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Russian ambassador to Turkey assassinated in Ankara

By Bill Van Auken, 20 December 2016

The assassination by an off-duty policeman of the Russian ambassador comes amidst rising international tensions over the Syrian government’s retaking of Aleppo.

Putin-Abe talks in Japan fail to resolve territorial dispute

By Peter Symonds, 20 December 2016

In the wake of Trump’s election and the prospect of better relations with the US, the Russian president no longer felt the need to make concessions to Japan.

Ahead of Electoral College vote: Democrats intensify McCarthyite campaign against Russia

By Patrick Martin, 19 December 2016

The campaign by the Democrats against Trump is not over the far-right character of his cabinet, but his insufficiently aggressive attitude toward Russia.

The US media’s neo-McCarthyite campaign for war against Russia

By Andre Damon, 16 December 2016

The ferocious denunciations of Russia that have dominated the American media are aimed at poisoning public sentiment and paving the way for war.

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16 December 2016

New York Times’ narrative of Russian hacking: War propaganda in the guise of news

By Joseph Kishore, 15 December 2016

Wednesday’s front-page article in the Times is pure propaganda aimed at polluting public opinion and creating the conditions for military aggression against Russia.

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14 December 2016

White House, Clinton campaign intervene in conflict over Russian hacking charges

By Andre Damon, 13 December 2016

The White House and the Clinton campaign intervened Monday in the escalating conflict between the intelligence agencies and among different factions within the state over US policy toward Russia.

New accusations of Russian state-sponsored doping

By Andrea Peters, 13 December 2016

Authorities have responded to new allegations of doping to demand the indefinite exclusion of Russian athletes from international sports competitions.

Behind hacking allegations: Explosive conflict over US policy toward Russia

By Patrick Martin, 12 December 2016

Behind the claims of Russian hacking in the 2016 elections is a raging dispute within the US ruling elite and its military-intelligence apparatus over what policy to adopt towards Moscow.

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Obama’s parting shot at Russia

By Bill Van Auken, 10 December 2016

While Obama and the Democrats bow to Trump as he assembles the most right-wing administration in US history, they remain concerned that he is insufficiently bellicose toward Moscow.

As Trump assembles a war cabinet, the Kremlin hopes for better relations

By Andrea Peters, 23 November 2016

While the Kremlin is responding positively to Trump’s election, the US president-elect is appointing anti-Russian hawks to his incoming administration.

Russian minister of economic development arrested

By David Levine, 21 November 2016

Aleksey Ulyukayev was arrested last week on suspicion of extorting a bribe from the state-controlled oil corporation Rosneft.

Syrian fighting intensifies amid growing signs of military escalation under Trump

By Bill Van Auken, 17 November 2016

The offensive has been accompanied by an increasingly hysterical campaign in the media against any easing of tensions with Moscow under a Trump administration.

NATO announces largest troop deployments against Russia since Cold War

By Alex Lantier, 8 November 2016

On the eve of the US election, NATO officials announced plans to place hundreds of thousands of troops on alert for military action against Russia.

Putin criticizes the US and pleads for a change in course

By Andrea Peters, 4 November 2016

As military, economic and diplomatic pressures mount, Putin feels obliged to discuss the aggressive and provocative character of US policy toward Russia.

Defence Minister Fallon declares UK ready for war with Russia

By Robert Stevens, 3 November 2016

Fallon told Parliament’s Defence Committee that Britain’s armed forces were central to the ongoing NATO encirclement of Russia.

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31 October 2016

US-backed Islamist rebels launch offensive in Syria

By Jordan Shilton, 29 October 2016

Continuing its grotesque double standards over human rights violations, the US media broadly welcomed an Islamist rebel offensive in Aleppo that included indiscriminate shelling of civilian areas.

US-Russian war tensions mount over Eastern Europe and Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 27 October 2016

NATO countries meeting in Brussels have promised to deploy troops and heavy weapons on Russia’s borders in the biggest buildup since the height of the Cold War.

Making the case for war in Eastern Europe

Robert D. Kaplan’s In Europe’s Shadow

By Clara Weiss, 26 October 2016

The latest book by Robert D. Kaplan advocates transforming Romania into a military staging ground for US imperialism and preparing for all-out war against Russia.

