People queue for visas and other consular services at the U.S. embassy in Moscow. Asylum applications surged by nearly 40 percent last year, the fifth year in a row in which there has been an increase in the number of Russians seeking refuge in the United States.

Russia's sharp military cutback occurred while military spending reached a post-Cold War high elsewhere around the world in 2017, led by higher spending in the United States, China, and Saudi Arabia, the report said.


The announcement comes a day after defense chief said Israel may strike Russian systems in Syria if they're used against Israel. [UBO Note: Some analysts believe Ukraine is in danger of becoming involved in the escalating Russia-Israel tension since Ukrainian territory, i.e. Russian-occupied Crimea, is reportedly being used as a storage and transshipment venue for some of the Russian aid being supplied to Assad.]

Telegram has 14 million users in Russia, and 200 million worldwide. Its founder is Pavel Durov [pictured], often called the Russian Mark Zuckerburg, who has very deep pockets, immense tech-savvy, and a huge grudge against the Kremlin.

Photo: Alena Fedotova is studying for a master's degree in communications in London: "I don't sense any negativity stemming from the fact that I am from Russia."


According to the Moscow scholar, the share of women in police work in the cities of the Vologda Oblast varied from 18 to 19 percent to 28 percent, with women somewhat less represented in street patrol work and somewhat more represented in analysis, investigation, and youth departments.



Analyst: “There are no surprises in the Freedom House Ranking. All the same issues that have run through the report in former years are still present.


The revelations are significant because they mark the strongest connection to date between Trump's campaign and a Russian intelligence agency that is alleged by American intelligence agencies to have meddled in the 2016 election.


Oleg Deripaska is one of the 24 names on the list.



Among the recipients were Salmo Bazkka, suspected by Italian authorities of participating in an international money laundering network, and Atiya Khoury, who landed on the US Treasury Department sanction list for assisting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime in 2016, according to a joint investigation by Organized Crime and Corruption Project (OCCRP) partner Direkt36 and Hungarian news site 444.


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