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    Prince Charles met a Russian oligarch with links to Vladimir Putin the same year his charity accepted a £300,000 donation from the businessman. The Prince’s Foundation received the cash from a charity run by Moshe Kantor in 2020, despite the billionaire having been named on a ‘Putin list’ released by the US Treasury in 2018. Mr Kantor, who lives in a £31million mansion in Hampstead, north London, was sanctioned by the UK in April after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. But the Moscow-born oligarch had already spent years forging ties with Putin, while funnelling more than £15.5million into British institutions, including a £3million pledge to the Prince’s Foundation. The revelations have sparked fresh concerns over Charles’s dealings with controversial donors after reports that he ‘brokered’ a donation from the family of Osama Bin Laden – which Clarence House has denied. Mr Kantor, 68, who is worth an estimated £3.5billion, has met Putin on at least seven occasions. The Russian president was a keynote speaker at the World Holocaust Forum in January 2020, organised by Mr Kantor. Charles also delivered a speech...
    PIERS Morgan has been blacklisted by Vladimir Putin and BANNED from entering Russia. The Sun's no-nonsense columnist was featured on the latest list of banned individuals - along with our defence editor and war reporter Jerome Starkey. 2Piers Morgan pictured with the President of Ukraine Volodmyr Zelensky and first lady OlenaCredit: instagram 2Jerome Starkey has been reporting on the war in UkraineCredit: Louis Wood Piers - who last week featured a series of hard hitting world exclusive interviews and reports from Ukraine on his show Piers Morgan Uncensored on TalkTV - took the ban in good humour. "It wasn’t on my immediate vacation to-do list," he tweeted to his 8million followers on Twitter. Jerome has been working on the frontline reporting on the horrors of Putin's vicious war in Ukraine since the start of the conflict in February. Russia is becoming increasingly isolated on the world stage, while Britain has been leading the way in supporting Ukraine. READ MORE ON WAR IN UKRAINELOVE & WAR Zelensky’s wife tells Piers how Ukraine war has made her marriage strongerBROTHERS...
    The Ukrainian Center for Countering Disinformation released a list of politicians, academics, and activists who it claimed promote "Russian propaganda." The list, published on July 14, includes multiple high-level U.S. figures, including Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) and former Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI). The criteria for making the list are not clear, and the agency did not say what consequences, if any, result from being placed on the list. Military analyst Edward Luttwak was placed on the list for suggesting that referendums should be held in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions concerning their relation to Ukraine. FAR-LEFT HILL STAFFERS OCCUPY SCHUMER'S OFFICE DEMANDING ACTION ON CLIMATE Some of those placed on the blacklist were less than thrilled about their newfound labels. “From 24th February, Day One of the war, I have relentlessly argued that not just the U.S., U.K., Norway, and others should send weapons to Ukraine, but also the reluctant trio of France, Germany, and Italy," Luttwak told UnHerd. "I have personally lobbied defense ministers of NATO countries” to send more weapons as part of...
    On Saturday, the Russian government released a list of 963 Americans who are now banned from traveling to that country. Most on the list were high-profile national figures, including President Joe Biden, hundreds of members of Congress, actor Morgan Freeman and even a member of the D.C. Council. Mary Cheh, who represents Ward 3, didn’t even know about her inclusion at first. “Somebody texted me and said, ‘congratulations for being on Putin’s hit list,’” she told WTOP. More National News More Washington, D.C. News Cheh comes in at number 911 on the list of nearly a thousand Americans. She says her inclusion was unexpected. “I assume that I am the most obscure person who was on that list,” said the veteran council member. Cheh tweeted on Sunday she was “honored” to be among those who have been banned. I was honored to learn that I, along with certain members of Congress and executive branch officials, have made Vladimir Putin’s “enemy list” and have been banned from entering Russia. (1/4) — Mary M. Cheh (@marycheh) May 22, 2022 ...
    Britain added Vladimir Putin's younger lover and his his ex-wife to its Ukraine sanctions list today as it tightened the economic noose around his 'shady' inner circle. Alina Kabaeva, 39, a retired Olympic gymnast believed to be the depot's mistress, has been subjected to economic restrictions alongside Lyudmila Ocheretnaya, who was married to the tyrant, 69, until 2014.  The Foreign Office said Friday's announcement of further measures would see members of Mr Putin's close and inner circle hit as the UK Government continues to seek new ways of punishing Moscow for its invasion of Ukraine. Mr Putin's official assets are modest, according to the Foreign Office, with his lifestyle 'funded by a cabal of family, friends and elites'. Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said: 'We are exposing and targeting the shady network propping up Putin's luxury lifestyle and tightening the vice on his inner circle. 'We will keep going with sanctions on all those aiding and abetting Putin's aggression until Ukraine prevails.' Alina Kabaeva, 39, a retired Olympic gymnast believed to be the depot's mistress, has been subjected to economic restrictions alongside...
