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Russia won’t be cut off from international bank transfer services

Financial messaging system SWIFT will not ban Russia despite sanctions and is staying politically neutral, according to its CEO, Gottfried Leibbrandt, as quoted by Russian media. Leibbrandt is in Moscow, and has again stressed that SWIFT remains politically unbiased, according to reports by RBC, Vedomosti and other Russian business media. Read more The potential exclusion of Russia from SWIFT worried ...

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Russia threatens to block Facebook

Facebook has until the end of 2018 to comply with Russia’s data storage law, or be banned like messenger service Telegram or professional networking website LinkedIn. Read more The law requires all social networks to move data on Russian users to Russia. Facebook is also obliged to remove all prohibited information, according to the head of Russian internet watchdog Roskomnadzor, ...

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Russia going kitty crazy amid falling ruble

The recent ruble crash has triggered an increased interest among Russians in cat purchases, according to data from advertising service Youla. After analyzing statistics on requests and transactions, the service found that sales of cats skyrocketed 213 percent on April 9 (when the ruble dropped), compared to April 3. The Russian currency fell to a two-year low last week as ...

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Russia extends overflight privileges of US carriers ahead of deadline

Moscow has extended overflight privileges of US carriers flying over Russia, hours before they were due to expire, the US State Department said, noting that it continues working with Moscow to secure “benefits” for US companies. The US State Department announced that it has been relentlessly working with Moscow to extend an agreement which allows American passenger and cargo planes ...

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IRS payment website crashes on tax day – Russia to blame?

It’s that time of year that all Americans love: tax day. Fortunately, for some of those who have procrastinated all year and waited until the last moment to file their returns, the IRS payment website is down. The Internal Revenue Service still expects Americans to cough up the cash. Just how, exactly, eager taxpayers are supposed to do that, however, ...

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Feline good: Cats given own cellar space in apartment blocks in Russia

Cats in Russia can breathe a collective sigh of relief: the country’s Ministry of Construction said all apartment blocks will be required to leave space in the basement open for felines to come and go whenever they feel like. “During public discussions, we have decided to adjust the norm on prohibiting access to the basement [of apartment blocks], which has ...

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Leader of ISIS cell supporters blows himself up to avoid arrest in Russia

The leader of a terrorist cell, which had connections to the jihadist group Islamic State, has killed himself with an improvised explosive device in order to avoid being arrested, Russian law enforcement said. The cell was planning bomb and gun attacks in Russia’s Rostov region, but was identified and thwarted before they could act, the Federal Security Service (FSB) reported ...

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Russia dumps US debt, reducing holdings to lowest level in a year

The Central Bank of Russia has sold $ 3.1 billion in US Treasury bills as of February, reducing its investment in American debt to the lowest level since March last year. Moscow still occupies the 16th position among the largest holders of US government bonds. Russia has cut its holdings for the third consecutive month. Read more Russian Finance Minister ...

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Trust between Russia and US nearly lost, but not zero – Lavrov to BBC

Russia is losing the last remnants of trust with its US partners after unsubstantiated claims of a Syrian chemical attack and the Skripal poisoning case, Russian FM Sergey Lavrov told the BBC, adding that some trust still remains. BBC HARDtalk’s host Stephen Sackur started his interview with Lavrov by stating: “You say there’s no trust, you mean, zero trust, now ...

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White House walks back Nikki Haley statements on new Russia sanctions

The White House has walked back comments made by US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, who said that the US would impose fresh economic sanctions on Russia. Read more During an interview on Fox News Sunday, Haley said that the US would announce the new sanctions on Monday. Haley said the sanctions would be imposed over Russia’s continued ...

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