking a conflict in the southeast of the country that has left some 13,000 dead, 30,000 wounded, and more than 1 million displaced. In those early days and years, these were some of the […]

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Moscow Court Denies U.S. Investor's Appeal Against Pretrial Detention

February 28, 2019           |                                       

MOSCOW — A Russian court has ruled that American investment-fund manager Michael Calvey should remain in pretrial custody, rejecting his appeal to be released on bail or moved to house arrest. The Moscow City Court issued the ruling against Calvey, the founder of the Russia-based private-equity group Baring Vostok, on February 28. Calvey, three additional […]

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From Cohen to Venezuela: Hollowness of “Russiagate”

February 27, 2019           |                                       

AARON MATÉ, aaronmate at gmail.com, @aaronjmateSince Trump became president, Maté has written a series of pieces for The Nation counter to the prevailing conventional wisdom on Russiagate, including: “Mueller Accuses Roger Stone of Lying and Bullying — but Not Collusion,” “The Manafort Revelation Is Not a Smoking Gun,” “New Studies Show Pundits Are Wrong About Russian Social-Media Involvement […]

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Netanyahu To Meet Putin in Moscow Amid Strained Ties

February 27, 2019           |                                       

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is scheduled to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin, amid tensions over the grinding war in Syria and Moscow’s support for Iran. Ahead of the February 27 visit to Moscow, Netanyahu said the talks would focus on Israeli efforts to prevent Iran from establishing a long-term presence in Syria. “We […]

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'Nastya Rybka' Says FSB Warned Her Not To Go Home To Belarus

February 25, 2019           |                                       

A Belarusian escort and self-described sex trainer who claimed to have evidence of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election says the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) “strongly advised” her not to return to her country after months in jail in Thailand. In a telephone interview with RFE/RL’s Belarus Service from Moscow on February […]

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Prominent Soviet-Era Russian Film Director Georgy Daneliya In Medically Induced Coma

February 25, 2019           |                                       

One of the most popular Soviet-era film directors, Georgy Daneliya, has been hospitalized with pneumonia and put into a medically induced coma in Moscow. The 88-year-old director’s wife, Galina Yurkova-Daneliya, said that her husband was rushed to hospital on February 23. Georgian-born Daneliya made a range of movies that became very popular in the Soviet […]

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