The New York Times
reports, “The special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, recently provided President Trump’s lawyers a list of questions he wants answered in an interview. The New York Times obtained the list”. So, here are the questions,” with the necessary caveat, “They are not quoted verbatim, and some were condensed.”


Regarding Michael Flynn:

– “What did you know about phone calls that Mr. Flynn made with the Russian ambassador, Sergey I. Kislyak, in late December 2016?” And, “What was your reaction to news reports on Jan. 12, 2017, and Feb. 8-9, 2017?” The first of these dates reference when, “The Washington Post columnist David Ignatius revealed Mr. Flynn’s phone calls with Mr. Kislyak,” and, “In February, The Washington Post revealed the true nature of Mr. Flynn’s conversations with Mr. Kislyak.”


– “What did you know about Sally Yates meetings about Mr. Flynn?” This is a reference to how “Ms. Yates, the acting attorney general for the first weeks of the Trump administration, twice warned the White House that Mr. Flynn was lying, and those lies made him vulnerable to Russian blackmail.”


– “How was the decision made to fire Mr. Flynn on Feb. 13, 2017?” The New York Times elaborates, “Eighteen days after Ms. Yates’s warning, Mr. Flynn was asked to resign. The White House said that Mr. Trump lost confidence in Mr. Flynn because he had lied. But the White House has never fully explained why, after learning about the lie, officials waited so long to act.”


– “After the resignations, what efforts were made to reach out to Mr. Flynn about seeking immunity or possible pardon?”


James Comey:

– “What was your opinion of Mr. Comey during the transition?”


– “What did you think about Mr. Comey’s intelligence briefing on Jan. 6, 2017, about Russian election interference?”


– “What was your reaction to Mr. Comey’s briefing that day about other intelligence matters?” The New York Times notes, “This question addresses documents written by a retired British spy, Christopher Steele”.


– “What was the purpose of your Jan. 27, 2017, dinner with Mr. Comey, and what was said?” The New York Times adds, “Mr. Comey’s notes say that Mr. Trump raised concerns about the Steele Dossier and said he needed loyalty from his F.B.I. director. This question touches on Mr. Trump’s true motivation for firing Mr. Comey: Was he dismissed because he was not loyal and would not shut down an F.B.I. investigation?”


– “What was the purpose of your Feb. 14, 2017, meeting with Mr. Comey, and what was said?” The New York Times notes, “That was a key moment. Mr. Comey testified that the president told him, ‘I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go.’”


– “What did you know about the F.B.I.’s investigation into Mr. Flynn on Russia in the days leading up to Mr. Comey’s testimony on March 20, 2017?” The New York Times notes, “Mr. Comey’s testimony publicly confirmed that the F.B.I. was investigating members of the Trump campaign for possible coordination with Russia.”


– “What did you do in reaction to the March 20 testimony? Describe your contacts with intelligence officials.” The New York Times recalls, “In the aftermath, The Post reported, Mr. Trump asked the United States’ top intelligence official, Daniel Coats, to pressure Mr. Comey to back off his investigation. Mr. Mueller wants to ask Mr. Trump about his contacts with Mr. Coats as well as the C.I.A.’s director at the time, Mike Pompeo, and the National Security Agency’s director, Michael S. Rogers.”


– “What did you think and do in reaction to the news that the special counsel was speaking to Mr. Rogers, Mr. Pompeo and Mr. Coats?”


– “What was the purpose of your calls to Mr. Comey on March 30 and April 11, 2017?” The New York Times notes, “Mr. Comey said that Mr. Trump called twice to ask him to say publicly that he was not under F.B.I. investigation.”


– “What was the purpose of your April 11, 2017, statement to Maria Bartiromo?” The New York Times adds, “the White House ultimately said Mr. Comey was fired for breaking with Justice Department policy and discussing the Clinton investigation, Mr. Trump expressed no such qualms in an interview with Ms. Bartiromo of Fox Business Network. ‘Director Comey was very, very good to Hillary Clinton, that I can tell you,’ he said.”


