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Russia

Black Sea, Crimea, International, Military & Defense, Nordic, Russia, U.S. Navy

Russia’s risky flybys may be attempts at’baiting us into shooting first,’ top US admiral says

Russian forces have had several close encounters with NATO militaries in the Black Sea. Those encounters come amid ongoing tensions following Moscow's 2014 seizure of Crimea. Those actions may be attempts to bait US and NATO forces, the top US admiral in Europe warned. LoadingSomething is loading. Aggressive Russian maneuvers around US and NATO...
Doomsday plane, E-4B, Il-80, International, Military & Defense, Russia

Russia is reportedly working on a new’Doomsday’ plane, a flying command and control center for nuclear war

Russia has started work on a new "Doomsday plane," according to Russian state media. The plane is based off the Il-96-400M airliner and will replace Russia's current fleet of Il-80s. "Doomsday" planes serve as flying command and control centers in a disaster like nuclear war. LoadingSomething is loading. Russia is working on a new "Doomsday" pl...
International, Olympics, Politics, Russia, Sports, Tokyo 2020, Vladimir Putin

Putin’s foreign spokesperson releases ad showing her punching a dummy labeled’PRESS’ in bizarre show of support for Russia’s Olympians

Russia's foreign ministry spox released an ad showing her punching a dummy labeled "PRESS." The ad is meant to show support for Russia's athletes competing in Tokyo. Russia can't officially compete in the Games due to doping violations. LoadingSomething is loading. Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova released an ad that shows...
missing plane, plane, Russia, Siberia, Speed desk, Transportation

A Russian passenger plane that disappeared in Siberia has been located with all 19 people aboard still alive

An Antonov-28 plane, operated by regional airline SiLA, has been found after making an emergency landing in Siberia. All 19 passengers on board are alive and are being evacuated. A source told Interfax that the flight "stopped communicating" mid-flight and had disappeared off radar. LoadingSomething is loading. ...
2016 election, Analysis, Politics, Putin, Russia, Speed desk, trump

Leaked Kremlin documents reportedly show Putin wanted to sow chaos in the US by supporting Trump. He succeeded.

Russian President Vladimir Putin. Getty Summary List Placement Leaked documents reportedly from the Kremlin suggest that Russian President Vladimir Putin approved a concerted effort to sow chaos in the US with a plan to "facilitate" Donald Trump winning the presidency in 2016. The plan worked. In the biggest upset in modern political history, Trump stunned America and the world to become the 45th president of the US. And it was just as divisive as Putin reportedly desired. The documents, which The Guardian first reported on, serve as an eye-opener as to how Putin capitalized on the divisiveness of American politics leading up to the contentious presidential election, and sowed dissent to further those divides...
Donald Trump, Journalists, Leaks, Media, Politics, Russia, Russian Interference Election, trump, Washington Post

The Trump DOJ tried to seize 3 Washington Post journalists’ communications the day before Attorney General William Barr stepped down, new documents show

The Trump DOJ tried to obtain three journalists' records days before Attorney General William Barr left office. The three Washington Post journalists were covering Russia's influence in the 2016 election. The court order was filed on December 22, 2020 — Barr, a powerful Trump ally, left the next day. LoadingSomething is loading. ...
Blackwater, erik prince, Military & Defense, Politics, Russia, Ukraine

Blackwater founder Erik Prince had plans to create a $10 billion private army in Ukraine, Time reports

Erik Prince pitched plans in 2020 for a private army staffed by former Ukrainian combat veterans. Several of Prince's ventures included in his $10 billion proposal required approval from the Ukrainian government. "Had it been another four years of Trump, Erik would probably be closing the deal," a former Ukrainian advisor, told Time. See more stories on Insider's business page. In 2020, Blackwater founder Erik Prince pitched plans to hire Ukrainian combat veterans and buy into the country's military-industrial complex in order to create a $10 billion private army, according to a new Time investigation. The former Navy SEAL creat...
Black Sea, International, Military & Defense, Russia, Sea Breeze

Russian warplanes have been practicing bombing enemy ships in the Black Sea, where the US and Ukraine are leading a large military exercise

Russian aircraft have been practicing conducting "bomb attacks" on ships in the Black Sea. The training comes as the US and Ukraine lead a large multinational exercise in the area. It also follows a pair of incidents involving UK and Dutch warships and the Russian military. See more stories on Insider's business page. Russian military aircraft have been conducting combat exercises in the skies above the Black Sea, where the US and other partner militaries are conducting a large exercise involving dozens of ships and thousands of troops.Black Sea Fleet Su-30SM fighters and Su-24M bombers as well as Southern Military District Su-27 f...
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coronavirus, COVID-19 vaccine, Delta, Outbreaks, Russia, Science, Sputnik V, Vaccinations, vaccine hesitancy, variants

Surging coronavirus cases and deaths in Russia show the Delta variant’s havoc on a largely unvaccinated population

Russia's daily coronavirus cases have more than doubled in the last month. Deaths are climbing, too, as the Delta variant becomes more widespread. It's a lesson in what happens when Delta strikes a mostly unvaccinated country, experts said. See more stories on Insider's business page. Nearly a year after becoming the first nation to authorize a coronavirus shot, Russia has fallen behind in the global vaccine rollout. Just 15% of its population has received at least one dose.So when Russia identified its first cases of the Delta variant in May, the threat loomed larger than in highly vaccinated countries like Israel, the US, or the ...