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Russia’s alternate reality campaign continues, more brazen after Helsinki. Much Russian gloating over the latter. Butina indicted in the US. Reports Cambridge Analytica may have leaked private Facebook data to Russia. Mogherini calls out Russia on MH17.
Most interesting developments in Amesbury/Salisbury. Claims the assassin was female in a six person covert ops team. CW agent was found to be in a perfume spray bottle and it appears the victim believing it to be perfume fatally exposed herself with a dose said to be higher than the Skripals received. Police extend search for more contaminated items. Unknown as yet whether CW agent perfurme bottle was collateral from Skripal attack or a subsequent diversionary operation by GRU or other Russian agency.
Updates on Iran, Syria, Israel, Turkey.
WASHINGTON (AFP) – President Vladimir Putin accused Britain on Monday (July 16) of making baseless allegations against Russia after a former Soviet spy was among four people found poisoned by a nerve agent in southern England.. Read more at straitstimes.com.
VLADIMIR Putin was grilled over the string of Novichok poisonings in the UK – and asked why so many of his political enemies has ended up dead.
President Putin has denied responsibility for the novichok poisonings and claimed that Britain’s accusations against Russia may be driven by domestic politics.“Maybe there is some other reason for the death,” Mr Putin said, referring to Dawn Sturgess, who died after coming into contact with the nerv
Last week, high-ranking UK counter-terrorism officer Neil Basu said that detectives have been unable to confirm whether the toxic agent the couple in Amesbury was allegedly exposed to was the same as the one ostensibly used against former Russian intelligence agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury in March.
A couple from Amesbury had reportedly picked up a small bottle of perfume presumably spiked with the so-called Novichok nerve agent, allegedly used against former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in neighboring Salisbury. However, scientists have yet to confirm whether the Amesbury substance was from the same batch.
Pro-Kremlin media are delighted with Vladimir Putin’s US summit performance, says Steven Rosenberg.
In Russia, the Helsinki summit is being depicted as an important first step to reestablishing U.S.-Russian relations, with analysts lauding the formation of bilateral working groups that were being largely ignored by commentators in the West.
Russian intelligence agencies are planning to ramp up operations targeting western countries now that the World Cup and the Trump-Putin Helsinki summit have ended, according to sources familiar with intelligence collected by the United Kingdom, the US and other allies.
A U.S. grand jury has stepped up criminal charges against a woman accused of acting as a covert agent for Russia by cultivating ties with U.S. politicians, while Russian officials denounced the case.
U.S. Grand Jury Indicts Woman on Charges of Being Russian Agent
On July 16, the U.S. Justice Department announced the arrest of a 29-year-old Russian woman named Maria Butina. She is accused of conspiracy against the United States and promoting Russian state interests as an unregistered “foreign agent.” The founder of the social organization “Right to Bear Arms,” Butina is considered closed to Alexander Torshin, the deputy chairman of Russia’s Central Bank and a former senator in Russia’s Federation Council. According to U.S. officials, Torshin allegedly oversaw Butina’s actions in the United States. Meduza reviews what we know about this woman and the charges against her.
The European Court of Human Rights ruled that Russia failed to properly investigate the murder of investigative journalist Anna Politkovskaya, who exposed the brutality and corruption of security forces in Chechnya.
The now infamous Facebook data set on tens of millions of Americans gathered by a Cambridge University scientist for a firm that went on to worked for Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign was accessed from Russia, a British member of parliament tells CNN.
“Today we commemorate the fourth anniversary of the tragic downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17, which caused the loss of so many innocent lives. For those who lost their loved ones, this day is a constant source of grief and we convey our deepest sympathy and respect to all of them,” EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy said in a declaration on the occasion of the 4th anniversary of the downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17. The EU calls on Russia to cooperate in full with the international investigation to establish those responsible in the downing of the passenger jet in July 2014.
Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, has taken Russia to task for the crash of Malaysia …
Everything known about MH17 tragedy four years later
On Monday, July 16, France closed its trade and investment representative office in Russia, publishing an announcement in the communiqué of the …
Dawn Sturgess (pictured), 44, died last week, and her partner Charlie Rowley, 45, is fighting for life in hospital after they found the Russian nerve agent in Amesbury, near Salisbury.
Group of six people headed by woman organized Skripal’s poisoning, – mass media
Novichok victim Dawn Sturgess died after spraying perfume laced with the nerve agent onto both her wrists, her boyfriend, who was also exposed to the deadly substance, has revealed.
Dawn Sturgess, the British woman killed by the nerve agent Novichok, may have sprayed it on herself from a perfume bottle.
Some details have emerged from a post-mortem investigation into the death of Dawn Sturgess.
Dawn Sturgess died after being exposed to the nerve agent via what police believe to have been a small perfume bottle.
The Novichok victim Dawn Sturgess died after spraying the nerve agent on her wrists having found a discarded perfume bottle containing the liquid, her partner had said. Ms. Sturgess, 44, discovered the glass bottle during a day out with her partner Charlie Rowley, 45, on June 29 and took it back to h
Dawn Sturgess became the first British casualty from Novichok poisonings.
Dawn Sturgess and partner visited Queen Elizabeth Gardens day before they fell ill
Decontamination efforts continue as source of nerve agent found in victim’s house
Counter-terrorism officers are searching Queen Elizabeth Park in Salisbury, which is at the centre of the Wiltshire city’s Novichok poisoning investigation.
The nerve agent investigation will start focusing on Queen Elizabeth Gardens from today (Wednesday 18th July).
Russia has attempted to hack into Scotland Yard’s Novichok murder inquiry, The Telegraph understands.
THE recent death from Novichok poisoning of Dawn Sturgess, coming months after the nerve agent was used on former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia, is a “wake-up call” to Theresa May’s Government about the threat posed by chemical weapons, an expert has said.
British media regulator Ofcom says Russia’s state-funded international television network, RT, broke Britain’s broadcasting code when it presented tweets and e-mails sent by its own staff as coming…
New weapons and friends make an attack on Tehran’s nuclear facilities a more thinkable proposition.
The U.S. is legally “obliged to stop these international breaches and compensate for all the damage inflicted,” Iran says.
According to RBC news agency, the Special Representative of the President of Russia for Syria, Alexander Lavrentiev will visit Tehran on July 18 …
Iran has built a factory that can produce rotors for up to 60 centrifuges a day, the head of its atomic agency said on Wednesday, upping the stakes in a confrontation with Washington over the Islamic Republic’s nuclear work.
France, Germany and the U.K. have told Iran they are exploring accounts at their central banks that would keep the Iranian nuclear deal alive by providing a financial conduit.
Unidentified drones attacked the Russian airbase Khmeimim in Syria, reported Telegram channel Directorate 4, which is monitoring the situation …
Israel launched missiles at a Syrian military base near Nayrab airport in the north of the country, SANA reports. According to the news agency, …
On July 11, Israel shot down a Russian Forpost drone which was supposedly engaged in reconnaissance of militant positions, reported the …
Scores of displaced Syrians ordered back as they approached border fence along the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu claimed responsibility for President Trump’s decision to pull the U.S. out of the Iran nuclear deal, according to a video obtained by Israeli public television.
The U.S. State Department on Monday said it was working with NATO ally Turkey on the possible sale of a Raytheon Corporation’s Patriot missile defense system to avert its purchase of a Russian-made S-400 system.
The U.S. State Department says it is working to persuade NATO ally Turkey to purchase Raytheon Patriot missile-defense systems rather than a rival Russian missile system.
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