Allegations of Russian meddling in the elections were “laughable, unqualified, groundless and unsubstantiated” said Peskov, in a call to reporters. Rather than Russia, he added, the indictments proved “other countries” were involved.
New details of a Ukrainian investigation that concluded Donald Trump's former campaign chief, Paul Manafort, earned more money than he previously reported as a political consultant to a pro-Kremlin party.
Donald Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort was charged Monday with conspiracy against the United States and money laundering, the first to come out of a sprawling probe into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
Sarah Chayes, a senior associate in the Democracy and Rule of Law Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, says politicians from both sides of the aisle are not taking seriously enough their duty to ensure they're not turning their government role into an opportunity to make a buck.
NATO says a Russian invasion of Ukraine is "highly probable." The Ukrainian government says a large convoy of humanitarian aid coming from Russia is just a "Trojan horse." If the humanitarian crisis is indeed a pretext for an invasion, it certainly wouldn't be Moscow's first time.
The psychological game "Mafia" pits a well-connected minority against a civilian majority. It was invented in the Soviet Union as sort of spoof of KGB thinking, but it has gone global. The Russian government uses it to train spies, and would-be entrepreneurs around the world play it to practice their negotiating skills.
When Russia moved into Crimea last year, even NATO admits it was caught off-guard. But now a top NATO general says the West is alert to Putin's plans, and is developing its own moves to stop him from expanding any further.
Russian President Vladimir Putin sits at the top of a power structure he helped create. But it wasn't always this way. He was once an unemployed KGB agent looking for a job. He proved a master at upward mobility.
It's a disturbing time for Jews in Europe right now. But the conflict in Ukraine seems to be making that country a little more welcoming to its Jewish citizens, even as they continue leaving the country in large numbers.