Turkish bombing in Syria threatens wider war

By Bill Van Auken, 22 October 2016

The fractious and mutually antagonistic alliances forged by Washington in its interventions in Syria and Iraq threaten to explode into a regional and perhaps a world war.

What is behind the anti-Russia campaign in the US?

By Andre Damon, 22 October 2016

A major theme of the 2016 US presidential campaign has been the campaign to depict Russia as intent on manipulating the election through cyber warfare.

Putin meets with Merkel and Hollande

By Peter Schwarz, 21 October 2016

A meeting between the German chancellor and the French, Russian and Ukrainian presidents on Wednesday in Berlin produced no practical results.

Egyptian junta cultivates Russia and China as a counterweight to the US

By Jean Shaoul, 20 October 2016

Egypt’s turn to Russia and China is a desperate attempt to stave off bankruptcy.

Trump and Clinton brawl in the gutter

By Andre Damon, 13 October 2016

Long-suppressed social tensions in the United States are expressing themselves in an election campaign marked by increasingly violent recriminations by both candidates.

French President Hollande cancels Paris meeting with Russian President Putin

By Anthony Torres, 13 October 2016

The cancellation of the Russian President’s visit to France is part of a dangerous explosion of military tensions between NATO and Russia over Syria.

Britain and France prepare military escalation in Syria

By Robert Stevens, 12 October 2016

The British parliament met in an emergency three-hour session Tuesday to accuse Russia of war crimes in Syria.

Turkey and Russia seal pipeline deal

By Peter Schwarz, 12 October 2016

Erdogan and Putin met in Istanbul on Monday, discussed the war in Syria and sealed an agreement to construct the long-planned Turkish Stream gas pipeline.

Russia warns US strikes against Syria may lead to war

By Alex Lantier, 10 October 2016

A US attack on Syrian government targets, which is being actively discussed by the White House, could trigger war between the world’s main nuclear-armed powers.

German government urges tougher action against Russia and Syria

By Johannes Stern, 10 October 2016

With the conflict between the US and Russia intensifying dramatically, the German government has hardened its attitude towards Moscow.

Beating the drums for war with Russia

By Bill Van Auken, 6 October 2016

The New York Times and other major media are weighing in on the side of escalating the US intervention in Syria and militarily confronting Russia.

Russia responds to US threats with blunt warning over use of force in Syria

By Jordan Shilton, 3 October 2016

A US attack on Syrian government forces could result in “total war” and “tectonic shifts” in the Middle East, the Russian Foreign Ministry warned.

New York Times brands Russia an “outlaw state”

By Bill Van Auken, 30 September 2016

The Times’ hysterical rhetoric reflects a debate within ruling circles over whether to launch a major escalation of war before or after the US election.

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29 September 2016

Pentagon chief outlines preparations for nuclear war with Russia

By Bill Van Auken, 28 September 2016

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter delivered a chilling speech in favor of nuclear escalation to US Air Force personnel in charge of launching strategic bomber and missile attacks.

US accuses Russia of “war crimes” as danger of clash in Syria mounts

By Jordan Shilton, 26 September 2016

The hypocritical accusations of war crimes hurled at Moscow by the US, Britain and France are an attempt to provide a cover for their reckless policy of regime change in Syria.

Kremlin party wins parliamentary elections amid low voter turnout

By Andrea Peters, 21 September 2016

United Russia gained a supermajority in the Duma, despite widespread abstention.

NATO sends 4,000 combat troops to Poland and Baltic states

By Johannes Stern, 20 September 2016

The sending of additional NATO troops to Eastern Europe is part of the preparations for war against Moscow adopted in early July at the NATO summit in Warsaw.

Retiring British general urges preparations for war with Russia

By Steve James, 19 September 2016

Retiring General Sir Richard Barrons is unusually frank in laying out the nature of the military conflicts he says Britain must prepare for.

Russian elections take place amid deepening economic and geopolitical crisis

By Vladimir Volkov, 17 September 2016

Parliamentary elections on Sunday across Russia unfold as the country’s economic decline continues and tensions mount in the ruling elite.

Media misinformation and the US election’s war agenda

By Bill Van Auken, 10 September 2016

The arrest of two young men in North Carolina for hacking into the accounts of top officials and government agencies casts a stark light on the media’s anti-Russia campaign.

