Berezovsky home given all-clear by police
Thames Valley Police is continuing to investigate the unexplained death of a 67-year-old man, believed to be Russian national Boris Berezovsky. A statement posted on the police web site at 10.52 London time this morning said "CBRN (Chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear) trained officers have concluded their examination of a property in Mill Lane, Ascot following the unexplained death and have given the scene the all clear".
Police experts in cbn material search Berezovsky home
Police with expertise in environments contaminated with chemical, biological and nuclear material are searching the house of the late exiled Russian tycoon Boris Berezovsky, reported the BBC early Sunday morning. Mr Berezovsky, 67, was found dead on Saturday, and a Thames Valley police cordon remains in place as police investigate his unexplained death.
Police investigate Boris Berezovsky’s death near London
The former leader of the Russian oligarchs who backed Russian President Boris Yeltsin’s hold on power in the 1990’s was reported found dead in the bath at his home near Ascot, in Surrey this afternoon. Police are investigating. The 67-year old who had lost most of his sources of income since fleeing Russia to set up home in London in 2000 had recently been buffeted by losing a high profile court case against fellow oligarch Roman Abramovich which left him owing millions in legal fees.
Flydubai doubles Russia, Ukraine network
Dubai-based Flydubai, a leading low-cost carrier, has announced it will double its network in Russia to eight points and add additional services in Ukraine. In Russia, the carrier will launch flights to Mineralnye Vody on 1April 16 followed by Rostov-on-Don and Volgograd on September 13. Operations to Krasnodar, meanwhile, will commence a week later on September 20. Flydubai offers the only year-round direct scheduled services to these cities, which are all located in South West Russia, a statement said.
Little achieved by US intervention in Bosnia, Iraq
Michael Averko writes:
Bosnia received more money per capita than any country in Europe under the Marshall Plan and an international administration with dictatorial powers Erich Honecker would have envied, yet the country's various ethnic groups still argue over the same constitutional arrangements they were arguing over before we even got there. Kosovo at one point had received twenty-five times more international aid than Afghanistan, yet a recent EU report suggests that precious little has been achieved there in terms of establishing an independent judiciary and the rule of law. The U.S. inspector general for Iraq reconstruction's final report claimed that the $60 billion spent had had only "limited positive effects," and much of it had simply been wasted due to corruption.
MITCHELLS’ MOSCOW – FEBRUARY 2013
February is the month when new initiatives are announced. Everyone has sobered up from New Year and is still not thinking about spring or summer holidays. I went to a large number of interesting gallery openings and other events in the second half of the month. Possibly the most extravagant of these was the Seventh Moscow Binenniale Photo Exhibition, put on by the Multi-Media Art Museum, Moscow, in co-operation with the city government and some commercial sponsors.
Russia Syndicated Loan Volume at Highest YTD Level Since 2008
Russia syndicated loan volume stands at $16.7bn in 2013 YTD, the highest YTD level since 2008 ($19.5bn) and more than three times the $5.1bn borrowed in 2012 YTD according to figures compiled by Dealogic.
Every third Russian user gets a job via professional social networks
Obviously, social networks are increasingly important in everyday life. 91% of applicants and 84% of employers surveyed by Antal Russia Recruitment Company said they have accounts in professional social networks. LinkedIn turned out to be the most popular professional social network among both groups of respondents and second place went to managers’ club E-xecutive. Business network Professionali.ru took third place among candidates, while network of professional contacts “Moy Krug” (My Circle) was third most popular for employers.
RUSSIA IN CONTEXT - BETWEEN A ROCK AND A HARD PLACE
> The equity market continues to be driven by external events and news flow. Russia, like many other EMs that are deemed to be most at risk from slowing global growth, is considered a fringe investment theme and will remain so until the threats overhanging the US and EU are reduced.
Is China more democratic than Russia?
Asking the question, ‘who is more democratic, Russia or China’? is in some ways like asking the question ‘who is more feminine, Sylvester Stallone or Arnold Schwarzenegger’ writes Ivan Kravtsev in Open Democracy. We can spend some time comparing bicep sizes, and we can speculate about their gentle souls, but Russia and China are essentially two non-democracies, the writer says. The average Chinese or Russian may today be wealthier and freer than any time before, but neither country can satisfy a minimalist definition of democracy, i.e. competitive elections with uncertain outcomes he writes. The full article is available here.