World Cup host Qatar used ex-CIA officer to spy on FIFA

The tiny Arab nation of Qatar has for years employed a former CIA officer to help spy on soccer officials as part of a no-expense-spared effort to win and hold on to the 2022 World Cup tournament, an investigation by The Associated Press has found. It’s part of a trend of former U.S. intelligence officersContinue reading “World Cup host Qatar used ex-CIA officer to spy on FIFA”

Masked men storm Moscow screening of film about Stalin-era famine

Authorities question staff of Russian NGO Memorial after mob disrupts screening of Mr Jones at its office A group of masked men stormed the offices of a renowned human rights organisation in Moscow on Thursday to disrupt the screening of Mr Jones, a British co-produced film about the Holodomor, the Stalin-era famine that killed millionsContinue reading “Masked men storm Moscow screening of film about Stalin-era famine”

Russia labels reporters ‘foreign agents’ after journalist Dmitry Muratov awarded Nobel Peace Prize

Hours after Russian journalist Dmitry Muratov was jointly awarded the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize, Russian authorities have begun labelling other journalists and media organisations “foreign agents” in an effort to sideline critics. Mr Muratov, and fellow journalist Maria Ressa of the Philippines, won the prize for their fight for freedom of expression. Many in Russia had hoped that the prize wouldContinue reading “Russia labels reporters ‘foreign agents’ after journalist Dmitry Muratov awarded Nobel Peace Prize”

Russia extends ‘foreign agents’ law to critics of military and security

Legislation now covers citizens who study and report on those agencies and people working within them Russians who study and report on the problems faced by the country’s military, space agency and security services, as well as the millions of people who serve in those agencies, can now be named foreign agents, as Russia expands restrictions onContinue reading “Russia extends ‘foreign agents’ law to critics of military and security”

Russia: Kremlin calls independent vote monitor ‘foreign agent’

The election monitoring group Golos has been added to a list of organizations with foreign backers. The move comes a month before Russia’s parliamentary vote. Russia’s justice ministry placed the independent election monitoring group Golos on a list of “foreign agents” on Wednesday, a month before Russians head to the polls. The decision is likelyContinue reading “Russia: Kremlin calls independent vote monitor ‘foreign agent’”

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