Here's everyone who has been charged and convicted in Mueller's Russia probe so far
- Mueller reportedly began further investigation into Kilimnik in November with the help of three of his associates, including Manafort, to examine their political consultancy and lobbying work that connected them with prominent Russian oligarchs.
- Gates opted to take a plea deal in late February, pleading guilty to one charge of lying to investigators and one charge of conspiracy in exchange for becoming a cooperating witness in the Mueller probe.
- On the same day Mueller's office announced the indictments of Manafort and Gates, it was revealed that George Papadopoulos, a 30-year-old former Trump adviser, had pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his contacts with Russia.
- The plea deal's release came immediately after Mueller's office announced charges against 13 Russian nationals and three Russian entities accused of interfering in the 2016 US election by mounting an elaborate and multi-faceted social media influence operation meant to sow political discord during and after the race.
Another country is blaming Russia for jamming its GPS signals during a massive NATO military exercise
- HELSINKI (AP) — The Norwegian Defense Ministry said Tuesday that Russian forces in the Arctic disturbed GPS location signals during a recent large NATO drill in Norway.
- The ministry said that Norway's Foreign Ministry earlier had raised the issue with Russian authorities.
- In an email Tuesday to The Associated Press, the ministry said it "was aware that that jamming has been recorded between Oct. 16 and Nov. 7 from the Russian forces" on the Arctic Kola peninsula.
- Over the weekend, Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipila said his country's GPS location signals were intentionally disrupted in the northern Lapland region.
- The Russian Defense Ministry could not be reached Tuesday for comment on Norway's claim.
- The northern Arctic regions of Finland's Lapland and Norway's Finnmark are adjacent to Russia's Kola Peninsula, which is home to Russia's Northern Fleet with major naval and submarine bases and other Russian military installations.
Mueller reportedly plans to issue new indictments in the Russia investigation as soon as Tuesday
- Special Counsel Robert Mueller is expected to issue new indictments as part of the Russia investigation as soon as today, CBS reported on Tuesday, citing multiple sources with knowledge of the probe.
- The news comes as acting attorney general, Matthew Whitaker, plans to consult with Department of Justice ethics officials about whether he should recuse himself from Mueller's investigation into the Trump presidential campaign's ties to Russia.
- Since Mueller started his probe last May, his team has charged four Americans once affiliated with Trump's campaign or administration, 13 Russian nationals, 12 Russian intelligence officers, three Russian companies, and two other people.
- They include Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, former Trump campaign advisor George Papadopoulos, and Trump's former national security advisor Michael Flynn.
- Manafort is reportedly halting his cooperation with Mueller.
Inside Bill Browder’s War Against Putin
- In the 1990s, after the collapse of the Soviet Union, his hedge-fund, Hermitage Capital, made a fortune investing in Russia as the country privatized its state-owned industries, despite the downside risk that the government, at any time and without warning, could seize assets, dilute stock shares, and arrest investors or their employees.
- How authorities raided the offices of Hermitage and its law firm, stole the company’s corporate seals and stamps, and rigged a bogus $230 million tax-rebate fraud, which they tried to pin on Browder’s 37-year-old tax adviser, Sergei Magnitsky.
- At the top of her class at Moscow State University—Russia’s Harvard—Elena worked for an American P.R. firm representing the oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky, the chairman of Yukos, one of Russia’s larger oil companies.
Ivan Turgenev Was Distrusted by the Left and the Right
- Wilson is right that Fathers and Sons doesn’t equal Dostoevsky’s best books (though it’s better than The Brothers Karamazov in my view) or Tolstoy’s epics, but his claim that it is merely “nice” is as silly as it is dated.
- In Gentry, for example, we follow the life of Fyodor Lavretsky, a wealthy landowner, who falls in love with a beautiful woman named Varvara Pavlovna after he sees her at an opera in Moscow.
- Home of the Gentry and Fathers and Sons are deeply humane novels precisely because they remind us that people are people—never gods and rarely beasts—limited and flawed, yes, but capable of quiet acts of love and sacrifice nonetheless.
Russian military veterans want an international court investigation of Moscow's use of mercenaries
- MOSCOW (Reuters) - Groups representing Russian military veterans plan to ask the International Criminal Court (ICC) to investigate Russia's secret deployment of civilian contractors in Syria, Ukraine and Africa, a paramilitary leader said on Friday.
- The recruitment of civilians to fight abroad is illegal in Russia, and the Kremlin has repeatedly denied reports of thousands of Russian private contractors fighting alongside government forces in Syria.
- More than a dozen Russian veteran organizations plan to write to Fatou Bensouda, prosecutor of the Hague-based ICC investigating war crimes, according to Yevgeny Shabayev, a paramilitary Cossack group leader who says he personally knows dozens of people who have been on such assignments.
- The veteran organizations said in the letter of appeal that Russian contractors also worked in Sudan, South Sudan, Yemen and Gabon.
Russia and Ukraine are taking their conflict to the sea
- But Moscow's construction of the new bridge across the Kerch Strait, the only passage between the Sea of Azov and the Black Sea, has cut cargo shipments to the Ukrainian ports — and triggered the military buildup by both countries.
- Technically, both Ukraine and Russia enjoy free use of the Sea of Azov under a 2003 agreement, but Moscow has subjected Ukrainian vessels to its own authorization procedures to traverse the strait since construction began on the bridge in April 2015.
- Alternatively, if the United States decides to demonstrate its support for Ukraine in a more physical manner — such as by sending naval vessels to visit the country's Azov ports, for instance — it could upend the nature of the conflict.
The identity crisis of the Russian entrepreneur: Some Russian companies don’t want to be called 'Russian companies,' and take active steps to conceal their nationality
- I've noticed a pattern after interviewing many Russian business leaders.
- Russian entrepreneurs endeavoring to do meaningful business on the world's stage face an uphill battle.
- I found two young entrepreneurs willing to speak on the record about doing business while Russian.
- Pertenava pointed to one standout example of Russian identity being a business liability: that of Kaspersky Lab. A 2015 Bloomberg story asserted deep connections between the international cybersecurity firm and the Russian intelligence service.
- It might be the inciting incident that made "Russian company" an undesirable pair of words to many of the country's business leaders.
- If I could hope for a new pattern to emerge in my reporting, it would be one where Russian companies serve the world so well that their heritage is cause for celebration.
A devastating shipyard accident appears to have sunk Russia's efforts to save its sole aircraft carrier
- One of the world's largest dry docks sank at a shipyard in northwestern Russia late last month, throwing a wrench into plans to repair and modernize the country's sole aircraft carrier — the Admiral Kuznetsov.
- Russian officials initially said that the accident would not delay efforts to repair the flagship of the Russian Navy, which returned from Syria spewing black smoke after losing two of its aircraft to tragic accidents, but it appears that the loss of the critical PD-50 dry dock may be a serious setback.
- Russia has found viable alternatives to the sunken dry dock for almost all of its naval vessels, all except for the Kuznetsov, officials now admit.
- The loss of the PD-50 dry dock and the ensuing damage to the Kuznetsov begs the question of whether it is even worth it to salvage its carrier program given its poor performance record and unreliability, The War Zone assesses.