– “What did you think and do about Mr. Comey’s May 3, 2017, testimony?” The New York Times recalls, “In this Senate appearance, Mr. Comey described his handling of the Clinton investigation in detail. Mr. Comey was fired soon after.”


– “Regarding the decision to fire Mr. Comey: When was it made? Why? Who played a role?”


– “What did you mean when you told Russian diplomats on May 10, 2017, that firing Comey had taken the pressure off?”


– “What did you mean in your interview with Lester Holt about Mr. Comey and Russia?” This is a reference specifically to the quote, “I was going to fire Comey knowing there was no good time to do it. And in fact, when I decided to just do it, I said to myself — I said, you know, this Russia thing with Trump and Russia is a made-up story.” Note: not about Hillary’s email investigation.


– “What was the purpose of your May 12, 2017 tweet?” In the tweet, the fake Russian bullshit president wrote, “James Comey better hope that there are no ‘tapes’ of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!”


– “What did you think about Mr. Comey’s June 8, 2017, testimony regarding Mr. Flynn, and what did you do about it?” The New York Times notes, “Comey testified about his conversations with Mr. Trump and described him as preoccupied with the F.B.I.’s investigation into Russia”.


– “What was the purpose of the September and October 2017 statements, including tweets, regarding an investigation of Mr. Comey?”


– “What is the reason for your continued criticism of Mr. Comey and his former deputy, Andrew G. McCabe?”


Private Russian Sessions:

– “What did you think and do regarding the recusal of Mr. Sessions?”


– “What efforts did you make to try and get him to change his mind?”


– “Did you discuss whether Mr. Sessions would protect you, and reference past attorneys general?”


– “What did you think and what did you do in reaction to the appointment of a special counsel?”


– “Why did you hold Mr. Sessions resignation until May 31, 2017 and with whom did you discuss it?” The New York Times recalls, “Mr. Trump rejected Mr. Sessions’s resignation after aides argued that it would only create more problems.”


– “What discussions did you have with Reince Priebus in July 2017 about obtaining the Sessions resignation? With whom did you discuss it?” The New York Times notes, “Mr. Priebus, who was Mr. Trump’s chief of staff, has said he raced out of the White House after Mr. Sessions and implored him not to resign. Mr. Mueller has interviewed Mr. Priebus”.


– “What discussions did you have regarding terminating the special counsel, and what did you do when that consideration was reported in January 2018?”


– “What was the purpose of your July 2017 criticism of Mr. Sessions?”


Campaign coordination with Russia:

– “When did you become aware of the Trump Tower meeting?”


– “What involvement did you have in the communication strategy, including the release of Donald Trump Jr.’s emails?” The New York Times recalls, “Mr. Trump helped draft a misleading statement in his son’s name, omitting the true purpose of the meeting. After The Times obtained the younger Mr. Trump’s emails, he published them on Twitter.”


– “During a 2013 trip to Russia, what communication and relationships did you have with the Agalarovs and Russian government officials?”


– “What communication did you have with Michael D. Cohen, Felix Sater and others, including foreign nationals, about Russian real estate developments during the campaign?”


– “What discussions did you have during the campaign regarding any meeting with Mr. Putin? Did you discuss it with others?”


– “What discussions did you have during the campaign regarding sanctions?”


– “What involvement did you have concerning platform changes regarding arming Ukraine?”


– “During the campaign what did you know about Russian hacking, use of social media or other acts aimed at the campaign?”


– “What knowledge did you have of any outreach by your campaign, including by Paul Manafort, to Russia about potential assistance to the campaign?”


– “What did you know about communication between Roger Stone, his associates, Julian Assange or WikiLeaks?”


– “What did you know during the transition about an attempt to establish a back-channel communication to Russia, and Jared Kushner’s efforts?”
– “What do you know about a 2017 meeting in Seychelles involving Erik Prince?”


