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    US Raises Stakes with Tough Sanctions on Russian Oligarchs
    Apr07

    US Raises Stakes with Tough Sanctions on Russian Oligarchs

    The White House has announced sanctions against 38 Russian individuals and companies, saying the United States is standing up to ongoing “malign activity” by the Russian government against Western democracies and around the world. At Friday’s White House briefing, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the U.S. still wants...

    A Suspected Russian Spy, With Curious Ties to Washington
    Apr06

    A Suspected Russian Spy, With Curious Ties to Washington

    A longtime Republican operative with ties to the controversial data firm hired by President Donald Trump’s campaign team also has a nearly two-decade-long friendship and business relationship with a suspected Russian intelligence agent, Konstantin Kilimnik, who has landed in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s crosshairs.The...

    American Sanctions Are Getting Closer to Putin
    Apr06

    American Sanctions Are Getting Closer to Putin

    Even though Donald Trump himself has encouraged better relations with the Russians, his administration keeps finding new ways to punish them. It has sanctioned Russians; expelled Russians; and then sanctioned more Russians. And the new round of sanctions announced on Friday brings the punishment ever closer to Vladimir Putin himself.That’s...

    US takes aim at Putin’s allies in Russia with new sanctions
    Apr06

    US takes aim at Putin’s allies in Russia with new sanctions

    WASHINGTON — The United States punished dozens of Russian oligarchs and government officials on Friday with sanctions that took direct aim at President Vladimir Putin’s inner circle, as President Donald Trump’s administration tried to show he’s not afraid to take tough action against Moscow. Seven Russian tycoons, including...

    US hits Russian elite with sweeping new sanctions
    Apr06

    US hits Russian elite with sweeping new sanctions

    By John Hudson and Seung Min Kim | Washington Post WASHINGTON – The United States imposed new economic sanctions on senior Russian politicians, companies and business leaders Friday, citing a list of complaints including Moscow’s attempts to undermine Western democracies, support of separatists in Ukraine and its backing for Syrian...

    A look at some of the Russian officials hit by US sanctions
    Apr06

    A look at some of the Russian officials hit by US sanctions

    MOSCOW (AP) — Some of Russia’s richest and most influential people were hit with sanctions Friday by President Donald Trump’s U.S. administration. In total, 24 Russian officials and tycoons face new restrictions while a dozen companies were targeted as Washington stepped up its condemnation of a series of Russian actions over recent...

    Trump’s new Russia sanctions show his rift with Putin is widening
    Apr06

    Trump’s new Russia sanctions show his rift with Putin is widening

    Trump’s long-desired goal of improving ties with Russia is receding ever further into the distance. The Trump administration just announced an aggressive package of sanctions against Russian politicians, oligarchs, and companies on Friday, citing Moscow’s “malign activity around the globe.” The sweeping language justifying the...

    ‘Person A’ In His Own Words: On The Record With Shadowy Operative In Russia Probe 
    Apr06

    ‘Person A’ In His Own Words: On The Record With Shadowy Operative In Russia Probe 

    Before he was dubbed the elusive ‘Person A’ by U.S. prosecutors investigating Kremlin interference, a Russian-Ukrainian political operative and alleged spy spoke exclusively on the record to RFE/RL about Paul Manafort and more. …read more Source: Radio Free Europe / Radio...

    US imposes sanctions against Russian oligarchs and government officials
    Apr06

    US imposes sanctions against Russian oligarchs and government officials

    The Trump administration is unleashing additional sanctions against seven Russian oligarchs with ties to President Vladimir Putin along with 12 companies they own or control. The measures announced by the Treasury Department on Friday were also aimed at 17 senior Russian government officials and the state-owned Russian weapons trading company,...

    Trump just hit Russian oligarchs with the most aggressive sanctions yet
    Apr06

    Trump just hit Russian oligarchs with the most aggressive sanctions yet

    The U.S. just slapped sanctions on a new Russian target: mega-wealthy oligarchs seen as close to the Kremlin but not actually members of President Vladimir Putin’s government. The Trump administration’s move, announced on Friday, affects 38 Russian individuals and businesses, including at least one oligarch with a prominent spot in...