U.S. warily eyeing new Russian air defenses in Crimea

By Phil Stewart BRUSSELS, Jan 16 : The United States is assessing the security implications of Russia’s latest deployment of S-400 air defenses to Crimea, a U.S. military official said on Tuesday, adding it could give existing Russian defenses more resilience. “It’s not good. It doesn’t bode well,” a senior U.S. official at the U.S. […]

In rut, Russian communists register surprise candidate to challenge Putin

By Andrew Osborn MOSCOW, Jan 12 : The Russian Communist Party moved to overhaul its geriatric image on Friday, registering a wealthy 57-year-old farm boss to challenge incumbent Vladimir Putin for the presidency in a gamble it hopes will revive its electoral fortunes. Russia’s central election commission on Friday said it had registered Pavel Grudinin, […]

Russians may be planning hack to cast shadow on Olympics -researchers

By David Ingram SAN FRANCISCO, Jan 12 : A Virginia-based cybersecurity firm said on Thursday it had found early indications that Russia-based hackers may be planning attacks against anti-doping agencies in retaliation for Russia’s exclusion from next month’s Winter Olympic Games. Researchers from ThreatConnect Inc said that within the past month unknown people had registered […]

U.S. Democrats target Russia, Trump in report on election interference

By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON, Jan 10 : Democratic U.S. lawmakers called on President Donald Trump’s administration on Wednesday to treat foreign election interference as a national crisis, setting up a single agency to coordinate the response and establishing a new class of sanctions to quickly punish those responsible. Democrats on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee […]

Public interest group sues U.S. Justice Dept for release of FBI messages

By Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON, Jan 3 : A public interest group sued the U.S. Justice Department on Wednesday, demanding a quicker response to a request for internal communications about a decision to show some reporters private text messages between two FBI officials who worked for special counsel Robert Mueller. Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in […]