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A 44-year old Anti-Putin blogger, Imran Aliev, 44, has just been found dead in a hotel in Northern France, with is throat sliced, and multiple stab wound on his chest. Aliev is well known for his strong criticism of Russian president Putin, and Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov on his popular blog, and different YouTube account where he goes by the name, Mansur Stariy or Old Mansur.


On January 29, Aliev, who had been under police protection at his Belgium home, travelled with another Chechen friend via train to Lille, France, and on January 30, the hotel manager at the Coq Hardi Hotel where the pair had lodged found the body of Aliev, and his travelling companion was nowhere to be found.

The victim, while embarking on his trip had told his family he was going on a "business trip", and another man from  Chechnya showed up on the eve of the killing. It was also reported that he had left Belgium after receiving death threats from Russia and Chechnya over his contents.

A senior French police official has said they will be "collecting and analysing evidence from travel patterns, electronic intercepts, and other investigative tools at our disposal".

This is the second attempt on Aliev's life. The leader of the Chechen region, Kadyrov, has been brutal with his administration, and putting away all critics of his administration, according to reports from NewsRU, 13 critics have been assassinated, home and abroad dating back January 2019.


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One of Donald Trump campaign promises to the US people is defeating the Islamic State terror group, ISIS, and in a new video released by the President's team, Donald Trump believed ISIS is defeated, and it is time to bring back the US troops in Syria.


The US troops have helped get rid a lot of the members of the group, and only remains a handful of the fighters in the North-Eastern area of Syria, and security chiefs want that the US troops maintain its presence in the country to make sure that the terrorist group does not rebuild again.


                                                Video of Trump announcing withdrawal from Syria

The White house and Pentagon have now concluded that it will be moving to "next phase" of the campaign, but did not give further information about the new phase it will take. 

Senate Republicans have kicked against the idea of President Trump pulling troops out of Syria, and one senator using his voice is Lindsey Graham ,that have now called it "a big gift" to the Iran ISIS.

In the press conference released by Lindsey Graham. He said " I have tried to help President Trump where I can ... but I find myself in the situation where the best way I can help the president is to tell him the truth as I see it."


                                                   Lindsey Graham press conference

Russia's Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on state-controlled Channel One TV that pulling out now from Syria by the US will allow "genuine, real prospects for a political settlement" in Syria." Also, According to the Washington post, Russia President, Vladmir Putin welcome the US President decision on Syria


Many Russians protesters despite the frigid weather on Sunday turned up en masse to support opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who was also arrested when he was walking to the demonstration in Moscow.

Alexei was wrestled to the ground as he makes his way to the Moscow demonstration to join the other protesters who had come out to support his call for the Russia election boycott. He is one of the top rival of President Vladmir Putin at the moment, and seems to want to stop the Russia president from his fourth term Presidential agenda.


Alexei is not currently permitted to run for the office of the highest office in Russia after an embezzlement conviction, a case which he believed was politically motivated. 

After he was detained on Sunday, he later tweeted to his supporters that he had been released in late Sunday evening before a trial, and the Russian police have said that he would likely be charged with a public-order violation for calling unauthorized demonstrations.


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.

President Putin in his new marathon annual Q&A session praises his new American counterpart, President Donald Trump. 

Speaking to 1,600 reporters, President Putin said that he and Donald Trump called each other on the first name basis, and added that that should be the relationship between the two countries. The Russian President also debunks the Russia meddling in US elections, calling it a ruse started by Donald Trump enemies.


When asked about his thought on Trump's presidency performance, Putin said;

It's not for me to evaluate the president's work. This needs to be done by the voter, the American people. We are objectively seeing that there have been some major accomplishments, even in the short time he has been working.

Look at how the markets have grown. This speaks to investors' trust in the American economy. It speaks to what President Trump is doing in this sphere. With all due respect to Trump's opponents, this is an objective fact.

Though President Trump had looked forward to a very strong relationship between the US and Russia, the different news of Russia meddling in the US election had affected such relationship as US investigators continue to investigate the connection between different Trump campaign team and their Russia meeting.

Russia president, Vladmir Putin has announced he will be running for re-election again in the 2018 National election. Putin has been in power since 2000, either as Prime Minister or President, and if he wins the 2018 election, he will serve the country till 2024.