– “What do you know about a Ukrainian peace proposal provided to Mr. Cohen in 2017?”

From The New York Times.



The AP reports, “The porn actress alleging a sexual encounter with President Donald Trump is escalating her legal fight, suing the president for defamation.” What a great nation! The AP adds, “Stormy Daniels filed the complaint in federal court in New York on Monday. At issue is a tweet Trump made in which he dismissed a composite sketch that Daniels says depicted a man who threatened her in 2011 to stay quiet about her alleged relationship with Trump. In the tweet earlier in April, Trump said: ‘A sketch years later about a nonexistent man. A total con job, playing the Fake News Media for Fools (but they know it)!’” The AP continues, “The filing says the tweet was ‘false and defamatory,’ arguing that Trump was speaking about Daniels and that he ‘knew that his false, disparaging statement would be read by people around the world, as well as widely reported.’ It also says Daniels has been ‘exposed to death threats and other threats of physical violence.’” Remember when we had a real American president, one who did not attack private citizens? The AP adds, “Daniels, whose legal name is Stephanie Clifford, is seeking a jury trial and unspecified damages. Her attorney Michael Avenatti said Monday: ‘We intend on teaching Mr. Trump that you cannot simply make things up about someone and disseminate them without serious consequences.’”

From the AP.



ABC News reports, “The Trump campaign has spent nearly $228,000 to cover some of the legal expenses for President Donald Trump’s personal attorney Michael Cohen”. ABC News notes, “Federal Election Commission records show three payments made from the Trump campaign to a firm representing Cohen. The ‘legal consulting’ payments were made to McDermott Will and Emery — a law firm where Cohen’s attorney Stephen Ryan is a partner — between October 2017 and January 2018.” ABC News adds, “Cohen has said that he did not have a formal role in the Trump campaign, and it is illegal to spend campaign funds for personal use”. According to ABC News, legal experts say, “if the payments referenced in the FEC filings are related to the Russia investigation, they likely wouldn’t violate campaign finance law, as the investigation is related to the 2016 presidential campaign. If the payments are related to the Stormy Daniels matter, however, the campaign could have a problem.”

From ABC News.



NBC News reports, “White House chief of staff John Kelly has eroded morale in the West Wing in recent months with comments to aides that include insulting the president’s intelligence and casting himself as the savior of the country”. Americans no longer love self-professed Jesus types!? NBC News adds, “The officials said Kelly portrays himself to Trump administration aides as the lone bulwark against catastrophe, curbing the erratic urges of a president who has a questionable grasp on policy issues and the functions of government. He has referred to Trump as ‘an idiot’ multiple times to underscore his point”. This is not really news insofar as it is long established fact that Trump is an idiot but the news here is someone is really angling to push Kelly from the burning incendiary pile of shit that is the Trump trainwreck. Naturally, “Kelly called the allegations ‘total BS.’” The story and the situation it placed him in forced Dr. Strange Kelly into a public loyalty oath of sorts as he stated, “I spend more time with the president than anyone else and we have an incredibly candid and strong relationship,” and vowed, “I am committed to the president, his agenda, and our country. This is another pathetic attempt to smear people close to President Trump and distract from the administration’s many successes.” If he believes any of that really and truly, he is scum. And because no “who’s in / who’s out” reality TV style media reporting would be replete without a total contradiction, NBC News adds, “Three White House spokespeople said they don’t believe it’s accurate that Kelly called the president an ‘idiot’”. Yes this is really what passes for journalism in Trumpistan. NBC News also adds a scoop of accusations of misogyny as, “Current and former White House officials said Kelly has at times made remarks that have rattled female staffers. Kelly has told aides multiple times that women are more emotional than men”. Has he watched Alex Jones or even listened to his boss? Kelly is alleged to have called Trump an idiot in the context of the debate over immigration.

From NBC News.



