FBI conducting ‘activity’ at home of sanctioned Russian oligarch – live

FBI agents raid Washington home of billionaire Oleg Deripaska Biden to hold two meetings with Democrats for infrastructure talks Capitol attack panel to weigh criminal contempt against Steve Bannon Trump files lawsuit to block release of Capitol attack records Sign up to receive First Thing – our daily briefing by email Democratic senator Jon Tester … Read more

Nord Stream 2: The Russian pipeline that everybody’s talking about

GP – View of the Pipeline Inspection Gauge receiving station, the Nord Stream 2 part of the landfall area in Lubmin on Germanys Baltic Sea coast. JOHN MACDOUGALL | AFP | Getty Images Lubmin, GERMANY – Remote, quiet but energy-rich: the coastal area of Lubmin in north Germany hosts the world’s most controversial gas pipeline. … Read more

What is Putin’s greatest worry right now? His own citizens

Russian President Vladimir Putin talks during his meeting with workers after riding a train across the bridge linking Russia and Crimean Peninsula at Taman railways station on December 24, 2019 near Anapa, Russia. Mikhail Svetlov | Getty Images News | Getty Images Improving Russian citizens’ living standards is President Vladimir Putin’s biggest concern right now, … Read more

Space Race 2.0: Russia trumps the US again, shoots feature film in orbit

The project is backed by Roscosmos, the Russian space agency, the state-run Channel One and the Yellow, Black and White studio. (Roscosmos via AP) A new space race is upon us and, like 60 years ago, the Russians have once again one-upped bitter rivals the United States. The Soviet Union became the first nation state … Read more

Russia offered to pump more gas to Europe. But analysts doubt that’s ever going to happen

A worker adjusts a pipeline valve at the Gazprom PJSC Slavyanskaya compressor station, the starting point of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, in Ust-Luga, Russia, on Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021. Bloomberg | Bloomberg | Getty Images LONDON — Winter isn’t even upon us yet and Europe is already experiencing a gas market crisis with … Read more

U.S. was right — Europe has become a ‘hostage’ to Russia over energy, analysts warn

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin back in 2011. FABRICE COFFRINI | AFP | Getty Images LONDON – After Russia rode to Europe’s rescue and offered to increase gas supplies to the region amid soaring prices, experts said one thing had become abundantly clear: Europe is now largely at Russia’s mercy when it comes to energy, … Read more

Russia: President Putin’s party set to retain parliament majority after polls

Russian President Vladimir Putin‘s party was set Sunday to retain a majority in parliament on the last day of three-day elections in which most Kremlin critics were barred from the ballot. The vote comes in the wake of an unprecedented crackdown on the opposition this year, with Russian authorities jailing Putin’s best-known domestic foe Alexei … Read more

Pro-Putin party heads for Russian election win after Navalny clampdown

A bus drives past a United Russia campaign poster put up ahead of the elections to the Russian State Duma of the 8th convocation scheduled for September 17-19. Vladimir Smirnov | TASS | Getty Images Russians vote on Sunday in the final stretch of a three-day parliamentary election that the ruling party is expected to … Read more

Russia’s authoritarianism and political crackdown could get worse after weekend vote, experts say

A bus drives past a United Russia campaign poster put up ahead of the elections to the Russian State Duma of the 8th convocation scheduled for September 17-19. Vladimir Smirnov | TASS | Getty Images Russia will hold elections to the State Duma, the lower house of parliament, from Friday and experts expect the vote … Read more

Lower import duty likely on edible oils

India is likely to lower the effective import duty on edible oils to provide some respite to households from rising prices. The government is considering reducing the effective import duty, which includes cess and other charges, on crude palm, soya and sunflower oil to 24.75% from 30.25% and on refined palm and soya oil to … Read more