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Top Russian cybercrimes expert arrested in Moscow

The lede: “A senior official in the Russian cyberintelligence department that American officials say oversaw last year’s election hacking has been arrested in Moscow on charges of treason, a Russian newspaper reported Wednesday.”

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‘Intercepted Russian Communications Part of Inquiry Into Trump Associates’

The lede: “American law enforcement and intelligence agencies are examining intercepted communications and financial transactions as part of a broad investigation into possible links between Russian officials and associates of President-elect Donald J. Trump, including his former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, current and former senior American officials said.”

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Thu, January 19 2017 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page, politics » Comments Off on ‘Intercepted Russian Communications Part of Inquiry Into Trump Associates’

Putin poo-poohs Trump dossier, praises Russian hookers

The lede: “Vladimir Putin has dismissed the dossier published last week about alleged links between Moscow and Donald Trump, describing the people who ordered it as “worse than prostitutes”.”

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The gentle Russian art of ‘Kompromat’

A word made up of the Russian words for “compromising” and “information,” Kompromat involves, in part, catching important people in compromising positions and then using that information to manipulate or destroy them.

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Covering the news conferences of authoritarian leaders like Trump: A Russian primer

A Russian journalist who has experience in dealing with President Vladimir Putin offers some advice to his American colleagues about to deal with U.S. president-elect Donald Trump.

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Fri, January 13 2017 » Main Page, Media, politics » Comments Off on Covering the news conferences of authoritarian leaders like Trump: A Russian primer

Buzzfeed drops an unverified bomb on Trump

Buzzfeed, the entertainment giant on the web, also does news. In this case, it created a massive shitstorm for U.S. president-elect Donald Trump, releasing an unverified intelligence document that includes allegations of rather salacious behaviour by Trump during a 2013 trip to Moscow.

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Russians allegedly had compromising info on Trump, say intel chiefs

The lede: “Classified documents presented last week to President Obama and President-elect Trump included allegations that Russian operatives claim to have compromising personal and financial information about Mr. Trump, multiple US officials with direct knowledge of the briefings tell CNN.”

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Kremlin rejects US allegations about election interference

The lede: “The Kremlin broke its silence over the U.S. intelligence report into hacking Monday, saying the allegations are ‘unfounded’ and ‘reminiscent of a witch hunt.’”

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Mon, January 9 2017 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » Comments Off on Kremlin rejects US allegations about election interference

In wake of report, Trump calls for better relations with Russia

On Saturday, the day after U.S. intelligence agencies gave him a report accusing Russia of meddling in the U.S. presidential election, president-elect Donald Trump sent out a series of tweets on the theme of warmer relations with Russia.

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Russians sneer at US election cyber-hacking allegations

The Russians are dumping on a report by U.S. intelligence agencies that alleges Russian involvement in trying to influence the U.S. presidential election in favour of Donald Trump.

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