The Washington Post reports, “Conservative House allies of President Trump have drafted articles of impeachment against Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein, who oversees the ongoing special counsel probe, setting up a possible GOP showdown over the federal investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.” Yes, they care that little about American sovereignty. The death cult GOP would rather protect their fake Russian bullshit president than the American people or our national sovereignty. The Washington Post adds, “The draft articles, which one of its authors called a ‘last resort,’ would be unlikely to garner significant support in Congress. But the document could serve as a provocative political weapon for conservatives in their standoff with Mueller and the Justice Department.” Are they also planning to pass around cyanide-laced Kool Aid and go full Jonestown? The Washington Post notes, “Members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus — led by Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), a Trump confidant — finalized the draft in recent days.” The Washington Post adds, “Meadows acknowledged the draft in an interview Monday, calling the one-page document ‘a last resort option, if the Department of Justice fails to respond’ to his requests for more information.” What complete shitheads. Recall: Rod Rosenstein is a Republican but not of the death cult strain, which increasingly is the only permissible one before they all rapture themselves but not without handing our sovereignty over to a foreign adversary first. Of course, “Impeaching a federal official is an exceedingly difficult endeavor.”

From The Washington Post.



CNN reports, “The presidential campaign of 2016 Green Party candidate Jill Stein told CNN on Monday she has objected to turning over some documents to the Senate Intelligence Committee related to the campaign’s contacts and discussions related to Russia. Stein’s campaign provided some documents last month as part the Senate committee’s Russia probe, but the campaign objected to several requests as overly broad and infringing on ‘constitutionally protected materials,’ according to a letter from Stein’s attorney, Mara Verheyden-Hilliard of the Washington-based Partnership for Civil Justice.” CNN adds, “The Green Party candidate provided documents related to communications with officials tied to Russian media organizations and the Kremlin, as well as documents related to Stein’s 2015 trip to Moscow, which included a dinner hosted by RT that was also attended by both former Trump administration aide Michael Flynn and Russian President Vladimir Putin. But the campaign objected to the committee’s request for communications with ‘Russian persons, or representatives of Russian government, media, or business interests,’ arguing it was broadly targeting the communications of people ‘because they happen to be Russian immigrants or of Russian descent.’” Ladies, that is sort of the point. Might the hesitation be due to the fact of their damning contents? Treason is not constitutionally protected, dears.

From CNN.



The Washington Post reports, “Thomas Homan, the Trump administration’s top immigration enforcement official, announced Monday that he plans to step down from his job, less than six months after Trump nominated him to be director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Homan was named ICE’s acting director soon after Trump took office in 2017, and the tough-talking, barrel-chested former Border Patrol agent quickly became an unapologetic enthusiast for the administration’s more aggressive enforcement approach.” Old boy just loves to rip families apart, the browner the better! The Washington Post adds, “Under Homan, immigration arrests surged 40 percent after agents scrapped an Obama administration policy of targeting serious or violent criminal offenders in favor of casting a wider net. Homan said those living illegally in the United States ‘should be afraid’ that his agents could be coming for them.” So now that he is stepping down after ICE has separated over 700 immigrant children from their parents, we must ask, what is he afraid of? Well, “Pleased with Homan’s beat-cop demeanor, Trump picked him for the permanent ICE leadership role in November. But his nomination went nowhere and never reached a vote on the Senate floor.” Sad! The Washington Post notes, “Homan ran ICE in a provisional capacity for so long the agency could no longer legally refer to him as its ‘acting director,’ instead identifying him as its ‘Senior Official Performing the Duties of the Director.’” Recently, “Homan told friends and co-workers that he felt increasingly sidelined by his boss, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen,” The Washington Post notes. For his service ripping families apart, America’s other Aryan princess Nielsen heiled Homan as a “patriot and true public servant.” Heil, heil!

From The Washington Post.



Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reports, “The United States has confirmed to RFE/RL its delivery of American-made, Javelin antitank missile systems to Ukraine in a move that is welcome in Kyiv but will almost certainly enrage Moscow amid a four-year conflict that pits Russia-backed separatists against Ukrainian national troops. ‘They have already been delivered,’ a U.S. State Department official confirmed on April 30”.

From Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.



The Moscow Times reports, “Russia’s Foreign Ministry has demanded the United States return the Russian flag that was flown from the seized consulate in Seattle.” The Moscow Times adds, “Late on Monday, the Russian Foreign Ministry demanded the return of all Russian diplomatic ‘property’ in Washington, San Francisco and Seattle, as well as the compounds in Maryland and New York.” The Moscow Times notes, “An unnamed State Department spokesperson told state-run TASS news agency that Russian diplomats were offered but declined to take the flag when they vacated the Seattle consulate. ‘Since the Russians decided not to treat their flag with the same respect, we did it for them’”.

From The Moscow Times.



Agence France Presse reports, “Thousands rallied in Moscow on Monday in support of internet freedom after Russian authorities tried to block access to the popular messaging app Telegram in the latest onslaught against dissent under Vladimir Putin. In an unusually strong turnout, around 10,000 people including top opposition leader Alexei Navalny turned up in the centre of the Russian capital, many holding placards and shooting paper airplanes, the Telegram symbol.” Agence France Presse notes, “Many called for Putin’s resignation.” Agence France Presse adds, “Some in the mostly young crowd chanted ‘Don’t stay silent’ and ‘Putin is a thief,’” and, “Navalny addressed the huge crowd from the stage, urging it to resist the authorities he called ‘swindlers and thieves’.” Agence France Presse notes, “Navalny has called on Russians to stage a major rally on Moscow’s main avenue on Saturday, two days before Putin’s swearing-in ceremony.” Meanwhile also turning up the heat on the authorities, “‘Your energy is changing the world,’ Telegram’s maverick founder Pavel Durov wrote on VKontakte, the Russian version of Facebook which he founded, addressing the protesters. Ahead of the rally he said Russians had a ‘historic chance’ to prevent the onset of full-blown internet censorship in Russia.”

From Agence France Presse.



Estonian Public Broadcasting reports, “NATO fighter jets patrolling the the Baltic airspace were scrambled last week to identify and escort Russian military aircraft, the Lithuanian defense ministry said on Monday. The alliance’s jets on intercepted two Russian Su-35 fighters and one Su-24 attack aircraft flying from mainland Russia in international airspace over the Baltic Sea.” Estonian Public Broadcasting adds, “The Russian aircraft had their onboard transponders off, kept no radio contact with the regional air traffic control center, and hadn’t submitted a flight plan. The Russian jets eventually turned around and headed back towards mainland Russia, the Lithuanian defense ministry said”.

From Estonian Public Broadcasting.



The Baltic Times reports, “A Danish Air Force detachment is this week handing over NATO’s Baltic air-policing mission to Portugal and Spain after completing its four-month rotation. Portugal, which will head the mission, will patrol the Baltic skies with four F-16 fighters-jets, the Lithuanian Defense Ministry said”. The Baltic Times adds, “Spain will augment the mission by deploying six Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft to the Siauliai airbase in northern Lithuania, and France will send four Mirage 2000-5 fighter jets to the Amari base in Estonia.”

From The Baltic Times.





CNN reports, “Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort has asked a Virginia federal judge to throw out one of the 18 charges he faces there — arguing that it’s past the statute of limitations. The charge Manafort is taking issue with is an allegation that he failed to register a foreign bank account from 2011 with Treasury Department authorities.” CNN adds, “Manafort says prosecutors would have had to charge him by June 29, 2017, with the crime. Instead, they indicted him in February.”

From CNN.



POLITICO reports, “Paul Manafort, the former Trump campaign manager, is demanding a hearing into a flurry of media leaks that his defense says unfairly accused him of improper collusion with the Russian government. Lawyers for Manafort, who is facing separate indictments in two federal courts, argued in a motion filed Monday night that government officials had engaged in repeated leaks of classified information, grand jury secrets and sensitive investigative details that have jeopardized his right to a fair trial.” POLITICO notes, “Manafort’s best strategy for escaping punishment in the cases he is involved in is to obtain a pardon from Trump either now or after the midterm elections in November.”






