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In Moscow, tens of thousands turn out to protest Russian intervention in Ukraine

For one day at least, Crimea revives the spirit of protest in Vladimir Putin’s Russia.
Readout of telephone conversation between the Secretary-General and H.E. Mr. Vladimir Putin, President of the Russian ...

- 2 months earlier @ un.org: The Secretary-General spoke to President Vladimir Putin today and expressed his deepest condolences to the families of the victims of the attacks in Volgograd as well as to the Russian people.

Putin’s massive gamble

- 1 month earlier @ toledoblade.com: MAGNITOGORSK, Russia — Sitting on the Black Sea, Sochi has always been known for its relative warmth, a quality that only encouraged Russian President Vladimir Putin to turn an ornate palace there into his own version of Camp David.

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When An Oligarch Is Not A Billionaire: The Case Of Ukraine's Dmitry Firtash

By Agustino Fontevecchia and Ukrainian journalist Yuri Aksyonov

Ukrainian oligarch faces US corruption charge

CHICAGO (AP) — One of Ukraine's most influential oligarchs and a major player in the sale of billions of dollars in Russian natural gas to Ukraine faces a corruption charge in the United States, the U.S. attorney's office announced on Friday.

Ukrainian oligarch Firtash faces corruption charge in Chicago

CHICAGO — One of Ukraine's most influential oligarchs and a major player in the sale of billions of dollars in Russian natural gas to Ukraine faces a corruption charge in the United States, the U.S. attorney's office announced on Friday.

Russian Richest Face Margin Calls With Billions at Stake

"Russian businessmen are very scared," the 54-year-old former billionaire, who served in the Soviet embassy in London during the Cold War and owns Russia's National Reserve Corp., said by phone. Billionaires in Russia and Ukraine risk further losses as market volatility and the threat of Iran-style economic sanctions intensify following Russia's incursion into Crimea. Since Feb. 28, the day ...

Billionaire Firtash arrested on suspicion of mob activity

Austrian authorities took billionaire Dmytro Firtash (right), 48, into custody on March 12 at the request of the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation on suspicion of bribery and creating an organized crime group.

Ukraine Billionaire Firtash Arrested in Vienna on FBI Warrant

Dmitry Firtash, the Ukrainian billionaire who made his fortune on Russian natural-gas imports, was arrested in Vienna on a warrant issued by the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Ukrainian Oligarch Dmytro Firtash Linked to Russian Mafia?

As reports fly that Austrian police have arrested Dmytro Firtash, 48, in Vienna, IBTimes UK decided to take a closer look at claims that the Ukrainian oligarch had ties to the Russian mafia. Following the infamous WikiLeaks cable dispatch, Firtash confirmed to then US ambassador to the Ukraine, William Taylor, that he once had ties with alleged Russian mafia boss Semyon Mogilevich.

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Skilled, Cheap Russian Hackers Power American Cybercrime

NBCNews.com: An average Russian computer engineer earns about $24,000 a year, which doesn't buy much in Moscow, the world's most expensive city. The other resource Russia seems to have in unlimited supply is organized crime with strong ties to the government, ...

The Other Sochi Threat: Russian Spies, Mobsters Hacking Your Smartphones

ABC News: "It should certainly be expected," agreed a senior U.S. intelligence official, who told ABC News that the influx of tens of thousands of American spectators and dignitaries will be "an intelligence bonanza" for both Russian spies and organized crime ...

The Other Sochi Threat: Russian Spies, Mobsters Hacking Your Smartphones

610kvnu: "It should certainly be expected," agreed a senior U.S. intelligence official, who told ABC News that the influx of tens of thousands of American spectators and dignitaries will be "an intelligence bonanza" for both Russian spies and organized crime ...

The Other Sochi Threat: Russian Spies, Mobsters Hacking Your Smartphones

American Spectators' Communications Likely to Be Monitored, Criminals May Have Cell Tower Access

7 Reasons That Russia Is Not The Soviet Union

National Review published a rather overheated piece the other day that contained an entertaining line: "Russia has become the Soviet Union with a better suit". The idea that Russia is fundamentally the same as the Soviet Union is a popular one, particularly on the political right where "Soviet" has for decades served as a synonym for "bad." Barely a day goes by without someone bemoaning Putin's ...

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Report: Airport in Crimea seized

TheDay.com: Witnesses told the Interfax news agency that the 50 or so men were wearing the same gear as the ones who seized government buildings in the city, Simferopol, on Thursday and raised the Russian flag. The report said the men with "Russian ... This was ...

Pro-Russian group seizes airport in Ukraine's Crimea region

New York Daily News: The 50 or so men who stormed the Simferopol Airport wore "Russian Navy ensigns" insignia and may have been associated with the dozens of pro-Russia gunmen who seized control of government buildings in the region's capital on Thursday and raised the ...

Ukraine: Pro-Russia gunmen seize offices in Crimea

SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine (AP) — Russia granted protection to the fugitive Ukrainian president, Russian media reported Thursday, as dozens of heavily armed gunmen seized control of government buildings in Ukraine's Crimea region and raised the Russian flag.

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Defendant sentenced in Taiwanchik US organized-crime case

RAPSI: MOSCOW, February 28 (RAPSI, Ingrid Burke) – Nicholas Hirsch, a defendant who pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud in a high-profile US criminal case targeting Russian-American organized crime, was sentenced Tuesday to two years' ...

Siberian Crime Gang Leader Caught in Austria - RIA Novosti

RIA Novosti: Siberian Crime Gang Leader Caught in Austria </b> RIA Novosti: MOSCOW, February 27 (RIA Novosti) – Austrian police have detained a Russian national believed to have been a key figure in an organized crime gang in Siberia for nearly 20 years, investigators in Moscow said Thursday. Anatoly Radchenko is accused of  ... </td>

Behind the 2014 Winter Olympics Was a Major Russian Mafia Turf War

PolicyMic: While the world watched 1,000 years of idealized Russian history play out at the Winter Olympics, a cast of major players was conveniently missing from the spectacle: organized crime bosses, the ruthless lords of the Russian underworld that have shaped ...

5 Times You Gave Money to Organized Crime Without Realizing It

PolicyMic: Our grocery shopping is financing an armed struggle between vigilantes and organized crime in Michoacán, the state in Mexico that grows roughly half of the avocados Americans eat. Some estimate that a major cartel extorts some $150 million a year from ...

Siberian Crime Gang Leader Caught in Austria

Austrian police have detained a Russian national believed to have been a key figure in an organized crime gang in Siberia for nearly 20 years, investigators in Moscow said Thursday.        

The Rape of Russia explained by Anne Williamson - Steve Sailer

According to the Russian Interior Ministry's Department of Organized Crime , Western employees of Russian banks, Western bankers and consultants, Russian bankers and anecdotal evidence, other likely participants include  ...

Russia (CAUCE)

The following clip is from a remarkable documentary called 'Thieves by Law' about the Russia organized crime syndicates and their relationship with the Russian government, which is pretty stunning in its assertions.

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Armed men take control of two airports in Ukraine's Crimea

Al Jazeera America: Armed men took control of two airports in the Crimea region on Friday in what a Ukrainian government minister described as an invasion and occupation by Russian forces, raising tension between Moscow and the West. Russia's Black Sea fleet, ... This was ...

Report: Armed men take airport in Ukraine's Crimea

SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine (AP) — Dozens of armed men in Russian-marked military uniforms occupied an airport in the capital of Ukraine's strategic Crimea region early Friday, a report said, but a later report cited an airport official as saying the men apologized and left after finding no Ukrainian troops had landed.

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