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The saga of Russia’s art-collecting oligarch and his new corruption woes in Monaco

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Dmitry Rybolovlev is one of a select few Russian businessmen who have been able to successfully sell their…

State-owned Sberbank in bid to take controlling stake in Yandex, Russia’s largest internet company

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The Bell has learned that Russia’s largest bank, state-owned Sberbank, is in talks to buy a major stake…

Cryptographers from military units: what we know about the accused Russian hackers

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An official accusation of hacking the DNC directed at alleged hackers from Russian military intelligence threatens the upcoming…

“Putin’s Cook” set out to mine gold in Africa

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The Bell has learned that after meetings held by Vladimir Putin and Dmitry Medvedev with the president of…

Roman Abramovich’s UK visa was not renewed

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The Bell has learned that Roman Abramovich’s UK investor visa expired several weeks ago, and the businessman was…

The scientist who developed “Novichok”: “Doses ranged from 20 grams to several kilos”

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The Bell was able to find and speak with Vladimir Uglev, one of the scientists who was involved…

Friend of Putin’s daughter, banker with $10 billion: Kirill Dmitriev, a possible link between the Kremlin and Trump

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What happened Special counsel Robert Mueller, responsible for investigating Russian interference in the U.S. election, has gathered evidence…

Russian mercenary army financier made an oil deal with Syria just before clash with U.S. troops

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The Bell has learned that a company linked to Yevgeny Prigozhin signed the deal just before the Wagner…

“The United States made a lot of really big mistakes in the way it handled Russia”

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Political scientist Francis Fukuyama about Trump and Putin, U.S. and Russia, nationalism and populism The founder of The…

Jailed Russian Hacker Claimed Responsibility For U.S. Election Cyber-Attacks

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A Russian hacker charged with bank account breaches claimed in court that he had taken part in cyber-attacks at the U.S. election in 2016, The Bell has learned.