Tag Archives: Russia

Now Russia blocks neo-Nazi website The Daily Stormer

Vice Reporter: Protesters knew what they were doing Neo-Nazi website The Daily Stormer has been booted from the Russian internet. The country’s media watchdog asked for it to be taken down because of extremist content. “The Daily Stormer website promotes neo-Nazi ideology, incites racial, national and other types of social discord,” Roskomnadzor said in a statement on Thursday. American tech companies had canceled the site’s registration earlier this week after it published a derogatory story about Heather Heyer, who was killed while protesting against a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, ...

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US sanctions are 'trade war' on Russia, says PM Medvedev

Media playback is unsupported on your device Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has said new sanctions imposed by the US are tantamount to declaring a “full-scale trade war” against Moscow. He said the measures, signed by Donald Trump, demonstrated the complete impotence of the US president, whom he said had been humiliated by Congress. The law aims to punish Russia for its alleged meddling in the 2016 US elections and its actions in Ukraine. Mr Trump accused Congress of overreach on the legislation. In signing the Countering America’s Adversaries Through ...

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Russia bans VPNs to stop users from looking at censored sites

An app to get around firewalls Russia is cracking down on software that allows users to view internet sites banned by the government. President Vladimir Putin has signed a bill that prohibits services, including virtual private networks (VPNs), that enable users to skirt government censorship efforts. The law will take effect on November 1. VPNs use encryption to disguise the source of internet traffic, allowing users to view websites that are banned in their home countries. Many popular VPN services cost around $ 10 a month. Russian internet regulator Roskomnadzor ...

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Russia sanctions: Trump's hand forced by Senate vote

The United States Senate has voted 98-2 to impose new sanctions on Russia, Iran and North Korea, despite objections from the White House. The House of Representatives approved the bill earlier this week, also by an overwhelming majority. Having passed through both chambers, it will be sent to President Trump to sign into law. But Mr Trump has sought closer ties with Russia, and has the power to veto the bill despite its political support. A presidential veto can, in turn, be overridden by a two-thirds vote in the House ...

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US moves one step closer to imposing fresh Russia sanctions

The US House of Representatives has voted to impose fresh sanctions on Russia, despite President Donald Trump objecting to the legislation. Senior officials will be targeted in retaliation for alleged Russian interference in the US 2016 election. The bill is likely to complicate President Trump’s hopes of improving relations with Russia. It needs to be passed through the Senate before it can be sent on to the president to be signed. The White House says it is reviewing the bill, and it is unclear whether the president will veto it. ...

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Europe to U.S.: Your new Russia sanctions would hurt us too

Congress reaches Russia sanctions deal Europe is fighting mad over the possibility of new U.S. sanctions targeting Russia. The headlines read as if Brussels and Washington are breaking up after years of coordinated efforts to punish Moscow over the annexation of Crimea. The rift is so severe that the European Commission, which feels its economic interests are under threat, has even hinted at retaliation if Congress moves forward without addressing its concerns. Here’s what’s going on: This is a diplomatic spat that boils down mostly to one issue: Natural gas. ...

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Kellyanne Conway: Russia is 'not a big story'

Kellyanne Conway: Russia is ‘not a big story’ Kellyanne Conway, sparring with CNN’s Brian Stelter on Sunday, said the media is too focused on Russia. The senior counselor to President Trump insisted reporters are unfair to the administration because they spend too much time on Russia to the exclusion of other issues facing the country. “You look at his job through the lens of Russia. I look at his job through the lens of America,” she told Stelter on “Reliable Sources.” Stelter said news organizations are covering a range of ...

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Russia hacking row: Moscow demands US return seized mansions

Russia is pressing demands that the US give it access to two diplomatic compounds seized in the US last year. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said it was unacceptable to set preconditions for returning the properties. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov described the move as “daylight robbery”. In December the US expelled 35 Russian diplomats and shut the compounds over suspicions of meddling in US elections. Russian and US officials are due to discuss the issue later on Monday. US Undersecretary of State Thomas Shannon is hosting Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei ...

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Trump Russia claims: Mood in the White House is 'fantastic'

Media playback is unsupported on your device President Donald Trump says the mood in the White House is “fantastic” despite intense scrutiny of his campaign’s alleged dealings with Russia. He told Reuters the administration was “functioning beautifully”. The president also defended his son, who it has emerged met a Russian lawyer during the election campaign. US media describe the White House as being in chaos over the story, with a Trump ally calling it a “Category 5 hurricane”, the Washington Post said. Donald Trump Jr met Natalia Veselnitskaya believing she ...

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Trump defends 'innocent' son Donald Jr over Russia meeting

Donald Trump has defended his son over a meeting with a Russian lawyer during his presidential campaign, calling him “open, transparent and innocent”. He tweeted hours after Donald Trump Jr spoke to Fox News about the meeting he was told would offer Kremlin-linked information about Hillary Clinton. Critics accuse Mr Trump Jr of intent to collude with the Russians, and believe he may have broken federal laws. Mr Trump Jr told Fox News the meeting was “such a nothing”. However, he accepted he should have handled it differently. Earlier in ...

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