Russia

Here's what accused Russian agent Maria Butina asked Trump during a 2015 rally

Who is Maria Butina? The Russian national who was arrested Monday after infiltrating the National Rifle Association was called on by Donald Trump to ask him a question during a town hall in 2015. Maria Butina, a Washington, D.C.-based graduate student, is on video asking then-candidate Trump about...

Wednesday, July 18, 2018 - 4:28pm

Is Russia a democracy?

In coverage of Russia's interference in the U.S. elections, the country is often called a threat to democracy. At the same time, the country holds presidential elections and citizens are represented by their own in their version of Congress. So what form of government is Russia, technically? Is...

Wednesday, July 18, 2018 - 2:10pm

Did Russia hack the election?

In his Helsinki press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin, President Trump seemed to let Russia off the hook for meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. During Monday's event, he said "I don't see any reason why it would be" when asked if Russia had...

Wednesday, July 18, 2018 - 12:26pm

Russians bought 86 Trump properties — all in cash — totaling $109 million

People connected to Russia or former Soviet republics have paid cash for 86 Trump-branded properties, a total of $109 million, with many of them using shell companies, McClatchy has reported. President Trump once described those deals more modestly. "I have had dealings over the years where I...

Monday, June 25, 2018 - 4:24pm

Jill Stein is still spending $7 million in recount money: Report

Shortly after the stunning results of the 2016 presidential election, Green Party candidate Jill Stein raised more than $7 million — and liberal hopes — for a swing-state recount. Almost two years later, she's still spending the money, and her office stopped filing FEC reports nine...

Thursday, May 31, 2018 - 5:46pm

Who is Arkady Babchenko?

On Tuesday, it was reported that Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko, a frequent critic of the Kremlin, was found shot to death in his home in Kyiv, Ukraine. It looked like another suspicious death of a journalist in the region, where hundreds of journalists have been murdered since the '90s....

Thursday, May 31, 2018 - 4:01pm

These routers could be affected by Russian malware VPNFilter

Russian hackers may have infected hundreds of thousands of routers with malware and the FBI is urging users to reboot their devices immediatelty.  The FBI released a statement urging owners of internet routers to reboot their devices because hundreds of thousands of home and office routers...

Tuesday, May 29, 2018 - 4:54pm

Trump has always denied pee pee tapes with this alibi. Flight logs prove he's lying

President Trump has denied he ever stayed in Moscow overnight, most notably to James Comey when he was director of the FBI. But flight records show he did, during the Miss Universe pageant in 2013. The logistics are key to the "Steele dossier," the collection of intelligence indicating...

Tuesday, April 24, 2018 - 2:20pm

The man who predicted the fake news crisis says something much worse is coming

Right before the 2016 election, Aviv Ovadya tried to warn us that something was very wrong with information on the internet. Now he's trying again, and this time what he sees coming is worse. The MIT-educated engineer went on a crusade in mid-2016 to alert tech companies that the information...

Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 4:18pm

What is an arms race?

On Tuesday, President Trump made a call to Russian President Vladimir Putin to "congratulate" him on being the "winner" in the Russian presidential "elections," a move that drew criticism even from members of Trump's party. During a photo op in the afternoon, the...

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 - 4:08pm

Why was Russia banned from the Olympics?

It’s official: North Korea’s going to the 2018 Winter Olympics, which means a lot of people might be wondering, wait, why was Russia banned from Olympics? After all, they’re not (currently) threatening other countries with nuclear weapons and engaging in constant saber rattling...

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 - 3:30pm

Trump administration turned down major anti-meddling pact with Russia: Report

Last summer, Russia approached the United States with a sweeping pact not to meddle in each other's domestic affairs, an offer the Trump administration declined, BuzzFeed News reported Friday. Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov made the offer in July, on the premise of...

Friday, December 8, 2017 - 5:26pm

Here is why Russia is not competing at the 2018 Olympics

Russian athletes competing in the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang, South Korea will not be able to represent their country.  On Tuesday, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) suspended the Russian Olympic Committee due to the country's state-supported use of performance-...

Tuesday, December 5, 2017 - 2:13pm

Trump campaign received email with subject line 'Kremlin Connection': Report

A National Rifle Association member sent an email to the Trump presidential campaign with the subject line "Kremlin Connection," saying he could arrange a back-channel meeting with Trump and Russian president Vladimir Putin, the New York Times reported on Sunday. “Putin is deadly...

Tuesday, December 5, 2017 - 1:26pm

Multiple fake Trump sex tapes are being circulated, says former U.S. spy

On Thursday, Donald Trump's longtime bodyguard Keith Schiller testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee that on a 2013 trip to Moscow, he rejected a Russian offer to have five women come to Trump's hotel room. That proffer of hospitality is one of the allegations in the Steele...

Friday, November 10, 2017 - 4:53pm

Trump foreign aide claims he lied to FBI to protect president

Former Trump campaign advisor George Papadopoulos, who pleaded guilty lying to the FBI, has admitted he did it out of loyalty to President Trump. Papadopoulos, the foreign policy aide to President Trump admitted to misleading federal investigators about the relationships he had maintained between...

Friday, November 10, 2017 - 1:40pm

Even Russian press says Trump did not 'Make America Great Again'

One year after the election, the Russian press has turned on President Trump. In Moscow last November, politicians toasted Trump's surprise victory and journalists speculated about a new, more solicitous era in U.S.-Russian relations. Today, they've significantly dialed back the fandom,...

Wednesday, November 8, 2017 - 3:00pm

Michael Flynn followed, retweeted five accounts from same Russian troll farm before election

Fired Trump national-security adviser Michael Flynn followed five Twitter accounts from a Russian troll factory and pushed their messages right before the 2016 presidential election, the Daily Beast reported Thursday. On Wednesday, House investigators revealed the names of 2,750 accounts created...

Thursday, November 2, 2017 - 4:31pm

Russia reportedly used Pokémon Go to meddle in U.S. election

Russia used Pokémon Go and social media platforms to try and influence the 2016 presidential election. CNN reported Thursday that Russian election meddling used Facebook, Instagram Twitter, YouTube and the popular game Pokémon Go in ways to create friction in the United States before last...

Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 11:07pm

Trump's favorite way to dodge a question is an old Soviet trick

President Trump has a preferred technique for deflecting a question he doesn't want to answer. It was borrowed from the Russians. Asked about something, he'll answer the question with a question: "What about something else?" The technique was prominently observed in his jaw-...

Friday, September 15, 2017 - 3:39pm