Russia
25th May 2021
A gun-toting Greek billionaire, Ivan Savvidi, is making a mockery of EU sanctions on Russia, but no one in Athens or Brussels seems to care, posing the question: Is the EU regime a paper tiger? The sanctions were imposed in 2014 over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. They banned EU nationals… Read More
24th May 2021
When a consortium of reporters released the Panama Papers in 2016, they wanted to block one group from plundering the database which contained records disclosing the owners of thousands of off-shore companies used to hide enormous sums of wealth: corporate intelligence operatives, or private spies. The private spying industry… Read More
23rd May 2021
CNA Financial Corp., among the largest insurance companies in the U.S., paid $40 million in late March to regain control of its network after a ransomware attack, according to people with knowledge of the attack. The Chicago-based company paid the hackers about two weeks after a… Read More
20th May 2021
The Biden administration waived sanctions on the company behind Russia’s Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline to Germany and its chief executive, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Wednesday, a move decried by critics of the project in Congress. A State Department report sent to Congress concluded that Nord Stream… Read More
12th May 2021
The ransomware attack that shut down the nation’s biggest fuel pipeline prompted an all-too familiar question in the corridors of power in Washington and boardrooms across the country: Can anyone stop debilitating hacks? The assault on Colonial Pipeline Co. last week was a particular affront. Not… Read More
10th May 2021
Iran is pushing for its banking industry to be given guaranteed and conclusive sanctions relief at talks to restore the country’s nuclear deal with world powers. “The removal of sanctions against the central bank, Iranian banks, SWIFT, and any money transfer between them and major foreign correspondent banks, needs to… Read More
7th May 2021
Wall Street firms have urged the Biden administration to ease the industry’s burden in complying with a flood of financial sanctions the U.S. has levied in recent years as a primary tool of foreign policy toward Russia, China, Iran and other adversaries. Financial services industry groups have asked for more… Read More
6th May 2021
By Farley Sweatman, Strife, 5 May 2021 Strife — In the early morning of February 1, 2021, the Tatmadaw (the official name for the armed forces of Myanmar) staged a coup to reclaim its status as the sole source of political power in the country by… Read More
5th May 2021
When U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken visits Kyiv this week and meets with President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, he will seek to demonstrate strong Western support for Ukraine from the external threat of Russian aggression. Behind the scenes, however, there could be tension between the two over what Blinken often calls… Read More
4th May 2021
The only way to explain the large amounts of cash floating around a group of men visiting New Zealand is the importation of kilograms of cocaine, says the Crown. Aleksandr Cherushev, Patryk Lukasz Lukasik and Ryszard Wilk have denied charges including importing and supplying cocaine, conspiracy to supply, and… Read More