How ‘Putin’s Chef’ Prigozhin Is Now Targeting Europe

[ad_1] Sergei Ilnitsky/AP He’s sent Wagner mercenaries to Ukraine, Syria, and Libya; faced U.S. indictments for assigning his “troll farm” to interfere in the 2016 presidential election; and even dispatched white supremacists and neo-Nazis to sow anti-Western sentiment in African nations. Now Yevgeny Prigozhin, the catering magnate commonly referred to as “Putin’s chef,” has trained … Read more

Russia’s enemies fear Biden won’t fight to stop Putin’s Nord Stream 2 pipeline

[ad_1] Russia’s adversaries in central and Eastern Europe are worried President Biden isn’t willing to fight hard to stop the Russia-Germany gas pipeline Nord Stream 2 — one of Vladimir Putin’s core priorities. Why it matters: The fight is the first significant test of whether Biden’s tough rhetoric against the Russian leader will be matched … Read more

Russia’s TikTok Generation Is Putin’s Achilles’ Heel

[ad_1] Ludovic Marin/AFP via Getty On Feb. 3, an influx of young Russians flooded my Instagram inbox and followers list. Yulia Navalnaya, the wife of imprisoned Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, had just reposted my recent Instagram story: a photo of Navalny in court, holding up his hands to form the shape of a heart, … Read more

Translator who listened to Trump and Putin’s calls says it was like overhearing ‘friends chatting in a bar’

[ad_1] Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin in 2017 (SPUTNIK/AFP via Getty Images) An American who translated the phone calls between Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin characterised the chats as relatively chummy. Marina Gross, a translator and long-time employee at the US State Department, was the only American to listen in on the world … Read more