    The EU is planning to impose sanctions on Vladimir Putin's alleged gymnast lover Alina Kabaeva for her role in Kremlin propaganda, according to a document. Kabaeva is a late addition to the list of individuals targeted in a sixth package of measures against Russia in response to the war in Ukraine, after she last month likened the Soviet victory over Nazism in the Second World War to Putin's invasion. The proposal identifies Kabaeva as the chairwoman of the board of directors of the National Media Group, a holding company that owns significant shares in almost all major Russian state media that make up Putin's propaganda machine. The former gymnast and former Duma lawmaker is 'closely associated with President Vladimir Putin,' the document adds. The Russian leader, who will be 70 this year, has since 2008 denied a relationship with Olympic gold-medal winning Kabaeva, now 38. The Moscow newspaper that first reported on their relationship closed down soon after. The EU is planning to impose sanctions on Vladimir Putin's gymnast 'lover' Alina Kabaeva for her role in Kremlin propaganda, according to...
    (CNN)Alina Kabaeva, a woman who has previously been romantically linked to Russian President Vladimir Putin, is included in the sixth proposed package of European Union sanctions against Russia over its invasion of Ukraine, according to two European diplomatic sources. At this stage names can be taken off or added at member state discretion, an EU Commission source told CNN. The EU has not officially signed off on the draft proposal but could do so as early as Friday morning at a meeting of EU ambassadors -- currently underway in the EU's headquarters in Brussels, Belgium."Discussions are going on. It's not a piece of cake, but we have to wait and see," one of the diplomatic sources told CNN on Friday morning.Kabaeva, who was born in 1983, was first linked to Putin more than a decade ago, while she was a medal-winning gymnast. Putin has denied a relationship with her. Read MoreIn April, the Wall Street Journal reported that US officials have been debating whether or not to place sanctions on Kabaeva over concerns that the move might escalate tensions even...
    Trump being normal with other world leaders.Michael Kappeler/DPA/Zuma Facts matter: Sign up for the free Mother Jones Daily newsletter. Support our nonprofit reporting. Subscribe to our print magazine.Last weekend, we were graced with a whole new batch of foibles of the Trump administration, this time from the perspective of onetime adviser Fiona Hill and couched in a New York Times Magazine article titled “This Was Trump Pulling a Putin.” You might remember Hill’s emergence on the national scene during the first impeachment of former President Donald Trump. An expert on Russia, she had worked under both George W. Bush and Barack Obama, and testified on Trump’s plan to use foreign policy to try to get dirt on his political opponents (namely, the Bidens). A good chunk of Draper’s story is about how Hill believes January 6 was presaged by Trump’s policies toward Putin. It recounts Hill’s belief that not only Trump’s but Bush’s and Obama’s policies toward Putin set the stage for Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. I have my doubts on these fronts, which seem both Trump and US-centric. Still,...
    Eight of Tennessee’s nine members of the House of Representatives were sanctioned by Russia on Wednesday in response to the U.S. sanctioning members of the Russian Duma earlier this year. In total, 398 members of Congress were listed in the release from Russia; however, some lawmakers were not included because the country took action against them previously. “These persons, including the leadership and chairmen of the committees of the lower house of the U.S. Congress, are included in the Russian “stop list” on an ongoing basis. Together with other current legislators, who, like Speaker N. Pelosi, were denied entry to the Russian Federation earlier, all U.S. congressmen were subjected to ‘listing’ on the basis of reciprocity,” the translated version of the statement reads. (emphasis added) The list of Tennessee Representatives was bipartisan, though progressive firebrand Rep Steve Cohen (D-TN-09) escaped the Russian government’s ire in this newest statement from the Kremlin: – Rep. Tim Burchett (R-TN-02) – Rep. Mark Green (R-TN-07) – Rep. Scott DesJarlais (R-TN-04) – Rep. John Rose (R-TN-06) – Rep. Diana Harshbarger (R-TN-01) – Rep. Chuck Fleischmann...
    EU leaders plan to place Vladimir Putin's daughters on its latest sanction hit-list as the bloc prepares its latest crackdown on Moscow in the wake of alleged war crimes in Ukraine. Katerina Tikhonova, 35, and Mariya Vorontsova, 36, are on the EU's latest draft list of targets that includes oligarchs, politicians and those said to be within Putin's inner circle. Little is known about the personal lives of Tikhonova, a scientist and former acrobat, and Vorontosva, an endocrinologist, but they are expected to be subject to asset freezes and travel bans across the continent from Wednesday. Although it is unclear if the pair have holdings outside of Russia, any potential life of luxury they could have led in Europe is now likely to be a distant dream. It comes as the G7, EU and United States are said to have agreed on a ban on 'all new investment' in Russia as part of its latest economic retaliation against Putin. The new measures will also widen the net of sanctions on Russian banks and state owned businesses and aim to cripple government...
    Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich was excluded from sanctions the United States slapped on Russia, its leader, and businesses after Ukraine's president claimed the billionaire soccer team owner may be an important go-between during peace negotiations, a report claimed Thursday. U.S. Treasury Department officials had drafted a set of sanctions to punish Russia and Vladimir Putin, as well as multiple oligarchs tied to him following Moscow's unprovoked attack on Kyiv, but was told by the White House's National Security Council to exclude Abramovich, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people with knowledge of the phone call between the council and Treasury. President Joe Biden had reached out to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to discuss a range of sanctions, including the planned penalties targeting the Chelsea soccer team owner, the report said. When asked whether Abramovich was acting as a mediator between Russia and Ukraine, State Department spokesman Ned Price claimed there were "a number of channels through which our Ukrainian partners and their Russian counterparts can engage in dialogue and diplomacy." ROMAN ABRAMOVICH'S SUPERYACHTS FIND FRIENDLY PORT IN TURKEY A spokesperson for Abramovich told...
