US brings charges against Russians over election "information warfare"

US grand jury charges 13 Russians and three Russian organisations, including a Russian internet agency, with interfering with American elections. The charges include bank fraud and aggravated identity theft. The accusations include use of faked social media posts and advertisements fraudulently bought in the name of Americans during the last

Angela Merkel’s Germany is a ’free rider’ and a ’threat to the West’ storms Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki as military leaks reveal the country hasn’t got enough tanks to send to NATO

POLAND’S PM last night issued a stinging jibe toward Angela Merkel as he hinted Germany was a “free rider” not pulling its weight in NATO. It came as leaked documents showed the German military were short on tanks for an upcoming mission. Ahead of a visit to Berlin, Mateusz Morawiecki

Spy chief warns Russia intends to meddle in 2018 elections

WASHINGTON — The nation’s spy chief said Tuesday that Russia has not slowed down aggressive cyberattacks and political meddling and warned that Vladimir Putin has set his sights on the 2018 midterm elections. “There should be no doubt that Russia perceived that its past efforts (in the 2016 election)

Meet Russia’s own celebrity presidential candidate

Let one bleached-blond reality-TV celebrity become president of a global superpower, and suddenly they all want to get in on the act. The improbable political rise of Russia’s Ksenia Sobchak, 36, a television and social-media darling, is the latest version. “We all know [the] ‘Trump effect,’” Sobchak said Friday. Despite her

Opposition leader says Putin is afraid of ‘real competition’

Vladimir Putin’s toughest political opponent is not allowed to run against him. “He is scared of all real competition,” anti-corruption campaigner Alexei Navalny, 41, told CNN last week. “He only allows those to run who don’t even resist, who don’t even campaign.” Navalny was convicted of fraud last year in

US releases long-awaited ‘Putin list’ of Russian politicians, oligarchs

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration late Monday released a long-awaited list of 114 Russian politicians and 96 “oligarchs” who have flourished during the reign of President Vladimir Putin, fulfilling a demand by Congress that the U.S. punish Moscow for interfering in the 2016 U.S. election. Yet the administration paired

Putin opponent violently arrested at Moscow rally

An anti-corruption crusader challenging Russian president Vladimir Putin was violently arrested Sunday at a demonstration in Moscow. Police pounced on Alexei Navalny, considered the most serious challenger to strongman Putin, just moments after he appeared at a rally in the city’s Pushkin Square. A half-dozen cops descend on Navalny and

Putin takes shirtless dip in icy waters to celebrate Epiphany

MOSCOW — Russian President Vladimir Putin stripped off to his bathing trunks and immersed himself in the freezing waters of a lake late on Thursday, observing an Orthodox Christian ritual to mark the feast of Epiphany. Russian state television showed Putin marching onto the ice of frozen Lake Seliger,

Russia’s largest pollster stops election surveys amid fears of retribution

Russia’s largest independent pollster said it has stopped publishing surveys on the March presidential election for fear of government retribution under a Kremlin-backed law that designated the group a “foreign agent.” “They simply want to shut our mouth,” Lev Gudkov, director of the Levada Center, told Bloomberg. The group’s surveys

Russia claims the US is messing with its elections

Turnabout is fair play when it comes to accusations of election meddling. A Russian official on Saturday denounced US plans to punish Russia for alleged interference in the 2016 election — by saying the sanctions are an attempt to interfere with Russia’s presidential vote in March. “We see this as