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Putin, Responding to Sanctions, Orders US to Cut Diplomatic Staff by 755 - New York Times

MOSCOW — President Vladimir V. Putin announced Sunday that the American diplomatic mission in Russia must reduce its staff by 755 employees, an aggressive response to new American sanctions that seemed ripped right from the Cold War playbook and sure ...and more »

Why Trump must stop being Trump to survive - The Conversation CA

U.S. President Donald Trump meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G-20 Summit in July in Germany. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci). Why Trump must stop being Trump to survive. July 30, 2017 7.30pm EDT • Updated July 31, 2017 3.22pm EDT. John ...and more »

Russia Seizes 2 US Properties and Orders Embassy to Cut Staff - New York Times

MOSCOW — Russia took its first steps on Friday to retaliate against proposed American sanctions for Moscow's suspected meddling in the 2016 election, seizing two American diplomatic properties in Russia and ordering the United States Embassy to reduce ...and more »

Vladimir Putin to America: You've Let Me Down - The Atlantic

Like ​The Atlantic? Subscribe to ​The Atlantic Daily​, our free weekday email newsletter. Sunday night, Vladimir Putin went on national television and explained his decision to slice American diplomatic staff in Russia by two-thirds. He was retaliating ...and more »

Sanctions retaliation: Russia tells US to cut embassy staff, stop using storage facilities - RT

Moscow has told the US to reduce the number of its diplomatic staff in Russia to 455 people, and is also halting the use of embassy storage facilities in the capital, according to the Russian Foreign Ministry. The retaliatory move comes after the US ...and more »

Trump plans to sign new Russia sanctions bill, White House says - Washington Post

President Trump plans to sign legislation slapping new punitive sanctions on Russia over election meddling, the White House said Friday, effectively ending hopes for the fresh start with Moscow that he came into office promising to seek. Trump opposed ...and more »

It's Americans Who Have Undermined Democracy in America - History News Network (HNN)

While Russian meddling is real, we need to face the fact that Putin's not ultimately responsible for the rise of Trump. Since democracy in America has given the most powerful office in the world to the least plausible candidate, many Americans have ...and more »

Putin's Bet on a Trump Presidency Backfires Spectacularly - New York Times

A little more than a year after the Russian effort to interfere in the American presidential election came to light, the diplomatic fallout — an unraveling of the relationship between Moscow and Washington on a scale not seen in decades — is taking ...and more »

Russian official vows 'retaliation' for more sanctions - POLITICO.eu

A Russian official on Sunday said the order to remove U.S. diplomats from Russia was “retaliation” for the Senate's approval of increased sanctions last week — and promised more payback for similar actions in the future. The Senate voted 98-2 last ...and more »

Businessman Paints Terrifying And Complex Picture Of Putin's Russia - NPR

William Browder knows Vladimir Putin's Russia all too well. Browder made a fortune in Russia, in the process uncovering, he says, incredible amounts of fraud and corruption. When he tried to report it to authorities, the government kicked him out of ...and more »