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Police officers detain a protester in central Manezhnaya Square in Moscow,  on March 2, 2014, during an unsanctioned rally against the Russia's military actions in Crimea.

Police officers detain a protester in central Manezhnaya Square in Moscow, on March 2, 2014, during an unsanctioned rally against the Russia’s military actions in Crimea.


Moscow police have arrested dozens of people protesting against military intervention in Ukraine.

The Interfax news agency quoted police as saying 40 people were detained for “attempts to violate public order” at a protest near the Defense Ministry in central Moscow.

Ovdinfo, a rights group that tracks arrests at demonstrations, put the number of detentions at 100.

Antiwar protesters also gathered at a separate demonstration on Manezhnaya square close to the Kremlin and Red Square, which police cordoned off and blocked with parked buses.


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**FILE** In this July 16, 2012 file photo, President Barack Obama sips his beer as he watches Team USA and Brazil during the first half of an Olympic men’s exhibition basketball game, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

The Washington Times

By Ben Wolfgang

Minutes after issuing a stern warning to Russia and saying there will be a price to pay if it interferes militarily in Ukraine, President Obama headed to a “happy hour” with fellow Democrats.

Speaking at a fundraiser for the Democratic National Committee, Mr. Obama struck a very different tone than he had less than 30 minutes earlier, when he appeared with little warning in the White House press briefing room and issued a vague threat to Moscow.

“Well, it’s Friday. It’s after 5 o’clock. So, this is now officially happy hour with the Democratic party,” the president told his cohorts. “I can do that. It is an executive action. I have the authority.”


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MOSCOW — Ukraine’s interim leaders said Monday that the country will need $35 billion in foreign aid over the next two years to avert default and called for an international donors’ conference to craft a rescue plan.

The appeal by acting Finance Minister Yuri Kolobov followed by a day his Russian counterpart’s announcement that Moscow would be cutting off further aid and loan supports to Ukraine until its new transitional leadership is in place and it is clear with whom the Kremlin will be dealing.

Opposition leaders, who have been in control of Kiev since a European Union-brokered pact to quell last week’s violence was signed Friday, have said the new slate of ministers could be decided as early as Tuesday. The new government is unlikely to be as friendly to Moscow, though, as was that of President Viktor Yanukovich, who has been stripped of his office by parliament and has fled Kiev for the Russian-leaning east.

Group of 20 finance ministers met in Sydney, Australia, over the weekend and pledged help for Ukraine once its provisional leadership is in place. Political leaders from the United States, the EU and Russia have urged the opposition figures now in control of Kiev and western Ukraine cities to put together a genuinely inclusive cabinet to represent all segments of Ukraine’s badly divided population.

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The Associated Press

— In his first reaction to the Ukraine crisis, Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered the government to consider humanitarian assistance to the Russian-speaking region of Crimea and talk to the West about bailing out Ukraine.

The move was announced by Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov in a statement carried by Russian news agencies Thursday. No further details were provided except that assistance to Crimea could be offered by some Russian provinces.


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Ukraine requests financial support from IMF

Christine Lagarde to send fact-finding team to Kiev in coming days

Christine Lagarde said a team would go to Kiev to carry out an independent assessment of the economic situation in Ukraine in the coming days. Photograph: Ian Waldie/BloombergChristine Lagarde said a team would go to Kiev to carry out an independent assessment of the economic situation in Ukraine in the coming days. Photograph: Ian Waldie/Bloomberg

Thu, Feb 27, 2014, 15:12

Ukrainian officials today notified the International Monetary Fund of the country’s request for financial support, IMF managing director Christine Lagarde said in a statement.

“We are ready to respond and, in the coming days, will send an IMF fact-finding team to Kiev to undertake a preliminary dialogue with the authorities,” Ms Lagarde said in a statement.

“This will enable the IMF to make its usual technical, independent assessment of the economic situation in Ukraine and, at the same time, begin to discuss with the authorities the policy reforms that could form the basis of a Fund-supported program.”

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Ukraine: Russia Angry as Another Soviet Hero Statue Toppled

Russia angry as statue of Mikhail Kutuzov is taken down during revolution in Ukraine

Russia angry as statue of Mikhail Kutuzov is taken down during revolution in UkraineYouTube

Russian national pride has taken another blow after Ukrainians got in the revolutionary spirit by getting rid of a bust of a famous Russian military commander.

