Russia

Tale of Russian Women: Pussy Riot Bedevils Putin; Mariia Butina Is His Red Sparrow

Pussy Riot, the all-female Russian punk-rock protest group, is a thorn in Vladimir Putin’s side. But their visage of feminist rebellion against Russia’s oppressive, male-dominated oligarchy, is a sharp contrast to their counterpart, Mariia Butina, the fetching Russian spy. The contrast was brought into sharp focus this week with Butina’s arrest for acting as a clandestine intermediary between the Kremlin and American officials, most notably those with the shadowy National Rifle Association (NRA)....

Donald Trump ‘Pee Tape’ Rears Its Ugly Little Head in James Comey Book (Video)

Donald Trump’s alleged “pee tape” is back in the news thanks to James Comey’s new book. The former FBI director details a bizarre conversation with the president, who may have been getting some push back about the tape from First Lady Melania Trump. Trump asked Comey to unleash the full-force of the nation’s top investigative agency on the matter so he could re-assure Melania that it never happened....

Facebook (Finally) Roots Out Russian Troll Farm; Russians Cry Censorship!

Facebook, under fire for a huge data breach involving Cambridge Analytica, has finally taken steps to root out a Russian troll farm that was behind dozens of fake accounts on the social media site and the source of countless “fake news” items designed to sow dissent during the 2916 election. Shockingly, the Russians protested! The nation that assassinates journalists had the audacity to decry the move as “censorship.”...

Stephen Colbert Couldn’t Dodge Trump Russia Story… Even in Russia (See!)

Stephen Colbert is glad to be back in the U.S. of A., after traveling to Russia. He got a firsthand taste of what it’s like living a police state, where Big Papa Putin has eyes everywhere. “I don’t know if you knew this, but I was in Russia last week,” he told the audience. “Ah…you know who did know I was in Russia? Russian intelligence. Hardcore fans, evidently… followed me everywhere,” he said. ...

Wagging the Dog: John Oliver Dissects Trump’s Syrian Missile Strike (Watch!)

John Oliver tried to make sense of President Trump’s Syrian missile strike, which has spawned a cottage industry of conspiracy theories over the “real” motive for the attack. Most focused on his flagging support at home. Could there be more to it? John Oliver tried to make sense of President Trump’s Syrian missile strike, which has spawned a cottage industry of conspiracy theories over the “real” motive for the attack, mostly focused on his flagging support at home. Could there be more to it?...

John Oliver Hit by Donald Trump Trolls Over Vladimir Putin Satire (See!)

John Oliver hilariously exposed Vladimir Putin’s dirty little secrets and questioned what Donald Trump hopes to get out of being “friends” on his HBO show “Last Week Tonight.” He seemed to ignite a fire under Trump trolls. Or, were they really Russians? “It’s a bit weird that you’ve been objectively nicer to Vladimir Putin than you have to Meryl Streep,” Oliver said....

Trump Hit on Me During 2013 Russia Visit, Hungarian Beauty Queen Says

Donald Trump was on the prowl for more than just prostitutes during his 2013 visit to Moscow. A Hungarian beauty queen says. Trump, who was married, gave her his business card and private phone number before inviting her to his hotel suite. She blew him off, but kept the business card, she says. At the time, Trump was married to his third wife, Melania Trump, whom he wed 2005. She is the new First Lady....

Trump Schooled on Putin and Pussy by Russian Band Pussy Riot (watch!)

Donald Trump just got schooled on his twin obsessions–Putin and Pussy–in a new video by Russia’s version of nasty women, the feminist, all-girl band Pussy Riot. The song hits home, the place where Trump and everyone else ultimately comes from… the vagina. The group, composed of 11 different rotating members, focuses on feminism, LGBT rights and opposition to Russian President Vladimir Putin, whom they consider a dictator....

Russia’s Putin Tests Direct Interference in U.S. Election With Threats of War

Russian President Vladimir Putin, already accused of covert intervention in the presidential election, may be trying a more direct route by threatening war with the United States, while a close ally claims only Donald Trump can calm relations between the two countries. Over the past two weeks, Putin has ordered a mass evacuation drill of Moscow involving an estimated 12 million residents. It would take place in the event of a nuclear war. ...

Russian Teen Twerking Causes Town to Close Dance School (watch!)

Russian teens attending a dance school in rural Orenburg were suspended and their school was shuttered today (Apr. 14) after local officials were shocked by the “debauchery” of a video they posted online twerking in a dance routine about Winnie the Pooh. The video clip, posted on YouTube and currently going viral is titled "Winnie the Pooh and the Bees." The girls are dressed like bumble bees with in yellow and brown striped leotards, a miniskirt and long stockings....

Emma Watson Hailed at Davos, But Used as Pawn in Ukrainian Conflict

Emma Watson stepped back onto the world stage today (Jan. 22) at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, but appeared naive politically, after she appeared on a Ukrainian magazine cover amid the country’s conflict with Russia. Watson was at Davos as part of a UN mission to promote women’s rights around the world. As a UN representative, it’s imperative that she remains politically neutral. But her appearance on the cover of the new issue of Ukrainian magazine Joy is a propaganda victory for the embattled nation. Amber Heard and Kim Kardashian have fallen into similar traps. ...

Irina Shayk Hot at Hercules Debut; Oozes Cleavage on Red Carpet (pics!)

Irina Shayk, the fetching swimsuit and lingerie model, made her debut on the red carpet at the premiere of “Hercules” in Hollywood, her first feature role in a motion picture. Shayk is best known for her exotic looks in dozens of swimsuit and lingerie campaigns as well as seven straight appearances in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue (2007-14). The action-adventure flick, directed by Brett Ratner also stars Ian McShane, Reece Ritchie, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Joseph Fiennes and John Hurt. ...

Gay Group Wants Coca-Cola to Cork Russia’s Strict Anti-Gay Law

Gay rights group “All Out” picketed Coca-Cola’s Atlanta, Ga.Headquarters today (Oct. 28) to urge the soft-drink maker to protest Russia’s strict anti-gay laws ahead of the 2014 winter Olympic Games. Coke is a major Olympic sponsor. The company is on the bubble over the issue after meeting with the group last week and promising to release a statement....
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