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Hard-Hitting Russia Sanctions Package U.S. Senate – press release & full text

On 1 August 2018, the U.S. Senate introduced a bipartisan proposal for a new bill, the Defending American Security from Kremlin Aggression Act of 2018. The bill proposes ‘comprehensive legislation that would increase economic, political, and diplomatic pressure on the Russian Federation in response to Vladimir Putin’s continued interference in our elections, malign influence in Syria, aggression across…

Trump’s treason is bad news for all democracies Putin continues to attack

Members of Congress Joined Public to ‘Confront Corruption, Demand Democracy’ at White House Candlelight Vigil. Event Among Nearly 200 Nationwide in the Wake of Trump’s Meeting with Putin, 12 New Indictments in Mueller’s Russia Probe. WASHINGTON, D.C. – Hundreds of activists joined members of Congress to hold a vigil outside the White House on Wednesday…

EU lawmakers urge to tackle Kremlin’s anti-democratic activities with EU Magnitsky Act

Lawmakers in the European Parliament urge the EU to adopt legislation to punish Russian businessmen for money-laundering activities within the EU that are used to back the Kremlin’s anti-democratic activities, such as election interference, cyberattacks, and disinformation campaigns. ‘Only if we act together, as a truly united transatlantic community, we, the West, will stand a…

Putin’s Postmodern War With the West

It may not look like war, but perhaps it should. Russia’s interference in American democracy proves that popular conception of the term needs to be updated – and failure to do so could increase U.S. susceptibility. By Patryk Babiracki Previously published in The Wilson Quarterly; republished on this page with kind permission of the author. “We…

Americans want to know the truth about Russian interference in their politics and society

Over 220,000 Americans Nationwide Pledge to Protest if Trump Fires Mueller, Rosenstein. Public Draws Red Line as Evidence of Obstruction Mounts, and Nunes Memo is Debunked. Number of Sign-Ups at TrumpIsNotAboveTheLaw.org & Constituent Calls Skyrocket as Attacks on Mueller, Rosenstein, and Rule of Law Grow Louder WASHINGTON, D.C. – As President Trump and his allies…

Putin’s assymetric assault on democracy in Russia & Europe: implications for US national security

By AP – A new report by congressional Democrats warns of deepening Russian interference throughout Europe and concludes that even as some Western democracies have responded with aggressive countermeasures, President Donald Trump has offered no strategic plan to bolster their efforts or safeguard the U.S. from again falling victim to the Kremlin’s systematic meddling. The…

Reaffirmed: The Intelligence Community’s Trump-Russia Report

Exactly one year ago, the US intelligence community released a groundbreaking report that in effect said there were two campaigns to elect Donald Trump: the Trump campaign and a Russian campaign. All 17 agencies that make up the intelligence community unanimously concluded that “Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an influence campaign in 2016 aimed at the US presidential…

Countering the Kremlim’s hybrid war: will EU walk the talk?

European Parliament wants stronger EU foreign, security and defence policy. This week, the European Parliament adopted an important resolution. It may sound wonky at first, but bear with us, it gets interesting very soon. The resolution is about the European Union’s Common Security and Defence Policy. Stronger EU diplomatic response needed Reviewing key EU foreign policy…