Residents in the western region of Lvov removed a large bust of field marshall Mikhail Kutuzov from its plinth.

This act of revolutionary defiance by citizens of the city of Brody went down badly among Russians on Twitter, who branded the act an “outrage.” Their anger has been stoked by a spate of topplings of statues of Lenin across Ukraine.

Following the ousting from power of pro-Russian president Viktor Yanukovich, citizens have brought down symbols of the country’s past relationship with Russia.

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Ukraine Crisis: Russian Troops Moving across Crimea

Movements of Russian troops have been reported across the Crimean peninsula in southern Ukraine as fears spread that the Kremlin might launch a military operation, which could lead to a breakup of its southern neighbour.

Russian armoured personnel carriers were briefly stationed in central Nakhimov Square in Sevastopol on the Crimean coast before heading to the Moscow House building, Interfax news agency reported.

“There have been movements of certain vehicles as part of anti-terrorist measures to protect the Russian facilities,” a source close to senior officials in Russia’s Black Sea Fleet told local newspaper ForPost.

A video uploaded on YouTube purportedly showed Russian army trucks carrying military personnel driving into the city of Yalta.

Earlier, it was reported that the large landing ship Nikolai Filchenkov and several other military vessels were heading to Sevastopol, where Russia has a large naval base of some 25,000 troops.

Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov repeated claims that Moscow was against interfering in Ukrainian affairs. Its “policy of non-intervention” would continue, he said.

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The Daily Star

Russia says it won’t intervene in Ukraine

February 25, 2014 03:14 PMBy Maria Antonova

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Russia's President Vladimir Putin (R) meets with his Ukrainian counterpart Viktor Yanukovich at the Kremlin in Moscow, December 17, 2013.  REUTERS/Alexander Nemenov/Pool

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin (R) meets with his Ukrainian counterpart Viktor Yanukovich at the Kremlin in Moscow, December 17, 2013. REUTERS/Alexander Nemenov/Pool

MOSCOW: Moscow pledged Tuesday it would not intervene in the crisis in neighbouring Ukraine but said the country should not be forced to choose between Russia and the West.

“We confirmed our principled position of non-intervention in Ukraine’s internal affairs and expect that everyone follows similar logic,” Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.

“We are interested in Ukraine being part of the European family, in all senses of the word,” he said after talks with Luxembourg counterpart Jean Asselborn.

But he added: “We agree that… it is dangerous and counterproductive to force Ukraine into a choice — either you are with us or against us.”

His remarks signalled a possible softening of Moscow’s stance after harsh statements both by Lavrov’s own ministry and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on Monday.

Medvedev had accused Ukraine’s new leadership of waging an “armed mutiny” and said there was noone for Moscow to communicate with in Kiev.

President Vladimir Putin has remained silent on the regime change in the former Soviet republic and the situation in Ukraine was not mentioned when Russian state channels interviewed him in Sochi on Tuesday.

Asselborn struck a conciliatory tone, saying it was necessary to maintain historic ties between Russia and Ukraine.

He also said Ukraine’s stability could only be a product of a broad dialogue that must include Russia, both on political reforms and financial aid.


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Ukraine: protesters and police clash on worst day of Kiev bloodshed

Link to video: Ukraine: clashes escalate in Kiev as riot police attempt to break barricade

  An anti-government protester is engulfed in flames An anti-government protester is engulfed in flames. Photograph: Efrem Lukatsky/AP

Three months of confrontation in Ukraine between the president and a large protest movement reached its peak on Tuesday night in the worst bloodshed since the country separated from Moscow more than two decades ago, with 18 people reported killed as riot police moved in to clear Kiev’s Independence Square, the crucible of the anti-government activism.

Hopes for a settlement of the crisis went up in smoke amid scenes of rioting, burning buildings, police bombings and rubber bullets that also left up to 500 people injured.

A large section of the protest camp in the capital, Kiev, was engulfed in flames on Tuesday night as police advanced on the demonstrators using water cannons and stun grenades.

The security services had earlier issued a warning, ordering tens of thousands of protesters to get off the streets by Tuesday evening or face a crackdown.