    The notorious Wagner Group, a private military company known as 'Putin's private army', has been linked to a string of rapes, robberies, murders, and war crimes across the globe. Widely considered by military experts to be at the beck and call of Vladimir Putin,  the mercenary group is among the latest list of individual and organisations sanctioned by Britain over Russia's invasion of Ukraine.  Wagner is said to have been tasked with assassinating Volodymyr Zelensky and other senior Ukrainian figures, including the Klitschko brothers. The Kremlin has long denied ties to the 600-strong mercenary group, but experts say it is deployed worldwide to carry out Moscow's dirty work.  Reports have long claimed the force is Putin's personal assassination squad - while being far enough removed to afford the Russian president plausible deniability.  In December, the EU accused Wagner of 'serious human rights abuses in Ukraine, Syria, Libya, the Central African Republic, Sudan and Mozambique'.  The force has already been heavily involved in supplying weapons, experienced special operations personnel, and military training to pro-Russian militias in eastern Ukraine.  The army-for-hire, allegedly...
    Russian President Vladimir Putin's army has reportedly suffered yet another loss of a high-ranking military officer in Ukraine. Col. Alexei Sharov, commander of the 810th Guards Brigade of the Russian Marines, is the latest Russian military officer to die in the war, according to Ukrainian officials. Sharov was reportedly killed Tuesday in Mariupol, and his death adds to the mounting losses Russian combat forces are taking in Ukraine, with one report tallying 15 top Russian commanders killed in the war thus far. "Yet another senior Russian officer terminated in Ukraine. The Ukrainian military claims to have killed Alexei Sharov, commander of the 810th Guards Brigade of the Russian Marines," the Ukrainian Ministry of Culture and Information Policy's communications arm said on social media. Yet another senior Russian officer terminated in Ukraine. The Ukrainian military claims to have killed Alexei Sharov, commander of the 810th Guards Brigade of the Russian Marines#StopRussia pic.twitter.com/SWg46i53Q3— Stratcom Centre UA (@StratcomCentre) March 23, 2022 Mykhailo Podoliak, a top adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, said on Sunday that six Russian generals and...
    Russian warships skulk on the horizon, slipping in and out of view, torturing beautiful Odessa, the jewel of the Black Sea. Will they launch a missile strike soon? Will there be an amphibious assault? Will paratroopers drop from the skies? And what of Vladimir Putin’s advancing army, held for now at Mykolaiv, 75 miles along the coast? No wonder this seaport’s nerves are frayed. More than 60 per cent of Odessa’s population have already left, many to the relative safety of western Ukraine or beyond its borders. Those who remain are a singularly resolute bunch, brave and bold, even by Ukrainian standards. Some of them hope the Russians will hurry up and attack if they dare.  Russian warships skulk on the horizon, slipping in and out of view, torturing beautiful Odessa, the jewel of the Black Sea ‘Let them come, we are ready to make them pay for what they’ve done to Ukraine,’ says merchant seaman Oleksii Voloshyn, 25, his beckoning hand outstretched towards the sea, defiant as a mafioso. For now the waiting continues. Squinting into pocket telescopes, now...
    Jimmy Kimmel is not buying Donald Trump’s change of tune when it comes to his opinion of Russian leader Vladimir Putin. On Wednesday’s Jimmy Kimmel Live, the host pointed out that while several prominent Democrats and high-ranking Biden officials were being sanctioned by Russia, Trump was missing from that list. Kimmel first highlighted how the sanctions President Joe Biden imposed on Russia have impacted the country, noting, “Their economy is tanking. Businesses are closing. Assets have been frozen. And the only pizza they can get now is Papa Johns. Sure. Which is, you know, a nightmare.” “But Putin is punching back. He has now levied sanctions of his own. The Russian Foreign Ministry has imposed sanctions on a number of prominent Americans, including Joe Biden, Jen Psaki, Hillary Clinton – and even Joe Biden’s son, Hunter,” Kimmel added. “You know who’s name is not on the list? The guy who was tougher than anyone on Russia! Donald Trump is not on the list. He was so tough on Russia – they were scared to put him on the list.” Kimmel went on to say...
    (CNN)Russian President Vladimir Putin's full-scale invasion of Ukraine has done more to unify Western Europe than almost any event since the end of World War II. Nations that were neutral have provided arms for Ukrainians; governments that had for years missed their NATO defense spending obligations have made spectacular U-turns; and countries that had deep economic ties to Russia have gone further in breaking the link than anyone had seriously envisaged little over a month ago.The West's almost unprecedented unity on sanctions, political and military action has left many in Europe, despite the horrors of Putin's war, optimistic that the continent will emerge from this better equipped to deal with security threats. Nowhere is this truer than in the three Nordic nations that sit on the Scandinavian Peninsula: Norway, Sweden and Finland.  The fate of these three countries has been brought into sharp focus by the crisis in Ukraine due to their unique relationship with each other, the rest of Europe and Russia.  A Ukrainian firefighter drags a hose inside a large food products storage facility which was destroyed by an airstrike...
