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Putin Claims Russia ‘Foiled’ 600 Foreign Spies Last Year

In his annual speech to officers of Russia’s FSB security agency, President Vladimir Putin commended the service for thwarting almost 600 foreign attempts to spy on Russia, painting a picture of a world obsessed with stealing Russia’s amazing military technology.

Russian President Vladimir Putin's plan to raise the standard of living in Russia will cost almost $400 billion, the government said in a report. File Photo by Yuri Gripas/UPI

Ukrainian Foreign Minister: Russia Plans to ‘Dismember Ukraine’

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin on Tuesday accused Russia of planning to “dismember” his country, beginning with the conquest of vital port cities along the Sea of Azov. Klimkin implied Russia’s seizure of three Ukrainian ships this weekend was a sign the Russians are preparing to implement their dismemberment strategy.

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Russia Bans Telegram After Company Refuses to Surrender Encryption Keys

After a hearing on Friday that lasted only 18 minutes, a court in Moscow gave Russia’s Roskomnadzor agency the authority to ban the popular secure messaging platform Telegram. The company had refused to surrender its encryption keys to Russia’s FSB security service, as demanded by a 2016 counterterrorism law.

Telegram's free instant messaging app has attracted about 100 million users since its launch in 2013

Egypt Detains Airport Personnel as Russia Confirms Metrojet Crash Was Terrorism

The Russians have been saying they would not jump to conclusions about the nature of the Metrojet crash in Egypt until a lengthy investigation was concluded but, on Tuesday, Russian security officials suddenly declared the plane was indeed destroyed by a terrorist attack. There have also been reports of police detaining or arresting airport workers, although the Egyptian government has disputed those accounts.

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