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6-month sentence for man who sold bank accounts to Russians

6-month sentence for man who sold bank accounts to RussiansWASHINGTON (AP) — A California man on Wednesday was sentenced to six months in prison for unwittingly helping the Russian effort to disrupt the 2016 U.S. presidential election.



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Russians killed in C. African Republic 'reporting on private army'

Russians killed in C. African Republic 'reporting on private army'Three Russian journalists who were killed in the Central African Republic were investigating the activities of a private Russian army there, a media organisation they were working with said Wednesday. Journalists Kirill Radchenko, Alexander Rastorguyev and Orkhan Dzhemal were killed on Monday in the strife-torn country, the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed earlier. “On Friday, July 27 (they) flew to the Central African Republic to shoot material on the activities of PMC Wagner in the country as part of a joint project with the Investigations Management Centre,” the centre wrote on its Facebook page late Tuesday.



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Murder of anti-Kremlin war reporter shocks Russians

Murder of anti-Kremlin war reporter shocks RussiansRussia’s embattled liberal community was reeling Wednesday from the murder of fiercely anti-Kremlin journalist Arkady Babchenko who was gunned down in Ukraine after leaving Moscow following a campaign of harassment. A prominent Russian war correspondent, Babchenko, 41, was murdered on Tuesday evening in a contract-style killing in the stairwell of his building in the Ukrainian capital Kiev where he moved last year. The journalist was killed less than a month after President Vladimir Putin was inaugurated for his fourth Kremlin term and as Russia gears up to host the World Cup later this month.



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How the Trump team's story has evolved on their New York meeting with the Russians

How the Trump team's story has evolved on their New York meeting with the RussiansThe explanations about a 2016 meeting between members of the Trump campaign and a Russian lawyer have continually changed.



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Chemical arms experts due in Douma Wednesday, Russians say

Chemical arms experts due in Douma Wednesday, Russians sayChemical weapons experts are due to arrive in Douma on Wednesday to probe an alleged poison gas attack, Russian officials said, as the US voiced fears Moscow may already have “tampered with” evidence at the site. Following weekend missile strikes on Syria by the US, France and Britain, Russia traded accusations with Western nations on Monday, dismissing as “a blatant lie” accusations that Moscow was hindering the investigation in Douma.



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Yulia Skripal, poisoned spy's daughter, released from hospital to secure location as Russians accuse Britain of 'abduction'

Yulia Skripal, poisoned spy's daughter, released from hospital to secure location as Russians accuse Britain of 'abduction'The daughter of the Russian spy poisoned in Salisbury has been transferred to a secret, secure location after being released from hospital, leading to accusations from the country’s embassy she had been abducted. Yulia Skripal was discharged more than five weeks after being left critically ill by exposure to a nerve agent in an attempted assassination blamed on the Russian state. Doctors said she and her father, 66, had responded “exceptionally well” to treatment and he too was expected to be discharged in the future. The pair had been widely expected to die after they were exposed to a rare nerve agent the British government says came from the Russian military’s novichok chemical weapons programme. Theresa May has said it is “highly likely” Russia was behind the attack on Mr Skripal, a former Russian intelligence officer released to the UK in a 2010 spy swap after he was jailed for spying for the British. Russian spy poisoning | Read more The Russian embassy in London congratulated Ms Skripal on her recovery, but said it needed “urgent proof that what is being done to her is done on her own free will”. It went on to say the “secret resettlement of Mr and Ms Skripal, barred from any contact with their family will be seen as an abduction or at least as their forced isolation”. Russia has denied any involvement in the attack and criticised the British investigation for a lack of transparency, but the Government has said the Kremlin is trying to hide its guilt with a blizzard of conspiracy theories. Moscow has sought consular access to Ms Skripal, but the Foreign Office has said it is up to her if she wants to meet Russian officials. She is expected to be kept under tight security while she continues to recover. Sources said it was too early to speculate on whether she will need lifetime protection. Any ongoing protection will fall to the police. Under the police witness protection programme, called the UK’s Protected Persons Service, she could be given a new identity and relocated. The National Crime Agency, which runs the service, declined to comment. Secret resettlement of Mr and Ms Skripal, barred from any contact with their family will be seen as an abduction or at least as their forced isolation.https://t.co/UuTxgZGKigpic.twitter.com/Ow3d61T3ni— Russian Embassy, UK (@RussianEmbassy) April 10, 2018 Doctors at Salisbury district hospital gave the first indication of how they had managed to save the Skripals and a police detective, DS Nick Bailey, who was poisoned as he investigated. Dr Christine Blanshard, medical director, said they had been given round the clock care, with doctors drawing on advice from experts around the world. The poison had attacked its victims’ nervous systems leaving symptoms including hallucinations and sickness. Dr Blanshard said: “Our job in treating the patients has been to stabilise them – ensuring that the patients could breathe and that blood could continue to circulate. We then needed to use a variety of different drugs to support the patients until they could create more enzymes to replace those affected by the poisoning. "We also used specialised decontamination techniques to remove any residual toxins. "Both patients have responded exceptionally well to the treatment we've been providing. But equally, both patients are at different stages in their recovery.” She said Ms Skripal would need more treatment, but her release from hospital was a significant milestone. Sergei Skripal, a former officer with the GRU military intelligence service, was taken off the critical list on Friday and is said to be making good progress. Dr Blanshard said: “Although he is recovering more slowly than Yulia, we hope that he too will be able to leave hospital in due course.”  



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The Latest: New Zealand faulted for not expelling Russians

The Latest: New Zealand faulted for not expelling RussiansLONDON (AP) — The Latest on diplomatic developments following the nerve agent attack on a Russian spy in Britain (all times local):



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US, allies band together to expel Russians over spy case

US, allies band together to expel Russians over spy caseWASHINGTON (AP) — From Washington to Warsaw, Western nations banded together Monday to expel more than 100 Russian diplomats they accused of being spies, punishing Moscow for its alleged poisoning of an ex-intelligence officer in Britain.



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The Latest: Syria: Rebel group, Russians forge Ghouta plan

The Latest: Syria: Rebel group, Russians forge Ghouta planBEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on conflict in Syria (all times local):



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It's the Russians, says chemist who uncovered existence of 'Novichok'

It's the Russians, says chemist who uncovered existence of 'Novichok'The Russian chemist who first revealed the existence of “Novichok” nerve agents says only the Russians can be behind the weapon’s use in Britain against a former spy and his daughter. Vil Mirzayanov, 83, came to the United States in 1995 after 30 years of working for the State Scientific Research Institute of Organic Chemistry and Technology, or GNIIOKhT. It was he who in the early 1990s revealed the existence of that class of ultra-powerful nerve agents.



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