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‘It’s an outrage’: Putin attacks 18-month prison term for Maria Butina

Russian president says sentence an attempt by US to save face after Butina found guilty of conspiring to infiltrate US conservative circles Vladimir Putin on Saturday described as an outrage the sentencing of Russian gun rights activist Maria Butina to 18 months in prison in the US, calling her treatment a travesty of justice. The Russian president described the sentencing as an attempt by the US to save face in his first public comments in the wake of Butinas sentencing in on Friday. Her case has been high-profile amid the…

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Maria Butina sentenced to 18 months for trying to infiltrate US right and NRA

Russian, 30, admitted conspiracy to act as a Russian agent after building a network that reached into Donald Trumps circle A federal judge sentenced the Russian gun-rights activist Maria Butina to 18 months in prison on Friday, after she tried to infiltrate US conservative groups and the National Rifle Association to promote Russian political interests around the 2016 election. After serving time in prison, Butina, 30, would be deported, a US district court judge said in a ruling the Russian embassy in Washington attacked as political and driven by repressive…

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Kirsten Gillibrand pledges to not use hacked information in 2020 presidential campaign

Sen. Gillibrand felt compelled to let everyone know she wouldn't take info from the Russians.Image: Kena Betancur/Getty Images Donald Trump set such a low bar during the 2016 election that one Democratic candidate is pledging not to use stolen or hacked information from foreign actors in the 2020 race. This is how we live now, folks. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand issued the detailed pledge on Tuesday. While many Democratic candidates, including Gillibrand, went on the record with the Daily Beast in February saying they wouldn’t use hacked material in their respective…

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Whats Trump Up to Amid Mueller Report Mania? Hanging With Kid Rock

After uttering his no collusion mantra at least The New York Times, he played golf and had lunch with Kid Rock at Mar-a-Lago. With much of Washington, D.C. in an 11th hour frenzy since Mueller delivered hisreportedly in tow as Muellers report landed. But he has not made a peep on Twitter or otherwise commented on the end of the Russia investigation. Sources cited by the Times say his lawyers and aides have urged him to keep quiet and count on Attorney General William Barr to handle the report. While…

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Trumpworld Gloats About Mueller: The Fat Lady Has Sung

Trumpworld spent Sunday doing the unthinkable: using Robert Mueller to dunk on Democrats. There was a collective sigh of relief among Trump loyalistsand a very public victory lapin the hours after Attorney General William Barr no evidence of collusion between President Trump and Russia and inconclusive findings over whether Trump obstructed the investigation. As Washington waits for Barr to release a version of Muellers full reportwhich he is expected to do in the near futureDemocrats made clear that Sunday was just the beginning of the fight. While top party leaders…

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Trump provokes global anger by recognising Israel’s claim to Golan Heights

Russia, Iran and Turkey condemn US president while Syria vows to recapture territory lost in 1967 war Syria has vowed to retake the Golan Heights as Donald Trumps call for the US to recognise the occupied territory as part of Israel elicited strong responses from Russia, Turkey and Iran. The president ended half a century of US foreign policy and broke from post-second world war international consensus that forbids territorial conquest during war said on Friday that the country was now more determined to liberate it by all possible means…

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New Film Shows How Bellingcat Cracks the Web’s Toughest Cases

Aric Toler’s face is illuminated only by the glow of the video playing on his laptop. It’s dashcam footage, supposedly captured by a driver in the town of Makiivka in eastern Ukraine, showing a Russian military convoy on its way to shoot down Malaysia Airlines flight 17 on July 17, 2014. At least, that’s the theory. Toler just has to prove it. To the untrained eye, the video is awfully dull. But to Toler, who’s part of a global team of digital detectives known as Bellingcat, it’s a goldmine. He…

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Kremlin Accused Her of Being a U.S. Spy. She Offered to Go to Moscow.

The top secret treason trial of a cybercrime analyst wrapped up this week after months of testimony behind the closed doors of a Moscow military court, with prosecutors arrests to Russias state service, cross-border cooperation can evidently amount to high treason. Things are going very badly, said Zenz, a longtime friend of Stoyanov. Ruslan is an honest guy, hes a good guy. He does not deserve this. Spam Nation. In 2013, a Russian court sentenced Vrublevsky to two and a half years in prison for ordering a sustained denial-of-service attack…

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Zuckerberg rejects facetime call for answers from five parliaments

Facebook has declined once again to send its CEO to the UK parliament — this time turning down an invitation to face questions from a grand committee comprised of representatives from five international parliaments. MPs from Argentina, Australia, Canada, Ireland and the UK have joined forces to try to pile pressure on the company’s founder, Mark Zuckerberg, to answer questions related to his “platform’s malign use in world affairs and democratic process”. The UK’s Digital, Culture, Media and Sport committee, which has been running an enquiry into online disinformation for the best…

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Space station air leak: someone drilled the hole, say Russians

Several attempts at drilling were made by a wavering hand either on Earth or in orbit, in what could be accident or sabotage An air leak on the International Space Station might have been sabotage, according to the head of Russias Roscosmos space agency, and an investigation is under way. Dmitry Rogozin said the caused from outside by a tiny meteorite, but later admitted that had been ruled out. Chris B – NSF (@NASASpaceflight) ISS Leak summary: First thought was MMOD strike. Then NASA released pics. Lots of people: “Hmmm,…

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Russia blasts new US sanctions as ‘theatre of the absurd’

Officials vow countermeasures and markets slump after tough measures unveiled over Salisbury attack Russian officials reacted with outrage and markets slumped on Thursday morning following tweeted Dmitry Polyanskiy, first deputy permanent representative of Russia to the UN. No proofs, no clues, no logic, no presumption of innocence, just highly-likelies. Only one rule: blame everything on Russia, no matter how absurd and fake it is. Let us welcome the United Sanctions of America! One senior Russian MP called the US a police state. A member of the Dumas foreign affairs committee,…

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Asia Stocks Mixed on Trade Volleys; Kiwi Slumps: Markets Wrap

Asian stocks traded mixed as China hit back against the Trump administration’s latest tariffs and tensions ratcheted up between the U.S. and Russia. The yen edged higher, while oil held on to its losses. Shares fell in Japan and South Korea, fluctuated in Hong Kong, and pushed higher in China and Australia. Treasuries added to gains made as investors scooped up a record $26 billion 10-year auction. The kiwi tumbled to a two-year low after the New Zealand central bank pushed out its forecast for a rate increase by a…

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Dollar Debt Will Be Elusive to Turkey as U.S. Sanctions Bite

The summer holiday in the bond market may be a long one for Turkey. New dollar issuance, including government and corporate-sector bonds, has dried up, with no sales recorded since April, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. And with corporate-bond losses among the worst in emerging markets amid a plunge in the lira, the dollar-debt market may be shut for some time to come. Quiet Summer Turkish bond sales have dried up since April as uncertainties deterred issuers

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The Accused Russian Agent as Trump Republican

Here are some things we know about Maria Butina. She is a 29-year-old white woman with an enthusiasm for guns who has attended multiple National Rifle Association events, socialized with NRA leaders and repeated NRA talking points. She attended Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker's 2015 announcement seeking the Republican nomination for president, and later supported Republican Donald Trump for president. She attended the National Prayer Breakfast, a Republican gathering place, in Washington this year.    Butina published an grifter that is a According to Dusty Johnson, a South Dakota Republican and…

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