Tensions between Washington and Moscow rise as Russia intercepts US spy planes over Black Sea

By Jordan Shilton, 9 September 2016

Whatever the precise cause of the incident, primary responsibility for the exacerbation of tensions lies with US imperialism and its NATO allies.

Clinton denounces Russian “interference” in US elections, calls for escalation in Syria

By Patrick Martin, 7 September 2016

The Democratic presidential candidate has stepped up her McCarthy-style campaign against Republican Donald Trump as an ally or stooge of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Syrian war threatens to escalate as Obama-Putin talks fail

By Jordan Shilton, 7 September 2016

The calls for humanitarian aid and safe zones are transparent pretexts to legitimise a vast intensification of the imperialist intervention in Syria.

The New York Times and “disinformation”

By Andre Damon, 30 August 2016

The New York Times, which functions as a clearing house for lies hatched by the Pentagon and CIA, has accused the Russian government of subverting public opinion in the US and Europe.

Russian athletes barred from Paralympic Games

By Andrea Peters, 25 August 2016

In the latest salvo against Russia, the world’s top court of sports has ruled that the country’s disabled athletes cannot participate in the upcoming games.

Biden’s blank check to the Baltic states: US will wage war on Russia in your defense

By Andre Damon, 24 August 2016

Vice President Biden said Washington’s commitment to militarily defend the tiny states of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia was a matter of America’s “sacred honor.”

More anti-Russian propaganda from the New York Times

By Barry Grey, 23 August 2016

Precedents for such exercises in state propaganda in the guise of journalism have ended with mass killings, the toppling of governments and, in many cases, the murder of government leaders portrayed as the incarnation of evil.

Suicide bombing kills 51 at wedding in Turkey

By Alex Lantier, 22 August 2016

The atrocity is the bloody outcome of years of incitement of Islamist terror and ethnic warfare in Syria by Washington and its imperialist allies in Europe.

Putin visits Crimea amid rising tensions with Ukraine

By Bill Van Auken, 20 August 2016

Ukrainian President Poroshenko threatened to impose martial law and conscription in response to what he claimed was the threat of a Russian invasion.

Kremlin chief of staff dismissed amid continuing political turmoil in Russia

By Andrea Peters, 18 August 2016

In the latest in a series of dismissals of leading officials, the Russian president has replaced a long-standing Kremlin insider with a little-known bureaucrat.

German media steps up anti-Russian agitation

By Ulrich Rippert, 17 August 2016

Over the past week, virtually every leading newspaper in Germany has published articles denouncing Russia for its intervention in Syria, Ukraine, or both.

The provocation in Crimea and the threat of world war

By Bill Van Auken, 13 August 2016

The terrorist attack in Crimea and ratcheting up of the war threat in Eastern Europe have exposed the real purpose of the anti-Putin hysteria in both the US election campaign and the Rio Olympics.

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12 August 2016

The battle for Aleppo and the hypocrisy of US war propaganda

By Bill Van Auken, 10 August 2016

Fifteen years after launching a “global war on terror” in the name of wiping out Al Qaeda, Washington is arming and funding its associates in Syria to counter Russia.

Erdogan and Putin meet in St. Petersburg

By Halil Celik and Peter Schwarz, 10 August 2016

Washington is fearful that Erdogan’s visit might signal a strategic reorientation by one of the most important members of the NATO alliance.

Atlantic Council proposes to develop Poland as a stronghold for war with Russia

By Clara Weiss, 10 August 2016

The American think tank has published a 25-page strategy paper titled “Arming for Deterrence” calling for a massive NATO military build-up against Russia.

Russian helicopter shot down in Syria as battle rages over Aleppo

By Alex Lantier, 2 August 2016

Cut off from their supply lines to Turkey, US-backed Islamist militias are mounting a desperate offensive to break through the encirclement of their forces in Aleppo.

New York Times concocts amalgam to link Trump and Putin in Democrats’ email scandal

By Isaac Finn, 28 July 2016

The Times is spearheading the Clinton campaign’s effort to pin the leaking of incriminating DNC emails on a supposed plot by Russia to tilt the US election in favor of Trump.

