German intelligence claim Russia attempted hacking into the electric grid

Intelnews.org: The head of Germany’s domestic security agency has publicly blamed the Russian government for a large-scale cyberattack that has targeted German energy providers. The comments follow a June 13 announcement on the subject by Germany’s Federal Office for Information Security (BSI), which is charged with securing the German government’s electronic communications.… Be Informed

Giuliani says he’ll say no to pardons in Russia investigation

Politico:  As long as Rudy Giuliani is serving as President Donald Trump’s lawyer, he’ll advise the president to say no to pardons in the Russia investigation, Giuliani told CNN’s Jake Tapper on Sunday morning.

“The president has issued no pardons in this investigation,” Giuliani said on “State of the Union.” “The president is not going to issue pardons in this investigation.… Be Informed

Taxi driver who hit Moscow pedestrians fell asleep while driving – Moscow Police

AP: The suspect in a taxi crash near Red Square that injured two Mexican World Cup fans and other pedestrians told interrogators that he fell asleep at the wheel, Moscow police said Sunday.

City police released a video Sunday of an interrogation session with a man identified as the Kyrgyz taxi driver, in which he says he briefly dozed off and accidentally hit the gas.… Be Informed

The World Cup and Russia – Power and beyond

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Russian President Vladimir Putin claims soccer and politics have nothing to do with each other, yet the World Cup he kicked off Thursday is about much more than sports.

It’s about proving to the world that Russia is a global power broker and not an outcast, that it’s an open, confident and generous nation — and not an isolated, repressive place hobbled by sanctions.… Be Informed

Don’t have sex with men from ‘different race’ during World Cup, warns Russian politician

The Guardian: Russian women should avoid sex with non-white foreign men during the football World Cup because they could become single mothers to mixed-race children, a senior lawmaker in Moscow said on Wednesday.

Even when Russian women marry foreigners the relationships often end badly, said Tamara Pletnyova, head of parliament’s committee for families, women and children.… Be Informed

The fear of World War 3 should stop global powers from attacking each other -Putin

A fear of mutual destruction should stop global powers from attacking each other and prompting World War III, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday during a public phone-in.

“The understanding that a third world war could be the end of civilization should restrain us from taking extreme steps on the international arena that are highly dangerous for modern civilization,” Putin said during his annual question and answer session with Russian citizens.… Be Informed

Putin visits Austria in first visit in EU state since re-election

Easing of sanctions against Russia, the relations with the US and the European Union were the main topics discussed during a meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Austrian chancellor, Sebastian Kurz.

Putin’s visit to Austria was the first state visit to an EU member state since being re-elected as Russian president in March.… Be Informed

Russia accused of literally toying with ex-Soviet neighbour

Distressed Lithuanian shoppers are asking questions about a game that surfaced in the market. The board game includes four military figurines and a peculiar cat that children are meant to paint as they play at military occupation. The Russian-made game is named ‘Polite People’, a not-so-subtle reference to the so-called ‘polite’ Russian soldiers who appeared in Crimea shortly before it was annexed from Ukraine in 2014.… Be Informed

Fierce political situation in the US is to blame for delays in US-Russia summit – Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin blamed fierce political disturbances in the United States for difficulties in arranging a summit with President Donald Trump, in remarks broadcast on Monday.

Trump said in March the two leaders would meet soon. But since then already fragile ties between Washington and Moscow have been strained further by the conflict in Syria and the poisoning of a former Russian spy in Britain.… Be Informed

British MPs claim Russia ‘abused’ of Interpol to target British critic of Putin

The Telegraph reports that MPs will urge the Home Secretary to intervene over Russia’s “abuse” of Interpol to target a prominent British critic of Vladimir Putin.

For a brief time Wednesday, Bill Browder was in Spanish custody. The London-based businessman and vocal Kremlin critic had been arrested in Madrid on what Browder says was a Russian warrant issued through Interpol.… Be Informed

Polish Political Scientist refused entry in Russia

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Poland’s government has asked Moscow to explain why Russia has refused entry to the head of Poland’s Institute of international affairs, the Polish Foreign Ministry said on May 29.

Slawomir Debski was told by border guards at Moscow’s Domodedovo Airport on May 29 that his visa had been canceled and that he was banned from entering Russia until March 2021, Polish Foreign Ministry spokesman Artur Lompart said.… Be Informed

Salisbury hospital staff reveal their concerns as the Salisbury’s drama unfolded

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The Hospital staff who saved the lives of poisoned Russians Sergei and Yulia Skripal, revealed to the BBC, the concerns they had when it emerged they were dealing with victims of a nerve agent attack.

The hospital staff wasn’t aware from the beginning, what they were treating them for, when the Skripals were admitted at Salisbury District Hospital. … Be Informed

The ‘voice’ which led to the conclusion of Russia’s involvement in the downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17

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Radio Free Europe reports that Oleg Vladimirovich Ivannikov’s atypical voice led to the conclusion, the 51-year-old was “with very high certainty”,  as being a missile specialist who was in charge of military operations in eastern Ukraine during an “undercover deployment” by Russia at the time of the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in 2014.… Be Informed