The violence, the worst since a government-opposition confrontation erupted last November, came after President Viktor Yanukovych, the main target of the protests, stalled on outlines of an agreement to appoint a new technocratic coalition government or have his powers cut back.

Anti-government protesters clash with riot police in Kiev's Independence Square Anti-government protesters clash with riot police in Kiev’s Independence Square. Photograph: Efrem Lukatsky/AP

Opposition organisers said 11 civilians had been killed and hundreds more injured, many seriously. The authorities said seven police officers were killed and 39 officers had sustained gunshot wounds.

Columns of riot police sought to banish crowds of protesters from encroaching on the country’s parliament, while demonstrators ransacked offices of Yanukovych’s political party.

“Extremists are killing innocents on the streets of the capital, burning buildings and cars,” the statement from the security services said. “Unless the disorder stops, we will have to restore order by all means envisaged by law.”

The White House asked Yanukovych to “exercise maximum restraint”. But video footage from Kiev showed heavily armed riot police firing Kalashnikovs. Both police and opposition leaders called on women and children to leave the protest camp in Independence Square, known as the Maidan, as riot police began their assault.

Protesters gather in Independence Square in Kiev Protesters gather in Independence Square in Kiev. Photograph: EPA/Igor Kovalenko

Vitali Klitschko, an opposition leader and former world heavyweight boxing champion, said: “The government has deliberately organised a provocation to clear Independence Square with blood and violence and to destroy the protests and the activists.”

There were reports that riot police were firing smoke and stun grenades. Opposition sources said police snipers were firing on demonstrators from rooftops. According to reports, security services began moving in at 8pm local time after announcing over loudspeakers that they were about to conduct “an anti-terror operation”.

The foreign ministries of Ukraine and Russia earlier issued what appeared to be co-ordinated statements blaming Europe for fomenting the unrest. It appeared that the Kremlin had a hand in the political machinations behind the eruption and the crackdown. As well as blaming Europe for the rioting, it offered $2bn (£1.2m) to Yanukovych and sought to influence the appointment of the new prime minister.

“The violent clashes today have to date resulted in deaths by bullets and hundreds of injuries, including seven people in a critical position,” said protesters in a statement.

“Snipers posted on roofs are targeting the heads and chests of protesters. Ambulances blocked by security forces are not able to provide first aid to the injured,” it continued.

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Published on Nov 19, 2013

This thing was Bright! The Meteorite/Fireball was caught on cameras All across Moscow !

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Photo Gallery: Authorities Raid Moscow Wholesale Market Photos

Following the alleged murder of a young Russian by a foreigner, angry protesters rioted at a nearby wholesale market known to employ immigrants. Now authorities have cracked down on the market, believed to be controlled by criminal gangs.

When the TV cameras arrive at the huge Pokrovskaya fruit and vegetable market in Moscow, those who are really in control of the market send their saleswomen out to talk to the reporters, while they watch from a distance in their dark SUVs.


The women talk about tomatoes from southern Russia and grapes from Moldova. Moscow authorities have kept the market closed for the past few days, and plans are to keep it closed much longer.

Larissa, a farmer’s wife from Astrakhan, wanted to sell her harvest in Moscow. “I’ve got 13 tons of red bell peppers in the truck, and they’ve been rotting there since Sunday,” she said.

That’s when an angry crowd of residents from the nearby West Biryulyovo district and aggressive neo-Nazis from other areas stormed the market. The trigger was the death of a young man named Yegor Sherbakov, who was knifed in the immediate vicinity of the market.

Witnesses described the alleged perpetrator as a “non-Russian.” An Azerbaijani man has been arrested for the crime, and Russian officials say he confessed to killing the man in self-defense.

But to many it seemed obvious that the murderer would be connected to the wholesale market. Gangs originating in Central Asia and the Caucasus have controlled the fruit and vegetable trade in Moscow for the past two decades and Pokrovksaya is the largest of the Russian capital’s wholesale markets. The complex extends over 35 hectares (86 acres) and has over 1,600 spaces for trucks to park. Some 40 to 50 percent of all Moscow vegetable deliveries pass through Pokrovskaya, with annual sales of $9 billion (€6.6 billion).