    Roman Abramovich, owner of Chelsea smiles following his team's victory during the UEFA Champions League Final between Manchester City and Chelsea FC at Estadio do Dragao on May 29, 2021 in Porto, Portugal.Alexander Hassenstein | Uefa | Getty Images Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich, the outgoing owner of Chelsea FC and a longtime ally of President Vladimir Putin, has been sanctioned by U.K. authorities. The British government said Thursday that Abramovich was among seven Russian businessmen added to its sanctions list as it ramps up pressure on the pariah state over its invasion of Ukraine. The new list includes further members of Putin's inner circle, such as Oleg Deripaska, Dmitri Lebedev and Igor Sechin. All seven men will see their assets frozen and travel restricted. "There can be no safe havens for those who have supported Putin's vicious assault on Ukraine," British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said. The crackdown follows Ambramovich's announcement last week that he would sell his prized Chelsea soccer club, alongside a string of luxury London properties, as he embarked on a fire sale of his U.K. assets....
    A Ukrainian official published a list of Russian prisoners of war, inviting "mothers of Russia" to "come to Kyiv and take [their] sons." Adviser to the Ukrainian Ministry of Internal Affairs Anton Gerashchenko posted the list of 96 names on Facebook on Friday, saying the captured soldiers will never "raise a finger against Ukraine again" after "the hell they endured invading [Ukrainian] land." "I am publishing the first list of prisoners of war soldiers of the Russian Army, deceived into the territory of peaceful Ukraine," Gerashchenko wrote. "There will be many more such lists, as the lists of dead soldiers of the occupiers. And you know who is to blame for this — Putin!" WATCH: RUSSIAN SOLDIER SURRENDERS AND UKRAINIANS GREET HIM WITH FOOD AND DRINK Mothers can retrieve their sons after calling or emailing the Ministry of Defense and arriving at a Ukrainian checkpoint on the Polish border. Gerashchenko promised they would be escorted to Kyiv from there. "We, Ukrainians, unlike Putin's fascists, do not fight mothers and their captive children," Gerashchenko...
    Almost daily since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine last week, the United States and allies in Europe and Asia have been tightening the sanctions vise on Moscow. Yet even devastating blows to the Russian state and its economy did not give President Vladimir Putin pause as he unleashed a brutal overnight assault on Ukraine’s second-largest city. “The attack on Kharkiv is a war crime,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said Tuesday. “This is state terrorism of the Russian Federation.” Zelenskyy’s words were no doubt carefully chosen. Putin’s grand ambition is to be recognized as a great leader of a great power, and only one sanction in the U.S. arsenal would tarnish Putin’s image and his country’s reputation enough to potentially bring him back from the brink of world conflict. Officially deeming Russia as a terrorist state would even further stain the Kremlin’s reputation and relegate Russia to pariah status. There is no anvil within the sanctions world as economically blunt as the U.S. government’s “state sponsors of terrorism” designation. The State Department has been adding countries to the list since 1979, when...
    THE Ukrainian tycoon found hanged at his posh UK home told a close friend that Russian president Vladimir Putin had put him on a hit list, it emerged last night. A female neighbour of 66-year-old Mikhail Watford said he had been worried for two years. 3Police are probing the death of Mikhail Watford, pictured with his wife Jane, with the 'utmost seriousness' amid fears he could have been on a hit listCredit: Facebook 3A family friend said: 'His state of mind might have been affected by the situation in the Ukraine'Credit: Linkedin 3The exclusive Wentworth Estate where the tycoon was found deadCredit: commons.wikimedia.org / Rodolph at English Wikipedia And she was “suspicious” about Monday’s death in the garage of his Wentworth Estate pad in Virginia Water, Surrey. She also said Mr Watford, known as Misha, had been a pal of Russian billionaire Boris Berezovsky, found hanged at his home in Ascot, Berks, in 2013. Mr Watford told her Berezovsky had been murdered by an intelligence agency. The neighbour went on: “I find it hard to believe that Misha would have...
    President Joe Biden delivers his first State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress at the Capitol, as Vice President Kamala Harris and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi watch.Saul Loeb/AP Fight disinformation. Get a daily recap of the facts that matter. Sign up for the free Mother Jones newsletter.You can often judge a person by his or her friends. And you can judge a politician by his or her enemies. During his first State of the Union speech on Tuesday evening, President Joe Biden fired rhetorical shots at a number of targets, and the domestic portion of that list underscores the progressive populist agenda he’s endeavoring to pursue.  At the top of Biden’s most-wanted list, naturally, was Russian leader Vladimir Putin. He assailed the war crime-ordering Putin as a “menacing” “dictator” and pledged support to the Ukrainians resisting Moscow’s “premeditated and totally unprovoked” attack. Biden also zeroed in on “Russian oligarchs and the corrupt leaders who bilked billions of dollars off this violent regime,” and announced that the Department of Justice “is assembling a dedicated task force to...
