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Facebook Suspends Three Pages With Millions of Video Views, Saying They Need to Disclose Russia Ties

Facebook has suspended three video-centric pages run by Maffick Media, a company mostly owned by Ruptly, a subsidiary of the state-run RT (formerly Russia Today) network, CNN reported on Friday. Read More >>

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Russia to Test Whether Its Internet Can Be Disconnected From the Rest of the World

Internet providers in Russia are preparing to conduct exercises that will help the nation build a path toward possible internet independence, according to Russian news reports. Read More >>

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Russian Authorities Declare State of Emergency After ‘Mass Invasion’ of Polar Bears in Remote Settlement

Russian authorities have declared a state of emergency in the remote, sparsely populated Novaya Zemlya islands in the Arctic Ocean, the BBC reported this weekend, after “dozens” of polar bears whose food sources are limited due to climate change started rooting through homes and other buildings near the settlement of Belushya Guba looking for something to eat. Read More >>

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Watch the US Test Another Unarmed Nuclear Missile During a Busy Week of Tests Worldwide

The US launched an unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile from Vandenberg Air Force Base on 5 February in what’s shaping up to be a busy week of missile tests around the world. Much like other recent launches, the US military insists that this latest test has nothing to do with current events, as military tensions rise in the US, Russia, and China. Read More >>

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US Withdraws From Nuclear Weapons Treaty With Russia, Paving the Way for a New Arms Race

It’s official. America's Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, recently announced that the US will withdraw from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty with Russia, a landmark agreement first signed in 1987 that helped protect the world from nuclear war. Read More >>

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Facebook and Twitter Purge Hundreds of Fake Accounts Linked to Russia, Iran, and Venezuela

Twitter and Facebook both announced on Thursday that they’ve recently removed hundreds of accounts tied to misinformation campaigns with links to Russia, Venezuela, and Iran. Facebook’s Head of Cybersecurity Policy Nathaniel Gleicher said in a call with reporters that the companies were able to identify bad actors on their respective platforms through ongoing information-swapping, the Hill reported Thursday. Read More >>

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Facebook Deletes Pages That Were Secretly Controlled by a Russian Propaganda Network

Facebook has deleted hundreds of pages linked to the Kremlin-backed propaganda network known as Sputnik. The pages, allegedly operated by Sputnik employees, were made to look like they were coming from outside of Russia. The Facebook pages helped spread propaganda about NATO and European politics, among many other topics. Read More >>

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Head of Russian Orthodox Church Warns Big Data Will Usher in the Antichrist and, Well, Hmm

The devil is in the downloads, says Patriarch Kirill of Moscow, the leader of the Russian Orthodox Church. In a recent interview with the state-run Russia-1 TV network, Kirill warned that smart devices like cell phones and social networks could enable the rise of Satan’s chosen and the rule of darkness until the end times. Read More >>

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Boy, Did NASA Screw Up This One

NASA has rescinded an invitation to the chief of Russian space agency Roscosmos, Dmitry Rogozin, to visit its Houston facilities and speak at Rice University after members of Congress noted that Rogozin is currently prohibited from travelling to the US under sanctions imposed over the situation in Ukraine, CNN reported. Read More >>

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Report: ISS Hole Drilled From the Inside, Cosmonaut Says

Russian cosmonaut Sergei Prokopyev said that the mysterious hole in a Soyuz capsule docked to the International Space Station was drilled from the inside, according to the Associated Press. Read More >>

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Russia Tests New Hypersonic Missile System Under Direct Orders From President Putin

Russia tested a new hypersonic glide missile system today under direct orders from President Vladimir Putin, according to reports from Russian state media. The new system, called the Avangard, utilises an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) and a hypersonic glide vehicle and is supposed to travel at roughly five times the speed of sound. Read More >>

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Russian State TV Shows Off ‘Robot’ That’s Actually a Man in a Robot Suit

Russian state TV apparently became confused yesterday while airing footage of a technology forum aimed at kids. A TV reporter proclaimed that Boris the robot, seen above, “has already learned to dance and he’s not that bad.” The only problem? Boris isn’t a real robot. It’s just a man in a suit. Read More >>

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You Can Stop Angrily Tweeting At Putin’s ‘Official’ English-Language Twitter Account Now (It’s Fake)

Twitter has banned an account first registered in 2012 that purported to be the official English-language channel of Russian President Vladimir Putin but was, in fact, that someone else entirely. Archived versions show the account had over one million followers and had previously popped up in news reports. Read More >>

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Russian Space Agency Releases Video of Failed Soyuz Launch

Russian space agency Roscosmos has tweeted a new video of last month’s failed Soyuz rocket launch that forced an emergency landing for the two-person crew. NASA astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin were travelling to the International Space Station when one of the rocket’s boosters failed to separate—a moment that can be seen clearly in the new video. Read More >>

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Report: Russian Researcher Charged With Attempted Murder in Stabbing of Colleague in Antarctica

The Antarctic desolation and cold could be too much for some people—even folks you would think are used to some cold weather. A Russian researcher has been charged with attempted murder after allegedly stabbing a peer at the Bellingshausen Station on Antarctica’s King George Island. Read More >>