Risky and Lucrative

It’s a lucrative business. Moscow fruit and vegetable prices are on average significantly higher than those in Germany. One reason for the higher prices might be the cuts demanded by criminal intermediaries. Merchants are obligated to pay the mafia 100,000 rubles ($3130) per ton they process. But the risks are as high as the profits. Since 2007 approximately 20 murders have been considered linked to the struggle for control of Pokrovskaya.

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Regions join anti-immigrants riots in Biryulyovo aftermath

October 16, 2013 Marina Obrazkova, RBTH
The conflict that started in the capital has spread to other major cities.

Regions join anti-immigrants riots in Biryulyovo aftermath

At least 380 rioters were arrested as a crowd of up to 3,000 rampaged through the Biryulyovo district on Oct. 13. Source: RIA Novosti

In the Russian regions, people have started taking to the streets in support of residents of the Moscow district of Biryulovo, who staged riots in response to the murder of a young man by immigrants. Saratov, Krasnodar, Omsk, Volgograd and Astrakhan have all spoken out, demanding a review of immigration policy.

Experts say the situation surrounding the flow of immigrants in the regions has long been a problem, and the conflict that flared up in Moscow has merely served to stoke the mood of dissatisfied Russians.

On Oct. 14, against the backdrop of the interethnic conflict in Moscow’s district of Biryulyovo, the center of another Russian city, Saratov, was witness to a fight between local youths and immigrants from the Caucasus region that involved some 20 people. On the same day, the city was the scene of a march staged by nationalists — a sign of solidarity with Sunday’s unrest in Moscow’s Birulevo district.

In the south of the country, residents of Krasnodar also decided to support Muscovites by staging an unauthorized demonstration on Oct. 14.

However, according to Interfax, the police prevented an attempt to stage an unauthorized nationalist protest in Krasnodar; only several dozen people answered the calls posted on social networks and youth forums to meet at 7 p.m. on the city’s Teatralnaya Square in support of the residents of Moscow’s Biryulyovo district.

At the appointed hour, Krasnodar’s central square was cordoned off by police officers, who maintained control over the situation.

In addition to Saratov and Krasnodar, mass events were planned in a number of other major Russian cities — Stavropol, Rostov-on-Don, Volgograd, Astrakhan and Tula — with young people using social networks to express their readiness to take to the streets in support of those protesting events in Birulevo.

Alexei Skopin, head of the Chair of Regional Economics and Economic Geography at Moscow’s Higher School of Economics, explained that the conflict in Moscow was the last straw in the situation of absolute corruption surrounding the issuing of work permits for immigrants.

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Published time: October 01, 2013 09:36
Edited time: October 01, 2013 13:00

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov (RIA Novosti / Michael Klimentyev)

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov (RIA Novosti / Michael Klimentyev)

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has expressed doubts that the West will be successful in getting the Syrian opposition to take part in the ‘Geneva-2’ peace conference, which he expects to take place in mid-November.

Lavrov, stressing that this needs to happen, suggested that getting “rational members” of the opposition on board is a priority, RIA Novosti reports.

He said there is still a lack of clarity regarding who will participate in the anticipated peace talks, “which is a big problem.

Speaking at a Tuesday press conference in Moscow, Lavrov confirmed that a substantial number of the opposition’s commanders have broken free of Syrian National Coalition control.

While this whole business drags on, the radical, Jihadist elements of the opposition, like Al-Nusra Front and others, are gaining in strength.”

: The outcome of the five permanent members’ meeting with @secgen Ban Ki-moon:the -2 meeting can be held in mid-November

The current issue we are faced with is “not to waste any more time,” Lavrov added.

The success of the conference rests in the hands of those “who hold bigger sway with the opposition [than Russia]… We work with everyone, but the bigger influence on the opposition is exerted by our Western colleagues and key Middle Eastern states,” the FM stressed.

“Regarding opposition representation – this remains to be settled. Until recently we have been relying on our Western partners who pledged to push the opposition to the negotiations table and we hoped they would manage it quickly. But so far they have not succeeded. And I am not sure they will by mid-November.”

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Syria govt ‘ready to go to Geneva for dialogue, not to hand over power to anyone’ – FM

Published time: September 29, 2013 19:55
Edited time: September 30, 2013 07:02

Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Moallem.(AFP Photo / Timothy A. Clary)

Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Moallem.(AFP Photo / Timothy A. Clary)

The Syrian government is ready for peace talks with the opposition, but the legitimacy of President Assad “isn’t up for discussion,” Syrian FM Walid Muallem said. It comes as the Syrian opposition remains undecided on who will represent them at Geneva.

