Russian trolls who interfered in 2016 US election also made advertisement money, report says

A study has described in detail how employees of Russia’s Internet Research Agency (IRA) experimented with different methods in the run-up to the election of President Donald Trump in 2016.

The IRA, based in Saint Petersburg, is an agency engaged in online influence operations on behalf of the interests of President Putin. Employees of the IRA set up fake accounts and buy ads on social networks and news websites in order to spread viral deceptions, cause social divisions in the US and its allies, praise Vladimir Putin, denigrate his political opponents, and bolster support for foreign leaders backed by Putin, such as Bashar al-Assad and Donald Trump.

Vladimir Putin scores at least eight goals in hockey exhibition, then falls on face

Putin on ice: Russian president takes a spill

Russian President Vladimir Putin took a spill on Friday as he waved to fans at an exhibition hockey game in Sochi which featured several former NHL players.

The 66-year-old was waving to fans as he circled the rink at the Bolshoi Arena in the Black Sea resort of Sochi when he inadvertently raced toward the edge of a red carpet that had been placed on the ice. Two of Putin’s teammates on the “Legends” tried to catch him but the Russian leader fell before they could reach him. 

The fall inspired a frenzy of posts on social media mocking Putin and his authoritarian rule, and jokingly suggesting that someone would pay dearly for his or her role in the mishap. Putin, by the way, quickly picked himself up after the fall and continued waving to the seemingly adoring fans. 

Russia eases citizenship for all Ukrainians

BEIJING, April 27. /TASS/. Moscow is considering the possibility of easing citizenship rules for all Ukrainian nationals, Russian President Vladimir Putin said at a press conference wrapping up his visit to China.

North Korea leader Kim Jong Un arrives in the Russian far-eastern city of Vladivostok, for the summit with Vladimir Putin

Seoul, South Korea — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un arrived in Russia by train on Wednesday, a day before his much-anticipated summit with President Vladimir Putin. The visit comes as Kim’s recently-feverish diplomacy with the Trump administration, aimed at ridding the North Korean regime of its nuclear weapons, remains deadlocked.

Kim, dressed in a black coat and a fedora, met Russian officials at Russia’s Khasan train station near its border with the North. The official website of the Primorye governor released pictures of Kim stepping off the train and being given the traditional Russian gifts of bread and salt at the station.

Speaking to Russia’s state-owned Rossiya-24, Kim said on arrival that he was hoping for a “successful and useful” visit and would like to discuss with Putin, “settlement of the situation in the Korean Peninsula” as well as bilateral ties with Russia.