the 3,000 ads that have been linked to Russia are a drop in the bucket, even if they did reach millions of people. The real game is simply that Russian operatives created pages that reached people “organically,” ... their posts had been shared 340 million times. And those were six of 470 pages that Facebook has linked to Russian operatives. You’re probably talking billions of shares, with who knows how many views, and with what kind of specific targeting.
Russia’s cyberattack on the U.S. electoral system before Donald Trump’s election was far more widespread than has been publicly revealed, including incursions into voter databases and software systems ... In Illinois, investigators found evidence that cyber intruders tried to delete or alter voter data. The hackers accessed software designed to be used by poll workers on Election Day ... In all, the Russian hackers hit systems in a total of 39 states
Climate change is melting permafrost soils that have been frozen for thousands of years, and as the soils melt they are releasing ancient viruses and bacteria that, having lain dormant, are springing back to life ... The temperature in the Arctic Circle is rising quickly, about three times faster than in the rest of the world ... Frozen permafrost soil is the perfect place for bacteria to remain alive for very long periods of time, perhaps as long as a million years.
Russians between the ages of 18 and 24 approve of him [Putin] at a higher rate than any other age group: 88 percent ... they are proud of their country and its stature in the world, associate its military prowess with greatness ... These young men and women know little of the privations, habits, and cruelty of Soviet life ... Their desire for staid normalcy—intact families, reliable, if unsatisfying, jobs—is their response to what they lacked in the Nineties and found in the Putin era.
US President-elect Donald Trump has spoken frequently of his interest to work with Russia to fight IS, and he suggested he is inclined to cut US support for Syrian rebel groups that oppose Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. By contrast, the... Obama administration, while avoiding direct escalation against the Assad regime and its Russian and Iranian backers, has steadfastly refused... cooperation with the Assad regime and has said it believes he lost the legitimacy to govern Syria.
Ukraine is refitting and expanding its naval fleet... to counter a Russian military build-up in the annexed territory of Crimea. The upgrade will be helped by $30 million worth of U.S. aid, part of a $500 million package from Washington. Ukraine lost two-thirds of its fleet.. when Russia seized Crimea from Kiev in 2014. Other measures by Ukraine to beef up its defense include raising the level of training for navy personnel and creating new units of coastal defense troops.
With an estimated 20 million Muslims (14 percent of the population), Russia is the largest Muslim country in Europe outside of Turkey both in absolute terms and as a share of the population. In 2002, the numbers were 14.5 million and 10 percent respectively. The 40 percent increase since 2002 is due mostly to migrants laborers from Central Asia and Azerbaijan ... Between 1.5 and 2 million migrants have also made Moscow the second largest Muslim city in Europe behind Istanbul.
Although the hackers did not alter any data, the intrusion marks the first successful compromise of a state voter registration database ... Until now, countries such as Russia and China have shown little interest in voting systems in the United States. But experts said that if a foreign government gained the ability to tamper with voter data — for instance by deleting registration records — such a hack could cast doubt on the legitimacy of U.S. elections.
not every country experiences a “parenting happiness gap” like the United States does ... in eight countries – Portugal, Hungary, Spain, Norway, Sweden, Finland, France and Russia – parents actually reported being happier than non-parents ... On average, an American parent reports being 12 percent unhappier than a non-parent...the biggest gap in the 22 countries the researchers looked at ... U.S. policies – or, more accurately, the lack of them – are likely to be the fundamental cause
Today’s Russian population is about 15% Muslim—a proportion that has grown with the influx of millions of migrant workers from Central Asia. Russia is also, by some counts, the world’s second-largest source of recruits for Islamic State. From a city like Derbent, the distance to Baghdad is roughly the same as from Boston to Chicago.