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    Ukraine’s invisible scars
    Apr06

    Ukraine’s invisible scars

    DRUZHKIVKA, Ukraine — Volodymyr Semistyaga was wading through documents in the archives of Luhansk University when the stomp of boots interrupted his reading. A group of pro-Russian separatists knocked him down, pulled a sack over his head and dragged him from the building. It was June 2014 and fighting between Ukrainian government forces and...

    Mueller prosecutors defend money laundering charge against Manafort
    Apr05

    Mueller prosecutors defend money laundering charge against Manafort

    Prosecutors for special counsel Robert Mueller are urging a federal judge to turn down former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort’s argument that a money laundering charge he faces is flawed because the activity that generated the funds — lobbying for a foreign government — is not illegal. Manafort is accused of laundering more than $30...

    Inside the lobbying campaign that caught Mueller’s attention
    Mar30

    Inside the lobbying campaign that caught Mueller’s attention

    The lobbyists hired by Paul Manafort launched a lobbying blitz barely a week after the Senate began weighing a resolution to publicly condemn the man who was effectively their client, Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, for throwing a political opponent in jail. A lobbyist for one prominent Washington firm, the Podesta Group, emailed the staff...

    London and Brussels warm to Brexit ‘Israel option’
    Mar14

    London and Brussels warm to Brexit ‘Israel option’

    If Canada doesn’t work out, there’s always Israel. So far, debate on the model for the U.K.’s future relationship with the EU post Brexit has focussed on two options — remaining close to the bloc and within the single market like Norway or agreeing a free trade deal, like a souped-up version of the one the EU has with Canada....

    How Ukraine became the Wild East of cryptocurrencies
    Mar09

    How Ukraine became the Wild East of cryptocurrencies

    KIEV — Welcome to Europe’s Wild East. Forty-year-old Pavel Lerner, the CEO of Exmo Finance, a popular bitcoin exchange, was leaving his office on the day after Christmas when he was accosted and dragged into a black Mercedes-Benz by armed men in balaclavas. The leading Russian blockchain expert was released 48 hours later after paying a...

    New charges filed in Manafort-Gates case
    Mar06

    New charges filed in Manafort-Gates case

    New charges have been filed in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s criminal case against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and aide Rick Gates, but the charges were put under seal by the court, obscuring the nature and import of the development. The new charging document filed in federal court in Washington could be a superseding...

    The war America isn’t fighting
    Mar06

    The war America isn’t fighting

    Subscribe to The Global Politico on Apple Podcasts here. | Subscribe via Stitcher here. When Ash Carter became President Barack Obama’s fourth and final secretary of defense in early 2015, Russia had just seized Crimea by force from its neighbor Ukraine in the first such armed takeover of territory in Europe since the end of World War II,...

    Today at Commission: Trade war, radio spectrum and Ukrainian gas crisis
    Mar06

    Today at Commission: Trade war, radio spectrum and Ukrainian gas crisis

    On the agenda: Trump’s steel and aluminum import duties announcement, radio spectrum policy, EU infrastructure connectivity, Russo-Ukrainian gas dispute U.S.-EU trade war: Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker released a statement on Thursday evening addressing Donald Trump’s decision to impose tariffs on imports of EU steel and...

    Living with the ghosts of Maidan
    Mar06

    Living with the ghosts of Maidan

    KIEV, Ukraine — I’m staying in a suite on one of the top floors of Hotel Ukraine. It’s February 20, four years to the day since dozens of protesters in Independence Square in Kiev were shot dead by snipers hiding in these very rooms. It’s silent as death in the halls and rooms. The ghosts live down below, in the lobby and...

    Former Austrian chancellor appears to have lobbied as part of Manafort scheme
    Mar06

    Former Austrian chancellor appears to have lobbied as part of Manafort scheme

    New filings made public by special counsel Robert Mueller on Friday shed fresh light on the Washington lobbying campaign orchestrated by Paul Manafort on behalf of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych and his allies. Manafort “secretly retained” several former senior European politicians to covertly promote Ukrainian interests in Washington....

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