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      US congressional probe: Russian oligarchs using art to evade sanctions
      Jul29

      US congressional probe: Russian oligarchs using art to evade sanctions

      WASHINGTON — Powerful Russian oligarchs have allegedly discovered a surprising new tool to evade sanctions: the secretive and largely unregulated U.S. art industry. The revelation is laid out in a new bipartisan congressional report that was released on Wednesday following a two-year investigation. The 150-page report, spearheaded by Senators Rob...

      Ukrainian and Russian leaders confirm cease-fire in Donbass
      Jul27

      Ukrainian and Russian leaders confirm cease-fire in Donbass

      Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy and Russian President Vladimir Putin affirmed their support on Sunday evening for an expanded cease-fire, taking hold throughout eastern Ukraine just after midnight. The presidents confirmed their commitment to the truce in a telephone call, during which they also reiterated many of their continuing...

      Mark Rutte: Too frugal and not frugal enough
      Jul24

      Mark Rutte: Too frugal and not frugal enough

      Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte was portrayed as the king of the frugal faction in the EU’s marathon budget talks, but back home they think he wasn’t frugal enough. As the figurehead of a group of small, rich countries urging restraint during the summit — dubbed the “Frugal Four” — Rutte succeeded in changing the balance of grants and...

      Russia’s corona euphoria
      Jul22

      Russia’s corona euphoria

      Vijai Maheshwari is a writer and entrepreneur based in Moscow. He tweets at @Vijaimaheshwari. MOSCOW — It wasn’t that long ago, in early June, that Russia’s capital Moscow was eerily quiet as the Kremlin enforced one of the world’s harshest lockdowns to flatten the rising curve of coronavirus infections. With the capital...

      No, Trump hasn’t called: Poland’s Duda falls victim to Russian pranksters
      Jul15

      No, Trump hasn’t called: Poland’s Duda falls victim to Russian pranksters

      Newly reelected Polish President Andrzej Duda fell victim to a pair of Russian pranksters pretending to be the secretary-general of the United Nations, and admitted that Donald Trump hasn’t called to congratulate him on his election victory. The jokesters on Tuesday released a recording of a phone conversation with the Polish president, who...

      Putin, the Potemkin president
      Jul06

      Putin, the Potemkin president

      Leonid Ragozin is a freelance journalist based in Riga. On paper, Vladimir Putin has won: The outcome of last week’s vote on constitutional amendments allows him to stay in power until 2036. In reality, the Russian president’s legitimacy has been grossly undermined. There is a real chance that he may not last beyond his current term....

      What Sweden can teach us about coronavirus
      Jul03

      What Sweden can teach us about coronavirus

      Elisabeth Braw directs the Modern Deterrence project at the Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies. Ever since the coronavirus swept into Europe, everybody’s had an opinion about Sweden. Specifically, the country’s decision not to impose a nationwide lockdown — a strategy that has resulted in a higher death...

      Latvia bans Russian television channel RT
      Jul01

      Latvia bans Russian television channel RT

      Latvia has banned the state-owned Russian television channel RT, saying it is controlled by an individual who is under EU sanctions, the country’s permanent representation to the EU said Tuesday. Dmitry Kiselev, the man that triggered Latvia’s move, was put on the EU sanctions list in March 2014 over his alleged role in promoting...

      Pelosi on Trump: ‘With him, all roads lead to Putin’
      Jun28

      Pelosi on Trump: ‘With him, all roads lead to Putin’

      U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Sunday blasted the president for being beholden to the Russian government, following a startling New York Times report that Russia secretly offered bounties to Taliban fighters to kill U.S. troops in Afghanistan. “Just as I have said to the president: With him, all roads lead to Putin,” Pelosi said, referring to...

      From ‘Poland’s Got Talent!’ to the brink of the presidency
      Jun25

      From ‘Poland’s Got Talent!’ to the brink of the presidency

      He’s better known as the host of “Poland’s Got Talent!” but Szymon Hołownia is aiming to win an even more meaningful competition — the race for the presidency. Hołownia, 44, is a complete newcomer to politics — as well as hosting the popular TV show, he’s the author of books about religion and a humanitarian activist — but,...