By Andrew Osborn (The Star)
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian police said they had detained a suspect after a painting was stolen from a Moscow gallery on Sunday, when the thief strolled unchallenged past visitors who mistook him for an employee.… Read Full Article “Daylight robbery – Russian police detain suspect after bold gallery heist”
‘What did we – the American people – get in return? Nothing,’ former US ambassador to Russia says
by Tom Embury-Dennis @tomemburyd (The Independent)
The Trump administration has lifted sanctions against companies linked to Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska, defying efforts led by congressional Democrats to block the move.
Earlier this month, 11 Republicans in the Senate joined Democrats in a bid to keep restrictions on aluminium producer Rusal, its parent En+ Group and JSC EuroSibEnergo, a private energy company.
But that was not enough to overcome an aggressive lobbying campaign, led by a British lord who chairs one of the firms, and opposition from Donald Trump and most of his fellow Republicans.
On Sunday, the Treasury Department ended the sanctions against Mr Deripaska’s business empire, having announced its intention to do so last month.
In its statement, the US Treasury said the three companies had agreed to its conditions for ending sanctions by reducing Mr Deripaska’s direct and indirect shareholding stake and severing his control.… Read Full Article “Trump lifts sanctions on Russia oligarch Oleg Deripaska in ‘huge gift to Putin’”