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Russia Bans VPNs In New Blow to Internet Freedom

Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a law prohibiting technology that provides access to banned websites, according to Reuters. The law, already approved by the Duma, the lower house of parliament, will ban the use of virtual private networks (VPNs) and

Lady Gaga Performs At Russian Oligarch’s $10 Million Wedding

The singer performed several of her famous hits at the wedding of children of Russian oligarchs: the daughter of Eldar Osmanov and son of Albert Avdolyan, Joinfo.com reports.   One of the most discussed weddings

Norway-Russia relations to deteriorate following U.S. Marines’ base extension: Russian embassy

Some 330 Marines will be stationed in Norway until the end of 2018, the government said on Wednesday, doubling the length of what was initially billed as a one-year trial period, according to Reuters. The deployment last January to practice winter warfare

Obama administration “sort of choked” in its effort to punish Putin

"It is the hardest thing about my entire time in government to defend," the former senior Obama administration official told the Post, according to CNN. "I feel like we sort of choked." The Post report details how the CIA's assessment that Putin

Syria conflict: Russia issues warning after US coalition downs jet

The coalition said the Syrian Su-22 had bombed US-backed fighters battling so-called Islamic State in Raqqa province, according to the BBC. Russia, the Syrian government's main ally, also said it was halting communications with the US aimed at preventing such incidents. The White

Ukraine News Today June 19, 2017: An-132D aircraft performs impressive demo flight at Paris Air Show 2017; Hostilities in Donbas put water supply to over 1 mln people at risk

Ukrainian An-132D performs impressive demo flight at Paris Air Show 2017 – video A brand new multi-purpose transport aircraft An-132D performed an impressive demo flight at the 2017 International Paris Air Show in Le Bourget, France, Antonov enterprise said, Joinfo.com reports with reference

Ukraine News Today June 15, 2017: Ukrainian Illya Kvasha wins European Diving Championships; Russian proxies attack Ukraine 55 times, 3 soldiers wounded in last day; Many in Ukraine’s parliament pursue own ends, hinder reform – EU ambassador to Ukraine

Ukrainian Illya Kvasha wins European Diving Championships Ukrainian Illya Kvasha became the champion of Europe in diving in Kyiv, Joinfo.com reports with reference to Ukrinform. The athlete from southern Ukraine Mykolayiv city won the gold medal of the European Diving Championships in the men’s one

Washington Post: Trump under investigation for possible obstruction of justice

The move by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III to investigate Trump’s conduct marks a major turning point in the nearly year-old FBI investigation, which until recently focused on Russian meddling during the presidential campaign and on whether there was any

Reuters: Russian diplomats expelled from Moldova recruited fighters

Moldova, a former Soviet state that has long been the focus of a struggle for influence between Russia and the West, expelled the diplomats on May 29. It did not explain the decision, with Prime Minister Pavel Filip saying only that his

Trump ‘considering’ firing special counsel Mueller

"I think he's considering perhaps terminating the special counsel," Christopher Ruddy -- who was at the White House Monday -- told PBS' Judy Woodruff on "PBS NewsHour", according to CNN. "I think he's weighing that option."   Chris Ruddy to