    For years, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in Ukraine have fought to be recognized as equal members of society. But now, as Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invasion imperils Ukraine’s very existence—and amid fears that LGBT activists are on a Russian kill list the U.S. intelligence community exposed in recent days—international organizations are working to protect LGBT Ukrainians who are working to save a country that has not yet accepted them as full citizens. “The main fear at this moment is that if they will be successful, that we lose everything that we have,” said Jul Sirous, the volunteer coordinator of KyivPride, which organizes Ukraine’s annual Equality March and works to expand LGBT equality in the country, often at great personal risk to its members. “Unfortunately, if this city will be occupied like other cities, then there will be some persecution against LGBT people.” Speaking on a Zoom call from Kyiv, where she had gone three days without sleep as Russian forces closed in, Sirous told The Daily Beast while some are seeking safe haven in Western Europe, many LGBT...
    THE KLITSCHKO brothers have reportedly both been put on a Russian "kill list" of senior Ukrainians the Kremlin wants dead amid Vladimir Putin's invasion. Hundreds of highly-trained mercenaries, including the deadly private militia the Wagner Group, have been sent to Kyiv to assassinate Ukraine's President Zelenskyy and decapitate his government. 6Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko are both reportedly on a Russian kill listCredit: News Group Newspapers Ltd 6Kyiv mayor Vitali says he will stay and fight to defend his cityCredit: Reuters 6Feared Russian militia the Wagner Group are among the mercenaries sent to UkraineCredit: East2west News Former boxing world heavyweight champions Wladimir and Vitali Klitschko have taken up arms to defend their country against Russia's onslaught. Vitali, the mayor of Ukraine's capital Kyiv, told Good Morning Britain he "will be fighting" after Russia declared war on its neighbour, and said his people were ready to "defend our city". Last week, Wladimir issued a desperate video plea to other countries to help halt the invasion. The Times reports that more than 400 Russian mercenaries are operating in Kyiv, with orders from the Kremlin to assassinate President Volodymyr Zelenskyy...
    RUSSIA is drawing up a kill list including gay and ethnic minority Ukrainians if it invades, the US has claimed. In a chilling warning, America’s ambassador to the UN has spopken of "human rights catastrophe" as 200,000 Russian troops and 500 warplanes are massed on the border. 5Vladimir Putin is poised to order an invasion of UkraineCredit: EPA The troops reportedly have orders from Vladimir Putin to invade. In the latest build-up for firepower, video shows convoys of Russian military hardware, including missiles and tanks, being moved to to just two miles from the border. A train loaded with Terminator tanks, which are bristling with weapons and designed for fighting in cities, and are seen in a video for the first time heading towards the border. Bathsheba Nell Crocker Geneva said the US has “credible information that indicates Russian forces are creating lists of identified Ukrainians to be killed or sent to camps following a military occupation”. In a letter to...
    U.S. officials now say the prospect for avoiding war in Ukraine appears very dim, and they expect that a Russian attack on Ukraine could include jet fighters, tanks, ballistic missiles and cyberattacks.  And while war seems likely, the officials said the Biden administration will still try to keep the window open for diplomacy, according to the Wall Street Journal.   An explosion has rocked the pro-Russian separatist capital Donetsk in eastern Ukraine in what appears to be the start of Putin's long-awaited false flag operation. A Russian invasion of the country is expected to follow.  Russian media claim the explosion was a car bomb which was intended to assassinate a top Russian separatist official - who was unhurt -  and it came hours after Putin's allies in the breakaway regions announced they would evacuate 700,000 civilians over fears of an attack by Kiev.  The US and Western intelligence agencies have long been warning of a Russian 'false flag' operation that could involve a staged attack on Putin's separatist allies to provide a pretext for the Kremlin to send its forces massed...
    The World Health Organization (W.H.O.) cautioned Tuesday the threat of armed conflict between Russia and Ukraine is not the only concern on the horizon, pointing to rising coronavirus rates in Eastern Europe as the source of more worries. The W.H.O. warned six nations in Eastern Europe and Central Asia have seen a rapid spread of coronavirus with their numbers of infections doubling over the last two weeks. Despite Omicron being widely considered as a weaker variant compared to Delta, the W.H.O. has highlighted concerns about it spreading in 53 countries in Eastern Europe and Central Asia with Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Russian Federation, and Ukraine having particularly concerned the W.H.O. – with 25,000 people dying of coronavirus in the 53-nation region, AP reports. Dr Hans Kluge, the W.H.O.’s Regional Director for Europe suggested this spread was due to less vaccine uptake in the region, with less than 40 percent of people over age 60 in Ukraine, Bulgaria, Kyrgyzstan, Bosnia and Uzbekistan having completed a full course of coronavirus vaccines. A couple, wearing a protective face mask, look out from a shop door showing a leaflet which...
    Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin are among 2021's most effective "press freedom predators," a watchdog says. Xi and Putin, along with other world leaders such as Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud, Supreme Leader of North Korea Kim Jong-un, and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, are among the "37 heads of state or government who crack down massively on press freedom," according to a report by Reporters Without Borders released on Friday. "Each of these predators has [his or her] own style," RSF Secretary-General Christophe Deloire said. "Some impose a reign of terror by issuing irrational and paranoid orders. Others adopt a carefully constructed strategy based on draconian laws. A major challenge now is for these predators to pay the highest possible price for their oppressive behavior. We must not let their methods become the new normal." HONG KONG NEWSPAPER PRINTS OVER 400,000 MORE COPIES AFTER EDITORS ARE ARRESTED Nearly half of the "predators" are appearing on the list for the first time, with MBS and Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, whose "aggressive...
