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  • ** FILE ** In this Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013, file photo Russian President Vladimir Putin visits the Rosa Khutor Alpine Center outside the Black Sea resort of Sochi, southern Russia. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev, File)

    British court OKs investigation into assassination of Russian ex-spy Litvinenko

    At the height of Russia's hosting of the Winter Olympics, Britain's High Court on Tuesday gave a green light for a public investigation of Moscow's presumed role in the 2006 assassination of a former Russian spy in London.


  • ** FILE ** Alexander Litvinenko (AP Photo/Alistair Fuller)

    Probe of Russian ex-spy's death could strain London-Moscow ties

    Ever since Alexander Litvinenko's death on Nov. 23, 2006, British authorities have wrestled with how to deal with the case without creating an international incident with the Kremlin.


  • "We are concerned about the acts of intimidation as well as their record on previous agreements and other activities. It's a real concern, I've raised it. It's not the intelligence committee that fails to understand the problem. It's the Obama administration."

-Former Sen. Christopher S. Bond, (right) who served as the vice chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence between 2007 and 2010

    Russia uses dirty tricks despite U.S. 'reset'

    In the past four years, Russia's intelligence services have stepped up a campaign of intimidation and dirty tricks against U.S. officials and diplomats in Russia and the countries that used to form the Soviet Union.


  • ** FILE ** Russian President Dmitry Medvedev (AP Photo)

    Russian security agency given new powers

    The upper house of Russia's parliament on Monday passed a bill granting expanded powers to the country's main security agency, a move that critics say echoes the era of the Soviet KGB.


  • A poisoned dissident

    It is no exaggeration to declare that Vladimir Putin's Russia is a true "spookocracy," a government dominated by members and veterans of intelligence services, what Reuel Marc Gerecht calls a "unique corporate, capitalist police-state."


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