After Testing the World’s Limits, Putin Steps Back From the Brink

The Russian president pulled back troops from Ukraine’s border and relented on medical treatment for his nemesis Aleksei A. Navalny, after a performance blending fear and force to affirm his power.

#defense-and-military-forces, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #kgb, #navalny-aleksei-a, #political-prisoners, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #ukraine, #united-states-international-relations

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Russia’s Ties With West Fray Further After Czech Republic Expels Its Diplomats

About 60 Russian diplomats were ordered out of the Czech Republic, which said it had evidence of Moscow’s involvement in an ammunition dump explosion in 2014.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #czech-republic, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #kgb, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #sabotage-crime

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No More Lies. My Grandfather Was a Nazi.

In Lithuania, he was celebrated as a hero. But we can’t move on until we admit what he really did.

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George Blake, British Spy Who Betrayed the West, Dies at 98

He was caught spilling secrets to the Soviets in 1961 and imprisoned. Five years later, he escaped and fled to Moscow, where he was hailed a hero.

#cold-war-era, #deaths-obituaries, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #george-blake, #kgb

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Belarus Protest Leader Vanishes Amid Reports of Masked Abductors

With large-scale demonstrations showing little sign of winding down, President Aleksandr G. Lukashenko’s security forces appear to have shifted from mass repression to more targeted disappearances.

#babariko-viktor, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #kgb, #lithuania, #lukashenko-aleksandr-g, #maria-kolesnikova, #minsk-belarus, #poland, #russia

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Book Review: ‘Putin’s People,’ by Catherine Belton

Catherine Belton’s new book argues that Vladimir Putin has presided over the country and its resources like a czar, bolstered by a cadre of friendly oligarchs and secret service agents.

#belton-catherine-journalist, #books-and-literature, #kgb, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #putins-people-how-the-kgb-took-back-russia-and-then-took-on-the-west-book, #russia

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In Russia, They Tore Down Lots of Statues, but Little Changed

“Waging war on bronze men doesn’t make your life any more moral or just,” one observer noted. “It does nothing really.”

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Russia Denies Paying Bounties, but Some Say the U.S. Had It Coming

Russia’s grievances against what it sees as American bullying and expansion into its own zones of influence have been stacking up for decades.

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Russian Criminal Group Finds New Target: Americans Working at Home

A hacking group calling itself Evil Corp., indicted in December, has shown up in corporate networks with sophisticated ransomware. American officials worry election infrastructure could be next.

#computers-and-the-internet, #coronavirus-reopenings, #cyberattacks-and-hackers, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #e-commerce, #extortion-and-blackmail, #homeland-security-department, #internet-research-agency-russia, #justice-department, #kgb, #russia, #russian-interference-in-2016-us-elections-and-ties-to-trump-associates, #state-department, #symantec-corporation

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Operation Infektion: A three-part video series on Russian disinformation

Russian Disinformation: From Cold War to Kanye

#cold-war-era, #documentary-films-and-programs, #kgb, #moscow-russia, #news-and-news-media, #rumors-and-misinformation, #russia

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