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25.04.18 Senators Push Banks For Information On Russian 'oligarchs'
U.S. senators are pressing many of the world’s largest financial institutions to disclose any links between their companies and wealthy Russians allied with Russian President Vladimir Putin, according to a letter released on Tuesday. Two Democratic senators, Jeanne Shaheen and Sheldon Whitehouse, have written to the banks, hoping to increase pressure not just on individuals on the U.S. Treasury’s so-called “oligarchs list,” but also on financial institutions to closely consider those with whom they do business as Washington moves to impose sanctions on Moscow. Read more 
25.04.18 Why Russia Is Openly Violating Sanctions Against North Korea
Washington Post
On April 13, eight Republican senators sent a letter to President Trump, urging him to take action against Russia’s violations of international sanctions against North Korea. The letter mentioned allegations that Russia helped North Korea export supplies related to chemical weapons to Syria. Nor is this violation an isolated case. Moscow continues to illegally export oil to North Korea and to hire North Korean guest workers for construction projects in Siberia. Read more 
25.04.18 Armenian Opposition Leader Calls New Rally For Wednesday
The Armenian opposition leader who helped force the country’s prime minister to resign called on supporters to stage a rally on Wednesday after planned talks with the ruling Republican Party were canceled. Serzh Sarksyan, who previously served as Armenia’s president for a decade, resigned as prime minister on Monday after almost two weeks of street protests prompted by accusations he had manipulated the constitution to cling to power. Read more 
25.04.18 Norwegian Detainee In Russia Probably Worked As Courier For Spy Agency
Washington Post
A retired Norwegian border inspector arrested in Russia last year on suspicion of spying probably had been acting as a courier for a Norwegian intelligence agency, his attorney said. The man, 62-year-old Frode Berg, has been in jail in Moscow since December, stoking anger and confusion in the Arctic Norwegian border town where he lived and was known as an ardent supporter of closer ties with Russia. Some of his backers said Berg may have unwittingly cooperated with Norwegian spies or become the victim of a Russian effort to manufacture a scandal involving a strategically key U.S. ally. Read more 
25.04.18 Tens Of Thousands Of Jobs Rely On Deripaska's Sprawling Empire
The Russian government may feel compelled to support Oleg Deripaska after the billionaire and his businesses were hit by U.S. sanctions this month, because his sprawling empire employs tens of thousands of people across Russia. Deripaska’s group Basic Element (Basel) owns or controls about 100 companies around the world that range from the world’s second biggest aluminum producer Rusal (0486.HK) to a carmaker and power generation firms. Read more 
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