Sergei Skripal

NATO Expels Half of Russia’s Mission, Accusing Them of Espionage

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) on Wednesday expelled eight members of Russia’s mission, cutting it down to half size, and reduced the maximum size of the mission to 10 members from 20. NATO said the individuals it expelled were “undeclared Russian intelligence officers.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks with Russia's local authorities during a video link meeting at the Novo-Ogaryovo state residence outside Moscow on October 4, 2021. (Photo by Evgeny Paulin / SPUTNIK / AFP) (Photo by EVGENY PAULIN/SPUTNIK/AFP via Getty Images)

Russian Opposition Leader Alexei Navalny Allegedly Poisoned

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who has been frequently arrested and legally harassed for his unrelenting criticism of President Vladimir Putin, became seriously ill while flying from Siberia to moscow on Thursday and was placed on a ventilator. Navalny spokeswoman Kira Yarmysh claimed he has been poisoned.

A still image taken from an AFPTV footage shows opposition leader Alexei Navalny attending a rally calling for a boycott of March 18 presidential elections, Moscow, January 28, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Alexandra Dalsbaek (Photo credit should read ALEXANDRA DALSBAEK/AFP/Getty Images)

Russian Board Game Mocks Skripal Nerve Agent Attack

British officials, particularly those in the town of Salisbury, are appalled by the release of a Russian board game that mocks the attempt to poison former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia with the Novichok nerve agent last year.

The surreal mismatch between how last year's Novichok nerve agent attack in the quiet English city of Salisbury is viewed in Russia and how it's viewed in the West has taken another turn — now a Russian toymaker has made a board game mocking the incident.

Trump Administration Sanctions Russians for Interfering in 2016 Election

The Trump administration announced sanctions on Thursday against Russian individuals and organizations accused of interfering in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. The sanctions designate five entities and 19 individuals under legislation and executive orders aimed at punishing those who engage in malicious cyber-activities.

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