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

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.

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Russians Claim CIA Chief John Brennan Made Secret Trip to Moscow

High-ranking Russian officials claim that CIA Director John Brennan visited Moscow on March 14 to meet with Russia’s federal intelligence agency. A CIA spokesman allegedly clarified that the meeting had nothing to do with Russia’s withdrawal from Syria.

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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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Smugglers Offered to Sell Huge Inventory of Nuclear Material to ISIS

An Associated Press report describes a joint project between Eastern European authorities and the FBI to expose a nuclear smuggling ring, which tried to sell “a huge cache of deadly cesium – enough to contaminate several city blocks”– to ISIS.

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Radical Chechen President Becoming Ticking Time Bomb for Putin

Analysts following what appears to be a developing political crisis in Russia suspect the growing tensions engulfing the Kremlin may be a product of the workings of Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov, once a loyal ally to President Vladimir Putin.

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Russia: Cameras ‘Turned Off’ During Nemtsov Murder

Russian authorities have reported that the cameras on Bolshoi Moskvoretsky are broken, which prevents them from identifying the person who shot opposition leader Boris Nemtsov on the streets of the Kremlin.

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Poisoned Ex-KGB Agent Accused Vladimir Putin of Being a Pedophile

Ex-KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of being a pedophile a few months before he was poisoned in 2006. He gave Putin the nickname “The Kremlin Pedophile” after he kissed a young boy’s stomach in public.