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When Kremlin’s foxes in blue helmets want to guard the henhouse

When Kremlin’s foxes in blue helmets want to guard the henhouse

| June 4, 2020

Long-time Russian Foreign Affairs Minister Sergey Lavrov (pictured) expressed the necessity to raise the capabilities of CSTO peacekeepers so that they could become a part of the United Nations Peacekeeping, writes Zintis Znotiņš. The CSTO was established shortly after the collapse of the USSR and the Warsaw Pact in order to maintain a counterforce to […]

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Latest retreat by Swiss prosecutors in high profile money laundering case raises key administration of justice questions: are they up to the job?

Latest retreat by Swiss prosecutors in high profile money laundering case raises key administration of justice questions: are they up to the job?

| June 4, 2020

Swiss legal authorities have been forced into a climbdown over one of the country’s highest-profile money laundering cases, an investigation focused on the alleged theft of $176 million from Russia’s Otkritie bank, writes James Wilson. It has been reported that the three defendants have been offered four and five month suspended sentences by prosecutors and […]

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Geopolitical competition logic as seen from US-Soviet Union differences

Geopolitical competition logic as seen from US-Soviet Union differences

| June 4, 2020

Under the backdrop of rising anti-globalization sentiments, the COVID-19 pandemic further deteriorates the international geopolitical environment. A prominent example of this is the US-China relations that are in the danger escalating into a full-blown conflict, writes He Jun. Ever since President Donald Trump took office, trade deficit and tariff-related issues were often cited as the […]

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From a typist to a dollar millionaire:  how a former resident of Kharkiv became one of the richest women in #Russia and #Ukraine

From a typist to a dollar millionaire: how a former resident of Kharkiv became one of the richest women in #Russia and #Ukraine

A new name, Liudmyla Burlakova (Marchenko – pictured right), has begun to appear in the rankings of Russia’s richest women recently. She is credited with owning hundreds of millions of dollars in wealth. But the most interesting thing in this story is that Liudmyla is a citizen of Ukraine with a life rich in criminal […]

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Fresh concerns raised over #COVID-19 disinformation

Fresh concerns raised over #COVID-19 disinformation

| May 29, 2020

Fresh concern has been raised about the spread of disinformation and propaganda during the COVID-19 crisis. Russia and China, in particular, have come under the spotlight for allegedly disseminating “fake news” about the pandemic. The issue was the focus of an online debate on Thursday organised by the European Foundation for Democracy, in cooperation with […]

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#Russia vs #China

#Russia vs #China

| May 25, 2020

Co-operation between Russia and China has deep historical roots, and its earliest manifestations can be found already during the Chinese civil war. It seems that both countries should be most united by their communist ideology, but the ambitions of their leaders and the willingness to be the first and the most powerful was in fact […]

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European courts stage for #Russia oligarchs’ extraordinary legal battles

European courts stage for #Russia oligarchs’ extraordinary legal battles

| May 18, 2020

In a fresh twist on one of the world’s bitterest—and most expensive—divorces, Russian oil and gas billionaire Farkhad Akhmedov’s estranged wife Tatiana (pictured) is suing her own son Temur, hoping that his private emails to his father will hold the key to a £453 million payout. Not to be outdone, fellow Russian oligarch Sergei Pugachev […]

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