Russia Update

Dissecting Steele’s Trump-Russia Dossier

July 25, 2018

President Trump calls it the “Fake Dirty Dossier.” We have been through every line of former MI6 agent Christopher Steele’s allegations to assess their accuracy

Russian Journalist Who Wrote About Wagner Mercenaries Dies Under Suspicious Circumstances

April 15, 2018

A Yekaterinburg journalist who wrote about Urals fighters in the mercenary company Wagner has died after a fall from his fifth-floor apartment.

State Department Says US Has No Plans to Contact Rybka Re: Possible Revelations on Russian Interference in US Elections

March 7, 2018

A Russian escort featured in Russian opposition Alexey Navalny’s recent expose of possible connections between former Trump aide Paul Manafort through Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska to the Kremlin has been arrested in Thailand and has asked for political asylum in the US.

Nemtsov Plaza Unveiled in Washington, DC as Colleagues in Moscow Still Struggle for Remembrance

March 1, 2018

A plaza in honor of slain Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov was unveiled in Washington, DC. Meanwhile, Nemtsov’s colleagues in Moscow struggle to keep his memory visible.

New Russian Facial-Recognition Tech May Fight Crime But It’s Already Misused Against Opposition

October 4, 2017

FindFace, a new facial-recognition technology developed by Russians is used in Russia both to capture wanted criminals — and deter opposition supporters from turning out to demonstrations.

Ukraine Denies Supply of Missile Technology to DPRK; Russia Arrests ‘Ukrainian Saboteur’; Gays Attacked in St. Petersburg

August 15, 2017

Update: Russia’s Elections Commission chief has said opposition leader Alexei Navalny can only run in the elections if he appeals his criminal sentence — or the election law is changed. The previous issue is here. Recent Analysis and Translations: Novaya Gazeta on Threats of Retribution Against Journalists from Chechen Clergy over Articles on Persecution of […]