When Putin Met the Pope

President Vladimir Putin met Pope Francis in the Vatican on Thursday, amid signs of closer ties between the Kremlin and the Roman Catholic Church. The meeting came a day before the Pope is due to hold talks in Rome with leaders of Ukraine’s Greek-Catholic Church to discuss the conflict in that country. The Ukrainian Orthodox Church last […]

Trump and Putin Joke About U.S. Election Meddling at G20

With a smirk and a finger point, President Donald Trump dryly told Russia’s Vladimir Putin “Don’t meddle with the election” in their first meeting since the special counsel concluded that Russia extensively interfered with the 2016 campaign. The tone of the president’s comment, which came after a reporter asked if he would warn Putin, was […]

Trump and Putin Joke About Election Meddling At G20

With a smirk and a finger point, President Donald Trump dryly told Russia’s Vladimir Putin “Don’t meddle with the election” in their first meeting since the special counsel concluded that Russia extensively interfered with the 2016 campaign. The tone of the president’s comment, which came after a reporter asked if he would warn Putin, was […]

Russia’s Latest Internet Crackdown Targets Tools for Avoiding Online Censorship

Internet freedom in Russia has been under attack for several years now, with an host of laws designed to monitor what people do online and stop them from accessing information that the authorities want suppressed. Against that backdrop, it’s no surprise that many Russians and people visiting the country try to work around these blocks […]

Huawei Strikes a 5G Deal in Russia as the Chinese Tech Giant Remains on U.S. Blacklist

Huawei signed a deal to bring super-fast 5G wireless networks to Russia, signaling that the Chinese tech giant isn’t letting its blacklist status in the U.S. bring down its global business. Russia’s top mobile network, MTS, announced on Wednesday that it had reached an agreement with Huawei to bring 5G technology, the successor to the […]

I Warned Early On Russiagate Would Help Trump. Now You Can See Why

As one of the vanishingly few people in journalism who has been pointing out the fundamentally fallacious premises behind “Russiagate” since the day it started, I can attest to how vociferously skeptics of this charade have been denounced as Donald Trump apologists or even secret supporters. Of course, there was always a vocal faction of […]

President Trump Supports Public Release of Mueller Report

President Trump says that he is looking forward to seeing the findings of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and that he would welcome the public seeing it as well. Speaking to reporters Wednesday on the White House’s South Lawn, Trump said, “Let it come out. Let people […]

U.S. Preparing to Take a Tougher Stance on German-Russian Gas Pipeline

The Trump administration is readying a tough stance against a Russian gas pipeline with sanctions, according to the Wall Street Journal. The move is driving tensions between the U.S., Germany, and other parts of the EU. The reason is a combination of geopolitics and competition in selling natural gas. At the center of the current […]