Angela Merkel Is Leaving. It’s Time.

Germany’s longtime chancellor is iconic. But the country is ready to move on.

#elections, #european-sovereign-debt-crisis-2010, #european-union, #germany, #merkel-angela, #putin-vladimir-v

Navalny to the Russian Opposition: ‘Be Discouraged, a Little Bit’

Emblematic of the beleaguered state of the opposition, a forlorn group of volunteers maintains a 24-hour vigil at the spot where a prominent democracy advocate was killed in 2015.

#assassinations-and-attempted-assassinations, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #moscow-russia, #navalny-aleksei-a, #nemtsov-boris-y, #putin-vladimir-v, #red-square-moscow, #russia, #united-russia

At U.N., Biden Calls for Diplomacy, not Conflict, but Some Are Skeptical

The president said he wants global cooperation to meet challenges, but some allies and adversaries say his actions point to confrontation with China and unilateral action, belying his words.

#australia, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #defense-and-military-forces, #france, #general-assembly-un, #global-warming, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #putin-vladimir-v, #united-states-international-relations, #xi-jinping

U.K. Police Charge 3rd Man in Effort to Kill Russian Dissident Skripal

The authorities added a suspect in the attempted assassination of Sergei V. Skripal in 2018. Separately, a European court blamed Russia for Alexander V. Litvinenko’s murder in 2006.

#assassinations-and-attempted-assassinations, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia

E.U. Court Rules Russia Was Behind 2006 Assassination in the U.K.

The European Court of Human Rights said Russia was responsible for the murder of Alexander V. Litvinenko, who was poisoned with a rare isotope.

#assassinations-and-attempted-assassinations, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia

America Is Being Held for Ransom. It Needs to Fight Back.

Businesses attacked. Data stolen. Miles of pipeline shut down. The scourge of ransomware is worse than ever.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #computer-security, #cyberattacks-and-hackers, #putin-vladimir-v, #revil-hacking-group, #russia

In Russia Election Results, Online Votes Sweep Putin Opponents Aside

The official tally gave a strong parliamentary majority to President Vladimir V. Putin’s United Russia party. Opposition leaders cried foul, pointing to earlier signs of gains.

#communist-party-of-the-russian-federation, #moscow-russia, #navalny-aleksei-a, #political-prisoners, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #united-russia, #voter-fraud-election-fraud

Google Blocks More Anti-Kremlin Content as Vote in Russia Winds Down

The search giant agreed to Moscow’s requests to restrict access to online videos and documents being used by allies of the imprisoned opposition leader Aleksei A. Navalny, activists said.

#communist-party-of-the-russian-federation, #elections, #google-inc, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #navalny-aleksei-a, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #united-russia, #voter-fraud-election-fraud, #zyuganov-gennadi-a

How Putin’s Propaganda System Keeps Him in Power

The Kremlin’s propaganda system, lurid and spurious, is central to the president’s power. 

#elections, #media, #navalny-aleksei-a, #news-and-news-media, #propaganda, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia

Google and Apple Remove App Aimed at Spurring Protest Voting in Russia

The app, from the Russian opposition leader Aleksei Navalny, vanished from online stores as polls opened in the parliamentary election it was designed to sway.

#apple-inc, #computers-and-the-internet, #elections, #google-inc, #mobile-applications, #navalny-aleksei-a, #political-prisoners, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #united-russia

How Russian Officials ‘Manage’ Elections With Deceitful Tactics

The Russian authorities have used a variety of deceitful tactics to try to manufacture a big victory in parliamentary elections this weekend. Here’s how they do it.

#elections, #navalny-aleksei-a, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #united-russia

As Russians Vote, Resignation, Anger and Fear of a Post-Putin Unknown

Many in Russia say they are fed up with corruption, stagnant wages and rising prices. But they worry, as one man said, that “if things start to change, there will be blood.”

#elections, #navalny-aleksei-a, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #united-russia, #voter-fraud-election-fraud

Could Navalny’s ‘Smart Voting’ Strategy Shake Up Russia’s Election?

