Russian intelligence has always tried to gather compromising information, or "kompromat," on prominent figures at home and abroad. It's also known that they try to use this as influence to help Moscow's interests.
Russian President Vladimir Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov told journalists called the claims published by BuzzFeed and attributed to a former British intelligence operative a "total fake" — and "an obvious attempt to harm our bilateral relations."
US President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday furiously denied explosive claims that Russian intelligence has gathered compromising personal and professional information on him, hours before he faces the media for the first time since his election win.
President Putin of Russia says he's going to simply ignore tough new US sanctions, announced Thursday by President Barack Obama in response to Russia's alleged attempts to influence the US election. However, Russian officials are concerned about the dangers of a US cyberattack.
Obama is kicking the Russians out of the Norwich House in Upper Brookville on Long Island, New York. Nearby, the Russians own a another compound known as Killenworth, a house at the height of the Cold War.
The Tu-154 military plane went down shortly after taking off from the southern city of Adler where it had been refueling. The plane crashed into the Black Sea, with no sign of survivors among the 92 on board, including Red Army Choir members traveling to celebrate New Year with troops.