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Libyan officials call on West to assist in ousting Russian forces

The Libyan government has called on the United States and its Western allies to assist in ousting all Russian forces, including Wagner group mercenaries deployed in the war-torn country. In exclusive comments made for a recently published white paper, „Biden Administration Options for and Benefits of Countering Russian Influence in Libya,” Libya’s Defense Minister Salah …

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Relatives of journalists killed in CAR speak out against memorial sponsored by oligarch Evgeny Prigozhin

Weeks after Kremlin-linked oligarch offered to finance the construction of a monument at the site where Russian journalists Alexander Rastorguyev, Orkhan Dzhemal, and Kirill Radchenko were murdered in the Central African Republic (CAR) in 2018, the journalists’ family members have spoken out against the memorial. According to the independent television network TV Rain, the journalists’ …

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Kremlin denies reports of plans to unveil $6.7 billion spending package to ease discontent

During a press briefs on Tuesday, February 9, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov denied reports from Reuters that the Russian authorities are considering rolling out a $6.7-billion funding package to ease popular discontent ahead of parliamentary elections scheduled for this fall.  “First, no such goal is being pursued. And second, there aren’t any one-time payments planned …

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Troll wars. Facebook takes down rival networks from Russia and France for attempted interference in African countries

Facebook has removed three networks originating in Russia and France for violating its policy against foreign interference, the company reported on Tuesday, December 15. According to Facebook, these networks were responsible for carrying out “coordinated inauthentic behavior” targeting multiple countries in North Africa and the Middle East. While Facebook has removed Russian “troll factories” for …

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Russian oligarch Evgeny Prigozhin files lawsuit against ‘Meduza’ chief editor

Kremlin-linked businessman has filed a defamation lawsuit against journalist Maxim Shevchenko, Dovod chief editor Ilya Kosygin, and Meduza editor-in-chief Ivan Kolpakov.  According to a copy of the lawsuit at Meduza’s disposal, the claim has been forwarded to Moscow’s Savelovsky District Court. The lawsuit was filed over an interview with Shevchenko — who heads the Communist …

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Belarus leader looks to Putin to help him cling on to power

Belarus’s embattled strongman Alexander Lukashenko mopped his brow under Vladimir Putin‘s gaze today as he flew to Russia to beg for the Kremlin’s support. The man nicknamed the ‘last dictator in Europe’ cut a submissive figure as he pleaded with Putin to back his regime while the bored-looking Russian president said he was ‘sure’ that …

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Vladimir Putin has formed ‘special force’ and says he is ready to intervene in Belarus

Vladimir Putin has formed an elite special operation force ready to intervene in Belarus if ‘extremist elements’ are judged to have ‘crossed the line’ . The Russian President said he acted after a conversation with Alexander Lukashenko, in which the incumbent president of Belarus asked if Russia would stand by its commitments to defend his …

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Nobody needs another Prigozhin. ‘Putin’s chef’ reportedly wants to expand his political influence and maybe even win a seat in Russia’s Parliament

The Russian catering oligarch who owns a private military company and an Internet troll empire, wants to become an elected politician and he plans to use the “Rodina” party as his ticket into the State Duma, two sources close to the Putin administration and one person inside Prigozhin’s own inner circle told Meduza. Asked about …

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Russian mercenary leader’s 99 calls to Putin revealed

An alleged Russian mercenary leader made 99 calls to Vladimir Putin‘s chief of staff in eight months and frequently spoke to top officials at the Kremlin, leaked records have revealed.  Moscow claims it has no links to the Wagner security force and that its reputed boss Yevgeny Prigozhin merely provides catering services to the Kremlin …

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