NPR reports, “Spies used to retire and fade away as quietly as when they were on duty. Now they go on cable TV. They write op-eds. They take to Twitter and criticize the president.” NPR adds, “For [Michael] Hayden, a key moment was the 2013 disclosures by NSA contractor Edward Snowden, revealing the extent of the agency’s eavesdropping program, creating a firestorm of criticism about NSA practices. Hayden, who ran the NSA from 1999 to 2005, said the agency had worked with the White House, Congress and the courts in developing the programs. But it didn’t share anything with the public until it was forced to do so by the scandal. In his view, that was a big mistake.” NPR notes, “John Brennan, an ex-CIA chief, has tweeted just 25 times. Yet he’s amassed more than 220,000 followers by lambasting the president in comments”. NPR adds, John “Sipher began speaking out last year, after the Russia dossier on Trump, compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele, became public.” NPR notes, “Several former CIA chiefs appear on television these days. And one of them — Michael Hayden — has a new book coming out this week.

From NPR.



Reuters reports, “The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has granted a financial hardship waiver to an oil refinery owned by billionaire Carl Icahn, a former adviser to President Donald Trump, exempting the Oklahoma facility from requirements under a federal biofuels law”. Reuters adds, “The waiver enables Icahn’s CVR Energy Inc (CVI.N) to avoid tens of millions of dollars in costs related to the U.S. Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program. The regulation is meant to cut air pollution, reduce petroleum imports and support corn farmers by requiring refiners to mix billions of gallons of biofuels into the nation’s gasoline and diesel each year.” Reuters notes, “Icahn is currently under investigation by the U.S. Justice Department for his role in influencing biofuels policy while serving as Trump’s adviser. Some U.S. lawmakers have expressed concern that Icahn may have used his presidential access to benefit his investments, a charge Icahn has rejected.”

From Reuters.



The Wall Street Journal reports, “A bankruptcy trustee is suing former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort over a failed real-estate deal involving the political consultant’s former son-in-law,” Jeffrey Yohai. The Wall Street Journal adds, “The trustee, Thomas Casey, sued Mr. Manafort on Thursday in an Orange County, Calif., bankruptcy court over Mr. Manafort’s $2.7 million investment in a renovated Los Angeles mansion, asking a federal judge to determine that the payment was a capital contribution, not a loan.”

From The Wall Street Journal.



The Times of London reports, “Russians have more than £34bn in British overseas territories, new figures reveal, as MPs prepare to vote on a bill that will force the territories to unmask corrupt individuals holding ‘dirty money’ in their jurisdictions.” The Times of London notes this amount is “five times the sum directly held in the UK”.

From The Times of London.





McClatchy reports, “A television crew from Russia’s largest state-backed network swooped into downtown Miami two days before New Year’s Eve, 2016, on a curious mission. RT, the network formerly known as Russia Today, was there to provide global news coverage of one of five unremarkable rallies across Florida that day aimed at turning the public against the nearly completed, $3 billion Sabal Trail Pipeline designed to carry natural gas to the state from Alabama.” McClatchy adds, “What the demonstrators didn’t know was that so-called Russian internet trolls had been busy for two weeks encouraging people to turn out for the protests with posts on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. They used phony, American-sounding identities — names such as Steven Cook and Amalie Baldwin. Russia’s hidden hand in the Florida pipeline protests was extensive”. McClatchy notes, “At least eight Russian accounts, most tied to the troll farm known as the Internet Research Agency, sent at least 16 social media messages excoriating the Sabal Trail pipeline or retweeting messages from one of its most prominent opponents, a frequent guest on RT. The tweets were sent to a total of more than 40,000 followers as well as anyone else who saw them via hashtags.” As usual useful idiots abound and, “The trolls especially focused on the involvement of the host of the Miami protest: Tim Canova, an outspoken activist who is making a second run for Congress in Broward County and who has appeared on Russian television networks at least 18 times, including during the Dec. 29, 2016, Miami protest,” McClatchy adds, noting, “Canova, a professor at the Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad College of Law, is running as an independent in a second bid to unseat Florida’s 23rd District congresswoman, Debbie Wasserman Schultz.”

