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12th March 2018 – i24 News


Boris Zilberman

FDD's Boris Zilberman joins i24 News to discuss the soviet-era nerve agent used in the attack of an ex-Russian spy. more...

4th March 2018 – Salem News

America can we talk?

Boris Zilberman

FDD's Boris Zilberman joins the program to discuss President Putin's speech on Russia's nuclear capability. more...

22nd February 2018 – Quoted by Jenna Lifhits - The Weekly Standard

Trump and Russia: The Good and the Bad

Boris Zilberman

Special counsel Robert Mueller indicted 13 Russians on Friday for their efforts to interfere with the U.S. political process. In the days since, President Donald Trump has taken to Twitter, pushing back hard on suggestions that his campaign colluded with the Kremlin, denying that he said Russia “did not meddle” in the 2016 election, and slamming the Obama administration for doing “nothing” about meddling ahead of the election. more...

21st February 2018 – Quoted by Dan Boylan - The Washington Times

Russian operatives beyond U.S. law, but not free, clear

Boris Zilberman

The 13 Russian social media “troll factory” operatives charged last week with meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election should fear for their freedom should they ever set foot beyond the borders of Russia, security analysts said this week. more...

31st January 2018 – The American Interest

How to Make Russia Sanctions Bite

Boris Zilberman

On Monday night, the U.S. Treasury Department issued its long-awaited report on Russian oligarchs and Vladimir Putin’s inner circle. The report, issued in time for the Russian markets to absorb it before trading began on Tuesday, was required by Section 241 of the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act of 2017 (CAATSA). Meanwhile, the State Department chose not to designate any individuals or companies pursuant to Section 231 of CAATSA, which authorizes sanctions on those who do business with the Russian defense and intelligence sectors. That decision is consistent with the letter of the law, but designations under Section 231 should come soon if State is serious about turning up the heat on Russia. more...

30th January 2018 – Quoted by Linette Lopez - Business Insider

In the shadowy world where finance meets national security, the Russian oligarch list actually does

Boris Zilberman

Yes, it seems the US Treasury cribbed its list of individuals with financial ties to the Kremlin from Forbes Magazine's list of richest Russians. more...

29th January 2018 – Quoted by Jenna Lifhits - The Weekly Standard

Inside Putin’s Inner Circle

Boris Zilberman

The Trump administration is expected to provide lawmakers with a report Monday that calls out Russian president Vladimir Putin’s inner circle, a document that has had Russian elites worried for months. more...

18th January 2018 – FDD Policy Brief

President Trump Calls Out Russia for Helping North Korean Sanctions Evasion

Mathew Ha, Boris Zilberman

“Russia is not helping us at all with North Korea,” President Trump said yesterday in an Oval Office interview with Reuters. “What China is helping us with, Russia is denting,” the president added. Trump is correct when he accuses Moscow of being complicit in the Kim regime’s efforts to evade sanctions. more...

22nd December 2017 – FDD Policy Brief

The Kremlin’s Bad Week

Boris Zilberman

This week, the Kremlin found itself facing American pressure on multiple new fronts, in domains ranging from national strategy to military assistance and human rights. On Monday, the Trump administration released its new National Security Strategy, which asserts unequivocally that Russia challenges “American power, influence, and interests, attempting to erode American security and prosperity.” National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster assailed Russia for “engag[ing] in a very sophisticated campaign of subversion to affect our confidence in democratic institutions, in democratic processes - including elections.” more...

22nd December 2017 – FDD Policy Brief

This Christmas, Remember Imprisoned Pastor Andrew Brunson

Boris Zilberman

Pastor Andrew Brunson will be spending his second Christmas in a Turkish jail, unfairly held by the Erdogan government on manufactured charges. This past October, a delegation from the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) visited Pastor Brunson. Brunson, who has lost considerable weight from the stress of constant confinement, had a clear message to the delegation: do not forget me. more...

6th December 2017 – WINA

The Schilling Show

Boris Zilberman

FDD's Boris Zilberman discusses President Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel on The Schilling Show. more...

6th December 2017 – Quoted by Sean Savage - Jewish News Service

Trump, often polarizing, draws broad Jewish and Christian support on Jerusalem

Boris Zilberman

It’s not often that the American Jewish community is united on issues pertaining to President Donald Trump, or on any political topics for that matter. But Trump’s Dec. 6 recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and his expression of the intent to move the U.S. embassy to that city drew widespread support from Jewish organizations, dovetailing with the expected backing of Christian Zionist groups. more...

3rd November 2017 – FDD Policy Brief

The S-400: Erdogan’s Fail-safe

Boris Zilberman

Moscow and Ankara continue to signal that the $2.5-billion sale of four S-400 anti-aircraft batteries will proceed. While questions remain about when delivery will occur and under what conditions, both sides have an overriding interest in seeing the deal through. President Vladimir Putin wants the deal not only for monetary reasons, but also to chip away at NATO unity and to validate such sales to other nations traditionally aligned with the West. For President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the acquisition of the system enhances both Turkey’s military capabilities and Erdogan’s security in office. more...

13th October 2017 – Quoted by Renee Picard - Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project

Russia Advances in Fight With US Over Cybercrime Suspect

Boris Zilberman

On Wednesday, a Greek court showed support for Russia in a US-Russia legal tug-of-war over the alleged mastermind behind a $4 billion bitcoin money-laundering scheme, reported Reuters. more...

11th October 2017 – Quoted by Joseph Young -

Russian Foreign Ministry Condemns Vinnik Extradition

Boris Zilberman

The Russian Foreign Ministry has condemned the request of the US government to extradite Alexander Vinnik, who has been charged with money laundering in relation to BTC-E and kept in custody by Greek law enforcement agencies. more...

8th October 2017 – Quoted by Dan Boylan - The Washington Times

U.S., Russia fight over ‘brain’ of bitcoin crime suspect Alexander Vinnik

Boris Zilberman

The alleged Russian mastermind of a $4 billion digital money laundering scheme sits in an Athens prison cell as Washington and Moscow “fight over his brain,” according to international illicit finance analysts. more...

31st August 2017 – Quoted by Agence France Presse

US orders Russia to close San Francisco consulate

Boris Zilberman

The United States on Thursday ordered Russia to close its consulate in San Francisco and two other installations in two days, a move Moscow greeted with "regret," as relations between the nuclear-armed powers took another dive. more...

14th August 2017 – The Hill

Blockchain technology may give Russia its next Sputnik moment

Yaya J. Fanusie, Boris Zilberman

Using blockchain technology, Russia may have just taken a massive leap forward in cryptography that needs more attention. more...

3rd August 2017 – Quoted by Curt Mills - National Interest

Will Europe Rebel Against U.S. Sanctions?

Boris Zilberman

The United States finalized new sanctions against Moscow this week, roping it in with perennial bad actors Iran and North Korea. Despite complaints from Donald Trump and Rex Tillerson—the pair of ex-CEOs that now lead U.S. foreign policy—the administration assented to the “flawed” package on Wednesday. more...

2nd August 2017 – Hearst TV

Hearst TV

Boris Zilberman

FDD deputy director of congressional relations Boris Zilberman talks about the new Russia sanctions signed into law by President Trump on Hearst TV. more...