Tuesday, March 31, 2015


Former KGB General Oleg Kalugin lives in the United States and has been sentenced by Russia to 15 years in prison for treason.

Ex-KGB Agent Kalugin: Putin Was 'Only A Major'

A former high-ranking KGB officer is accusing Russian President Vladimir Putin of falsifying his rank in the spy agency and using dirty tricks to derail a probe into sweeping Kremlin corruption. More

"It does feel like they're tightening the rules, but they haven't seemed to impose any new rules. It's that they're enforcing old rules that they never used to enforce before," says Sam Greene, director of the Russia Institute at King's College London.

Western Scholars Alarmed By Russian Deportations, Fines

At least four Western scholars in Russia have been deported, fined, or threatened with these penalties over the past year due to alleged visa violations, unnerving many U.S. and European academics whose career advancement often depends on access to Russian archives. More

WATCH: Czechs Give Warm Welcome To U.S. Military Convoy

U.S. Convoy: In Czech Republic, Real-Life Supporters Outnumber Virtual Opponents

A convoy of U.S. military troops has met with warm welcomes in the Baltics and Poland. But a number of bloggers and pro-Russian media said the cheers would stop once the convoy reached the Czech Republic. More

Crimean Tatar TV channel ATR has placed a  countdown clock on-screen during its broadcasts.

Crimean Tatar TV Counts Minutes To Impending Shutdown

The only Crimean Tatar television channel in Crimea could be closed down on April 1 if it's not able to register with the Russian government. Locals see the pressure against ATR television as part of a broader campaign of intimidation against Crimean Tatars since Russia occupied Crimea last year. More

Chinese President Xi Jinping (center-front) poses for photos with the guests of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing in October 2014.

New Chinese Bank Becomes Major Headache For U.S.

China's decision to establish a new China-led development bank for Asia is causing major headaches in Washington. As countries -- including, now, Russia -- rush in to join the bank before a March 31 deadline, the United States looks increasingly isolated. More


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