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Real Russians of Miami-Dade County evade law on two continents

By Sarah Hurst (@XSovietNews), for StopFake Russia has ordered the arrest of Florida-based businessman Sergey Slastikhin, accusing him of embezzling hundreds of millions of roubles in contracts for Roskosmos, the Russian space agency, and of absconding with state secrets. US law-enforcement, and perhaps even Special Counsel Robert Mueller, might want to get to Slastikhin before Vladimir Putin does, because he is involved in a large network of businesses run by

Salisbury suspects number one in top 10 “worst hits” of Russian TV

By Sarah Hurst (@XSovietNews), for StopFake The interview given by the two suspects in the Salisbury novichok poisonings to RT boss Margarita Simonyan was met with disbelief and ridicule around the world, and inspired dozens of memes, but it was just one of a multitude of fakes and disasters that have been fed to gullible views by Russian TV over the years – particularly since the invasion of Ukraine in

UK’s Skripal evidence obliterates hollow Russian propaganda

By Sarah Hurst (@XSovietNews), for StopFake The morning after the OPCW confirmed that Dawn Sturgess and Charlie Rowley had been poisoned by novichok in the aftermath of the attack on Sergei and Yulia Skripal, Britain’s Metropolitan Police issued a bombshell statement with the first details about the two Russian suspects in the case, who went by the pseudonyms Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov. The Crown Prosecution Service said it has

Russian trolls exiled from Guardian find home for their hate

By Sarah Hurst (@XSovietNews), for StopFake Among the various English-language promoters of Russian propaganda, a website called OffGuardian drew attention to itself recently by praising a visit to occupied Crimea by Symphonic Brass Wales. OffGuardian tweeted the headline to its anonymous article, “The Welsh Orchestra Defying the Ukrainian Coup Regime” (apparently not conceived by a native English speaker), and Symphonic Brass Wales retweeted it, before apparently undoing the retweet after

Russia hides truth about death of American student in Siberia

By Sarah Hurst (@XSovietNews), for StopFake Russian authorities say 25-year-old Colin Madsen from Missouri died from hypothermia in Buryatia under the influence of drugs. His mother, Dana Madsen Calcutt, a doctor, is determined to prove that he was murdered, and has recently received a forensics report that concludes Colin’s death was a homicide. US embassy officials say they can’t acknowledge homicide as the cause of death unless Russia does this,

Russia tries everything to blacken reputation of White Helmets

By Sarah Hurst (@XSovietNews), for StopFake Russia escalated its long-running hate campaign against the White Helmets Syrian rescue group in response to the evacuation over the weekend of 422 volunteers and their family members to Jordan via the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. About 300 more have been unable to evacuate due to the fighting in Syria. The UK, Canada and Germany have offered to resettle those who do manage to escape.

Fabricated treason and espionage cases prop Putin up in power

By Sarah Hurst (@XSovietNews), for StopFake Russia’s Foreign Ministry is supporting its accused spy in the United States Maria Butina with the hashtag #FreeMariaButina despite mountains of evidence against her that is freely available to the public, while at home dozens of people are being jailed for treason or espionage in cases that are most likely completely invented, and that are tried in secrecy. The cases are a warning to

Russian arms manufacturer leads gullible citizens of “space nation”

By Sarah Hurst (@XSovietNews), for StopFake The “space nation” of Asgardia attracted global headlines last month when its “Head of Nation”, 54-year-old Igor Ashurbeyli, was inaugurated in a gala ceremony at the Hofburg palace in Vienna. Ashurbeyli was the CEO of Russia’s arms conglomerate Almaz-Antey from 2000 to 2011, the manufacturer of the Buk missile that shot down flight MH17 and the S-400 anti-aircraft missiles that Turkey is currently purchasing,

New York State Senate welcomes Russian propagandists

By Sarah Hurst (@XSovietNews), for StopFake It is absurd enough that Russia organises “Immortal Regiment” marches all over the world in early May, but the cynical propaganda stunt has taken a further step forward by gaining approval in a resolution by the New York State Senate. On May 8 this year Democratic Senator Luis Sepulveda welcomed a delegation of the “Russian Youth of America” to the Senate chamber and oversaw

Immortal Regiment marches are a festival of the grotesque

by Sarah Hurst (@XSovietNews), for StopFake Every year Russian state media boasts about the spread of “Immortal Regiment” marches around the world, in which people wear orange and black St. George ribbons, wave Soviet flags and carry signs with pictures ostensibly of their relatives who were killed in World War II while singing “patriotic” songs. This year TASS and Russian embassies tweeted about events that took place in Seoul, Buenos

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