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    US Expands Sanctions Against Russia
    Dec22

    US Expands Sanctions Against Russia

    The United States Treasury Department Tuesday imposed sanctions on 34 individuals and entities for previous sanctions evasion and other activities related to Russia’s involvement in Ukraine. The Treasury also announced that a number of majority-owned subsidiaries of Russian state banks, Sberbank and VTB, as well as defense company Rostec...

    Stalin Gaining Popularity in Putin’s Russia
    Dec22

    Stalin Gaining Popularity in Putin’s Russia

    Russia’s Communist Party on Monday honored the birthday of Soviet leader Joseph Stalin with flowers and speeches during an annual ritual at his grave on Moscow’s Red Square. Gennady Zyuganov, head of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation (KPRF), gave a long, admiring speech on Stalin to the gathered crowd. ”Today, the...

    Ukraine Media Says Govt Has Banned Limp Bizkit Leader Durst
    Dec21

    Ukraine Media Says Govt Has Banned Limp Bizkit Leader Durst

    Ukrainian news media are reporting that the country’s national security service has banned the leader of the group Limp Bizkit from entering the country for five years. Fred Durst, the founder of the group and its lead singer, was quoted in news reports in October as saying he was interested in buying a house in Crimea, the Black Sea region...

    EU Extends Russia Sanctions for 6 Months
    Dec21

    EU Extends Russia Sanctions for 6 Months

    The European Union has renewed its economic sanctions against Russia for six months, after concluding that Moscow has failed to fully respect a peace agreement in eastern Ukraine. The sanctions target Russia’s financial, energy and defense sectors as well as some dual-use goods. The EU Council said in a statement Monday that the measures...

    Ukraine Imposes Moratorium on Repaying $3 bln Russian Bond
    Dec18

    Ukraine Imposes Moratorium on Repaying $3 bln Russian Bond

    Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk said on Friday Ukraine had imposed a moratorium on the payment of a $3 billion Eurobond held entirely by Russia that matures on Dec. 20 and on $507 million of Ukrainian commercial debt held by Russian banks. The moratorium would be in place “until the acceptance of our restructuring proposals or the...

    IMF Says Ukraine Loan Program Under Threat
    Dec18

    IMF Says Ukraine Loan Program Under Threat

    The International Monetary Fund (IMF) said on Friday it was concerned by signs Ukraine’s parliament might reject a proposed tax code and budget for 2016, warning that this could further disrupt its $17.5 billion bailout program. Disagreement in parliament over critical tax reforms and the draft budget has held up the disbursement of a third...

    Putin Slams Turkey, Voices Support for US Syria Plan
    Dec17

    Putin Slams Turkey, Voices Support for US Syria Plan

    President Vladimir Putin said there was little hope for improving relations with Turkey after it shot down a Russian bomber jet in November along its border with Syria. “On the level of bilateral state relations I don’t see prospects to improve ties with the current Turkish leadership,” said Putin at his annual press briefing...

    Ukraine Says it Can’t Pay Off Debt to Russia
    Dec17

    Ukraine Says it Can’t Pay Off Debt to Russia

    Ukraine faces a looming debt default after the country’s finance ministry said Thursday that the country cannot make a $3 billion debt due to Russia this weekend without violating a debt-restructuring deal with other international creditors. Ukraine, which is supposed to pay down the debt by Sunday, said it is ready to keep negotiating with...

    Putin Wants Better Relations With Next US President
    Dec17

    Putin Wants Better Relations With Next US President

    Russian President Vladimir Putin said he wants to develop better ties with the United States no matter who wins next year’s U.S. presidential election. In his annual news conference with international reporters, Putin said he is ready to work with any president the American people elect. He said his talks with U.S. Secretary of State John...

    Putin’s Policy Expanding Russia’s Influence But at a Cost
    Dec17

    Putin’s Policy Expanding Russia’s Influence But at a Cost

    Attempts to isolate Russia over its actions in Ukraine appear to have failed as President Vladimir Putin expanded the need to negotiate with Moscow after it began airstrikes in Syria. While Putin has forced Western attention, political analysts say the cost to Russia’s security, relations and economy is significant and means tougher times...

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