Five of the opposition leader’s exiled allies are engineering an election campaign that they hope will put dozens of Kremlin opponents into Parliament.

#elections, #mobile-applications, #navalny-aleksei-a, #political-prisoners, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #smart-voting, #united-russia, #voting-and-voters

Activists in Russia Push to Make Domestic Violence a Voting Issue

Middle-aged women are part of the core base of Russia’s ruling party. Can its refusal to help domestic violence victims harm its support in this weekend’s elections?

#domestic-violence, #elections, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #united-russia, #women-and-girls, #womens-rights

Russia and Belarus Inch Closer to a Full-Blown Merger

In their sixth meeting in less than a year, the countries’ presidents agreed to deepen economic ties, leaving tougher political questions for later.

#belarus, #lukashenko-aleksandr-g, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia

Russia Influences Hackers but Stops Short of Directing Them, Report Says

The arrangement allows the Russian government some plausible deniability for attacks, researchers found.

#cyberwarfare-and-defense, #dokuchaev-dmitry-a, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #extortion-and-blackmail, #federal-security-service, #putin-vladimir-v, #recorded-future-inc, #revil-hacking-group, #russia, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

Senior Russian Minister Dies After Diving Off Cliff to Save Film Director

The government said Yevgeny Zinichev, a longtime Putin aide responsible for emergency situations, dived off a cliff to save a film director who fell into the water.

#deaths-fatalities, #melnik-aleksandr-d-2021, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #rescues, #russia, #zinichev-yevgeny-n-d-2021

Senior Russian Minister Dies During Drill

The government said Yevgeny Zinichev, a longtime Putin aide responsible for emergency situations, dived off a cliff to save a film director who fell into the water.

#politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #yevgeny-zinichev

A Skeleton for Diplomacy: How a Plan to Reconcile France and Russia Collapsed

The remains of a Napoleonic general who died on a Russian battlefield came home in July. But the chance for rapprochement collapsed over concerns about Moscow’s policies.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #bonaparte-napoleon, #france, #funerals-and-memorials, #gudin-charles-etienne-1768-1812, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #malinowski-pierre, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia

Exile or Jail: The Grim Choice Facing Russian Opposition Leaders

Experts say the current exodus of journalists and dissidents is the biggest wave of political emigration in the country’s post-Soviet history.

#freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #immigration-and-emigration, #navalny-aleksei-a, #political-prisoners, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #sobol-lyubov, #zhdanov-ivan-y

Zelensky Must Tell Biden to Stop Nord Stream 2

Nord Stream 2 would be catastrophic for all of Europe.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #energy-and-power, #natural-gas, #nord-stream-2, #pipelines, #poland, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #ukraine, #united-states, #zelensky-volodymyr

Aleksei Navalny in His Own Words

Aleksei A. Navalny, the Russian opposition leader, lays out his case — by turns funny, sarcastic and ironic — for the inevitability of democracy in his country.

#embargoes-and-sanctions, #navalny-aleksei-a, #political-prisoners, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia

In First Interview From Jail, an Upbeat Navalny Discusses Prison Life

Russian political prisoners today are subjected to “psychological” pressure, said the opposition leader Aleksei A. Navalny, who is forced to watch state TV for more than eight hours a day.

#navalny-aleksei-a, #poisoning-and-poisons, #political-prisoners, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia

Russian Journalists Meet a Crackdown With Dark Humor, and Subscribers

Meduza, a leading independent news site, fights back with jokes and a stunning donation campaign. But can it stand up to the Russian state?

