Tag Archives: FSB

Trump Putin call: CIA ‘helped stop Russia terror attack’

Information provided by the CIA helped Russian security services foil an attack on St Petersburg’s Kazan cathedral, the Kremlin says.

The attack was allegedly planned to take place on Saturday, officials say.

In a phone call, President Vladimir Putin thanked Donald Trump for the CIA’s intervention, the Kremlin said.

Mr Putin told Mr Trump that Russia’s special services would hand over information on terror threats to their US counterparts, it added.

Continue reading Trump Putin call: CIA ‘helped stop Russia terror attack’

Advertisements

Frenchman Tells Of Daring Escape From Siberia After ‘Falsified’ Child Pornography Conviction

IRKUTSK, Russia — Russia has labeled him a pedophile and child pornographer who posted naked photographs of his 5-year-old daughter on the Internet, then fled Russia to escape a 15-year prison sentence.

But Yoann Barbereau, the former Irkutsk branch director of the nonprofit Alliance Francaise cultural organization, says he was framed by Russian computer hackers and law enforcement.

He says he thinks he became the target of so-called “discredit tactics” because of a “troubled local situation” in Irkutsk, strained Franco-Russian relations, and his “cultural sphere” connections with a mayor who was elected in opposition to President Vladimir Putin’s United Russia party.

Continue reading Frenchman Tells Of Daring Escape From Siberia After ‘Falsified’ Child Pornography Conviction

Former Russian Economy Minister Rejects Extortion Charge, Accuses Rosneft Chief Of Lying

Former Russian Economy Minister Aleksei Ulyukayev, who is being tried on an extortion charge, has adamantly protested his innocence and accused state oil company chief Igor Sechin of lying to investigators.

Ulyukayev was speaking at a November 27 hearing that was skipped by Rosneft CEO Sechin, who has repeatedly been summoned to testify but said he was too busy to do so. Continue reading Former Russian Economy Minister Rejects Extortion Charge, Accuses Rosneft Chief Of Lying

Polish security service targeted by Russian spies under previous gov’t

Officers from Russia’s FSB security service gained inside knowledge of the workings of Poland’s Internal Security Agency (ABW) when the previous government was in power in Warsaw, according to a report.

The Russian officers came to Poland legally, invited by Poland’s counterintelligence service at the time, Polish public broadcaster TVP Info reported on its website.

The official purpose of the visit was to work together in fighting a criminal group for several months, but in reality the FSB used this as an excuse to gain insight into the Polish security service, TVP Info said.

Continue reading Polish security service targeted by Russian spies under previous gov’t

Sechin Says He’ll Testify In Extortion Trial When ‘We Can Agree On A Schedule’

Russian state oil company chief Igor Sechin, who was summoned twice this week to testify in the high-profile extortion trial of a former economy minister but failed to show up, says he will appear when “we can agree on a schedule.”

“As for my participation in court, I will strive to fulfill the requirements of Russian law. But at this stage, my main task is to fulfill my duties as president of Rosneft. As soon as we can agree on the schedule, I will certainly fulfill the necessary conditions,” Sechin was quoted as saying by RBC.ru on November 16.

Continue reading Sechin Says He’ll Testify In Extortion Trial When ‘We Can Agree On A Schedule’

Exotic locations, alleged bungs, secret recordings and a basket of sausages: Putin’s friend and a no-show in court for Russia’s landmark state oil bribery case

Aleksey Ulyukayev trial over alleged attempt to solicit payment from powerful Rosneft CEO Igor Sechin in exchange for ending opposition to key merger splits Kremlin

The absence of state TV correspondents at the Zamoskvorechye courtroom offered the first clues. Defendant Aleksey Ulyukayev, Russia’s one-time Economics Minister, appeared shortly after 10am local time. But Igor Sechin – the head of state oil behemoth Rosneft, close confidante to the President Vladimir Putin and a key witness in the trial – did not follow him.

Continue reading Exotic locations, alleged bungs, secret recordings and a basket of sausages: Putin’s friend and a no-show in court for Russia’s landmark state oil bribery case

Ukraine says Kremlin worked with mobster to kill Russian MP in Kiev

Ukraine’s prosecutor general has claimed the murder of former Russian MP Denis Voronenkov in Kiev was ordered by a mobster working for the Russian secret services.

Mr Voronenkov fled to Ukraine in 2016 and was gunned down in the capital in broad daylight this March. He had given testimony about former president Viktor Yanukovych, who is being tried in absentia for treason, as well as the presence of Russian forces in Ukraine, prosecutor general Yury Lutsenko told journalists on Monday.

Continue reading Ukraine says Kremlin worked with mobster to kill Russian MP in Kiev