Russia is the house that Vladimir Putin built and hell never abandon it | Dmitri Trenin

By co-opting the masses against the elite, the president has shaped a country to echo his values and grievances. And now hes working to secure his legacy When Vladimir Putin was asked about hisjob, two years after becoming master of the Kremlin on New Years Eve,1999, he said somethingabout being a hired manager elected by … Read more

How annexing Crimea allowed Putin to claim he had made Russia great again | Sophie Pinkham

The show of force in Ukraine was played as Russias greatest moment since the second world war. But its a risky strategy Much of the current tension between Russia and the west is a consequence of Vladimir Putins decision to 2011 Russian legislative elections, and by Putins decision to Georgia in 2003, Kyrgyzstan in 2005. … Read more

Trump suggests he may drop Russia sanctions if Moscow ‘is helpful’

President-elect also hints that Beijing will need to show good faith on trade practices for him to commit to One China policy Donald Trump has suggested he might drop sanctions against Russia and that the communist party rulers in Beijing needed to show good faith on currency and trade practices before he committed to a … Read more

Russia’s London embassy: UK preparing anti-Moscow witch-hunt

Foreign secretary tells incoming US administration that Russia and Putin have been up to all sorts of very dirty tricks The Russian embassy in London has accused the Foreign Office of preparing to mount a witch-hunt against Moscow in the wake of allegations by the UK foreign secretary, Boris Johnson, that Russia has been up … Read more

What we know about Russia’s interference in the US election

Everything we know so far about Moscows reputed involvement in the election that saw Donald Trump defeat Hillary Clinton Did Russian hackers try to influence the US election? According to A New York Times investigation this week revealed that a Podesta aide spotted the dodgy email and forwarded it to a technician. By mistake, however, … Read more

Obama promises retaliation against Russia over hacking during US election

Outgoing president says US will respond to cyberattacks by Moscow at a time and place of our choosing, as Donald Trump rejects reports of interference Barack Obama has warned that the US will retaliate for Russian cyberattacks during the presidential election. According to final report he has ordered into a range of Russian hacking attacks, … Read more

Vladimir Putin ‘personally involved’ in US hack, report claims

Russian president made key decisions in operation seen as revenge for past criticisms by Hillary Clinton, says NBC US intelligence officials believe that Vladimir Putin was personally involved in hacking during the American election campaign as part of a vendetta against Hillary Clinton, NBC News has claimed. The Russian president personally instructed how material hacked … Read more

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