Tag Archives: Russian

Russia identifies mastermind behind St. Petersburg metro bombing – Russian agencies

MOSCOW: Russia’s Federal Security Service has identified the person who orchestrated an attack that killed 14 people on the St. Petersburg metro earlier this month, Russian news agencies reported on Thursday, citing FSB chief Alexander Bortnikov. “He has been provisionally identified. Yes, yes, identified,” agencies cited Bortnikov as saying. Police have so far detained 10… Read More »

Russian Ovechkin plan to defy NHL, compete in South Korea

(The Sports Xchange) – Washington Capitals star left wing Alex Ovechkin, Pittsburgh Penguins centre Sidney Crosby and Chicago Blackhawks stars Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane were among the National Hockey League (NHL) players who expressed dissatisfaction with the league’s announcement Monday that it will not participate in the upcoming Winter Olympic in Pyeongchang, South Korea.… Read More »

Obama admits underestimating impact of Russian hacking

WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama admitted Sunday that he “underestimated” the impact misinformation and hacking could have on democracies, a remark that follows an intelligence report on Russian meddling in the US presidential vote. In a pre-taped interview on ABC’s “This Week,” Obama denied underestimating Russian President Vladimir Putin, who US intelligence agencies say ordered a… Read More »

US intercepts show Russian officials celebrating Trump win – Washington Post

WASHINGTON: Senior Russian officials celebrated Donald Trump’s election victory as a geopolitical win for Moscow, the Washington Post reported on Thursday, citing U.S. officials who said intercepted communications showed the Russians congratulating themselves on the outcome. The ebullient reaction among high-ranking Russian officials – including some who U.S. officials believe had knowledge of the country’s… Read More »

Russian hackers penetrated Vermont electric utility – Washington Post

WASHINGTON: A code associated with the Russian hacking operation dubbed Grizzly Steppe by the Obama administration has been detected within the system of a Vermont electric utility, The Washington Post reported on Friday, citing unnamed U.S. officials. The Russians did not actively use the code to disrupt operations of the utility, the officials told the… Read More »

EU says Russian, Syrian Aleppo bombing may be 'war crimes'

LUXEMBOURG: The European Union on Monday (Oct 17) strongly condemned Russia for the bombardment of the Syrian city of Aleppo, saying air strikes by Moscow and Damascus could amount to war crimes. “Since the beginning of the offensive by the regime and its allies, notably Russia, the intensity and scale of the aerial bombardment of… Read More »

Russian hackers attack 2 US voter databases: Reports

WASHINGTON: Russian-based hackers may have been responsible for two recent attempts to breach US voter registration databases in two states, raising fears Moscow is trying to undermine November’s presidential election, US media said Monday (Aug 29). The incidents led the FBI to send a “flash alert” to election officials earlier this month, asking them to… Read More »

Kerry presses on with Russian talks on Syria despite Aleppo setbacks

WASHINGTON: U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is still pursuing an agreement with Russia on military cooperation in the fight against Islamic State in Syria despite major setbacks and scepticism from other administration officials and U.S. allies, U.S. officials with knowledge of the talks said on Friday. “We believe this approach is still worth pursuing,”… Read More »

Bulgaria softens tone but still points finger at Russian aircraft

SOFIA: Bulgaria toned down its criticism of Moscow on Tuesday, saying Russian aircraft had not been involved in violations of its air space but once again blamed Russia for not observing international norms in aviation. Bulgarian Defence Minister Nikolay Nenchev said on Sunday there had been a rise in violations of its air space by… Read More »

CAS says to rule on 68 Russian athletes' Olympic participation

ZURICH: The Russian Olympic Committee (ROC), the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) and 68 Russian athletes have agreed the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) will settle a dispute over the athletes’ participation in the upcoming Olympic Games, CAS said on Monday. “The parties have agreed to an expedited procedure which should conclude on… Read More »