    JOE Biden has been blasted as "weak" against Vladimir Putin after hundreds of US companies were hit by a "colossal" cyberattack ahead of July 4th. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy tweeted on Saturday: "Remember when President Biden gave Putin a list of things that were supposed to be off-limits for cyber attacks? What he SHOULD have said is that ALL American targets are off-limits." ???????? Follow all the latest news and stories on the Fourth of July 4Joe Biden has been blasted as weak against Vladimir Putin 4That's after hundreds of US companies were hit by a 'colossal' cyberattack ahead of July 4thCredit: Reuters The Republican added: "Biden is soft on crime and weak against Putin." Biden had said the intel community is "unsure if Russia is to blame" for the ransomware attack. Landing in Michigan on Saturday the president said: "We’re not sure it’s the Russians. I got a brief on the plane. That’s why I was late getting off." He added: "I directed the intelligence community to give me a deep dive on what's happened, and I'll...
    Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., called for the U.S. to play offense, not just defense, amid the rising threat of cyberattacks. "I think we do have to go more on the offense," Schiff told "Face the Nation" on Sunday. "That means when we identify cyber groups that are working in conjunction with foreign states, that we treat them as an arm of the state. And we use our cyber-capability to destroy or disrupt the infrastructure they're using, and to raid whatever funds they're accumulating from these attacks. Does that yield to greater instability? Very possibly, because we would be taking action against foreign parties." BIDEN'S 'OFF-LIMITS' LIST FOR RUSSIAN CYBERATTACKS CRITICIZED AS 'GREEN LIGHT' TO TARGET EVERYTHING ELSE Schiff is chair of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. He's also one of the most high-profile Democrats who pushed the Russian collusion narrative. "[Russia] is still trying to sow division and discord. I think they may have been deterred somewhat from crossing further lines during the last presidential election because they recognized that were Joe Biden to be elected, they would...
    Putin remained as cool as Fonzie locked in a walk-in freezer in the summit with Biden. Joe was as defensive as me when my wife finds me googling leather headgear.  So, was anything accomplished? Joe making it through the whole trip without breaking his hip on a staircase is something we can be proud of.  But this is the same reset routine that impresses no one but a fangirling media. It's fun for them. They get to fly to Geneva, mix Ambien with vodka on the plane, and wake up in a time zone with their pants on their heads. Shout out to Acosta.  INGRAHAM: THE LANDSCAPE IS LOOKING REALLY BLEAK FOR DEMOCRATS Let's talk about the dumbest thing a president has ever done since FDR tried to jump in the White House pool. Yesterday Joe Biden told us what he said to Putin about cyber-attacks. It's amazing.  BIDEN: I talked about the proposition that certain critical infrastructures should be off-limits to attack period by cyber or any other means. I gave them a list...16 specific entities, 16 defined as critical...
    Sean Hannity took issue Thursday with the way President Joe Biden conducted his summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin and the way the media chose to cover what the "Hannity" host called a "trainwreck."  "As predicted by any objective measure, the meeting was an order train wreck. Putin basically gave Joe nothing, the United States nothing. He made not a single concession. There were zero agreements and after the meeting, Putin held a solo press conference where, let's see, he mocked and trashed the U.S. at length." Hannity criticized Biden's remarks, which he believed to be prewritten by the president's staff, not appearing to rebuke any of Putin's lies. "Biden gave a short, scripted speech, probably written before the summit, took a handful of questions from, as always, preselected reporters, and then got very cranky and lashed out at reporters." Hannity added, "Which tends to happen when you don't get your warm milky." Biden has also been criticized for giving Putin a list of critical areas not to hack in the United States. Hannity slammed the list as a "roadmap" to hurt the country. "Don't worry because Joe proudly announced that he presented Putin with a list of 16, now pay attention here...
    President Joe Biden said Wednesday he gave Russian President Vladimir Putin a list of places he considered critical infrastructure in the United States, warning Russians not to attack them. “I gave them a list. If I’m not mistaken, I don’t have it in front of me, 16 specific entities,” Biden said. “Sixteen defined as critical infrastructure under U.S. policy from the energy sector to our water systems.” Biden spoke about his list for Putin during a press conference with reporters after his summit with the Russian president. He warned Russia that the listed critical infrastructure in the United States was “off-limits” in future attacks. “I talked about the proposition that certain critical infrastructures should be off-limits to attack. Period,” he said. “By cyber or any other means.” Since Biden became president, incidents of cybercriminals unleashing ransomware attacks on infrastructure in the United States has increased — including an attack on the Colonial Pipeline and JBS Foods, the world’s largest meat producer. But Biden did not say he threatened Putin with consequences if the cyber attacks continued. “He knows there are...