UK government steps up its role in NATO warmongering

By Harvey Thompson, 26 July 2016

The vote to renew Trident came 10 days after the NATO summit in Warsaw, at which then Prime Minister David Cameron made clear Britain’s commitment to aggression against Russia.

Russian athletes to participate in summer Olympics under discriminatory regime

By David Levine, 26 July 2016

The International Olympic Committee will allow Russian athletes to participate in the 2016 Summer Olympic Games if they can convince sports authorities they are innocent of doping.

Pentagon accuses Russia of targeting US-British Special Forces base in Syria

By Thomas Gaist, 25 July 2016

US-Russian tensions are surging in Syria, despite the Obama administration’s efforts to delay a further escalation of the war until after the 2016 US elections.

Ruling maintains ban on Russian track and field athletes from Rio Olympics

By George Gallanis, 23 July 2016

The ruling came only two days after the World Anti-Doping Agency called for all Russian athletes to be banned from next month’s summer games in Brazil.

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19 July 2016

NATO summit plans escalation against Russia in Eastern Europe, Middle East

By Alex Lantier, 11 July 2016

NATO is planning a major military escalation, based on plans for a perpetual state of war in the Middle East and preparations for all-out war with Russia in Europe.

Europe and US continue anti-Russian sanctions

By Andrea Peters, 4 July 2016

On the same day the EU extended asset freezes, travel bans, and trade embargoes targeting Russia, the US announced new sanctions directed against the Russian defense industry.

Canada to jointly lead NATO’s new “advanced force” against Russia

By Roger Jordan, 2 July 2016

The deployment was announced less than 24 hours after President Obama called on Canada to play a greater role in NATO and spend more on its military.

Warmongering and historical falsification on 75th anniversary of German invasion of Soviet Union

By Christoph Vandreier, 2 July 2016

On German television, presenter Guido Knopp and historians Jörg Baberowski and Sönke Neitzel questioned whether Hitler’s Operation Barbarossa was a deliberately planned war of annihilation.

Russian president seeks closer economic and strategic ties in Beijing

By Peter Symonds, 28 June 2016

The two countries are being driven closer together by fears of the growing danger of war posed by the United States.

Ex-PM Mulroney urges Canada to prepare for war

By Roger Jordan, 25 June 2016

Lest Mulroney’s listeners were in any doubt about the meaning of his declaration that Canada must be ready to “fight,” he invoked Canada’s role as a major belligerent in World War II.

German foreign minister distances himself from the United States

By Peter Schwarz, 21 June 2016

Steinmeier declared that Germany is forced “to reinterpret the principles that have guided its foreign policy for over half a century.”

Doping allegations cited to ban Russian track and field team from Rio Olympics

By Barry Grey, 18 June 2016

The pretense that Russia is some kind of outlier and affront to the “Olympic spirit” is an absurd and cynical fraud.

Canada’s elite urges Liberal government to deploy troops to Eastern Europe

By Roger Jordan, 16 June 2016

Canada is expected to become the fourth “core” contributor to a NATO force to be deployed to the Baltic states and Eastern Europe with the aim of provoking Russia.

Tensions mount in Poland in run-up to NATO summit

By Dorota Niemitz, 9 June 2016

Six former ministers of national defense published an open letter attacking the current defense minister, Antoni Macierewicz, and demanding his resignation.

US uses gas deliveries to pressure Russia

By Clara Weiss, 30 May 2016

While NATO is encircling Russia militarily, the energy market is increasingly being used to exert pressure on Russia for geostrategic aims.

German daily Süddeutsche Zeitung demands military deterrence against Russia

By Johannes Stern, 23 May 2016

In the lead-up to the NATO summit in Poland in early July the professional warmongers in the German media are intensifying calls for a military build-up in Eastern Europe.

Retired British general predicts war with Russia, denounces Cameron government as “semi-pacifist”

By Harvey Thompson, 21 May 2016

Shirreff urges class war at home and public spending cuts to fund massive increases in military spending.

NATO-Russia war tensions laid bare at Washington summit

By Thomas Gaist, 16 May 2016

The past week has seen the American-dominated Western alliance markedly intensify its preparations for aggressive war along Russia’s eastern and southern borders.