President Putin announced his candidacy at a car factory in the Volga city of Nizhny Novgorod, and according to recent polls, Mr Putin stands to win the election than the Russian TV journalist Ksenia Sobchak who intends to run against the incumbent government.

Putin is seen as a leader that has restored Russia glory and global standing, especially with the military, while opponents have seen him as a harbinger of massive corruption in Russia.



Donald Trump is meeting with other 20 world leaders at the G20 summit, but his travelling team had problems booking a hotel for him in Hamburg as his travelling staff took a long time to book him a hotel, and all major hotels in Hamburg were reportedly booked.


The president, who also a hotel chain owner don't have one of his properties at the northen German city, and the four seasons was already booked by King Salman of Saudi Arabia and his entourage.

The Russian President Vladmir Putin is staying at Park Hyatt and German Chancellor Angela Merkel with stay with India and Canada at the Atlantic Kempinski camp.

Since there is no major place left for Donald Trump, the Hamburg Senate House will host the President, while his team will stay at the US Consulate.


A new report by the British Intelligence community revealed that Russian President, Vladmir Putin allegedly ordered the killing of Alexander Perepilichnyy, a financier,  who exposed a lot of financial crimes by the Russian government.

Perepilichnyy was found dead outside his Surrey apartment in the UK in 2012, shortly after returning from Paris in 2012. The British investigator found a fatal plant poison in his stomach, but insisted there was no foul play in his death.


Theresa May's government later told investigators to withhold inquest into the cause of his death, as the government invoked its national security powers.

According to Buzzfeed, who later revealed how Perepilichnyy spent his last days in Paris in 2012, it reveals new evidence that was knowingly sidelined by authorities, secret documents and interviews with dozen current and former intelligence and law enforcement officials in the US, France, and the UK. They revealed;

  • US spies said they have passed MI6 high-grade intelligence indicating that Perepilichnyy was likely "assassinated on direct orders from Putin or people close to him” and lambasted the British police for their “botched” investigation.
  • A highly classified report on Russian state assassinations compiled for the US Congress by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence last year asserts with “high confidence” that Perepilichnyy’s murder was sanctioned by Putin, Russia's president.
  • French police are treating the financier’s death as a suspected organised assassination – but say they have been repeatedly stonewalled by their British counterparts.
  • Perepilichnyy travelled to Paris before his death for a secret assignation with a 22-year-old Ukrainian woman named Elmira Medynska, who gave an exclusive interview to BuzzFeed News, but who British and French police never spoke to.

For more on this news, go to Buzzfeed

Police have arrested Mr Putin critic, Alexei Navalny ahead of his Anti-Kremlin nationwide protest in Moscow. The news was confirmed by Mr Navalny wife, Yulia, who confirmed that Alexei was picked up by security operatives just 1 hour before the protest.


                                 Alexei Nivalny (dressed in blue shirt) taken away by Russian police


She wrote on social media;

Alexei was detained in the entrance hall of our building,He asked me to tell you that the plans (for the protest) are unchanged.

According to Reuters, witnesses said they saw police car leaving Mr Navalny apartment, and was later followed by a minibus that was filled up by almost 10 policemen. The live feed that was transmitting from Nivalny office was also shut down after the electricity to the building was cut off.

Mr Nivalny is protesting against corruption of the Russian government. 

He has now announced he will be running for Russian presidency come 2018. In March, Nivalny was jailed for 15 days after his March protest, and he April, he suffered damage to one eye, after he was attacked and the attacker poured green antiseptic liquid into his eyes.


Vladmir Putin is not getting love from the Russians after several hundreds in Moscow protested today, asking him to leave office. The same protest also happened in other cities in Russia.

Putin has been the leader of Russia for 17 years, and have seemed to enjoy high popularity among his own base in Russia. He is yet to announce if he would be contesting the March 2018 election, but there are high speculations he would run again for the presidency come 2018.


Putin opposition is Mikhail Khodorkovsky, once one of Russia richest men, but  was jailed on the account of fraud, and spent a decade in prison, but was only released in 2013.

Though the protest was a peaceful protest, the police were not willing to take chances as more than 30 police buses and coaches were filled with riot police to see to calmness among the protesters, and more than 100 people were arrested.