Russia
16th April 2021
President Joe Biden ordered fresh sanctions on Russia, including restrictions on buying new sovereign debt, in response to allegations that Moscow was behind a hack on SolarWinds Corp. and interfered with last year’s U.S. election. The new measures sanction 32 entities and individuals, including government and intelligence officials,… Read More
15th April 2021
The US is expected to announce fresh sanctions against Russia, possibly as early as today, targeting several individuals and state-backed agencies, according to reports. Several Russian diplomats and intelligence agents based in the US are expected to be expelled and as many as 30 organisations hit with financial penalties. The… Read More
14th April 2021
A massive troop buildup on the border with Ukraine has turned the once unthinkable idea of U.S. sanctions on Russian sovereign debt into a real possibility for investors. Yields on ruble bonds, known as OFZs, jumped to the highest level in more than a year last week and were edging… Read More
8th April 2021
The Kremlin said on Thursday that Russia had to be ready for the worst-case scenario in terms of U.S. sanctions because of what it described as Washington’s hostile and unpredictable policy. The United States has threatened to impose new sanctions on Moscow over the treatment of jailed opposition figurehead Alexei… Read More
8th April 2021
Take a couple of Ukrainian oligarchs sanctioned for alleged money laundering. Add a mix of Florida-based businessmen who employed the husband of a prominent Democratic politician. Throw in some political connections tracing back to Rudy Giuliani, former Ukrainian presidents and even the Kremlin. What you get is a tangled story… Read More
7th April 2021
Two former Societe Generale SA bankers are challenging Swiss fines issued for failing to report suspicious deposits worth more than $700 million made by a one-time ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin. The former head of SocGen’s Swiss private bank and the ex-head of compliance, who… Read More
1st April 2021
The seizure in Mexico of COVID-19 vaccine smuggled aboard a private plane linked to a Honduran textile magnate marks the first instance of alleged transnational vaccine smuggling in Latin America — in a mysterious case that betrays a pattern of clandestine deals between economic and political elites keen to access… Read More
29th March 2021
Iran said its only nuclear power plant could stop operating this year as the country struggles to keep the unit running because of sanctions. The Bushehr nuclear power station is “facing the risk of shutdown” because U.S. banking restrictions have made it difficult for the Islamic Republic to transfer money… Read More
26th March 2021
By Liubomyra Remazhevska and Maksym Savchuk, OCCRP, 25 March 2021 OCCRP — In the early hours of February 27, 2014, dozens of gunmen in unmarked Russian military fatigues stormed the parliament of Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula, hoisted Russian flags, and stood guard as lawmakers voted to stage a… Read More
25th March 2021
“Every piece of pipeline equipment tells its own story,” is the slogan on the website of the Italian company Nuova Patavium. This motto is particularly apt considering this firm recently equipped a Russian vessel used in the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline in the Baltic Sea. DW asks, what if that story… Read More