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Russia’s largest bank just pulled out of Ukraine
Mar29

Russia’s largest bank just pulled out of Ukraine

AFP From Business Insider Moscow (AFP) – Russia’s Sberbank, the largest in the country, on Tuesday announced it had sold its Ukraine division, where operations have been complicated since Moscow’s annexation of Crimea. Sberbank, whose controlling stake is owned by the Russian state, said in a statement Tuesday that it had signed a...

Trump’s son-in-law met with Russian banker
Mar28

Trump’s son-in-law met with Russian banker

MOSCOW/WASHINGTON – A Russian bank under Western economic sanctions over Russia’s incursion into Ukraine disclosed on Monday that its executives had met Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump’s son-in-law… …read more Source:...

The daredevils feeding a dangerous Russian craze
Mar25

The daredevils feeding a dangerous Russian craze

A number of young Russians are making names for themselves by posting videos of life-threatening stunts online. What drives these extreme selfie daredevils? He’s got a camera strapped to his head and he teeters on the edge of the roof in a nine story apartment block in Siberia. “Are you filming?” he asks, as a friend hands him a...

Putin Meets Le Pen, Denies French Election Interference
Mar24

Putin Meets Le Pen, Denies French Election Interference

MOSCOW – President Vladimir Putin held a surprise meeting Friday with France’s far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen, yet dismissed suggestions that Russia aims to influence the election in her favor. Le Pen met Putin hours after a previously announced visit to the lower house of Russia’s parliament. In the meeting with...

Ukraine: Russian Agent Killed Kremlin Critic Voronenkov
Mar24

Ukraine: Russian Agent Killed Kremlin Critic Voronenkov

MOSCOW — A senior Ukrainian official says the killer of Kremlin critic Denis Voronenkov, who was gunned down in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev, was a Russian agent. Anton Gerashchenko, an adviser to Ukraine’s interior minister, identified the man who shot Voronenkov on Thursday as 28-year-old Pavel Parshov and said he had been trained in...

Russia, Ukraine at Odds Over Singer’s Eurovision Performance
Mar23

Russia, Ukraine at Odds Over Singer’s Eurovision Performance

GENEVA – Eurovision song contest organizers say they have taken the unprecedented step of offering to let Russia’s contestant perform via satellite after authorities in host Ukraine banned her from entering the country — a proposal that was immediately rejected by a Russian state broadcaster. The European Broadcasting Union says...

Le Pen Visits Russia Weeks before French Presidential Vote
Mar23

Le Pen Visits Russia Weeks before French Presidential Vote

French far right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen is headed to Moscow for meetings with lawmakers less than a month before the election, officials from her National Front party said Thursday. Her visit Friday comes on the heels of a trip this week to Chad, base of a French military operation that’s aimed at rooting out Islamic...

Former Russian Lawmaker Shot Dead in Ukraine
Mar23

Former Russian Lawmaker Shot Dead in Ukraine

KIEV, Ukraine — Former Russian lawmaker Denis Voronenkov was shot and killed in Kiev Thursday in what the Ukrainian president described as an “act of state terrorism” by Russia, an accusation the Kremlin angrily rejected. Voronenkov, who testified to Ukrainian investigators and criticized Russian policies after his move to Kiev last...

Ukraine accuses Russia of ‘state terrorism’ after former MP shot
Mar23

Ukraine accuses Russia of ‘state terrorism’ after former MP shot

Ukraine accused Russia of “state terrorism” after a former Russian lawmaker and key witness in a treason case against former leader Viktor Yanukovich was shot dead in broad daylight outside a hotel in central Kiev on Thursday. Russia called the allegation “absurd”. Former MP Denis Voronenkov was killed by an assailant who was armed with a pistol...

US probes banking of ex-Trump campaign chief
Mar23

US probes banking of ex-Trump campaign chief

U.S. Treasury Department agents have recently obtained information about offshore financial transactions involving President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort. This is part of a federal anti-corruption probe into his work in Eastern Europe, The Associated Press has learned. Information about Manafort’s...

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