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Is Snowden on this Plane?

July 11, 2013

UPDATED: Please see bottom of post for newest information: Edward Snowden, the NSA whistleblower and American fugitive, may be on a flight right now to Havana, Cuba. If so, from there, he is likely traveling to Venezuela. As the flight pattern above (supplied by Storyful’s Markham Nolan) demonstrates, the plane reportedly took a strange deviation […]

Russia, Where You Can Prosecute a Ghost

The tweet containing the picture above says it all: Oh,Russia.Where you can prosecute a ghost.MT @YuliaSkyNews Cameras film empty Magnitsky cage. Defendant long dead pic.twitter.com/45xBlr9TVa — Amie Ferris-Rotman (@Amie_FR) July 11, 2013 Today, Russian courts found deceased investment fund lawyer,  Sergei Magnitsky, guilty of tax evasion, along with his former client, William Browder (tried in absentia). […]

Money Laundering Arrests Hide Darker Reality

July 10, 2013

The Russian Interior Ministry has broken up a money-laundering scheme worth more than $1.1 billion, and has arrested seven individuals in relation to the plot. Over 400 people were involved in the scheme, according to the statement obtained by The Moscow Times. $1.1 billion is a large amount of money, and this news should represent an […]

Examining Russia’s Allegation of Syrian Rebel Sarin Gas Use

On Tuesday, Russia’s envoy to the United Nations, Vitaly Churkin, said that he had presented an 80-page report to UN Secretary General Ban ki-Moon that conclusively proved that Syrian rebels used sarin gas on March 19th, 2013. According to Churkin, the rebels fired a “Bashar 3 missile” that was armed with sarin gas at the […]

Russian Orphans Miss New Beginning After Adoption Ban

July 9, 2013

Since December, Americans have been banned from adopting Russian children. The ban is widely seen as revenge for the Magnitsky Act, a bill that banned Russian human rights offenders from entering or doing business with the United States. While many articles have been published about Russia’s stranded orphans or the American families that cannot adopt […]

Snowden Headed Towards Venezuela?

See bottom of entry for updates   It appears that this news may have been posted prematurely, perhaps after a mistake made by a Russia MP. The initial report that Snowden had accepted asylum in Venezuela came from parliamentarian Alexy Pushkov’s official Twitter account. That Tweet was quickly deleted, and several Russia officials expressed confusion […]

Assassination of a Journalist in Dagestan

Investigators are saying that the journalist shot and killed today in Dagestan was “likely to have been assassinated because of his work,” according to RIA Novosti. Akhmednabi Akhmednabiev, an editor at local newspaper “Novoe Delo,” died in his car outside his house in Makhachkala, the regional capital, after it was fired on at about 7:00 […]

The Interpreter Welcomes New Managing Editor

The Interpreter is proud to announce that it has a new managing editor, James Miller. James has extensive experience in providing both breaking news and in-depth reporting on developments in the Middle East. He has established a reputation for his fast and reliable verification of eyewitness reports and citizen journalism. He is the Editor-in-Chief of […]