21 Sep 2021

Smart Voting App, Removed by U.S. Tech Giants, Threatens Putin’s United Russia Party in Recent Duma Election

This most recent Russian election provides clear evidence that the Russian Government is meddling as much in their own elections, to achieve the Kremlin-designed outcome, as they have in recent American elections  – with one RFE/RL headline proclaiming:  “Hacking Servers. Online Blocking. Police Raids. Information Attacks. What Won’t The Kremlin Do To Stop ‘Smart Voting’?”

This election is also seen by many Russians as a precursor to the 2024 Presidential election.  In 2020, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s super-majority United Russia ruling party amended the Russian Constitution, allowing Putin to seek two more terms as president and potentially remain in office until 2036.

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21 Sep 2021

Third man faces charges for Novichok attack

UK security forces have brought charges against a third Russian national due to his alleged involvement in the 2018 Sailsbury poisonings, which left three people critically ill and killed a fourth. Security sources stated that the individual, Denis Sergeev, was the on-ground commander in the Novichok attack on Sergei Skripal

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20 Sep 2021

Gunman kills several at Perm University in Russia

This morning, a gunman in Russia killed six people at the Perm University in Russia. Officials say that the individuals walked onto the campus on Monday morning and began shooting while students and teachers barricaded themselves inside the university building. Others were seen jumping from windows to being confronted by

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13 Sep 2021

Ukraine acknowledges sting operation for first time following CNN report

On Friday, Ukraine acknowledged a sting operation that aimed to lure suspected war criminals out of Russia. The country has not commented on the incident before. CNN released an investigation last week in which three former high-ranking Ukrainian military intelligence officials described operations that were designed to lure the war

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10 Sep 2021

Germany Investigates Russia Over Pre-Election Hacking

The federal prosecutor’s office in Germany is investigating who was responsible for hacking attempts aimed at politicians. The Foreign Ministry protested to Russia after several lawmakers and members of Parliament were targeted by phishing emails and attempts to obtain personal information. The federal prosecutor opened a preliminary investigation and cited

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08 Sep 2021

Russian emergencies minister Zinichev dies on Arctic drill

Russia’s Emergencies Minister Yevgeny Zinichev has died during an Arctic civil defense exercise, according to officials. The ministry stated that Zinichev died in Norilsk while attempting to save someone’s life. Zinichev has been the emergencies minister since 2018 and was reportedly a key member of President Vladimir Putin’s security detail

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07 Sep 2021

Pro-Russian Disinformation Systematically Spread Using Western Media Channels

According to a new report released by researchers at the Crime and Security Research Institute at Cardiff University, western media channels are being manipulated by unidentified actors to spread pro-Russia government propaganda and disinformation. The researchers found evidence that provocative pro-Russian or anti-Western statements were being systematically posted in reader

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07 Sep 2021

Germany Accuses Russia of Election Meddling Through Cyber-Attacks

Germany has accused Russia of attempting to influence the country’s upcoming general elections through cyber campaigns. The German Foreign Ministry stated that it had gathered intelligence that pointed towards interference by hackers working for Russia’s GRU military intelligence service. According to the ministry, the hackers attempted to steal the login

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26 Aug 2021

Stalin-era mass grave found in Ukraine

Researchers have identified what may be one of Ukraine’s largest Stalin-era mass graves. The remains of thousands of people were found in 29 graves in the southern city of Odessa. The site contained between 5,000 and 8,000 bodies and likely dates back to the 1930s. The site was uncovered during

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17 Aug 2021

Chinese and Russian militaries link up, but analysts say both sides have differing objectives

Last Friday, Russia and China celebrated the end of a week of military exercises with jets and cannons, offering a live-fire finale to the event. The exercises were touted by both countries as a new peak in bilateral military operations. The exercises were also the first of their kind to

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