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June, 2021


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How a Renegade ‘Middle Eastern Mafia’ Invented Modern Russian Espionage

How a Renegade ‘Middle Eastern Mafia’ Invented Modern Russian Espionage Andrei Soldatov It was a cold winter morning in Moscow in the late 2000s. At the southern end of the Slavyanskaya Square, in front of the giant windows of the six-story neoclassical edifice of the Presidential Administration, once home to the Central Committee of the Communist Party, stood a short stocky man in his early sixties, with a black mustache. Konstantin, twice—the second time from Israel. We’d gotten to know each other over several years: he’d send me his storiesRead More

NY Times: U.S. Seizes Share of Ransom From Hackers in Colonial Pipeline Attack

Investigators traced 75 Bitcoins worth more than $4 million through nearly two dozen cryptocurrency accounts. The cyberattack on Colonial Pipeline last month shut down its computer systems, leading to soaring gas prices and panic buying.Credit…Shawn Thew/EPA, via Shutterstock By Katie Benner and Nicole Perlroth Published June 7, 2021Updated June 8, 2021, 12:31 p.m. ET WASHINGTON — The Justice Department said on Monday that it had seized much of the ransom that a major U.S. pipeline operator had paid last month to a Russian hacking collective, turning the tables on theRead More

The 1997 Merger That Paved the Way For the Boeing 737 Max Crisis

Only now, with the plane indefinitely grounded, are we beginning to see the scale of its effects. Natasha Frost Nowhere to go. Photo by Reuters/Lindsey Wasson Late in the summer of 1997, two of the most critical players in global aviation became a single tremendous titan. Boeing, one of the US’s largest and most important companies, acquired its longtime plane manufacturer rival, McDonnell Douglas, in what was then the country’s tenth-largest merger. The resulting giant took Boeing’s name. More unexpectedly, it took its culture and strategy from McDonnell Douglas—even its commercialRead More

Anton Troianovski: Защищая других, а теперь защищая себя от российского государства

‘My Conscience Is Clean. And Yet They Came for Me.’ For years, Ivan Pavlov jousted with Russia’s “leviathan” security state. Now, as the lawyer for the opposition leader Aleksei A. Navalny, he is in danger of being swallowed by it. The lawyer Ivan Pavlov at his home outside St. Petersburg, Russia. When he took on the defense of groups led by the opposition leader Aleksei A. Navalny he became a target of Russian intelligence.Credit…Mary Gelman for The New York Times By Anton Troianovski VYAZY, Russia — When the spooks startedRead More

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