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    Ukrainian Economy Minister Resigns; West Deeply Disappointed
    Feb03

    Ukrainian Economy Minister Resigns; West Deeply Disappointed

    Ukraine’s economy minister tendered his resignation Wednesday, citing political pressure and corruption. Aivaras Abromavicius said the country’s leadership had routinely blocked his reform efforts and that the economy ministry was at the mercy of corrupt vested interests. “Neither me, nor my team have any desire to serve as a...

    National Power Grids Increasingly Targeted in Cyber Attacks
    Feb01

    National Power Grids Increasingly Targeted in Cyber Attacks

    Ukraine’s electric power grid is once again under cyberattack, just one month after a similar incident successfully brought down portions of the system and left millions in the dark. Worse, researchers studying the attacks say the malware believed responsible – a new version of the so-called BlackEnergy bug – has likely spread to numerous...

    Russia Shrugs Off Allegations Against Putin
    Feb01

    Russia Shrugs Off Allegations Against Putin

    The story of Russian President Vladimir Putin over the last few years has been one of his steady descent from a leader welcomed and even feted around the world to one who has had allegations of murder and corruption levied at him. Last month, a British public inquiry concluded Putin probably signed off on the 2006 murder of a former Russian spy...

    GOP Lawmakers Seek to End Purchase of Russian Rocket Engines
    Jan27

    GOP Lawmakers Seek to End Purchase of Russian Rocket Engines

    American tax dollars should not subsidize the purchase of Russian rocket engines because the sales help enrich the friends of President Vladimir Putin, say two senior Republican lawmakers who aim to reverse the current practice. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., and Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., are introducing legislation Wednesday to...

    Report: World Freedom in Decline for 10th Year
    Jan27

    Report: World Freedom in Decline for 10th Year

    More aggressive tactics by authoritarian regimes, an upsurge in terrorist attacks and a global economic downturn have contributed to a disturbing decline in global freedom in 2015, according to a U.S.-based international human rights group. In its newly released annual report, Freedom House found an overall drop in freedom for the 10th...

    Analyst: Kremlin Critics Under Increasing Pressure
    Jan23

    Analyst: Kremlin Critics Under Increasing Pressure

    A British public inquiry’s finding that Russian President Vladimir Putin likely approved the assassination of a former Russian spy turned Kremlin critic in London has renewed attention on the number of Putin’s opponents jailed or killed since he came to power. Russian authorities quickly dismissed the inquiry’s assessment — that...

    Britain Under Pressure to Punish Putin Over Litvinenko Poisoning
    Jan22

    Britain Under Pressure to Punish Putin Over Litvinenko Poisoning

    Calls grew Friday for the government of British Prime Minister David Cameron to penalize Russia following the release Thursday of the results of a public inquiry on the 2006 murder of dissident Alexander Litvinenko. The exiled former Russian spy died after meeting two Russian agents at a London hotel and drinking green tea they had laced with...

    Russia Dismisses British Litvinenko Inquiry Findings
    Jan21

    Russia Dismisses British Litvinenko Inquiry Findings

    Russia’s Foreign Ministry is dismissing a British inquiry’s conclusion that Russian President Vladimir Putin “probably” approved a 2006 assassination operation in which the country’s spy agency poisoned its former agent Alexander Litvinenko in London. “We regret that the purely criminal case has been politicized and...

    Russian Space Agency Scales Back Plans as Crisis Shrinks Budget
    Jan21

    Russian Space Agency Scales Back Plans as Crisis Shrinks Budget

    Russia will spend 30 percent less on its space program in the next decade and scale back a slew of projects to save money in the face of tanking oil prices and a falling ruble, a plan presented by the country’s space agency showed on Wednesday, According to the blueprint, presented to Russian media by Igor Komarov, head of space agency...

    Oil Slump Sends Russian Ruble to All-time Low
    Jan21

    Oil Slump Sends Russian Ruble to All-time Low

    The Russian ruble struck a new record low on Wednesday as fresh falls in world oil prices deepened investor worries about Russia’s contracting, commodity-dependent economy. The ruble was trading down 4.6 percent at 82.16 to the dollar at 1715 GMT after earlier reaching a historic low of 82.29 earlier in the session. It was 4.6 percent lower...

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