Russia accused of cyberattacks by U.K. and Dutch officials- from CBC News- 4 October 2018
"U.K. and Dutch officials have accused members of the Russian GRU military intelligence service for a series of cyberattacks whose targets included the Dutch investigation
into the downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 over Ukraine and the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons."
Russia’s Putin Sworn in for 4th Term as President - Text + Audio+ Pictures- 7 May 2018
"Speaking in Moscow, Putin promised to follow an economic program that would improve living conditions across the country.
He said that improving Russia’s economy would be a major goal of his next six years in office."
US-Russia tensions build as Moscow hits back at Trump's Twitter threat- 11 April 2018
"The US and Russia came significantly closer to a direct clash over Syria on Wednesday when Donald Trump fired off an incendiary tweet that told Moscow to “get ready” for incoming US missiles, which the Russian military has vowed to shoot down." + Trump tells Russia to ‘get ready’ for US missiles fired at Syria
+ Kremlin spokesman: ‘We do not participate in Twitter diplomacy’
US, Europe Order Russian Expulsions over British Attack- Text + Audio + Pictures - 26 March 2018
"he United States has expelled 60 Russian diplomats in answer to a chemical attack on a Russian double agent and his daughter in Britain earlier this month."
Tumblr says Russia used it for fake news during 2016 election- 24 March 2018
"Site unmasks 84 accounts used by 13 people linked to Russia’s ‘troll farm’, the Internet Research Agency, and says law enforcement has been notified...
A Tumblr statement said it discovered the accounts “were being used as part of a disinformation campaign leading up to the 2016 US election”."
The long read - with pictures - 23 March 2018
"Gangster’s paradise: how organised crime took over Russia.
Under Vladmir Putin, gangsterism on the streets has given way to kleptocracy in the state."
Russian criminal tattoos – in pictures - 23 March 2018
"These photographs of prisoners’ tattoos were collected by Arkady Bronnikov from the mid-1960s to mid-1980s.
An expert in criminalistics, he visited correctional institutions across the Soviet Union to collect photos
to help to understand the tattoos’ language, and to identify and catch criminals."
US-Russia Tensions, Not in Space- Text + Audio + Pictures + Videos -21 March 2018
"The U.S. and Russia cooperate in space even as they are locked in disputes on Earth."
After Victory, Putin Voices Desire for Better Ties with West- Text + Audio+ Pictures - 19 March 2018
"Russian President Vladimir Putin was elected to a fourth term as president Sunday. Election officials say he received more than 67 percent of the vote.
However, Russia faces accusations of poisoning a former spy in Britain and election interference in the United States."
US Targets 'Cyber Actors' as Russians Prepare for Presidential Elections- Text + Audio + Pictures - 15 March 2018
"The United States government is taking action against over 20 Russian “cyber actors” for interfering in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
Across Russia, final preparations are being made for elections on Sunday. Vladimir Putin is expected to win another term as president."
Russian spy: UK to expel 23 Russian diplomats - with pictures and a video - 14 March 2018
"The UK will expel 23 Russian diplomats after Moscow refused to explain how a Russian-made nerve agent was used on a former spy in Salisbury, the PM says."
+ Video: Theresa May announces the expulsion of 23 Russian diplomats from the UK
Russian spy: Russia demands nerve agent sample from UK- with pictures and videos - 13 March 2018
"Russia will not co-operate with the UK inquiry into how an ex-spy and his daughter were poisoned until it has been given a sample of the substance used,
its foreign minister has said."
+ Video: Boris Johnson: "We are giving Russia until midnight to explain" + Video: Theresa May: Spy poisoned by "military-grade nerve agent" + Video: "Get to the bottom of it" - President Putin tells UK it is their responsibility
+ Video: See the locations where Sergei Skripal spent Sunday with his daughter
+ Video: Witness: "They looked like they'd been taking something quite strong"
Putin Claims Russia Has New Weapons to Make Others 'Useless' - Text + Audio + Pictures - 1 March 2018
"President Vladimir Putin said in a national speech Thursday that the Russian military had developed weapons more powerful than any in the West.
The weapons included nuclear missiles and a nuclear-powered drone..."
Putin Criticizes US for Publishing List of Influential Russians- Text + Audio + Pictures - 30 January 2018
"The U.S. Treasury Department published the list on Monday as required under a law approved by Congress.
Lawmakers who voted for the measure wanted to punish Russia for interfering in the 2016 U.S. presidential election."
