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Analysis & Commentary - Boris Zilberman

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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

27th July 2017 – Quoted by Vivian Salama - Associated Press

Russia sanctions bill exposes Trump’s legislative tug of war

Boris Zilberman

President Donald Trump is likely to sign a tough new sanctions bill that includes proposed measures targeting Russia — a remarkable concession that the president has yet to sell his party on his hopes for forging a warmer relationship with Moscow. Trump’s vow to extend a hand of cooperation to Russian President Vladimir Putin has been met with resistance as skeptical lawmakers look to limit the executive power’s leeway to go easy on Moscow over its meddling in the 2016 presidential election. more...

7th July 2017 – Quoted by Stephen Loiaconi - WJLA

Experts see gains, losses for both leaders in Trump-Putin meeting

Boris Zilberman

President Donald Trump’s first meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin may have gone about as well as either leader could have expected, experts say, but it did little to silence concerns about how willing Trump is to hold Russia accountable for its transgressions against U.S. interests. more...

12th June 2017 – Quoted by Daniel Malloy - OZY

Life After Putin: The Up-And-Comers

Boris Zilberman

President Trump is hiring a chief executive for the Broadcasting Board of Governors, the federal agency that oversees Voice of America and other media outlets charged with beaming light and liberty into closed societies world-wide. Politico reports the leading contender is Michael Pack, a conservative filmmaker and president of the Claremont Institute. Whoever gets the job faces an uphill battle to reform an agency that has lost its sense of mission. more...

2nd May 2017 – Quoted by Oren Dorell - USA Today

Mysterious rash of Russian deaths casts suspicion on Vladimir Putin

Boris Zilberman

A former member of the Russian parliament is gunned down in broad daylight in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev. A longtime Russian ambassador to the United Nations drops dead at work. A Russian-backed commander in the breakaway Ukrainian province of Donetsk is blown up in an elevator. A Russian media executive is found dead in his Washington, D.C., hotel room. more...

24th April 2017 – Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

Iran, Russia Boost Military Ties Amid U.S. Action In Syria

Boris Zilberman, Behnam Ben Taleblu

Iran and Russia are moving closer together in their military alliance, working to boost ties and coordination in Syria and elsewhere in the region following the U.S. decision to launch a military strike in Syria, according to regional reports and experts. more...

17th April 2017 – Quoted by Joel Gehrke - The Washington Examiner

Engel: US can’t allow Libya to become ‘puppet government of Russia’

Boris Zilberman

President Trump's team needs to take care to prevent Libya from falling under the sway of Russia, according to U.S. policymakers and experts. more...

7th March 2017 – Quoted by Tim Mak - The Daily Beast

Top Trump Ally Met With Putin’s Deputy in Moscow

Boris Zilberman

In March 2014, the U.S. government sanctioned Dmitry Rogozin—a hardline deputy to Vladimir Putin, the head of Russia’s defense industry and longtime opponent of American power—in retaliation for the invasion of Crimea and eastern Ukraine. more...

28th January 2017 – Quoted by Masood Farivar - Voice of America

Trump Sought, Failed to Secure Lucrative Russia Deals

Boris Zilberman

As the controversy over Russian hacking during the presidential election intensified in the lead up to President Donald Trump’s January 20 inauguration, Trump took to Twitter to push back at critics of his campaign’s alleged overtures to Russia. more...

24th January 2017 – Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

Sanctioned Iranian Airlines Ferrying Illicit Weapons to Tehran

Boris Zilberman

Two airlines sanctioned by the United States for enabling Iran’s global terrorist operations appear to have played a central role in moving illicit missile components from Ukraine to the Islamic Republic, according to information obtained by the Washington Free Beacon. more...

11th January 2017 – Quoted by Jamie Dettmer - Voice of America

Will Iran’s Alliance With Russia Last?

Boris Zilberman

At Tuesday's funeral in Tehran of Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, a key figure in the 1979 Islamic Revolution who later pushed for reconciliation with the West, reformist mourners not only chanted for the release of hunger-striking rights activists held in Iranian jails but also called for an end to their country's burgeoning alliance with Moscow. more...