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    Russian Government’s Rainy-Day Fund on Last Legs
    Oct28

    Russian Government’s Rainy-Day Fund on Last Legs

    Back in 2004, Russia began putting extra revenue from oil sales into what was initially called the Stabilization Fund – a rainy day fund designed to serve as a budgetary reserve if energy prices dropped precipitously. Four years later, the Stabilization Fund was split in two. One part is the Reserve Fund, which is invested in low-yield foreign...

    Ukraine Elections Reflect Political Diversity, Reform Disillusion
    Oct28

    Ukraine Elections Reflect Political Diversity, Reform Disillusion

    Preliminary results from Sunday’s local elections in Ukraine indicate growing political diversity, say analysts, as no clear winners emerged. Opinion polls before the elections projected that Solidarity, the ruling bloc of President Petro Poroshenko, would suffer big defeats. Poroshenko’s confidence rating had dropped to 32 percent,...

    Global Internet Freedoms Decline Fifth Year in a Row
    Oct28

    Global Internet Freedoms Decline Fifth Year in a Row

    When it comes to protecting freedom of expression online, the news is not good. For the fifth straight year in a row, the World Wide Web became less free for millions of people, as governments around the world continued restricting online expression, censoring websites and cracking down on a variety of tools designed to protect user privacy....

    Russian Ministry: First Confirmed Fatality in Syria a Suicide
    Oct28

    Russian Ministry: First Confirmed Fatality in Syria a Suicide

    The body of the first Russian serviceman confirmed dead in four weeks of airstrikes in Syria was delivered Tuesday to his parents’ home in southern Russia. The Russian Defense Ministry confirmed that Vadim Kostenko, 19, died Saturday at Russia’s airbase near Latakia on the Syrian Coast, but how is a matter of dispute. The ministry...

    Exit Polls in Ukraine Local Elections Show East-west Split
    Oct26

    Exit Polls in Ukraine Local Elections Show East-west Split

    Four exit polls from Ukraine’s local elections released Monday indicated the governing coalition would retain its dominant position in the west and center of the country, despite widespread disappointment with the government of President Petro Poroshenko. In the south and east, voters favored the Opposition Bloc, formed from the remnants of...

    Direct Flights End Between Russia, Ukraine
    Oct25

    Direct Flights End Between Russia, Ukraine

    Direct airline flights between Russia and Ukraine have stopped. The move announced last month by Kyiv is the latest in a series of tit-for-tat measures imposed over the conflict in Ukraine. The ban began at midnight, after talks to avoid it failed last week. About 70,000 passengers a month will be affected and analysts said it will be especially...

    West Sees Threat of Chaos in Russian Adventurism
    Oct24

    West Sees Threat of Chaos in Russian Adventurism

    Western officials are increasingly worried that Russian President Vladimir Putin’s aggressive actions around the world will spread global instability and perhaps spark a backlash at home. These officials believe Putin’s real goal in joining the fight against Islamic extremists is to put Russia back at the center of the world stage....

    Bound for Mideast, Kerry Hopes to Ease Israel-Palestinian Tension
    Oct21

    Bound for Mideast, Kerry Hopes to Ease Israel-Palestinian Tension

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is traveling to Europe and the Middle East in a bid to help ease escalating violence between Israel and the Palestinians that has left more than 50 people dead. The State Department said Kerry would begin his trip Wednesday and also would consult with U.S. partners and allies on security issues, the threats...

    South Ossetia Region Considers Vote to Join Russia
    Oct20

    South Ossetia Region Considers Vote to Join Russia

    The breakaway Georgian region of South Ossetia said it plans a Crimean-style referendum on joining Russia, drawing a furious riposte from Tbilisi over a move that risks inflaming the Kremlin’s already frayed relations with the West. Leonid Tibilov, president of the self-declared republic of South Ossetia, said he had laid out the plans...

    US Says Ukrainian Led Ring That Stole Online Bank Info
    Oct20

    US Says Ukrainian Led Ring That Stole Online Bank Info

    A Ukrainian man pleaded not guilty Monday to charges he orchestrated a scheme to steal individual computer users’ online bank information and sell it on the black market. Sergey Vovnenko, who allegedly used aliases like “Darklife” and “Centurion,” was charged in April in a six-count indictment that was unsealed last...

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