Tag: Vladimir Putin

West behind falling ruble and oil prices – Russian spy chief

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Washington and its allies are pursuing a regime change policy towards Russia, deliberately introducing sanctions and attacking the ruble through manipulation of world oil prices, the head of Russia’s external intelligence agency has said. Mikhail Fradkov, the head of the

Russia Expels Latvian, German Nationals Suspected of Espionage

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A former Latvian parliamentarian has been deported from Russia after the country’s Federal Security Service (FSB) accused him of spying on behalf of Latvia and the United States’ Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), Russia’s state-run NTV channel reported Sunday. “I am Alexei Kholostov, an ethnic Russian and a citizen of Latvia.

Russia, MH17 and the West. A web of lies

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IN 1991, when Soviet Communism collapsed, it seemed as if the Russian people might at last have the chance to become citizens of a normal Western democracy. Vladimir Putin’s disastrous contribution to Russia’s history has been to set his country

U.K. announces inquiry for Russian spy death

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LONDON (AP) — The British government announced plans Tuesday for a wide-ranging public inquiry into the mysterious 2006 death of poisoned former Russian agent Alexander Litvinenko. The decision, which comes at a time of rising tensions with Russia, is a

Tony Abbott defends role of Five Eyes intelligence alliance

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Tony Abbott has defended the role of the Five Eyes intelligence-sharing alliance while on tour in North America, saying it should never apologise for “doing what’s necessary”, and confirmed he is hoping to meet Rupert Murdoch in New York. The

America’s Most Famous Whistleblower Is Trying to Come Back to the U.S.

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NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden turned heads when he decided to seek asylum in Russia — and now he might be rethinking that choice. According to Snowden’s lawyer in Germany, Wolfgang Kaleck, there are ongoing negotiations with the U.S. government for Snowden

Putin on Snowden: “I don’t know how he is going to live. I’m saying this without any jokes or irony”

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Putin on Snowden during the St. Petersburg Economic Forum: Vladimir Putin said that he had no idea about how the fate of Edward Snowden may evolve. He assured that the ex-CIA officer had not told anything to Russian security services.

Inside Putin’s East European Spy Campaign

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On Sept. 8, 2012, the Russian Minister of Culture Vladimir Medinsky participated in the opening of a Russian nationalist organization called the Izborsky Club in the monastery town of Pskov, just across the border from Estonia. His speech itself was

Putin calls internet a ‘CIA project’ renewing fears of web breakup

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Vladimir Putin gave his clearest signal yet that he aims to break up the global nature of the internet when he branded the network a "CIA project" on Thursday. The Russian president told a media conference in St Petersburg that

In Ukraine The Covert War Has Begun

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Ukraine is on the brink of civil war, Vladimir Putin has said, and he should know because the country is already in the midst of a covert intelligence war. Over the weekend, CIA director John Brennan travelled to Kiev, nobody

Snowden calls Putin to talk NSA

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Edward Snowden called into a Russian state television program on Thursday and asked President Vladimir Putin about whether Moscow has surveillance programs similar to those exposed by the former government contractor. The exchange between Putin and Snowden appeared to be

Agents Provocateurs and the Shadow War in Eastern Ukraine

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For weeks, Washington and Moscow have waged a bitter war of words over the fragile situation in Ukraine. But on Tuesday, the tenor of the discussion turned tantalizingly conspiratorial. On the Russian side, Moscow accused the U.S. of plotting a

Why CIA, NSA can’t spy on Putin?

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Earlier this month, as Russia began its move in Crimea, U.S. spy agencies reportedly found a worrying silence in the spot where they were listening most attentively — the digital space around Russian President Vladimir Putin and his military brass.

American intelligence agencies disagreed on Russia threat in Ukraine

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WASHINGTON — U.S. intelligence agencies disagreed on whether Russian President Vladimir Putin would order military intervention last week in Ukraine, officials said Tuesday, and the House Intelligence Committee is examining what caused the differing analyses. “We have begun a review

Ex- CIA Chief: Why We Keep Getting Putin Wrong

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The last time Russian troops invaded one of its neighbors, the U.S. intelligence community was also caught off guard. The year was 2008 and the country was Georgia instead of the Ukraine. And just as in 2014, back then there

Murdered spy Alexander Litvinenko gave MI6 secret briefings about key ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin

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British security services handed Alexander Litvinenko a confidential government document that summarised private meetings held with a close ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin, The Independent has learnt. MI6 allegedly asked the late spy to provide “expert analysis” on a

Brazilian president postpones Washington visit over NSA spying

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The Brazilian president, Dilma Rousseff, snubbed Barack Obama on Tuesday by postponing an official visit to Washington in protest at the spying activities of the US National Security Agency. The row between the biggest economies in North and South America

After Boston Bombings, Putin Calls for US-Russia Intelligence Sharing

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MOSCOW — Russian President Vladimir Putin has often complained that he battles alone against terrorism by Islamic extremists. Russian President Vladimir Putin called on Washington and Moscow Thursday to share security information to fight terrorism. Putin said the need for

Former British Official: Britain Attempted Spy Plot in Russia

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A former top British official has admitted for the first time that Britain spied on Russia using electronic equipment inside a phony rock. Jonathan Powell told the BBC that British spies were clearly responsible for the espionage attempt in Moscow