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Russian Billionaire Has Cash Seized at Costa Rica’s Main Airport

One of Russia's wealthiest individuals had over $20,000 in cash seized yesterday afternoon, Thursday, October 26, 2017, at Costa Rica's main Juan Santamaría International Airport near San José when he was leaving for his home country after a vacation. Andrei Bokarev, 51, whose wealth is estimated by Forbes at $1.69 billion, had arrived in a private jet earlier in the week and participated in a ...

Russian Military Plans Joint Anti-Terrorism Exercises in Nicaragua

On April 3, a delegation from the Russian Federation's aerial landing troops arrived in Managua, Nicaragua to plan future joint military exercises with the country's government, said the digital Russia Beyond the Headlines (RBTH). The end date for the maneuvers is unknown, as the military says they need to study the situation. Experts say that the decision to hold military exercises in Nicaragu...

Congress to Hold 1st Hearing on Russian Interference in US Elections

 The House Intelligence Committee will hold its first public hearing on the investigation into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election, committee chairman Devin Nunes announced Tuesday. The Republican congressman from California told reporters that the hearing will be held on March 20, adding that it is his intention to hold more public hearings on the matter, given the interest it has ...

US Democrats’ Increased Opposition to Trump Not Slowing Him

Editor’s note: The views expressed by guest columnists are not necessarily those of The Costa Rica Star, its advertisers, or its staff.  Presidential politics these days is getting as surreal as a Salvador Dali painting. Truth and reason have been thrown to the wind. Accusations and counter-accusations of political wrong-doing involving the Russians, possible wiretapping of President Donald ...

Russia, El Salvador Celebrate 25 Years of Positive Bilateral Relations

Moscow, Mar 3 — Bilateral relations between Russia and the Central American nation of El Salvador continue to develop well, said the Russian foreign minister upon meeting his Salvadoran counterpart on Friday. Sergey Lavrov held a meeting with Hugo Martinez Bonilla in the Russian capital, Moscow. "Within three months we will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the establishment of (Russian-Salvad...

US Attorney General Asked to Resign Due to Unrevealed Russia Contacts

The recently appointed Attorney General of the United States met the Russian ambassador to the U.S. twice in Washington during the 2016 presidential campaign - something he did not disclose during his appointment confirmation hearing before the U.S. Senate. The meetings between Jeff Sessions and Russia's Sergey Kislyak took place in July and September, barely a few months before the presidentia...

US Leaders Request Details on Flynn’s Russian Connections

Today, Reps. Elijah E. Cummings, John Conyers, Jr., Eliot L. Engel, Bennie G. Thompson, Adam Smith, and Adam Schiff, Ranking Members of the House Committees on Oversight and Government Reform, Judiciary, Foreign Affairs, Homeland Security, Armed Services, and Intelligence, sent a letter to White House Counsel Donald F. McGahn, II raising grave concerns and requesting information about reports that...

Senate Confirms Tillerson as Trump’s Secretary of State

Washington, Feb. 1 — The U.S. Senate on Wednesday confirmed oil executive Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State. Tillerson, 64, who was nominated by President Donald Trump, will take over the U.S. diplomatic corps at a delicate time for the country after the open breach with Mexico following Trump's executive order to start building a wall along the U.S. southern border, the mistrust aroused by Tru...

Trump: NATO Is Obsolete, Nuclear Weapons Should Decrease

Berlin, Jan. 15 — U.S. President-elect Donald Trump said in an interview with the German daily Bild that NATO is "obsolete" and accused Chancellor Angela Merkel of committing a "catastrophic mistake" with her refugee policy to allow some 890,000 refugees, many of them from Syria, into the country in 2015. "I think she made one very catastrophic mistake and that was taking all of these illegals, y...

Russia: U.S. Actions a Threat to Our National Security

MOSCOW, Oct. 9 -- Tensions continue to rise between the United States and Russia as the Russian foreign minister said Sunday recent actions and statements threaten his country's national security. Russian marines take part in the landing operation during the strategic military exercises at the Khmelevka training range in the Kaliningrad region on the Baltic Sea in 2009. More recently, in Octob...

