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Vladimir Putin ordered attempt to influence US election, declassified report says

  • Russian President Vladimir Putin personally directed an attempt to harm Hillary Clinton’s chances of winning the 2016 U.S. presidential election, according to an intelligence report declassified and made public Friday.
  • The report, “Assessing Russian Activities and Intentions in Recent US Elections,” noted that Moscow has for years attempted to meddle in American politics, but 2016 operations “demonstrated a significant escalation in directness, level of activity and scope of effort.” Read more
  • Afterward, Trump said in a statement that cyberattacks had no impact on the integrity of his victory. Read more
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a quick doodle i did after holidays

not really sure if this has been done yet…

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Trump spars with CNN at news conference, calls it “fake news”

  • Trump got into a verbal scuffle with CNN on live TV Wednesday, when he refused to allow a reporter from the news organization to ask a question.
  • Trump was responding to the explosive report CNN published Tuesday night alleging that Russia has compromising information that could be used to blackmail the president-elect.
  • “I am not going to give you a question,” Trump yelled at CNN reporter Jim Acosta. “You are fake news.”
  • Acosta didn’t back down: “Since you are attacking our organization, can you give us a chance?” to which Trump spit back “No” before moving on.
  • Trump took a large chunk of his news conference — his first since July — to attack CNN and BuzzFeed. Read more

Trump finally concedes that Russia was behind hacks, but minimizes its culpability

  •  Trump for the first time publicly admitted on Wednesday that he believes the cyberattacks against the DNC were carried out by the Russians.
  • “As far as hacking, I think it was Russia,” Trump said at his news conference on Wednesday — a conclusion U.S. intelligence officials came to months ago, which Trump publicly cast doubt on multiple times.
  • But he also sought to minimize Russia’s role.“I think we also get hacked by other countries and other people,” Trump said. Read more
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Salacious report claims Trump received intel from Russia on enemies, ‘golden shower’ show

  • On Tuesday, CNN reported U.S. intelligence officials presented President Obama and President-elect Trump with a two-page dossier containing evidence the Russian government claims it obtained compromising information on Trump as part of an wide-ranging operation to throw the Nov. 8 presidential elections against Hillary Clinton.
  • While CNN did not report the nature of the information Russia allegedly has on the president-elect, BuzzFeed News has posted what it says is a copy of the report the two-page dossier is based on, listing “specific, unverified and potentially unverifiable allegations of contact between Trump aides and Russian operatives, and graphic claims of sexual acts documented by the Russians.”
  • The full 35 page report states Russian intelligence assets have been “cultivating, supporting and assisting Trump for at least five years” with the aim of encouraging “splits and divisions in western alliance.”
  • According to the assessment, multiple sources have confirmed Trump accepted Russian intelligence on his political enemies — and those same intelligence sources have obtained a video of Trump in a Moscow hotel room with prostitutes performing a “golden showers (urination) show in front of him.”
  • The act was allegedly performed on a bed Obama and his wife, first lady Michelle Obama, had previously slept on. READ MORE
  • Trump’s lawyer Michael Cohen says the salacious intelligence dossier is nothing more than “fake news.”
  • “Somebody is having a lot of fun at your expense,” Michael Cohen, special counsel to Trump, laughingly told Mic in a phone interview Tuesday night.
  • “It’s so ridiculous on so many levels. Clearly the person who created this did so from their imagination or did so hoping that the liberal media would run with this fake story for whatever rationale they might have.” Read more

NOTE: BuzzFeed News specifies that “the allegations are unverified, and the report contains errors.”

  • Yurio: Viktor! What the fuck are you doing taking so long? The other Yuri is about to get on the ice!
  • Viktor, wailing: I WAS DOING MY HAIR THIS MORNING AND YUURI GOT MAD AT ME
  • Yurio: Katsudon got mad? I didn't think that was possible. What did he say?
  • Viktor: HE SAID I WAS TAKING TOO LONG AND WE HAD TO LEAVE
  • Yurio:
  • Yurio: so?
  • Viktor: SO I DIDNT WANT TO AND HE TOLD ME IT WONT MATTER IN THE END BECAUSE MY HAIR WILL FALL OUT
  • Yurio:
  • Yurio:
  • Yurio:
  • Viktor: IVE BEEN TRYING TO SEE IF ITS ALREADY FALLING OUT
  • Yurio: YOU ARE 28 YEARS OLD! ACT LIKE IT, DUMBASS! GET OUT THERE AND SUPPORT YOUR STUPID FIANCÉ OR YOUR HAIR WONT GET THE CHANCE TO FALL OUT BECAUSE I'LL SHAVE IT OFF
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BREAKING: Russian ambassador to Turkey shot in Ankara gun attack

  • Andrei Karlov, the Russian ambassador to Turkey, was shot Monday while in an Ankara art gallery, the BBC reported, citing Turkish media. 
  • Reuters reported that Karlov had died of his injuries, but conflicted reports suggested  that Karlov was still hospitalized.  
  • Several others were reportedly injured in the shooting, which happened a day after Turkish protests over Russian military involvement in Syria.
  • Karlov was speaking at an “embassy-sponsored exhibition,” on Monday when a man “wearing a suit and tie” fired “at least eight shots.”
  • According to the BBC, the attacker said “Allahu Akbar” and “don’t forget about Aleppo” during the shooting. 
  • Karlov was reportedly brought to a hospital. A tweet from the AP reported that the gunman had been fatally shot by Turkish police. Read more

