Czechs launch anti-propaganda unit with close eye on Russia

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Kremlin-friendly president Milos Zeman criticises new ‘hybrid threats’ centre Daniel McLaughlin in Prague The Irish Times The Czech Republic has launched a special government unit to counter terrorism and “hybrid” threats such as fake news and… Czechs launch anti… Read More »

Facts force Washington Post to backtrack on report that Russia hacked US power grid

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The Washington Post has corrected an article in which it said that Russian hackers had infiltrated the US power grid at a Vermont utility. RT  The newspaper now says authorities have no such “indications” as people on social media claim the outlet promotes “fake… Facts force Washington… Read More »

The new world order, 2017

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One insistent question that will shape 2017 is whether we’re witnessing the gradual decay of the post-World War II international order, dominated by the economic and military power of the United States. Robert J. Samuelson The Washington Post After the Soviet Union’s collapse in 1991, it became fashionable to talk of the United States as the only true superpower. Pax Americana would… The new world… Read More »

Is Russia Really ‘Winning’?

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On last Friday, Vladimir Putin held his annual press conference, capping what many have described as an extremely successful year for the Russian president. The National Interest Emma M. Ashford Indeed, if you’re a regular consumer of today’s media, you could be forgiven for believing that Russia has supplanted the United States in the Middle East, that Russian hackers single-handedly placed Donald Trump in the White… Is Russia Really… Read More »

Why the West’s Betrayal of Democratic Russia Brought Us Putin

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The West’s inability to accept Russia on equal terms after 1991 made the emergence of a nationalistic strongman… By Angus Roxburgh The Moscow Times This year was the 25th anniversary of the August coup against Gorbachev, and the demise of the Soviet… In Moscow in August 1991 I joined the crowds outside the… Why the West… Read More »

Bryza: Russia Will Use Definition of Terrorism to Advance Political Interests

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We spoke to former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, Ambassador Matthew Bryza. Georgia Today Nana Sajaia,  Voice of America Georgian Service What next for Turkey-Russia relations after the assassination of the Russian diplomat Andrey Karlov in Ankara? I actually… Bryza: Russia Will… Read More »

Kissinger, a longtime Putin confidant, sidles up to Trump

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America’s pre-eminent ex-diplomat gets back in the mix. By Nahal Toosi and Isaac Arnsdorf Politico Could he help broker a deal with Russia? Kissinger, a longtime… Read More »

US, Russia in exchange of words over nuclear

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U.S. President-elect Donald Trump called for an expansion of the United States’ nuclear capabilities on Dec. 22, to which Russian President Vladimir Putin said there was “nothing unusual” in these statements. Hurriyet In his Twitter post, Trump said Dec. 22, “The United States must greatly strengthen and… US, Russia in… Read More »

Could ambassador’s slaying bring about Russian-Turkish cooperation?

Personnel carry the coffin containing the body of Russian ambassador to Turkey Andrei Karlov, who was shot dead by an off-duty policeman while delivering a speech in an Ankara art gallery on December 19, after a memorial service in Moscow, Russia December 22, 2016. REUTERS/Sergei Ilnitsky/Pool - RTX2W4WV

The assassination of Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrei Karlov deeply shocked the public and the ruling circles in Moscow. Al Monitor Vladimir Avatkov President Vladimir Putin canceled his long-planned annual press conference to bid farewell to the diplomat. Given the recent worsening of… Could ambassador’s slaying… Read More »

Top Russian Diplomat Was Shot Dead In Moscow Just Hours Before Assassination In Turkey

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A top Russian diplomat was found dead in his Moscow apartment Monday, just hours after Russia’s Ambassador to Turkey was shot dead at an art exhibit in Ankara. The Daily Caller Ted Goodman Petr Polshikov, 56, was discovered with a bullet wound to the head, according to reports. The announcement came just… Top Russian Diplomat Was… Read More »

Turkey, Russia and an Assassination: The Swirling Crises, Explained

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Turkey and Russia, whose up-and-down relationship has helped shape the Syrian war and its related crises, shared a new trauma on Monday after an off-duty Turkish police officer assassinated Russia’s ambassador. The New York Times Max Fisher The killing of Andrey G. Karlov in Ankara caused global alarm and raised questions about the larger consequences. On social media, many drew… Turkey, Russia and an… Read More »

Russian ambassador Andrey Karlov shot dead in Ankara

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Andrey Karlov was speaking at a photo exhibition event in the capital when he was shot by a Turkish off-duty policeman. Al Jazeera News Russia’s ambassador to Turkey was shot dead in front of a crowd at a posh art gallery in the capital Ankara as the angry gunmen screamed “don’t forget Aleppo”. Police later killed the assailant on… Russian ambassador Andrey Karlov shot… Read More »

Turkey blames usual suspects for murder of Russian ambassador

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Off-duty police officer Mevlut Mert Altintas assassinated Andrei Gennadyevich Karlov, Russia’s ambassador to Turkey, at an art gallery in the Turkish capital Ankara on Dec. 19. Al Monitor Barın Kayaoğlu Police forces subsequently killed Altintas in a gunfight. What we know so far about… Turkey blames usual… Read More »

Understanding Russia today: Russia’s many revisions

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Russia is on a collision course with the West. AEI Frederick W. Kagan War is not inevitable. Confrontation and conflict… Understanding Russia today… Read More »

Russia bath lotion kills 33 drinkers in Irkutsk

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At least 33 people have died in Russia after drinking bath essence, authorities said on Monday. BBC News The hawthorn-scented liquid was consumed as if it were alcohol, according to Russia’s Investigative Committee. More than 50 people sought… Russia bath lotion kills… Read More »

World War III has already begun: Cyber-war underway as biggest military build-up continues

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With nations across the globe stockpiling weapons on a scale not seen for decades, 2017 could see the cold war develop into a full scale conflict costing millions of lives. Express Rebecca Flood Already largely due to Vladimir Putin’s sabre-rattling, China’s increasing belligerence and a new USA with Donald Trump at the helm a country as peace-loving as Sweden has been placed on a war footing. And internet security experts say… World War III has already… Read More »