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Book reviews roundup: A Boy in Winter; A Bold and Dangerous Family; Al-Britannia
Jun16

Book reviews roundup: A Boy in Winter; A Bold and Dangerous Family; Al-Britannia

What the critics thought of Rachel Seiffert’s A Boy in Winter, Caroline Moorehead’s A Bold and Dangerous Family and Al-Britannia, My Country: A Journey Through Muslim Britain by James Fergusson Two lesser known aspects of the second world war were explored in fiction and non-fiction this month. Rachel Seiffert’s novel A Boy in...

Full text: Trump transition team memo on keeping documents on Russia and the election
Jun16

Full text: Trump transition team memo on keeping documents on Russia and the election

The request asked staffers to compile all documents related to Russia and Ukraine, but also asked for documents related to background research that had been conducted into five men associated with the Trump campaign.Politics …read more Source:...

Finance: There were 2 developments this week that could have huge consequences for Russia’s oil
Jun16

Finance: There were 2 developments this week that could have huge consequences for Russia’s oil

"It certainly was not the best week ever for Russian President Vladimir Putin." On Monday, protests against corruption swept across the country in over 100 cities. The protests were organized by the social media-savvy opposition leader Alexei Navalny. Over 1,000 protesters were reportedly detained. Then, on Wednesday, the US Senate...

Ukraine Drafting Legislation to Restore State Sovereignty Over Donbass
Jun16

Ukraine Drafting Legislation to Restore State Sovereignty Over Donbass

KIEV (Sputnik) – Earlier in the day, foreign policy, security and defense experts along with public authorities participated in the discussion of the bill. “The concept of the law was supported in general… we received many suggestions and remarks, most of which will be taken into account when preparing the final version of the bill that will be...

Time for Maidan 3.0? Nearly Three Quarters of Ukrainians Fear New Mass Protests
Jun16

Time for Maidan 3.0? Nearly Three Quarters of Ukrainians Fear New Mass Protests

According to the survey, which polled 2,000 people age 18 and over across Ukraine between May 19-25, only 21% of respondents agreed with the statement that their country was ‘in a state of development’. Over 60% of respondents said that they’ve felt a worsening of their personal financial situation over the past year. 60% said they...

Putin Sarcastically Offers Comey Political Asylum in Russia
Jun16

Putin Sarcastically Offers Comey Political Asylum in Russia

MOSCOW – Wading into the furor surrounding the investigations of the Trump White House, President Vladimir Putin used a national call-in show Thursday to disparage what he called U.S. “political infighting” that is blocking better relations with Russia. The Russian leader even sarcastically offered political asylum to fired FBI...

Senate Passes Sweeping Sanctions Bill Targeting Iran, Russia
Jun15

Senate Passes Sweeping Sanctions Bill Targeting Iran, Russia

WASHINGTON – A frequently polarized Senate found common ground Thursday as Republicans and Democrats joined forces to approve a sweeping sanctions bill that punishes longtime adversaries Iran and Russia with an array of financial penalties. The bipartisan legislation passed overwhelmingly Thursday, 98-2, more than five months after U.S....

Putin: Living Standards’ Fall in Ukraine May Lead to Hygienic Problems
Jun15

Putin: Living Standards’ Fall in Ukraine May Lead to Hygienic Problems

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Commenting on the situation in Ukraine, Putin noted that the average salary in Ukraine fell in the last few years from $450-460 a month to $251 a month, while gas costs rose three times and even more for the general population. “Hot and cold water [costs] have gone up 200% respectively, old age pensions fell 45%. So, when it...

Germany, Austria Slam U.S. Sanctions against Russia
Jun15

Germany, Austria Slam U.S. Sanctions against Russia

Germany and Austria have voiced sharp criticism of the latest U.S. sanctions against Moscow because they could affect European businesses involved in piping Russian natural gas to Europe. The Republican-led Senate voted Wednesday to slap new sanctions on key sectors of Russia’s economy and individuals over its interference in the U.S....

Putin denounces latest sanctions passed by US Senate
Jun15

Putin denounces latest sanctions passed by US Senate

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday slammed fresh sanctions approved by the US Senate as coming “out of nowhere” and motivated by domestic politics and historical efforts by the West to “contain” Russia. “We know that currently there is a bill in the US Senate regarding toughening sanctions. Why? Nothing extraordinary is happening. Why...

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