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Ex-workers at Russian 'troll factory' trust US indictment

Ex-workers at Russian 'troll factory' trust US indictment

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While Russian officials scoff at a U.S. indictment charging 13 Russians with meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, several people who worked at the same St. Petersburg "troll factory" say they think the criminal charges are well-founded. Marat Mindiyarov, a former commenter at the innocuously named Internet Research Agency, says the organization's Facebook department hired people with excellent English skills to sway U.S. public opinion through an elaborate social media campaign. His own experience at the agency makes him trust the U.S. indictment, Mindiyarov told The Associated Press. "I believe that that's how it was and that it was them," he said. The federal indictment issued Friday names a businessman linked to President Vladimir Putin and a dozen other Russians. It allege...
Russia-Trump inquiry: Russian foreign minister dismisses FBI charges

Russia-Trump inquiry: Russian foreign minister dismisses FBI charges

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Media playback is unsupported on your deviceRussia's foreign minister has dismissed as "blather" the charges levelled by the FBI special counsel against 13 Russians for election meddling. Sergei Lavrov said at a major security conference in Germany he would not comment further until he saw "facts".The charges brought by Special Counsel Robert Mueller are seen as a major development in his continuing probe into the US 2016 election.President Trump has said the indictment shows his campaign did "nothing wrong". The Russian foreign minister was being questioned by participants at the Munich Security Conference. Asked about the charges, he said that even Vice-President Mike Pence had called the investigation into question. "So until we see the facts, everything else is just blather." But Mr Tr...
All 71 people on crashed Russian plane killed

All 71 people on crashed Russian plane killed

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All 71 people travelling on a Russian plane which crashed near Moscow have been killed, according to Russian authorities.The AN-148 aircraft had disappeared from radars within two minutes of taking off from Domodedovo Airport in Moscow.Two bodies have been found at the site, according to an official at Russia's Emergency Situations Ministry.An emergency services source told Tass news agency there are no survivors.Video:Crash debris strewn over snowy areaThe Emergencies Ministry said it had sent crews to the crash site, in Stepanovskoye.Russian media reports the crews could not get to the site by vehicle and had to go by foot.Image:Playback of the domestic flight which was going from Moscow to OrskTass news agency added that Russian authorities have confirmed fragments of the plane have bee...
Russian fighter jet shot down in Syria's Idlib province

Russian fighter jet shot down in Syria's Idlib province

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A Russian Sukhoi-25 fighter jet has been shot down in a rebel-held area in Syria's north-western province of Idlib.The Russian defence ministry said the pilot had ejected into an area believed to be controlled by the jihadist Hayat Tahrir al-Sham alliance.Although he survived the crash he was killed in a ground fight, Moscow said.Hayat Tahrir al-Sham - formerly linked to al-Qaeda - said it had shot down the plane.The Syrian government, backed by Russian air power, launched a major offensive in December against rebel groups in Idlib. Why is there a war in Syria?What more do we know of the incident?The Sukhoi-25, a close-support ground-attack aircraft, was operating over the town of Maasran in Idlib.There had been dozens of Russian air strikes in the area over the previous 24 hours, monitori...
The Latest: Russian protesters march past govt headquarters

The Latest: Russian protesters march past govt headquarters

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The Latest on Russian protests Sunday (all times local): 5:30 p.m. Russian protesters shouting slogans including "Putin is a thief!" gathered briefly around the Russian government's headquarters while marching through central Moscow. The lengthy march Sunday by the mostly young group of several hundred protesters came after a large gathering at Pushkin Square dispersed. The rally was among protests nationwide in support of opposition leader Alexei Navalny's call to boycott the March 18 presidential election. The marchers headed down Novy Arbat, one of Moscow's widest and busiest avenues, to the riverside government building colloquially known as the Russian White House. They shouted slogans and some threw handfuls of snow through the high, spiked fence surrounding the building before movi...