Trump-Russia inquiry: Why attacks on Robert Mueller are mounting- 17 December 2017
"In recent weeks, conservative commentators and politicians have begun arguing, with growing intensity, that Robert Mueller's investigation into possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russia is the result of an intentional effort by biased investigators to undermine the Trump presidency."
Trump-Russia investigation - The key questions answered - 8 December 2017
"Everything you need to know about the inquiry into Russian hacking, alleged collusion and Donald Trump, plus the latest news."
Michael Flynn pleads guilty to lying to FBI as Trump-Russia inquiry takes critical step- 01 December 2017 + Flynn ready to testify about contact between Trump campaign and Russians
+ ‘I recognize that my actions were wrong … I am working to set things right’ + 'Lock him up!' shout protesters after Michael Flynn pleads guilty to lying to FBI – video + Quick guide - Michael Flynn and Russia: what we know so far + US chat show audience cheer as Flynn pleads guilty to FBI lie – video
Trump's Former Adviser Pleads Guilty to Lying to FBI- Text + Audio + Pictures - 01 December 2017
"Michael Flynn is the first official from President Donald Trump’s administration to plead guilty in an investigation led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
The special counsel is examining possible ties between Russia and the Trump presidential campaign in 2016."
Social Media Companies Criticized over Russian Interference - Text + Audio + Pictures - 03 November 2017
"Facebook, Google, and Twitter face accusations from United States lawmakers that the companies did not do enough to prevent the spread of Russian-created materials that influenced on the 2016 presidential election."
Russia Promises Strong, Measured Answer to US Order- Text + Audio- 1 September 2017
"The U.S. ordered Russia to close its consulate in San Francisco and trade offices in New York City and Washington, D.C. this week.
Russia says it will answer the order, but will not likely take steps that would increase tensions between the two countries."
Donald Trump Jr and the Russia connection - video explainer- 1 August 2017
"Donald Trump Jr has admitted meeting a Russian lawyer he was told could help to damage Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.
The president’s son says that he could have handled the situation better but he had not told his father about the meeting because ‘it was a nothing’.
Now reports suggest the president dictated his son’s initial statement about the meeting."
Russia Orders Big Cut in US Diplomatic Staff in Moscow- Text + Audio + Pictures - 31 July 2017 "Russia ordered a big reduction in American diplomatic staffing in his country. The order came after the White House said
Trump would sign into law new sanctions against Russia approved by the U.S. Congress."
US Sanctions Bill Goes to Trump, Russia Responds- Text + Audio + Pictures - 28 July 2017
"A U.S. bill placing new sanctions on Russia, Iran and North Korea has been sent to President Donald Trump for approval."
Trump's Son-in-Law Denies Collusion with Russia- Text + Audio + Pictures + Video - 24 July 2017
"Jared Kushner told Senate staffers Monday that he and other Trump campaign officials had not “colluded” with Russians.
It was his first detailed response to questions about meetings he and other Trump campaign officials had with Russian officials."
Russia's Lavrov threatens US over seized diplomatic mansions - 11 July 2017
"Russia says it is "outrageous" that the US has not yet handed back two Russian intelligence compounds seized in the US under the Obama administration."
+ Video: The Kremlin is urging Donald Trump to lift the sanctions, as Steve Rosenberg reports
Emails Show Trump’s Son Expected Russian Information on Clinton- Text + Audio - 11 July 2017
"Newly released emails show that a son of U.S. President Donald Trump wanted to meet with a Russian lawyer during the 2016 election campaign.
Donald Trump Junior was hoping the lawyer would provide damaging information about former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton."
Researchers: Russia Has Technology to Cause Major Power Outages - Text + Audio - 24 June 2017
"Researchers say computer experts thought to be allied with Russia have developed a weapon to attack computer systems.
They say this cyber-weapon has the ability to attack power centers across Europe, Asia, and even the United States."
Fired FBI director Comey 'asked not to be left alone with Trump' - 7 June 2017
Fired FBI director James Comey told Attorney General Jeff Sessions that he did not want to be left alone with the president, US media report." + Video: What you need to know about Comey's testimony + Video: How Michael Flynn became entangled in Russia probe
Seven questions for ex-FBI chief James Comey at Congress- 6 June 2017
"When former FBI Director James Comey testifies on Thursday before a Senate committee for the first time since being fired by President Donald Trump
in May, it quite possibly will be the biggest piece of political theatre the nation's capital has seen in a generation."
