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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.

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New details are coming out about the mysterious death of a former top Vladimir Putin aide in a DC hotel

  • A police report about the death of former Russian press minister, Mikhail Lesin, who died from blunt force injuries in a DC hotel in 2015, was just made public. 
  • Although his death was ruled accidental, many have speculated that Lesin was assassinated.
  • The heavily redacted document said that Lesin was drunk, and that security guards in the hotel saw him “stumbling drunk” hours before his death.

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Navalny’s army: the Russians risking all to oppose Vladimir Putin

Opposition politician’s campaign gathers steam ahead of 2018 election, but his supporters face threats and intimidation.

It has been a rough couple of months for Ksenia Pakhomova, a bright-eyed, garrulous 23-year-old from the Siberian mining town of Kemerovo. Her boyfriend was kicked out of university, her mother was fired from her teaching job at an arts school, and her grandmother was threatened with dismissal from her job at a gallery.

To top it off, someone plastered notices with her photograph in public places near her home, complete with her mobile number and an offer of sexual services.

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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

Facebook Will Let Users See What Russian Propaganda They Followed

Facebook will let its users see which Russian-created propaganda pages they may have liked or followed, Bloomberg reported Wednesday.

The company announced that it is rolling out a tool by the end of the year that will allow Facebook users to see which ads and pages they followed on the social media site were created by the Kremlin-linked Internet Research Agency.

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Mueller is turning up the heat on Jared Kushner

  • President Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner has reportedly landed in Mueller’s crosshairs.
  • Mueller’s team has begun to question witnesses about some of Kushner’s conversations and meetings with foreign leaders during the transition.
  • Investigators are also homing in on Kushner’s role in pushing Trump to fire former FBI Director James Comey in May.

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Sechin’s No-Shows At Big Trial Provide New Twist In Russia’s Power Game

MOSCOW — There was a sense of inevitability as Igor Sechin, the powerful CEO of Russia’s sprawling state oil giant and a trusted lieutenant of President Vladimir Putin, failed to turn up in court this week — not once, but twice.

The 57-year-old St. Petersburg native had been summoned to testify as a witness in the landmark corruption trial of the first serving minister to be arrested since the breakup of the Soviet Union.

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