The ruling means the trial of Paul Manafort, which will center on alleged laundering of millions of dollars for Viktor Yanukovych and the Party of Regions, will go forward at a time almost certain to have potential impact on U.S. congressional elections in November this year. Also, the Manafort trial appears likely to be a major embarrassment for a number of pro-Russian politicians still active in Ukraine and close to Vladimir Putin. Moreover, the trial could lead to increased pressure from the IMF and other IFIs for the current administration and government to redouble efforts at recovery of the laundered funds, alleged to be the result of extortion and bribery.


The reason Moscow has formed these death squad-like detachments in occupied Crimea, Shmulyevich says, is that they can be used there, shifted to Russia itself, or used in the event of a war. They can suppress dissent on the Ukrainian peninsula, they can attack demonstrators in Russia, and they can become a target in the event of a war.”


Analyst: “The company’s 1Q18 results are close to our expectations of net revenue rising 65% yoy and EBITDA nearly doubling yoy, based on the company’s operating update released earlier.”


The ruling has the potential to complicate the aircraft acquisition plans for most major airlines including Ukraine International


In a growing trend of companies researching blockchain tech for business uses, FedEx joins the others like Samsung in supply chain applications.


Russian President Vladimir Putin (center), FIFA President Gianni Infantino (left), and Krasnodar Governor Veniamin Kondratyev visit Fisht Stadium, which will host World Cup matches, in Sochi on May 3.



Metropolitan Oleksandr: “The fact is that, after analyzing almost a century-long history of the struggle of Ukrainian Orthodox Christians for autocephaly, I realized: there is no alternative to the canonical independence of our Church.”


Analyst: “We project a 6.1% YTD monetary base increase in 2018 (vs. 4.6% YTD in 2017) on the back of limited budget deficit financing and potential gross reserves accumulation.”

Widely held Ferrexpo (FXPO LN) climbed 1.1%, or 3.5% in three sessions.


“Putin may hope that Russian women will begin to have three or four children, but the number of potential mothers and their family size preferences make such hopes ‘unserious.” And the Kremlin leader may hope for economic growth but fails to talk about any systemic changes that such growth would require.


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