From McClatchy.



Media Matters for America reports, “In the midst of fearmongering rant about an immigrant ‘takeover’ of Spain during the April 30 broadcast of The Alex Jones Show, Infowars host Alex Jones announced the launch of an Infowars European bureau, which seems to be a one-stop shop for the anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim narratives Jones has branded with the ‘anti-globalism’ euphemism. The site started posting content on April 3, and as of this writing, nine out of its 12 pieces push anti-immigrant and/or anti-Muslim narratives.”

From Media Matters for America.





Variety reports on “Watching Jack Bryan’s explosive documentary ‘Active Measures,’ about Russia’s espionage program and the effect it had on the 2016 U.S. presidential election,” which debuted “at Hot Docs film festival in Toronto Monday,” and, “features archival footage and a bevy of interviews with key Washington figures including former CIA director James Woolsey, former United States Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul, former F.B.I. special agent Clint Watts, Hillary Clinton and John McCain.” Variety notes, “Via these interviews ‘Active Measures’ constructs a powerful argument as to how Soviet modern warfare tactics – ‘active measures’ — shifted the 2016 U.S. presidential elections and weakened Western democracy. The film also meticulously documents Trump’s problematic financial relationship with the Russian oligarchy that began decades ago.”

From Variety.


NBC News
reports, “The key whistleblower who exposed Russia’s alleged scheme to cheat at the 2014 Olympics has filed a motion to dismiss a libel lawsuit brought on behalf of three Russian athletes who were implicated in the doping scandal. Grigory Rodchenkov’s lawyers also filed a lawsuit on Monday against Mikhail Prokhorov, the Russian oligarch who owns the Brooklyn Nets and financially supports the libel suit filed by the three Russian athletes. The lawyers claim Prokhorov’s backing of the athletes is simply a way to expose Rodchenkov’s location.” NBC News notes, “Rodchenkov, the former head of the Moscow anti-doping lab and a central figure in the Oscar-winning Netflix documentary ‘Icarus,’ is in the U.S. witness protection program and lives in fear of reprisal.”

From NBC News.



The Guardian reports, “Talking with Julia Samoylova, Russia’s Eurovision entry, it’s easy to forget that a year ago she was at the centre of a diplomatic crisis. The 29-year-old chats away, all smiles and nervous laughter, like any other entrant”. The Guardian adds, “Samoylova was due to compete in Kiev, but a couple of months beforehand was banned from entering Ukraine because she had sung in occupied Crimea. As soon as the ban was announced, Samoylova found herself a proxy for the Russia-Ukraine conflict, with politicians in both countries tossing her name about (one called her ‘a live bomb in the propagandistic hybrid war’). The European Broadcasting Union, which organises Eurovision, wasn’t happy.” The Guardian notes, “Samoylova seemed trapped in the middle, her voice largely unheard in the west until the day of her Eurovision semi-final, performing in Crimea,” making her position clear that she sides with the fascists in the Kremlin. The Guardian adds, “She is patriotic, she says, but insists that wasn’t why she performed in Crimea. She went simply because she was invited to sing before 10,000 people. She admits, though, that she has benefited from the row.” The Guardan notes, “Samoylova’s song this year is a power ballad, I Won’t Break. Some will interpret its title as another shot at Ukraine. But Samoylova says she chose it simply because it sounds like the ‘music I listen to’ and it ‘fitted me very well’.” Eurovision is politics by another means. Who says Russia won’t break?

From The Guardian.


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