(Created on 31/01/2017)





  • To Vladimir Putin, we in the West are stinking hypocrites who disrespect Russia - 24 March 2018

  • 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."



  • 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"







  • 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
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White House overtaken by Russian onion domes
on new Time cover

- Article + Video
- 18 May 2017