Cold War 2.0? NATO Will Deploy More Troops Closer to Russia

Ex Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev said on Saturday that the rhetoric used by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization in its summit in Poland is a sign of war. "All the rhetoric used in Warsaw is almost a declaration of war against Russia," he said to Russian news agency Interfax, adding that "the Cold War is preparing to get hot." The decisions made by NATO, such as the deployment...

Nicaragua's Army 50 Russian battle tanks headed to Nicaragua, sparking concerns in Central America

A Russian T-72 battle tank, similar to those heading to Nicaragua. (CC) Russia will deliver 50 new T-72B1 battle tanks to Nicaragua this year, in a deal worth some US $80 million, according to Russia’s RIA Novosti news agency and Nicaraguan media. The first batch of 20 tanks is ready for shipment, and the remaining 30 are to be delivered by the end of the year or early 2017, according to th...

Turkey and Russia Discuss Airspace Violations

By Vitaly V. Kuzmin - http://vitalykuzmin.net/?q=node/464, CC BY-SA 3.0, Istanbul, Jan 30 (EFE).- The Turkish government summoned the Russian ambassador to protest the latest violation of its airspace by a Russian fighter jet, Turkey's Foreign Ministry said Saturday. The incident took place Friday at 0946 GMT and involved an Su-34 fighter jet of the Russian air force, according to an offici...

U.S. Intelligence Suggests ISIS Brought Down Russian Plane

ISIS fighters in Iraq. Source: Wikimedia Commons Washington, Nov 4 (EFE).- The chartered Russian passenger jet that crashed last weekend in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula could have been downed by the Islamic State or a related jihadist group, according to the investigation into the tragedy being conducted by the U.S. government. According to U.S. intelligence sources quoted by media outlets, inve...

Russia Dismisses Claims by ISIS in Deadly Airliner Crash

ISIS fighters in Iraq. Source: Wikimedia Commons Cairo, Oct 31 (EFE).- Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro expressed "his most heartfelt condolences" to the Russian government and to the families of the victims of the plane crash Saturday in the northern Sinai Peninsula in Egypt. The crash of the commercial jet of the Russian company Kogalymavia, widely known as Metrojet, killed the 224 peo...

Russia says Syrian rebels might win

By Steve Gutterman and Oliver Holmes MOSCOW/BEIRUT | Thu Dec 13, 2012 10:27am EST MOSCOW/BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian rebels are gaining ground and might win, Russia's Middle East envoy said on Thursday, in the starkest such admission from a major ally of President Bashar al-Assad in 20 months of conflict. "One must look the facts in the face," Russ...

U.S. and Russia still back Syria settlement: UN envoy

By Erika Solomon BEIRUT | Sun Dec 9, 2012 3:30pm EST BEIRUT (Reuters) - U.S. and Russian officials have given their commitment to a political solution for the deepening Syrian conflict, a United Nations envoy said on Sunday, but Moscow dismissed speculation it was preparing for President Bashar al-Assad's exit. With rebels now fighting on the doo...

Russia, U.S. talk as Syria events "accelerate on the ground"

By Erika Solomon and David Brunnstrom BEIRUT/DUBLIN | Thu Dec 6, 2012 6:03pm EST BEIRUT/DUBLIN (Reuters) - The two superpowers divided by Syria's civil war met head to head on Thursday, with signs emerging that Russia might curb its support for President Bashar al-Assad and Washington saying events were gathering speed on the ground. U.S. Secreta...

Russia to supply armored vehicles to Nicaragua

Russia’s Interior Ministry has signed an agreement with Nicaragua on supplying the "Tiger" armored vehicles to that country. “These vehicles will be used in operations on fighting the organized crime in our country”, Nicaragua's Minister of Interior Ana Isabel Morales Mazún said at a meeting in Moscow on Thursday. She said the "Tigers" would be used by the units of the Nicaraguan special...