Any political program or work document produced at the Geneva-2 peace conference would have to go through a popular referendum in Syria before it can be applied, Muallem, Syrian Foreign and Expatriates Minister said in an interview with Sky News Arabia on Saturday.

Moreover, the minister reiterated that Syrian President Bashar Assad was legitimately elected to serve until the upcoming elections in mid- 2014, and that his resignation “isn’t up for discussion with anyone.”

Muallem said that the Syrian government is prepared to hold talks with “licensed opposition parties” on forming a national unity government. He went on to disregard the “Doha coalition” – the National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces formed in Doha, Qatar in November 2012 from various opposition groups – as the sole representative of the opposition, saying that it “failed in the eyes of Syrians after they demanded the US to wage aggression on Syria.”

Although mid-November has been set as an approximate date for the Geneva-2 conference by the UN, the precise date remains unclear, Muallem noted, saying that the UN and its envoy Lakhdar Brahimi “are having trouble gathering the opposition” in Geneva.

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Edward Snowden Allowed To Leave Moscow Airport And Enter Russia




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Police guard a door where human rights groups were taken to meet former intelligence agency contractor Edward Snowden at Sheremetyevo airport July 12, 2013.

Former NSA whistleblower/leaker Edward Snowden has been granted documents that will allow him to leave a Moscow airport where he has been for the last month, Reuters and Russian media report.

BBC notes that Russia’s Federal Migration Service will soon issue a document granting him rights as a Russian citizen.


But Snowden’s lawyer says Snowden won’t leave the airport today and will remain in the transit zone until paperwork is finalized.


On Tuesday his Moscow lawyer, Anatoly Kucherena, said that if Snowden is granted a one-year temporary asylum, the term “can be prolonged for another year and this can be repeated an indefinite number of times afterwards.”


“He’s planning to arrange his life here. He plans to get a job,” Kucherena, who has links to the country’s intelligence service (i.e. FSB), told RT. “And, I think, that all his further decisions will be made considering the situation he found himself in.”


Snowden is an elite hacker, trained by the NSA, who gained access and “carefully read” 10,000 classified NSA files. Furthermore, Snowden knows his way around the vetting process of the world’s largest spy agency.


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Snowden’s Moscow Lawyer: NSA Leaker Is Planning To Live In Russia And Get A Job



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The Moscow lawyer of NSA whistleblower/leaker Edward Snowden tells Russia Today that the 30-year-old is planning to spend the foreseeable future in Russia.

“He’s planning to arrange his life here. He plans to get a job,” Anatoly Kucherena, a Russian lawyer with links to the country’s intelligence service (i.e. FSB), told RT. “And, I think, that all his further decisions will be made considering the situation he found himself in.”


The situation he found himself in was being stuck in Russia after the U.S. voided his passport while he was in Hong Kong and Snowden flew to Moscow on a travel document from Ecuador‘s consul in London.


Kucherena, who sits on the public council of the FSB, has been speaking for Snowden since July 12 — the day Snowden accepted all offers of support and asylum.


“We must understand that security is the number one issue in his case,” Kucherena told RT. “I think the process of adaptation will take some time. It’s an understandable process as he doesn’t know the Russian language, our customs, and our laws.”


If Snowden is granted a one-year temporary asylum,  the term “can be prolonged for another year and this can be repeated an indefinite number of times afterwards,” Kucherena said.


The development seems like very bad news for the U.S.


Snowden is an elite hacker, trained by the NSA, who gained access and “carefully read” 10,000 classified NSA files.


Furthermore, Snowden knows his way around the vetting process of the world’s largest spy agency.


When Snowden arrived in Moscow on June 23, a radio host in Moscow “saw about 20 Russian officials, supposedly FSB agents, in suits, crowding around somebody in a restricted area of the airport,” according to Anna Nemtsova of Foreign Policy.


“Snowden will fly out of Russia when the Kremlin decides he can go,” Moscow political analyst Dmitry Oreshkin told Foreign Policy after Snowden arrived. “He might not even be in the airport. The safest place would be a GRU [Russian military intelligence] apartment.”