    President Joe Biden said he delivered a warning directly to Russian President Vladimir Putin during their historic summit in Geneva over what would happen if the top opposition leader of the Russian president, Alexei Navalny, dies in prison. "I made it clear to him that the consequences of that would be devastating for Russia," Biden told reporters Wednesday. JILL BIDEN REVIVES ACTIVE FIRST LADY ROLE ON INAUGURAL FOREIGN TRIP FOLLOWING RELUCTANT MELANIA TRUMP Biden defended his stance regarding Navalny because standing up for human rights "is part of the DNA of our country." "It's who we are," he said of the United States. Despite the tough conversations during a two-and-a-half-hour summit, Biden said "no threats" were issued, adding foreign policy is essentially "the logical extension of relationships.” Biden's description echoed that of Putin, who called the talks "constructive." "I must tell you, the tone of the entire meeting — I guess it was four hours — was good, positive," he said, overstating the length. "It wasn't done in a hyperbolic atmosphere." Biden issued Putin with a list of 16 types...
    President Joe Biden told reporters Wednesday he gave Russian President Vladimir Putin a list of 16 critical infrastructure "entities" that must be "off-limits" to cyberattacks and hinted at major retaliation from the United States should Russia allow continued malign activity in the sphere. Biden, speaking ahead of his press conference following a slate of bilateral meetings with Putin and Russian officials, claimed the topic of cybersecurity was included in a discussion on establishing a "mechanism" for "strategic stability." PUTIN SPINS GLOBAL CYBERATTACKS, SAYS 'MAJORITY' ORIGINATE FROM WITHIN U.S. "I talked about the proposition that certain critical infrastructure should be off-limits to attack, period, by cyber or any other means," the president stated. "I gave them a list, and I don't have it in front of me, if I am not mistaken, of 16 entities — 16 defined as critical infrastructure, from the energy sector to our water systems." Biden hammered the need for the two countries "to take action against criminals that conduct ransomware activities on their territory." "So we agreed to task experts in both our countries to work...
    Russian President Vladimir Putin said there was "no hostility" between him and President Biden during their summit Wednesday morning, and revealed that the two sides reached an agreement to return ambassadors to their posts. Russian ambassador to the U.S. Anatoly Antonov was recalled from Washington, D.C. about three months ago after Biden described Putin as a killer. U.S. Ambassador to Russia John Sullivan left Moscow approximately two months ago after Russia suggested he return to Washington for consultations. The two countries are now looking to deescalate tensions as they move forward. BIDEN-PUTIN MEETING IN GENEVA: SCHEDULE, ISSUES AND EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW "I think there was no hostility. Quite the contrary," Putin said about his meeting with Biden. The Russian leader acknowledged that the two men did not share positions on many issues, but said he felt that "both of these sides showed a willingness to understand one another." Putin said the talks were "constructive," and said that Russia and the U.S. agreed to conduct negotiations regarding cybersecurity.  At the same time, he denied that Russia was responsible for...
    JOE Biden was spotted with another cheat sheet at his meeting with Vladimir Putin where the US president was sat cross-legged at talks. The US President has been known for using a cheat sheet on several occasions in the past. Read our Joe Biden live blog for the very latest news and updates... 4Biden could be seen looking at a cheat sheet 4He then tucked it inside of his blazer pocket Biden could be seen holding a white sheet of paper in his hand, appearing to hide it from Putin's gaze. The pair could be seen sat alongside one another inside of the Parc 'La Grange' villa in Geneva, Switzerland, on Wednesday when Biden flashed a glimpse of the cheat sheet. Biden was sat cross legged, while Putin had a spread stance with his hands on his knees. As the pair continued to speak with officials around them, Biden could be seen placing the sheet into the inside pocket of his blazer. It is unclear what was contained on the sheet, but the president has been known to hold a...
    KYIV, Ukraine — Three senators visiting on Wednesday pressed Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to ramp up efforts to combat corruption and reform the country's Soviet-era security service while he described his hopes for President Joe Biden’s summit with Russian leader Vladimir Putin. Russia invaded and seized Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula in 2014 but was forced to a stalemate in the eastern region of Donbas, where it continues to provide military assistance to separatists. That hot conflict has not ended despite a peace treaty signed a year later in Minsk. Sens. Jeanne Shaheen, Rob Portman, and Chris Murphy met Wednesday with Zelensky to discuss reforms but recognized Ukraine needs military assistance to survive its struggle with Russia. “We have a very clear picture of the challenges faced by your military and all those on the front line,” Sheehan said at a press conference. “Now, we can return to the United States and talk about the ongoing need to continue to help.” Zelensky issued a series of tweets, describing anti-corruption legislation, combating Russian disinformation, and tips on what Biden should tell Putin. US...
    World organizations say Russia today banned the entry of European Parliament Speaker David Sasoli, Berlin lawyer Jர்க்rg Roubach and six EU citizens. The ban comes in response to a report by the Russian Foreign Ministry on March 2 and 22 this year. By EU control measures against six Russian citizens. Vera Eurova, vice president of the Electoral Commission, Latvian Electronic Media Council Ivor Apollins, Maurice Baldins, director of the Latvian Center for State team, member of the French delegation to the Council of Europe, Jack Mer, chairman of the Defense Research Institute for Chemical, Biological, Radiation and Atomic Energy Osa Scott, head of the Department of Language Ilmer Tomuskin. The Russian Foreign Ministry ignores all plans for Brussels Moscow, which resolves issues arising through dialogue. At the same time, the report quoted Washington as saying it was not trying to cover up its interest in turning the European continent back into a hotbed of geopolitical opposition. Last month, Reuters recalled that the European Union had imposed sanctions on two Russians accused of harassing members of the LGBT community in...
