In a move that might anger Russian leaders, the Washington DC recently vote unanimously to rename the Russian embassy street after slain opposition leader, Boris Nemtsov.

Boris was killed outside Kremlin in 2015 while walking home from a restaurant in 2015. 


According to the Washington Council, the decision was targeted at "the portion of Wisconsin Avenue in front of the Russian Embassy". The daughter of Nemtsov, Zhanna had travelled to Washington to ask the council for the move to honour his dad. She praised her father as open-minded and a Russian patriot that deserves a commemoration. She added;

The current Russian political regime wants to eradicate the memory of my father, since it believes - correctly - that symbols are important and that they can potentially facilitate and inspire change. For now, we cannot do it in Russia because of unprecedented resistance on the part of the Russian authorities. But we have a chance to do it here - and here, it will be very difficult to dismantle.

Reacting to the news of the name change of the street of the Russian embassy in Washington, Russia Interfax news agency quoted the leader of the nationalist LDPR party, Vladimir Zhirinovsky, as saying US authorities "specifically want to play dirty tricks in front of the Russian Embassy".

Another leader that reacted to the news is Dmitry Novikov. He told the agency ;

      "The US authorities have long been absorbed in their own game of interfering in Russian internal affairs."

Boris Nemtsov was a vocal critic of Vladmir Putin.

Commander of the Estonian Defence Forces, Riho Terras claimed that last September, Russia military simulated a full scale war against the NATO. The military drill conducted between 14-20 military officers displayed a fictional scenario of Russia engaging the US led alliance.


According to the Russian military, the drill was a scenario to simulate attacks by militant.

Riho Terras claimed in a German newspaper interview, Bild, he said-

Let me be clear: with the exercise Zapad 2017, Russia simulated a large-scale military attack against Nato. It was not targeted towards the Baltic states only, as it was a theatre-wide series of exercises spanning from high North to the Black Sea.

The scale and extent of the entire exercise was far greater than officially stated.

Though the report claimed that 12,700 troops were involved in the drill, but another 12,000 participated near the Estonian borders, and 10,000 in the area near the north of Finland and Norway.

A Cold War-era treaty demands that when drills involves more than 13,000 personnels, an observer should be present, so on the first day of the drill,NATO sent one observer to the area of the military drill, and two obeservers were sent on visitors day in Belarus.

The Russians practised taking over neutralising or taking under control air fields and harbours as well as simulating bombings of “critical infrastructure” such as “air fields, harbours, energy supplies” in Western Europe.



Another day, another Donald Trump Russia scandal, as former campaign manager, Paul Manifort was found to have secretly worked for the Russia billionaire with plans to "greatly benefit the Putin Government," and as been doing so since 2005 under Republican President Bush, even at the time the US-Russia relations grew worse.

According to the AP, a confidential strategy by Manifort proposed a strategic plan that would influence politics, business dealings and news coverage in the United States, Europe and former Soviet republics in a way that will benefit the Putin government.


Manifort proposed the strategy to aluminium magnate Oleg Deripaska and a very close ally of Putin, and his proposal was signed by Oleg, which was  a $10 million annual contract. The relationship between the two business parties was maintained until 2009, and this is also confirmed via interviews with people, and also a source familiar with the contract.

In his memo to Deprisaka, Manifort wrote;

We are now of the belief that this model can greatly benefit the Putin Government if employed at the correct levels with the appropriate commitment to success The effort, Manafort wrote, "will be offering a great service that can re-focus, both internally and externally, the policies of the Putin government.

The White House brushed the news aside, but it raised a fresh alarm at the Congress. 

Press secretary Sean Spicer said that Candidate Trump was not aware of Manifort involvement with Oleg Deripaska, he said;

  To suggest that the president knew who his clients were from 10 years ago is a bit insane

Paul Manifort plan was well laid out in the document obtained by Associated press, and also documents that show wire transfers of  millions of dollars, but how much work was done by Manifort is unknown. This is also contradictory to what the Trump administration and Manifort said, as Manifort once said he never worked for the Russian government.

On Wednesday, Manifort confirmed he had worked with Deripaska, but denied his work was pro-Russia, and he said;

I look forward to meeting with those conducting serious investigations of these issues.


Mr Deripaska official representative also responded to the allegation in a statement said;

There was an agreement between Mr. Deripaska and Mr. Manafort to provide investment consulting services related to business interests of Mr Deripaska which now is a subject to legal claims.

Two Republicans senators, and also a critic of Donald Trump Russia connection, Sen John McCain and Senator Graham commented on the recent revelation of Manifort.

Senator McCain said, this is a "serious stuff" and asked for more evidence into the issue, by using an independent congressional committee to investigate Trump, "Other shoes will drop" he said.

Senator Graham of South Carolina said;

Clearly, if he's getting millions of dollars from a billionaire close to Putin, to basically undermine democratic movements, that's something I'd want to know about. I doubt if Trump knew about it.



The Russian ambassador to Ankara, Turkey,  Andrey Karlov was shot dead by a 22-year old undercover Turkish policeman, Mevlut Mert Altintas. 

The incident happened at the Contemporary Art Gallery in Ankara's central Çankaya district, while Andrey was delivering a speech. The gunman shot him from the back at point blank, killing him instantly. He was later killed by the Turkish special forces that was called to the scene.


The Russian ambassador was shot about eight times, and was taken to the hospital, several other people were injured in the attack.

Responding to the attack, the Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson said that the attack was on the ambassador is considered a "terrorist act"

Altintas before he was killed by special forces shouted in Turkish "Don't forget Aleppo! Don't forget Syria!" and he later warned journalist filming the event "Stand back! Stand back! Only death will take me out of here. Anyone who has a role in this oppression will die one by one."

Altintas's mother, sister and roommate have all been rounded-up by police and taken into custody for questioning.


The Russia government has recently asked that all officials that have got families abroad should fly them back to Russia amid the tension of a global war. According to Russia local report, top government executives have all been warned by President Vladmir Putin to start bringing back their families back to the "Motherland"

The call has come a day after Putin cancelled his official visit to France amid a furious row over Moscow's role in the Syrian conflict, and also days it had moved nuclear-capable missiles near to the Polish border.


Administration staff, regional administrators, lawmakers of all levels and employees of public corporations have all been asked to bring back their children out of foreign schools, and any failure to act on the new memo might jeopardise their chances of promotion.

The diplomatic relationship between the U.S and Russia has reached it's all time low since the cold war, and anger has risen between the two countries after the Washington pull out the plug about Syria and also accused Russia of interfering in the U.S election by cyber-warfare.

The Russian military on Wednesday conducted a series of intercontinental ballistic missile tests from a Pacific Fleet submarine in the Sea of Okhotsk north of Japan.

The Russian president cancelled his visit with French president, Francois Hollande said Syrian forces had committed a 'war crime' in the battered city of Aleppo with the support of Russian air strikes.

Amidst tension between Russia and the US since the shooting down of flight M17 that left 298 people dead, the Deputy Prime Minister of Russia and head of the Military-Industrial Commission. Special Envoy of the President twitter via his twitter account @Rogozin shared a picture of President Obama with a poodle and president Putin with a baby tiger showing that the Russian president is more stronger than the US president.


Photo Credit: Twitter

Before this picture, Russians have always said to tweet or post different pictures of masculinity of President Putin by sharing some of his daring pictures. Some of the shared pictures iincludes President Pution shirtless on a horseback, while another shows him measuring a polar bear which was anaesthetised.


Photo Credit: News Unlimited

Since the MH17 incident, the European union and the USA issued tougher sanctions on Russia that affected his oil industry, defence  and sensitive technologies.