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NSA Leaker Edward Snowden Asylum Request Under Review, Can’t Leave Sheremetyevo Airport

July 24, 2013 by Leave a Comment

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Russia Gives NSA Leaker Edward Snowden Documents to Leave Moscow Airport`

[UPDATED]: Edward Snowden not leaving Russia airport transit area today, asylum request still not complete.

Well, it seems that Edward Snowden won’t be sprung today from a Moscow airport. Earlier RIA Novosti reported that the fugitive NSA leaker had been given documents to leave the Moscow airport transit area and formally enter Russia. His lawyer is now saying that isn’t the case and that the asylum request is still under review. I hope Edward Snowden isn’t jaded into thinking he will be living in paradise once outside the airport. He should revisit history and look at what happened to the Americans who sought asylum in Russia.

Russia Today:  NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden will have to stay at a Moscow airport for a little longer as his asylum plea is still being reviewed by Russian Immigration Authorities, according to his lawyer.

Anatoly Kucherena said that today Snowden will not leave Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport, but confirmed that the NSA-leaker will live in Russia. He assured that Snowden is staying in good conditions.

However,Kucherena did not give any specific date when documents should be issued. Asked about reasons for that, he explained that such delay in issuing all necessary documents to Snowden is because of the uniqueness of the situation.

Earlier reports:

CNN:  It’s still not clear whether Russia will grant the temporary-asylum request. But if it does, Snowden would be able to live in Russia — and even travel abroad — for at least a year, lawyer Anatoly Kucherena said last week.


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  • The former Russian lady spy who was kicked out of the U.S. in 2010 gave fellow informant, NSA leaker Snowden, a social media shout out Wednesday
  • Chapman bears a slight resemblance to Snowden ex Lindsay Mills

By Joshua Gardner


Former Russian spy Anna Chapman has proposed marriage to NSA leaker on the lam Edward Snowden via Twitter.

The flame-haired femme fatale was short and sweet: ‘Snowden, will you marry me?!’

The tweet came just as the world began to wonder if Edward Snowden was still in Chapman’s country of Russia—where he’s been holed up in a Moscow airport for days—or if he’d managed to sneak aboard the flight of Bolivian President Evo Morales headed for South America.


Perfectly matched: Russian spy turned fashionista Anna Chapman has asked NSA leaker Ed Snowden to marry her, via a tweet Wednesday

Perfectly matched: Russian spy turned fashionista Anna Chapman has asked NSA leaker Ed Snowden to marry her, via a tweet Wednesday

Latin America, specifically Venezuala, is thought to be Snowden’s last hope for asylum after withdrawing his petition to Russia Tuesday.

Since her own espionage controversy—along with nine others accused of spying in 2010Chapman has led a busy life.

She was immediately catapulted into the limelight as her pictures were splashed around the world.

The daughter of a senior KGB agent has become a celebrity in Russia since she returned in the summer of 2010.


Sexy spy Anna Chapman in her steamy Maxim photoshoot

Ladies man: 'I like my girlish figure that attracts girls,' a younger Snowden once wrote. That figure attracted a pole-dancing lady friend in Hawaii named Lindsay Mills

Ladies man: ‘I like my girlish figure that attracts girls,’ a younger Snowden once wrote. That figure attracted a pole-dancing lady friend in Hawaii named Lindsay Mills

She has previously appeared on the catwalk at Russian Fashion Week in Moscow clothed in a skin-tight leather ensemble.

She has also modeled, edited a magazine, given lectures and now runs a foundation.

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TV host and Venture Business Editor-in-Chief Anna Chapman at the Russian Pavilion of the 66th Cannes Festival. Photo Credit: ©RIA Novosti, Ekaterina Chesnokova.

TV host and Venture Business Editor-in-Chief Anna Chapman at the Russian Pavilion of the 66th Cannes Festival. Photo Credit: ©RIA Novosti, Ekaterina Chesnokova.


WASHINGTON (VOR) — Russian spy-turned-TV-personality Anna Chapman is asking N.S.A. leaker and international fugitive Edward Snowden to marry her since he is stuck at a Moscow airport with nowhere to go.


Is this a real offer or a publicity stunt?

VOR host Ric Young talks with VOR Moscow correspondent and commentator Dmitry Babich.



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