Xmas trees gifted to animals at Moscow zoo

Because Orthodox Christians celebrate Christmas two weeks after December 25, Russians usually keep their decorations around a bit longer than Western Europeans. But now, as these festivities come to a close, people in Moscow are hurrying to get rid of their trees. With some being gifted to the elephants, monkeys, bears and other animals of Moscow zoo, that enjoy playing with or simply eating them.

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(30 Dec 2018) Here are the top stories for Sunday, December 30th: Trump open to negotiations on funding bill; Suspects in tourist killings head to court; Times Square ball gets a test drop; Russians plant a Christmas tree under water.

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Russians mourn human rights giant Lyudmila Alexeyeva

Russians pay their last respects to human rights icon Lyudmila Alexeyeva, with President Vladimir Putin attending a memorial ceremony despite the activist’s criticism of his rule. Alexeyeva died on Saturday at the age of 91 after an extraordinary seven-decade career that saw her promote human rights during the Soviet era and in modern Russia.

Trump says ex-lawyer Cohen ‘lying’ over guilty plea

Michael Cohen, former personal attorney for US President Donald Trump, is to plead guilty for misstatements he made to Congress while testifying about his contacts with Russians during the presidential campaign.

Nationalist camp in Ukraine trains kids to kill

(12 Nov 2018) A camp founded by a Ukrainian nationalist group teaches children to use assault rifles to kill Russians and their sympathizers. They are also being inculcated with nationalist ideology, including derision of LGBT rights. (Nov. 12)

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Russians remember victims of Stalin’s terror

Hundreds of Russians gather in central Moscow to remember the victims of Stalin’s terror, despite questions over whether city authorities would allow the annual ceremony to go ahead. Participants in the “Return of the Names” event, which has been running for more than a decade, wait in line to read out the names of those killed during the Soviet period of political repression beginning in the 1930s.

Facebook’s Political Ad Tool Lets Us Buy Ads “Paid For” By Mike Pence and ISIS (HBO)

Last year, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said making political advertising more transparent was one of the most important things the company would do after it was revealed Russians used the platform to attempt to manipulate the 2016 presidential election. But according to a small test run by VICE News, one of the new features Facebook rolled out this year is easily subject to manipulation.

In May, Facebook added a mandatory “Paid For” disclosure for every ad that relates to politics or what Facebook calls an “issue of national importance.” The idea is to lift the veil on the kind of inflammatory ads placed by anonymous advertisers that plagued Facebook during the 2016 race.

But when VICE News placed ads on behalf of prominent political figures such as Vice President Mike Pence, and Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez, Facebook quickly approved them. We also tried submitting an ad on behalf of “Islamic State,” which was also approved by Facebook. We were able to get Facebook’s approval for political ads that included these names within the Paid For disclosure.

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Three indicted Russians earlier charged by Mueller

(4 Oct 2018) Justice Department officials say three of the seven Russian military intelligence officials accused in the hacking of anti-doping agencies were previously charged by special counsel Robert Mueller. (Oct. 4)

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