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RUSSIA POLITICS: Alexei Navalny Gets 15-Day Jail Sentence

RUSSIA POLITICS: Alexei Navalny Gets 15-Day Jail Sentence

“You can’t detain tens of thousands of people,” Alexei Navalny said. “Yesterday we saw the authorities can only go so far.”

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RUSSIA POLITICS: Kremlin Rejects US, EU Calls to Free Detained Opposition Protesters

RUSSIA POLITICS: Kremlin Rejects US, EU Calls to Free Detained Opposition Protesters

Medvedev’s spokeswoman has called corruption allegations against him “propagandistic attacks,” saying they amount to pre-election posturing by Navalny, who hopes to run against Putin next year.

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RUSSIA POLITICS: Putin Grants Marine Le Pen Audience in Kremlin

RUSSIA POLITICS: Putin Grants Marine Le Pen Audience in Kremlin

Le Pen backs the lifting of the European Union’s economic sanctions imposed on Russia over its role in the Ukraine conflict – a stance she reiterated.

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USA POLITICS: Startling Revelation! GOP Chairman Nunes Says Surveillance Collected About Trump Transition Team

USA POLITICS: Startling Revelation! GOP Chairman Nunes Says Surveillance Collected About Trump Transition Team

Sean Spicer read Nunes’ statement. “I do think it is a startling revelation, and there’s a lot of questions that need to get asked,” Sean Spicer said.

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SYRIA POLITICS: Russia Underplayed Losses in Recapture of Syria’s Palmyra

SYRIA POLITICS: Russia Underplayed Losses in Recapture of Syria’s Palmyra

Out of the 18 dead, at least 10 were killed in the region of Palmyra, which Islamic State fighters seized in December for a second time in a year – a major reversal for Syrian government forces and their Russian backers.

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RUSSIA POLITICS: S-400 Triumf Mobile Multiple Anti-Aircraft Missile System (AAMS) (Photos & Video)

RUSSIA POLITICS: S-400 Triumf Mobile Multiple Anti-Aircraft Missile System (AAMS) (Photos & Video)

Russia flagship cruiser S400 missile system. Here are photos, video demonstration of S-400 Triumf Mobile Multiple Anti-Aircraft Missile System (AAMS).

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POLAND POLITICS: 1,100 New US-Led Forces Deployed to Deter Russia

POLAND POLITICS: 1,100 New US-Led Forces Deployed to Deter Russia

Moscow, which denies having any expansionist or aggressive agenda, accuses NATO of trying to destabilize central Europe and has respond by forming four new military divisions to strengthen its western and central regions and stepping up exercises.

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USA POLITICS: Lawmakers Seek FBI, NSA Answers On Trump, Russia At Rare Public Hearing

USA POLITICS: Lawmakers Seek FBI, NSA Answers On Trump, Russia At Rare Public Hearing

Trump fired his national security adviser, Michael Flynn, after he failed to disclose contacts with Russia’s ambassador before Trump took office on Jan. 20.

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RUSSIA POLITICS: Dmitry Medvedev Biography

RUSSIA POLITICS: Dmitry Medvedev Biography

Politician. On September 14, 1965, Dmitry Medvedev was born in Leningrad, Soviet Union (now St. Petersburg, Russia). Read Dmitry Medvedev Biography.

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RUSSIA POLITICS: Lower House Backs Investigation Into US Media

RUSSIA POLITICS: Lower House Backs Investigation Into US Media

Russian lower house of parliament, the State Duma, has approved a proposal to launch an investigation into US Media organizations that operate in Russia said.

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SYRIA POLITICS: In Backing Assad, Russia Looks to Outdo Iran

SYRIA POLITICS: In Backing Assad, Russia Looks to Outdo Iran

“Russia is wary of Turkey, but prefers squeezing it and limiting its movement, instead of mounting full-frontal attack,” a political figure in Damascus said.

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EUROPE POLITICS: Central European and the EU Today

EUROPE POLITICS: Central European and the EU Today

Central European states differ widely: the trend in the former is toward stronger nationalism, refusal of more than a trickle of migrants, growing corruption in politics and business, increased state control of the news media, hostility to LGBT rights and in some, a greater closeness to Russia.

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USA POLITICS: Maxine Waters Declares, Trump ‘Eligible for Impeachment’

USA POLITICS: Maxine Waters Declares, Trump ‘Eligible for Impeachment’

Maxine Waters said, “I’m not satisfied yet. I’m worried about the Republicans who are still standing up for Trump, even in the face of growing information.”

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RUSSIA POLITICS: Putin Pardons Woman Sentenced to Seven Years in Penal Colony for Text Message

RUSSIA POLITICS: Putin Pardons Woman Sentenced to Seven Years in Penal Colony for Text Message

Russian President Vladimir Putin pardoned a 46-year old Oksana Sevastidi who was sentenced to seven years in a penal colony for sending a text message to a Georgian acquaintance about the movement of Russian military equipment.

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CANADA POLITICS: Chrystia Freeland Says Canada Should Prepare for Russia Destabilization Efforts

CANADA POLITICS: Chrystia Freeland Says Canada Should Prepare for Russia Destabilization Efforts

“It is public knowledge there have been efforts, as U.S. intelligence forces have said, by Russia to destabilize U.S. political system,” Freeland said.

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UK POLITICS: Boris Johnson to Visit Russia

UK POLITICS: Boris Johnson to Visit Russia

Britain’s foreign minister Boris Johnson will go to Moscow in the coming weeks to discuss the differences between the two countries over Syria and Ukraine.

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USA POLITICS: Sessions Recuses Himself From Russia Probes

USA POLITICS: Sessions Recuses Himself From Russia Probes

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ announcement did not quell concerns among congressional Democrats, a number of whom called for Sessions to step down.

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SWEDEN POLITICS: Military Conscription to Be Reintroduced

SWEDEN POLITICS: Military Conscription to Be Reintroduced

Sweden is to reintroduce military conscription next year due to difficulties filling the ranks on a voluntary basis at a time of increased security concerns, the defence minister said.

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SYRIA POLITICS: U.S.-Allied Militia Agrees to Hand Villages to Syrian Government

SYRIA POLITICS: U.S.-Allied Militia Agrees to Hand Villages to Syrian Government

Turkey’s campaign in Syria is aimed at driving Islamic State from its border and at preventing expansion in the area by the YPG, which it regards as an extension of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), which is waging an insurgency against Ankara.

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RUSSIA POLITICS: Russia Shrugs Off Sessions Uproar, Says Has Daily Contacts With US Partners

RUSSIA POLITICS: Russia Shrugs Off Sessions Uproar, Says Has Daily Contacts With US Partners

Washington Post said Sessions spoke twice last year with Sergey Kislyak, Russia’s ambassador, while he was still a U.S. senator. U.S. House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday called on Sessions to resign over the issue.

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