    RUSSIAN President Vladimir Putin posed for the camera in a sheepskin ensemble during a weekend getaway – just as he “created a new kill list” after his spat with Joe Biden. The Kremlin on Sunday released the propaganda photos of Putin donning his sheepskin and fur suit during his trip to Siberia, days after Biden called him a “killer.” 7Russian President Vladimir Putin posed for the cameras in photos released by the Kremlin on SundayCredit: AP 7The propaganda pics show Putin donning a sheepskin ensembleCredit: AP In one snapshot from the government-sanctioned pics, Putin is seen smiling while standing in front of a camouflage tank. In another photo, the Russian president is spotted again slightly smiling while leaning over a door of the all-terrain vehicle. Putin was seen in other photos from the Kremlin alongside Sergey Shoigu, Russia’s defense minister; the two appear to be having a picnic. It was reported on Sunday that Putin has drawn up a kill list with six of the targets living in the United Kingdom.  7Putin is pictured here slightly smirking on a camouflage...
    VLADIMIR Putin has drawn up a kill list with six of the targets living in the UK, it has been reported. The Kremlin strongman is planning a post-pandemic assassination campaign reportedly saying “no scum can hide from us”, a Russian intelligence officer warned one of the targets. 5Six of Putin's intended targets live in the UKCredit: AP Russian agents have been accused of attempting to kill former KGB officer turned defector Sergei Skripal and his daughter Julia using the Novichok nerve agent in 2018 in Salisbury. The murder of another former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko in London, using radioactive polonium 210, has also been linked to the Kremlin. Now other Russians living in the UK - Vladimir Ashurkov, Mikhail Khodorkovsky, Evgeny Chichvarkin and Boris Karpichkov are also on Putin’s hit list, the Mirror reports. Also being targeted are long-time Kremlin-foe Bill Bowder, an American-born UK citizen, and Christopher Steele, a former MI6 officer Christopher Steele. Steele was identified in 2017 as the author of the "dirty dossier" that claims Russia collated a file of compromising information on Donald Trump. 5Vladimir...
    Alexei Navalny was taken to the notorious Moscow jail on Monday evening – Pavel Golovkin/AP Top Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, who has been jailed for at least a month after returning to Russia over the weekend, has urged Western governments to impose sanctions on key tycoons and allies of President Vladimir Putin including Chelsea FC owner Roman Abramovich and tycoon Alisher Usmanov. Mr Navalny, who nearly died from a nerve agent poisoning last summer, was detained at a Moscow airport on Sunday and ordered to be kept behind bars at least until mid-February. His close associate Vladimir Ashurkov said in a statement on Facebook on Monday that the Russian opposition leader drew up the list a few days before he came back to Russia from Germany where he was convalescing from the poisoning. “We agreed on a list of people he felt should be sanctioned if the West wanted to get serious about encouraging Russia to cease attacking human rights and to rein in corruption,” Mr Ashurkov said. Mr Ashurkov, who fled to the UK in 2014 following criminal...
    Barack Obama is the most admired man in the world, a poll released this week found. His presidential successor is not quite so highly ranked. As The Huffington Post reported, a survey from the polling firm YouGov asked respondents for the man and woman they admired most in the world. The former first couple topped the list, with President Obama earning the title of most admired man and his wife, Michelle Obama, ranking as the top woman. The list was filled with other political leaders, including Chinese President Xi Jinping, who finished third. Microsoft founder and billionaire Bill Gates, who had consistently held the top spot on previous rankings, fell to second place this year. As the report noted, Donald Trump ranked No. 15 on the ranking, falling behind a number of others including Russian President Vladimir Putin and billionaire tech mogul Elon Musk. First Lady Melania Trump made the rankings for women as well, finishing 19th behind Oprah Winfrey, Hillary Clinton, and Angelina Jolie, who had ranked first on the list before being overtaken by Michelle Obama this year....
    PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images Former President Barack Obama took over the top spot in an annual poll of “Most Admired” men in the world, while President Donald Trump slipped in the rankings to place behind such world leaders as Vladimir Putin, Xi Jinping, and… Keanu Reeves? President Obama climbed to number one in YouGov’s “World’s Most Admired” poll among men, while Trump slipped a spot to 15th on the list. Obama unseated Microsoft founder Bill Gates for the first time in the poll’s history, while Trump slipped a spot as two new entries to the list — Reeves and NBA legend Michael Jordan — surpassed him. There is one place where Trump was more admired than Obama, though, as YouGov pointed out: The former president tops the global list in 22 of the 42 countries and territories surveyed, including the USA. Trump performs best in the US (coming 2nd), South Africa (3rd) and Vietnam (3rd), but only ranks ahead of Obama in one country: Russia, where he places 11th to Obama’s 15th. But even in Russia, Trump could not best...
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