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    Russian Central Bank Hikes Rates
    Dec11

    Russian Central Bank Hikes Rates

    The Russian central bank has raised rates to 10.5% from 9.5% in its latest attempt to halt the collapse of the rouble. The currency has been hit by a combination of collapsing oil prices, which the country’s economy is heavily dependent on, and Western sanctions over Russia’s role in supporting anti-government rebels in Ukraine. The...

    Putin Handed Over $8 Billion Of Contracts To His Sanctioned Russian Oligarch Friends
    Dec11

    Putin Handed Over $8 Billion Of Contracts To His Sanctioned Russian Oligarch Friends

    Companies linked to Russian billionaire Arkady Rotenberg and Gennady Timchenko, both close allies of Russian President Vladimir Putin, were given contracts worth 309 billion roubles (£3.6 billion, $8.1 billion) since western sanctions were imposed on the men in March, according to a Bloomberg report. The deals included a 228-billion- rouble...

    Russia, Turkey Finish Initial Pipeline Talks
    Dec11

    Russia, Turkey Finish Initial Pipeline Talks

    Turkey and Russia have held the first round of talks to build a new pipeline between the two Black Sea neighbors as Moscow seeks an alternative to the natural-gas link to the EU it scrapped earlier this month amid political tensions over Ukraine. …read more Source: The Wall Street...

    Putin Turns to India With Energy, Defense Offers
    Dec11

    Putin Turns to India With Energy, Defense Offers

    (NEW DELHI) — Russian President Vladimir Putin was holding talks with Indian leaders Thursday to strengthen trade and energy cooperation with Asia’s third-largest economy as Western sanctions threaten to push his country’s economy to the brink of a recession. Putin’s discussions with India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi...

    Crimean Leader in New Delhi During Putin Visit
    Dec11

    Crimean Leader in New Delhi During Putin Visit

    The leader of Crimea, the former Ukrainian territory annexed by Russia, arrived for unofficial talks in New Delhi on Thursday as President Vladimir Putin met Prime Minister Narendra Modi for a summit. Sergey Aksyonov met a Mumbai businessman to discuss boosting trade with the Black Sea region. India does not support Western sanctions against...

    Holders look to secure berth in Europa League last 32
    Dec11

    Holders look to secure berth in Europa League last 32

    Paris (AFP) – Trophy holders Sevilla are among the clubs looking to claim one of the 10 berths still up for grabs in the Europa League knockout stage in Thursday’s final round of group games.The Spanish side, who beat Benfica on penalties in last season’s final in Turin, host Rijeka of Croatia needing just a point to progress,...

    Ukraine President Urges Russia to Withdraw Troops
    Dec11

    Ukraine President Urges Russia to Withdraw Troops

    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko is pleading with Russia to remove its troops from war-torn eastern Ukraine. President Poroshenko made his comments Thursday at the outset of a three-day visit to Australia, a key Western ally. Speaking to reporters, he said if Russia closes its border with Ukraine, there will be “peace and...

    A comment on Ukraine
    Dec11

    A comment on Ukraine

    Photo by Yevgen Nasadyuk James Petras distinguishes himself by rejecting the wrong-headed theories on the political left that the driving force of events in Ukraine is a ‘Russian aggression’ or a struggle by ‘two imperialisms’ for control of the country. He calls it as it is–we’re seeing a continuation of NATO’s historic...

    Sanctions-hit Putin visits India to boost energy, trade ties
    Dec11

    Sanctions-hit Putin visits India to boost energy, trade ties

    New Delhi (AFP) – Russia’s President Vladimir Putin will hold talks Thursday with India’s new prime minister as his sanctions-hit country seeks to strengthen energy, defence and strategic ties in Asia.Putin will be looking to advance nuclear power, oil and natural gas and even diamond deals with longstanding ally India on his...

    Ukraine’s president urges Russia to withdraw troops, close border
    Dec11

    Ukraine’s president urges Russia to withdraw troops, close border

    Australia has pledged its support for Ukraine during a visit by the nation’s president and urged Russia to honor a little-respected cease-fire agreement signed in September. …read more Source: FOX...