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    Tillerson Moscow Visit Set For April 11-12
    Apr05

    Tillerson Moscow Visit Set For April 11-12

    U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will visit Moscow on April 11-12 for talks with his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov. …read more Source: Radio Free Europe / Radio...

    U.S. Tanks Join Battlefield Exercise In Lithuania
    Apr05

    U.S. Tanks Join Battlefield Exercise In Lithuania

    U.S. soldiers and tanks joined troops in Lithuania in a training exercise aimed at better operational integration among the NATO partners. The simulation of capturing an airfield in the former Soviet country comes amid increased tension with Russia. (Reuters) …read more Source: Radio Free Europe / Radio...

    A Soviet Man
    Apr05

    A Soviet Man

    News of the passing of Yevgeniy Yevtushenko, probably the best-known Soviet poet among those who managed to outlive their native country, resonated deeply in both the literary community and the ordinary public across Russia. Much will be said as we near the day of his funeral in the iconic village of Peredelkino, close to Moscow, on April 12—at...

    All the Presidents’ Spies: Blackwater-founder Erik Prince is the latest Trump cut-out to parlay with Putin’s men
    Apr05

    All the Presidents’ Spies: Blackwater-founder Erik Prince is the latest Trump cut-out to parlay with Putin’s men

    Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., right, and the Committee’s Vice Chairman Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., stand up to leave on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, March 30, 2017, following the committee’s hearing on Russian intelligence activities. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) (Credit: AP) I’ve been reading...

    Ukrainian President Appoints Gaidar As Adviser
    Apr05

    Ukrainian President Appoints Gaidar As Adviser

    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has appointed Maria Gaidar, a former politician and activist in Russia, as an adviser. …read more Source: Radio Free Europe / Radio...

    Defence deal could open the door to weapons sales to Ukraine
    Apr05

    Defence deal could open the door to weapons sales to Ukraine

    The Trudeau government has signed a defence co-operation agreement with Ukraine, a seemingly mundane bit of statecraft that could have far-reaching implications for the eastern European country’s bid to buy Canadian-made weapons. The bilateral deal, signed this week by Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan and his Ukrainian counterpart Stepan...

    Freedom House: Democracy Scores Decline in Many Countries
    Apr05

    Freedom House: Democracy Scores Decline in Many Countries

    Democracy scores declined in 2016 in more than half of the 29 countries surveyed in Central and Eastern Europe, the Balkans and Eurasia, according to Freedom House, a U.S.-based pro-democracy watchdog organization. This is the second-biggest decline in the annual report’s 22-year history and is attributed to the rise of populism in the...

    ‘Poisoned’ Russian dissident: Trump echoed ‘one of the Kremlin’s oldest propaganda tools’
    Apr04

    ‘Poisoned’ Russian dissident: Trump echoed ‘one of the Kremlin’s oldest propaganda tools’

    Manuel Balce Ceneta/APWASHINGTON — Russian dissident Vladimir Kara-Murza told Congress last week that there is no equivalence between the US’ political system and Putin’s Russia, as President Donald Trump implied in a recent interview with Fox News host Bill O’Reilly. In the February interview, Trump acknowledged...

    Hungarian MPs Pass Bill Targeting Soros-founded University
    Apr04

    Hungarian MPs Pass Bill Targeting Soros-founded University

    Lawmakers from Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s right-wing Fidesz party approved draft legislation Tuesday that critics say could force the closure of an international university founded by billionaire philanthropist George Soros. The legislative approval sparked protests by thousands of critics outside the campus of the...

    Trump Has a Thing for Despots: The President Can’t Hide His Admiration for the Likes of Putin and el-Sisi
    Apr04

    Trump Has a Thing for Despots: The President Can’t Hide His Admiration for the Likes of Putin and el-Sisi

    Angela Merkel isn’t worth his time, but the leader of a murderous coup gets a warm White House reception. Whenever I hear someone on the cable gabfests say that President Trump is an isolationist I have to wonder if they’ve ever actually listened to anything the man says. It’s true he claimed to have been against military action...