+ Video: Comey explains why he went public reopening Clinton email probe + Video: "I (Trump) respect the move, but the entire thing has been a witch hunt."
How Much Independence Will Special Counsel Have?- Text + Audio + Pictures - 19 May 2017
"Newly appointed Special Counsel Robert Mueller has taken over the investigation into Russian efforts to influence the 2016 presidential election."
Trump: FBI inquiry into Russia links 'hurts US terribly'- 19 May 2017
"President Donald Trump has said the decision to appoint a special counsel to oversee the inquiry into Russian influence on his election is hurting America "terribly"." + Video: "I respect the move, but the entire thing has been a witch hunt." + Video: Impeachment, what's that? + Video: Putin laughs at political chaos in US + Video: Trump supporters stick with him despite scandal
Trump defends 'right' to share secrets- 16 May 2017
"President Donald Trump has defended his "absolute right" to share information with Russia, following a row over classified material.
Mr Trump tweeted that he had shared "facts pertaining to terrorism and airline safety" and wanted Russia to do more against so-called Islamic State."
US Seeks to Persuade Russia to End Support for Syria’s Assad-Text + Audio - 11 April 2017
"U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has traveled to Moscow in an effort to persuade Russia to end support for Syrian leader Bashar al Assad.
Tillerson’s trip follows last week’s deadly chemical attack on civilians in Syria that U.S. officials have blamed on forces loyal to Assad."
FBI Confirms Investigation into Possible Russian Ties to Trump Campaign - Text + Audio + Pictures - 20 March 2017
"FBI Director James Comey confirms that his agency is investigating possible links between the Trump campaign and Russian officials. Comey also
says that he has “no information” to support claims by President Donald Trump that the government wiretapped his phones during the 2016 campaign."
FBI Disputes Trump's Wiretapping Claim - Text - 6 March 2017
"U.S. President Donald Trump demanded Sunday that Congress investigate his claims that the Obama administration “abused” its powers in the Russian interference investigation."
US Attorney General Removes Himself from Russian Investigation- Text + Audio - 2 March 2017
"Attorney General Jeff Sessions said he will turn over the investigation into Russian election interference to a deputy. He acted after some Republican and Democratic members urged him to recuse himself because of unreported meetings between Sessions and Russia’s ambassador to the United States."
US Assures EU, Seeks ‘Common Ground with Russia'- Text + Audio + Pictures - 20 February 2017
"Vice President Mike Pence met with European leaders in his first trip there since taking office.
He told them that the US will “continue to hold Russia accountable,” while also searching for “new common ground with Russia.”
Notorious Mercenary Erik Prince Is Advising Trump From the Shadows- 17 January 2017
"Erik Prince, America’s most notorious mercenary, is lurking in the shadows of the incoming Trump administration.
A former senior U.S. official who has advised the Trump transition told The Intercept that Prince has been advising the team on matters related to intelligence and defense, including weighing in on candidates for the Defense and State departments..."
Trump Says He Now Believes Russia Was Behind Election Hacking - Text + Audio - 11 January 2017
"U.S. President-elect Donald Trump says he believes Russia was involved in cyberattacks during the election.
It was the first time Trump has admitted Russian involvement in hacking computers of the Democratic National Committee.
His comments came during his first press conference since the election."
US Intelligence: Top Russian Officials Tried to Influence 2016 Election - Text + Audio + Pictures + Videos - 5 January 2017
"U.S. intelligence leaders say high-level Russian officials were responsible for attacking American computers during the 2016 election.
U.S. lawmakers are calling for an investigation into the hacking. President-elect Donald Trump questions U.S. intelligence on this matter."
GRIZZLY STEPPE – Russian Malicious Cyber Activity- 29 December 2016
"This Joint Analysis Report (JAR) is the result of analytic efforts between the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). This document provides technical details regarding the tools and infrastructure used by the Russian civilian and military intelligence Services (RIS)
to compromise and exploit networks and endpoints associated with the U.S. election, as well as a range of U.S. Government, political, and private sector entities.
The U.S. Government is referring to this malicious cyber activity by RIS as GRIZZLY STEPPE."
USA and Russia in election hacking tit-for-tat(1st January, 2017)- a lesson plan with AUDIO
"A new crisis is looming between the USA and Russia over U.S. allegations that Russia hacked Hillary Clinton's emails during the U.S. election." Try the same news story at these easier levels:Hacking - Level 4 or Hacking - Level 5 Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)