#latvia, #meduza-medusa-project-sia, #moscow-russia, #news-and-news-media, #putin-vladimir-v

Biden Warns Putin to Act Against Russian Ransomware Group

Mr. Biden’s phone call appeared to be a pointed ultimatum to stop the hackers, who have attacked computer networks in the United States with relative impunity.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #cyberattacks-and-hackers, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #extortion-and-blackmail, #putin-vladimir-v, #revil-hacking-group, #russia, #united-states, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations

Biden Weighs a Response to Ransomware Attacks

The president summoned his top cybersecurity advisers to consider immediate action to disrupt Russian incursions.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #computers-and-the-internet, #cyberattacks-and-hackers, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #kaseya-ltd, #putin-vladimir-v, #revil-hacking-group, #russia, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #us-federal-government-data-breach-2020

Attempted Hack of R.N.C. and Russian Ransomware Attack Test Biden

The breach of a Republican National Committee contractor, also linked to Russia, and the global ransomware attack occurred weeks after a U.S.-Russian summit.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #computer-security, #cyberattacks-and-hackers, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #putin-vladimir-v, #republican-national-committee, #revil-hacking-group, #s-v-r, #united-states-international-relations

Europe’s Divisions on Vivid Display Over Hungary and Russia

In a summit of European Union leaders, there were fierce, emotional arguments about Hungary’s new law on sex education and about how and when to meet Russia’s president.

#belarus, #bettel-xavier-1973, #european-commission, #european-union, #hungary, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #merkel-angela, #orban-viktor, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia

U.S. Preparing More Sanctions Against Russia, Sullivan Says

The national security adviser raised the issue of more penalties in the poisoning of Aleksei A. Navalny days after President Biden met with President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #navalny-aleksei-a, #political-prisoners, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #sullivan-jacob-j-1976, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

The Strange Death of Liberal Russophobia

How the Biden presidency is (wisely) opting out of Cold War 2.0.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #putin-vladimir-v, #republican-party, #russia, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations

For Biden, Europe Trip Achieved 2 Major Goals. And Then There’s Putin and Russia.

The president reassured European allies that America is back and rallied them to begin to counter China. Whether he established “red lines” for the Kremlin remains to be seen.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #england, #europe, #geneva-switzerland, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #merkel-angela, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #putin-vladimir-v, #united-states-international-relations

Russia’s Pro-Putin Commentators Praise Biden After Summit

Cooler heads say President Biden skillfully laid the groundwork for what he can, and cannot, reasonably expect to gain from the Kremlin.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #europe, #geneva-switzerland, #navalny-aleksei-a, #putin-vladimir-v, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations

For Biden, Europe Trip Achieved 2 Major Goals. And Then There Is Russia.

The president reassured European allies that America is back and rallied them to begin to counter China. Whether he established “red lines” for the Kremlin remains to be seen.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #england, #geneva-switzerland, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #merkel-angela, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #putin-vladimir-v, #united-states-international-relations

After Putin Meeting, a Biden Trait Shows Itself Again: Stubborn Optimism

The president’s insistence on an “optimistic face” could open him up to criticism. But his allies insist it’s an essential ingredient to making progress.

#arms-control-and-limitation-and-disarmament, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations

With Putin, Biden Tries to Forge a Bond of Self-Interest, Not Souls

Theirs seems likely to be a strained and frustrating association, one where the two leaders may maintain a veneer of civil discourse even as they joust on the international stage.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #russian-interference-in-2016-us-elections-and-ties-to-trump-associates, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

We’ve Come a Long Way Since Trump. Putin Is Still Winning.

The overriding U.S. foreign policy aim must be to prevent an existential confrontation with Russia.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #navalny-aleksei-a, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #trump-donald-j, #ukraine, #united-states-politics-and-government

The World’s Dictators Exploit America’s Racism

They are not completely wrong.

#black-lives-matter-movement, #black-people, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #race-and-ethnicity, #russia, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government

The Biden-Putin Meeting: ‘This Is Not About Trust’

Bret Stephens, Emma Ashford and Stephen Sestanovich discuss and debate the first meeting of Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin.

#arms-control-and-limitation-and-disarmament, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #brezhnev-leonid-i, #kissinger-henry-a, #political-prisoners, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #treaties, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations, #ussr-former-soviet-union

Biden and Putin Express Desire for Better Relations at Summit Shaped by Disputes

After their first summit meeting, the two leaders described each other with respect but resolved none of the disagreements that have sent U.S.-Russian ties to their lowest level since the Cold War.

