Putin Aide Proposes $7.5 Billion Tax Hike for Mining, Chemicals Sectors

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The top economic adviser to Russian President Vladimir Putin proposed raising taxes on mining companies, including MMC Norilsk Nickel PJSC and Alrosa PJSC, among the largest producers of nickel and diamonds. Additional budget revenues are needed to help pay for Putin’s promises to boost spending after his re-election this spring, according to the letter, which […]


Accused Russian Spy Maria Butina Told American CEO: Send Cash to Moscow

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alleged foreign agent in the United States. It indicates that courting American politicos wasnt her only mission. She also took a keen interest in contentious, complex matters involving international financeall while attempting to influence the primary financier of what would become Washingtons most Trump-friendly foreign-policy think tank. Butina, who is currently incarcerated, has pleaded not […]


Putins Soccer Ball for Trump Had Transmitter Chip, Logo Indicates

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Russian President Vladimir Putin’s gift of a soccer ball to U.S. President tweeted, “I’d check the soccer ball for listening devices and never allow it in the White House.” It turns out they weren’t entirely wrong. Markings on the ball indicate that it contained a chip with a tiny antenna that transmits to nearby phones. […]


Russian Hackers Attacking U.S. Power Grid and Aviation, FBI Warns

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U.S. officials warn of attacks, including on nuclear plants Cyber-attacks underway since at least March 2016, U.S. says reported in July that Russian hackers had breached more than a dozen power plants in seven states, an aggressive campaign that has since expanded to dozens of states, according to a person familiar with the investigation. "Since […]


Pussy Riot’s Masha Alyokhina on Putin, Trump and Brexit: ‘It’s useless to be afraid’

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Set to headline Australias Dark Mofo in Hobart, the activist speaks about imprisonment, fear and discovering her son is violating the regime of school Are you able to keep calling her later today or late tonight? Maria Alyokhinas representative asks me, panicked. Or could you try any other day? In fact, he adds woefully, any […]