New doping allegations against Russia ahead of summer Olympics

By Barry Grey, 14 May 2016

While it is entirely possible that the Putin government has overseen a program of doping, the unsubstantiated allegations are being used to promote a reactionary geopolitical agenda.

US-NATO officials unveil Romania-based missile system

By Thomas Gaist, 13 May 2016

In a move Russian officials denounced as a “direct threat,” US and NATO officials presided over the formal launch of a new missile system based in Bucharest.

Russia creates National Guard to protect capitalist oligarchy

By Vladimir Volkov, 12 May 2016

The Kremlin recently announced the creation of a new special military force with expanded powers of police state repression.

Forty million Russians in debt

By Clara Weiss, 7 May 2016

Household debt has more than doubled in Russia since 2008, with the total currently $159 billion.

Civilian deaths in Syria surge as US-Russian brokered ceasefire unravels

By Thomas Gaist, 30 April 2016

American support for the ceasefire was a tactical maneuver, aimed at buying time for US forces to prepare a renewed push.

German army assumes leadership of military buildup against Russia

By Christoph Vandreier, 30 April 2016

NATO’s aggressive plans sharpen the confrontation with Russia and bring the world closer to a third world war.

Military force “on the table” in relation to Russia, US commander says

By Bill Van Auken, 23 April 2016

The Obama administration’s nominee for US commander in Europe called for the permanent deployment of an armored brigade near Russia’s border.

Paul Mason launches campaign for UK Labour to pledge itself to nuclear war

By Chris Marsden, 22 April 2016

Former economics editor of Channel Four News Paul Mason’s latest statements are a devastating political exposure of an entire fetid petty-bourgeois milieu.

NATO-Russia meetings resume amid fears of military clash in Europe

By Alex Lantier, 21 April 2016

After close encounters between US and Russian forces in the Baltic Sea, there are mounting fears of an accidental clash escalating into full-blown war between nuclear powers.

US-Russia tensions flare in Baltic Sea

By Jordan Shilton, 18 April 2016

Washington’s aggressive military build-up throughout Eastern Europe, in close collaboration with its NATO allies, has brought the entire region to the brink of war between nuclear powers.

Plan B: CIA prepares to arm Syrian “rebels” with antiaircraft weapons

By Bill Van Auken, 14 April 2016

Washington is warning that if it is unable to achieve regime change through UN-brokered talks, it will drastically escalate the Syrian bloodbath.

After four days of fighting, Azerbaijan, Armenia call Nagorno-Karabakh ceasefire

By Kumaran Ira, 6 April 2016

Doubts persist over how long the ceasefire will last, as the Caucasus and the Middle East have been put on edge by escalating imperialist wars and economic crisis.

Obama’s nuclear summit underscores danger of war

By Peter Symonds, 2 April 2016

The aim of US “non-proliferation” policy is not to rid the world of nuclear bombs but to ensure the US retains its nuclear dominance over any potential rival.

US deploying additional armored brigades to Russian border

By Thomas Gaist, 1 April 2016

The US military is preparing to deploy some military equipment and thousands of troops directly on the Russian border as part of a “permanent footprint.”

Living standards fall and discontent rises in Russia

By Vladimir Volkov, 18 March 2016

In a sign of the population’s intense economic distress, retail trade levels in Russia have fallen to their lowest level in 40 years.

Syrian war enters sixth year with graver dangers still ahead

By Bill Van Auken, 18 March 2016

The recent “cessation of hostilities” and partial withdrawal of Russian forces will not stop the escalation of US militarism in the region and beyond.

Russia announces partial withdrawal from Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 16 March 2016

Moscow’s intervention was directed principally at forestalling the imposition of a US puppet regime in Damascus hostile to the interests of Russia’s ruling oligarchy.

Two years since the Kiev coup

Part two

By Andrea Peters, 8 March 2016

This, the second part of a two-part article on two years since the 2014 Maidan coup in Ukraine, reviews the role of various pseudo-left organizations. The first part was posted on March 7.

Two years since the Kiev coup

Part one

By Andrea Peters, 7 March 2016

Two years after Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych was forcibly removed from office in a US-backed, right-wing coup, the working masses of the Eastern European country face a worsening economic and social disaster.