#arms-control-and-limitation-and-disarmament, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #europe, #geneva-switzerland, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations

Vladimir Putin Has Nothing to Fear From Joe Biden

Freshly buoyed by his quashing of the opposition, Russia’s president has ample cause to feel secure.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #united-states-international-relations

In Geneva, Putin Wants Respect. Biden Might Just Give Him Some.

By calling the Russian leader “a worthy adversary,” the president raised expectations in Moscow, but he will expect the favor to be returned.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #europe, #geneva-switzerland, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #trump-donald-j

Once, Superpower Summits Were About Nukes. Now, It’s Cyberweapons.

But with the ease of denying responsibility and the wide range of possible attackers, the traditional deterrents of the nuclear age no longer work.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #cyberattacks-and-hackers, #europe, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations

Biden and Putin Are Meeting. Here’s How to Make Progress.

They must manage a relationship that has gone sour so things don’t get worse, and figure out how to cooperate where they need to.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #bush-george-w, #clinton-bill, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #geneva-switzerland, #gorbachev-mikhail-s, #navalny-aleksei-a, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #reagan-ronald-wilson, #united-states-international-relations

Shifting Focus, NATO Views China as a Global Security Challenge

NATO leaders expressed a new concern about China’s growing military might, signaling a fundamental shift in the attentions of an alliance devoted to protecting Europe and North America — not Asia.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #china, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #defense-and-military-forces, #eastern-europe, #europe, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #united-states-international-relations

In Shadow of Navalny Case, What’s Left of the Russian Opposition?

Russian domestic politics took a flint-hard turn this year and much of the opposition leadership is now in exile or prison.

#assassinations-and-attempted-assassinations, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #moscow-russia, #navalny-aleksei-a, #political-prisoners, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia

With a Ban on Navalny’s Group, Putin Sends Clear Message to Biden

The move, just a week before their summit, will likely push the Russian opposition further underground and was a signal that the country’s domestic affairs are not up for discussion.

#freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #navalny-aleksei-a, #nonprofit-organizations, #political-prisoners, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia

Biden Aims to Bolster U.S. Alliances in Europe, but Challenges Loom

The good will President Biden brings on his first trip abroad papers over lingering doubts about U.S. reliability and the cost that Europe will be expected to pay.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #china, #cold-war-era, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #europe, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #group-of-seven, #presidential-election-of-2020, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #trump-donald-j, #united-nations-framework-convention-on-climate-change, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

Navalny’s Lawyer Finds Himself a Target of Putin’s Crackdown

For years, Ivan Pavlov jousted with Russia’s “leviathan” security state. Now, as the lawyer for the opposition leader Aleksei A. Navalny, he is in danger of being swallowed by it.

#content-type-personal-profile, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #legal-profession, #navalny-aleksei-a, #pavlov-ivan-y, #political-prisoners, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia

Ransomware Disrupts Meat Plants in Latest Attack on Critical U.S. Business

Operations at several owned by JBS, which processes one-fifth of the country’s beef, were affected, according to union representatives and Facebook posts meant for employees.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #computer-security, #computers-and-the-internet, #cyberattacks-and-hackers, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #extortion-and-blackmail, #jbs-sa, #jean-pierre-karine, #meat, #meatpacking-plants-and-slaughterhouses, #poultry, #putin-vladimir-v, #united-food-and-commercial-workers-union

Secret Chats Show How Cybergang Became a Ransomware Powerhouse

As the ransomware industry exploded, a Russian-speaking outfit called DarkSide offered would-be computer crooks not just the tools, but also customer support. We got an inside look.

#bitcoin-currency, #colonial-pipeline-co, #computer-security, #cyberattacks-and-hackers, #darkside-hacking-group, #extortion-and-blackmail, #putin-vladimir-v, #ransomware, #russia