Mum gave me some books to help with my Cyrillic handwriting – I can write basic stuff in print but have never been able to read/write in cursive. This is a really pretty + useful page from The Penguin Russian Course, compiled by J. L. I. Fennell (1961)

Aleksandr Novoselov aka Александр Новосёлов aka Новосёлов Александр Юрьевич (Russian, b. 1980, Leningrad, Russia) - The Wolf Whisperer, 2009  Drawings

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At the Russian Court (2/?)  R U S S I A N    I M P E R I A L    W E D D I N G 

It had been a tradition since the 19th century that every brides of the Russian Imperial family would wear the same jewels on their wedding day.

The imperial nuptial jewels consisted of the imperial nuptial crown, created in 1840 by the jewellers Nickol and Plincke, using diamonds set in the great girdle of the time of Catherine the Great. The diamond tiara of the Empress Elizabeth Alexeievna with at his center the Paul I pink diamond. The collier d’esclave, a total weight of 475 old carats, some of the diamonds have a blue or pink tint, producing an enchanting effect. Diamond earrings in the form of cherries that belonged to Catherine the Great. These earrings were so heavy that they had to be supported with wires looped around the top of the ears, as the day wore on, the wire cut into the flesh, causing Alexandra much pain. Her niece Maria recalled on her wedding day :My earrings hurt me so that in the middle of the banquet I took them off and hung them, to the great amusement of the Emperor [Nicholas II], on the edge of the glass of water before me.“  

 And the great clasp of Catherine the Great’s imperial mantle.They also wore a mantle of crimson velvet. Except for the wedding of Alexandra, as a concession to her rank as bride of the emperor, her imperial mantle was of cloth-of-gold, lined and edged with ermine. These robes were so heavy that eight pages - four on each side - and the chamberlain, carrying the hem, had to help carry them; without their assistance, Alexandra could scarely move.
Their hair were swept back and coiled into a bun at the back of their heads, by tradition two ringlets hung down on either side of their faces. 

“These were, first, the diadem of the Empress Catherine, with a pink diamond of extraordinary beauty in the centre and the small crimson velvet crown all covered with diamonds.  Then came the diamond necklace of large stones, the bracelets, and the earrings in the shape of cherries, so heavy that they had to be attached to gold hoops and ringed over the ears. […] Finally, they laid upon my shoulders the crimson mantle of velvet, with cape and edges of ermine, fastened by an immense [diamond] buckle.  Someone helped me to rise.  I was ready.”  Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna

A witness on the wedding of Alexandra recalled : "How beautiful she is! That expression followed her all along her path, and it is true that her appearance was positively magnificent as she stood there in her bridal array of silver cloth… Her unusual height helped her to bear the weight of her dress and set off its splendor in its best light.”  This imposing yet formidable ensemble dazzled everyone and was a formidable mirror of the pomp and splendour of the Russian court.

Sources : The Jewels of the Romanovs : Family and Court by Stefano Papi || The Court of the last Tsar by Greg King.

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Sen. John McCain: Russia’s election hacks have left U.S. “totally paralyzed”

  • McCain said on Sunday the Russian hacking exposed a threat that could “destroy democracy” and leave the country “totally paralyzed.”
  • “This is the sign of a possible unraveling of the world order that was established after World War II … and that is because of the absolute failure of American leadership.”
  • McCain called for a single select committee to investigate the allegations. Read more

Rex Tillerson is the director of a U.S.-Russian oil company registered in the Bahamas

  • Rex Tillerson is the director of a “U.S.-Russian oil firm based in the tax haven of the Bahamas,” the Guardian reported on Sunday.
  • A leaked document from 2001 showed since at least 1998, Tillerson has been the director of ExxonMobile Russian subsidiary Exxon Neftegas
  • He sits along with “other officers who are based at Houston, Texas; Moscow; and Sakhalin, in Russia’s far east,” the paper wrote. Read more

Poll: Most Republican voters believe Donald Trump won the popular vote

  • More than half of all Republicans wrongly believe that Trump won the popular vote for president
  • That’s according to a recent poll released by Qualtrics polling and the Washington Post.
  • Fifty-two percent of Republicans polled said they believe Trump won the popular vote, while 24% of independents say he won and just 7% of Democrats believe he did. 
  • Overall, 29% of Americans believe Trump was the overall preference of all American voters. 
  • Clinton is currently 2.86 million votes ahead of Trump. Read more
  • Yurio, probably: Katsuki is complete and utter trash, he should retire
  • Yuuri: I agree
  • Yurio: WHO THE FUCK DO YOU THINK YOU ARE?! I WILL SHOVE MY KNIFE SHOES DOWN YOUR THROAT!!! HOW DARE YOU SUGGEST THAT KATSUDON SHOULD RETIRE