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May 07 2022
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Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine has developed into a humanitarian crisis where innocent civilians have been killed and millions have been forced to flee their homes.
And if there’s one industry that has profited the most benefits from this conflict, it’s the defense contractors that are manufacturing the weapons being sent to Ukraine.Antonio Ferme
Sep 10 2016
Whatever Vladimir Putin's goal is in a year-long campaign of apparent cyberattacks against the US political system, the Russian leader has accomplished this much: tying the US government in knots over what to do about it.
There's debate in the Obama administration about how to respond to the hacks targeting Democratic Party organizations and increasing evidence that Russian hackers alsoCNN (Online News)
Jul 31 2014
When Vladimir Putin was preparing for another shot at the Russian presidency a little over two years ago, he said he would give a command to Russian and Japanese officials: “hajime.”
After half a century of frosty relations with Moscow, the order to “start” — using a word employed in the Japanese martial art of judo, in which Putin is a black belt — was well received in Tokyo. Even moreWashington Post
Apr 22 2021
Russia’s Defense Ministry ordered its troops to begin withdrawing from the Ukrainian border in a move that could help de-escalate tensions with Kyiv and the West.
The order came a day after Russian President Vladimir Putin warned adversaries that Moscow would deliver a swift and harsh response to any foreign threat amid a vast buildup of forces near its border with eastern Ukraine.Wall Street Journal (News)
Jan 26 2020
WASHINGTON — When Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, in a curse-laden tirade to a reporter on Friday, asked, “Do you think Americans care about Ukraine?” he was getting at an essential element of President Trump’s defense in the impeachment trial. White House officials are convinced that Americans are indifferent to what happens in the struggling former Soviet republic, and they may well be rightNew York Times (News)
Jul 08 2017
One of the surreal twists of the past year in American politics has been the rapid realignment in attitudes toward Russia. Democrats, many of whom believe that Russian interference was key to Donald Trump's unexpected victory last November, are now the ones sounding the alarm about the Russian threat. Meanwhile, quite a few Republicans—previously the keepers of the anti-Kremlin Cold War flame—Guest Writer - Right
Mar 23 2022
Anatoly Chubais, one of the economic reformers in the years after the Soviet Union and author of Russia’s unpopular privatization program, quit as presidential envoy on sustainable development, the Kremlin confirmed Wednesday, after reports he left the country because of his opposition to Russia’s war on Ukraine.
Chubais, the most senior official to cut ties with the Kremlin after theWashington Post
Apr 07 2022
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The apparently intentional killings of Ukrainian civilians by Russian troops led to new sanctions and harsh condemnations from world leaders this week. Mass graves and dead bodies in the streets of Bucha, a suburb of Kyiv, gained international attention asAllSides Staff
Jun 30 2020
It was late Friday when the New York Times first reported on a stunning story: according to U.S. intelligence, while peace talks were underway to end the long-running conflict in Afghanistan, a Russian military intelligence unit "offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants for killing coalition forces in Afghanistan -- including targeting American troops."
Soon after, most of theMSNBC
Mar 02 2015
U.S. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said Monday that the facts surrounding Friday’s shooting of Russian activist Boris Nemtsov likely will never be uncovered.
He called the possibility that Russian political leaders were involved in Mr. Nemtsov’s death an “obvious theory,” but noted that people close to Russian president Vladimir Putin are alleging the U.S. governmentWall Street Journal (News)