Russia
4th July 2021
Bitcoin continues to ride waves of popular interest and market volatility. But behind the swings is an unwavering reality: The largest species of cryptocurrency doesn’t measure up to its promised benefits as a peer-to-peer network, a uniquely quick and efficient payment system, or a store of value. Bitcoin’s risks, meanwhile,… Read More
28th June 2021
With its high ceilings, white walls and bleached pine furniture it could be one of the many artist’s studios or galleries that dot this corner of central Berlin. A grey curtain with plastic holes, stitched together by Franco-Italian artist Céline Condorelli, snakes between desks to divide the room into public… Read More
28th June 2021
A Russian oligarch with extensive business interests in London has escaped sanctions in the UK despite his close and “long-time” friendship with Alexander Lukashenko. Mikhail Gutseriev’s relationship with the Belarusian dictator is so close that Mr Lukashenko offered to rename a town after him, according to a European Union… Read More
27th June 2021
Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskiy on Thursday signed a decree imposing sanctions on tycoon Dmytro Firtash, the presidential office said. The decree said sanctions included an asset freeze, ban on capital withdrawal, revocation of licences, restriction of resource transit and other restrictions. Ukraine’s security and defence council last week announced the… Read More
23rd June 2021
By Franz Wild, Isobel Koshiw, Jane Bradley, and Andrew Higgins, The Bureau of Investigative Journalism, 18 June 2021 The Bureau of Investigative Journalism — Olena Tyshchenko, a lawyer based in Britain, was facing years in a crowded Russian prison cell, when a chance at freedom came via an unexpected… Read More
23rd June 2021
By Andrei Ciurcanu and Alessia Cerantola, OCCRP, 22 June 2021 OCCRP — Two smugglers and a China Tobacco executive were speeding through the streets of Naples in a VW Golf when they got a call that broke them into a panic. They were on their way… Read More
22nd June 2021
The EU has warned that anyone judged to be delaying elections in Libya beyond the planned date of 24 December will be at risk of sanctions, ahead of an important meeting of foreign ministers intended to tighten the screw on those obstructing either elections or the… Read More
21st June 2021
The United States is readying a new package of sanctions against Russia over last year’s poisoning of opposition leader Alexei Navalny, a top official said on Sunday. US President Joe Biden’s national security adviser, Jake Sullivan, issued the warning during an interview with CNN. “We have sanctioned Russia for… Read More
21st June 2021
Ukraine imposed sanctions on tycoon Dmytro Firtash on Friday for selling titanium products that allegedly end up being used by Russian military enterprises. President Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s security and defence council said the exact nature of the sanctions would be announced separately in a presidential decree. A spokesman for Firtash was… Read More
18th June 2021
By Javier LaFuente, Elías Camhaji, Zorayda Gallegos, Georgina Zerega, Roberto Deniz and Ewald Scharfenberg, El País, 16 June 2021 El País — On March 7, 2019, Venezuela was plunged into darkness. What most assumed was just another blackout lasted an hour, then another, and continued: one… Read More