Vladimir Putin

Large-Scale Political Unrest Is Unlikely, But Not Impossible

When a reporter recently asked Donald Trump if he would accept a peaceful transition of power, the president wouldn’t commit. “We’ll see what happens,” he said. In an apparent reference to mail-in ballots, he went on, “We’ll want to have—get rid of the ballots and…

Permafrost descends on US-Russia ties

On September 24, a bipartisan group of US senators proposed sanctions against Russian officials over the alleged poisoning of the opposition politician Alexei Navalny in Siberia recently.  A targeted bill titled Holding Russia Accountable for Malign Activities Act of 2020 has been introduced by five…

Navalny faces ‘long road’ back, after Russian poisoning

Let’s face it … the head of Russia’s secretive assassination squad, Unit 29155, needs to find a new job, and fast. He failed … again. And worse yet, it was messy. So, so messy. Hey, when all roads lead to Rome, it’s pretty hard to…

Don’t Make the Election About the Court

I know that Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s empty Supreme Court seat has provoked an epic, long-awaited clash between Democrats and Republicans, that the very principle of judicial independence hangs dangerously in the balance. I realize that the social-media wave cannot be stopped, that the talking heads…

Navalny Posts Photo from Hospital, Vows to Return to Russia

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny on Tuesday posted a photo of himself from his hospital room in Germany and said he was able to breathe for an entire day without the aid of a ventilator. Navalny reportedly told German officials he plans to return to…

Navalny Posts Photo of Himself Online, Says He Can Breathe

BERLIN—Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny posted a picture of himself from his hospital bed in Germany on Tuesday, looking gaunt but joking wryly about his condition and saying that he was enjoying the ability to finally breathe on his own after being poisoned with a…

Belarus Leader Visits Putin to Secure Support Amid Protests

MOSCOW—Belarus’ authoritarian president visited Russia on Sept. 14 in a bid to secure more loans and political support, as demonstrations against the extension of his 26-year rule entered their sixth week. President Alexander Lukashenko’s talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Black Sea resort…

John Bolton: Trump Is a ‘Useful Idiot’ to Many Foreign Dictators

Former National Security Adviser John Bolton said on Monday’s broadcast of CNN’s “The Situation Room” that President Donald Trump has been a “useful idiot” in his dealing with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Chinese President Xi Jinping, and North Korean Kim Jong-un. 0…

Belarus Leader Visits Russia to Secure Support Amid Protests

MOSCOW—Belarus’ authoritarian president visited Russia Monday in a bid to secure more loans and political support, as demonstrations against the extension of his 26-year rule entered their sixth week. Alexander Lukashenko’s talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Black Sea resort of Sochi come…

Alexander Vindman: Trump Is Putin’s ‘Useful Idiot’

Shortly after midnight on June 17, 1972, an unusually attentive security guard named Frank Wills discovered an unlocked door in the garage of the Watergate office complex. A piece of tape had been placed over the latch. Wills removed the tape and continued on his…

European Researchers Doubt Safety of Russian Coronavirus ‘Vaccine’

The Lancet medical journal requested “clarification” on Thursday from the authors of a Russian coronavirus vaccine study after independent scientists noted “inconsistencies” in their research, Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported on Friday. 0…

Belarusian Leader Set to Visit Russia as Protests Continue

KYIV, Ukraine—Belarusian authorities detained scores of demonstrators on Friday while seeking to end more than a month of protests against the country’s authoritarian president, who is set to visit Russia to help shore up his hold on power after 26 years in office. Protesters in…

Russia’s rushed vaccine release raises red flags

ST PETERSBURG – Russia is first past the post in the race to release a Covid-19 vaccine to the public. The country’s response to the virus is ready to go, Moscow authorities announced on Tuesday as they rolled out the first vaccine batch, which is…

Russia could absorb Belarus amid upheaval

YEREVAN — Belarusian strongman Alexander Lukashenko, faced with mass protests following a rigged election, has now overseen the brazen abduction and deportation of his political rivals to Ukraine – a move placing Minsk firmly in the Russian orbit and his regime fully reliant on Moscow…

John Kerry: Trump ‘Completely Intimidated’ by Putin

Tuesday on MSNBC’s “The Last Word,” former Secretary of State John Kerry once again castigated President Donald Trump for his alleged cozy relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin. 0…

Schiff: The Russians Know ‘Coward’ Trump Will Never Call Out Putin

House Intelligence Committee chairman Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) said Sunday on CNN that the Russians will continue to meddle in the U.S. election because they know President Donald Trump is too cowardly to call out President Vladimir Putin. 0…

Trump’s True Relationship With Russia Has Never Been Revealed

Getty / Arsh Raziuddin / The Atlantic Fate offered Peter Strzok a place in history that he never sought. The son of an Army officer, Strzok also served in the United States military before joining the FBI’s counterintelligence operation in 1996. He excelled at his…

Putin Critic Navalny Poisoned With Novichok Nerve Agent, Merkel Says

BERLIN/MOSCOW—Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, who is in intensive care in a Berlin hospital, was poisoned with a Soviet-era nerve agent in an attempt to murder him, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Sept. 1. She said Berlin expects Moscow to explain itself and that Germany…

Germany: ‘Unequivocal Proof’ Russian Dissident Alexei Navalny Poisoned with Novichok

Hours after the Russian government skeptically requested exhaustive details from German doctors who said traces of poison were found in comatose Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, Germany announced there is “unequivocal proof” that Navalny was poisoned with Novichok, the same nerve agent Russia used in…

Germany Says Putin Critic Navalny Was Poisoned With Novichok Nerve Agent

BERLIN—A critic of President Vladimir Putin who fell into a coma in Russia and is being treated in Berlin was poisoned with a Soviet-style Novichok nerve agent, a German government spokesman said on Wednesday. Tests on blood samples conducted at a German military laboratory produced…

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