Category Archives: Russia

Associated Press: Widespread fraud taints Putin’s election victory

It fits the narrative: A flawed democracy under the grip of an autocrat holds an election. Fraud follows. It is. It did. As the Associated Press reports, The vote was tainted by widespread reports of ballot-box stuffing and forced voting, … Continue reading

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British police: Russian exile was strangled in his home

NBC News reports that British police have determined how a Russian exile living in London died. Now the inevitable question will be asked: Did the order for the hit come from Moscow? Glushkov’s death was a eerie echo of his … Continue reading

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Top UK official, to Russia: “Shut up and go away”

The diplomatic gulf between the United Kingdom and Russia is widening. The British foreign secretary believes Russian president Vladimir Putin ordered the recent poisoning of a former Russian double agent and his daughter, who are living in London. (The BBC … Continue reading

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FLASH: UK retaliates against Russia; expels almost two-dozen diplomats

This breaking news alert was sent by the New York Times: Prime Minister Theresa May of Britain expelled 23 Russian diplomats on Wednesday, among a raft of measures, blaming Moscow for the poisoning of a former Russian spy and sharply … Continue reading

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Russian exile found dead in London; no cause of death confirmed

Yes, I know. You and I want to jump to conclusions about the death of a Russian exile living in London. The Guardian reports what’s known at the moment. Nikolai Glushkov was discovered by his family and friends late on … Continue reading

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Farfetched? With this White House? (Or, how American-Russian relations were made great again.)

Imagine a scenario in which the president of the United States concocts a story with a porn star suggesting he had a fling with her and then paid her money to hush it up. The president and the porn star … Continue reading

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The IOC’s OAR decision was folly

It’s easy to criticize an organization when it does something nonsensical. Right now, the International Olympic Committee seems like a nonsensical organization. If you followed the just-concluded 2018 Winter Olympics, then you know that Russia was not there. Oh, yes, … Continue reading

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