• Moldovan Opposition Delivers Ultimatum to Authorities in Chisinau

    Representatives of the Moldovan opposition delivered an ultimatum to the authorities in Chisinau. RIA Novosti reported that the group threatened to block routes of international and national importance if their demands are not met by Thursday, January 28th. A major protest rally was held in Chisinau on Sunday, January 24th.

    According to police, there are nearly 20,000 people taking part in the protest held in the central square of the capital of Moldova. Organizers stated that more than 100,000 …

  • Poroshenko: Constitutional Changes will exclude 'Special Status' for Regions

    Decentralization and constitutional changes will exclude the adoption of laws on “special status” for any of the regions as stated by the president of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, at a meeting of the Association of Towns of Ukraine in Kiev.

    "Decentralization and constitutional change, on the contrary, discourages attempts to create laws granting "special status" for any city, region or territory," Poroshenko said.

    According to the President, the forces that are trying to stop the process of …

  • Shkiryak: Zakharchenko and Plotnitsky Ordered Each Other's Assassination

    The Ukrainian Advisor to the Minister of the Interior, Zorian Shkiryak wrote on his Facebook page that the leaders of the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics, Alexander Zakharchenko and Igor Plotnitsky, ordered the murder of each other.

    “It became known from the sources close to the leaders of the terrorists that the leader of Lugansk People’s Republic, Igor Plotnitsky ordered the murder of the leader of Donetsk People’s Republic, Alexander Zakharchenko. Zakharchenko, in …

  • New policy poses challenges for foreign drug companies in Russia

    A new policy by the Russian Federation’s Ministry of Industry and Trade will pose challenges for foreign pharmaceutical manufacturers this year. New rules will make it necessary to receive a Russian variant of a certificate of conformity of quality if they wish to do business in the country.

    The chief representative of Pfizer in Russia told Business FM that there isn’t enough time or resources to check drugs under the new policy while still working within budget and schedule constraints. This …

  • The UK to Consider Publishing List of those Involved in Litvinenko Murder

    Officials in London may publish the list of people who, as a result of the investigation into the death of Alexander Litvinenko, will be denied the right to enter the United Kingdom as reported by Rosbalt on January 23rd, citing The Guardian.

    The UK’s Anti-Corruption Champion, Eric Pickles, is currently investigating this possibility. He will submit the results of his research to the Ministers.

    Publication of the ‘black list’ will allow the public to find out who is prohibited from entering …

  • Jaresko: There is a Chance to Avoid Legal Battle over 'Yanukovych's Debt'

    Ukrainian Finance Minister Natalia Jaresko believes that there is still a chance to avoid a legal battle with Russia over the three billion dollar debt, the repayment of which Kiev missed in December, as stated during the World Economic Forum in Davos during an interview with Bloomberg News that was published on January 23rd.

    According to Jaresko, Ukrainian and Russian officials might meet "soon" to discuss the issue.

    Russia bought three billion dollars worth of Ukrainian government bonds at …

  • Ukroboronprom: US and Ukraine to Cooperate In Arms Production

    Representatives of the State Concern Ukroboronprom met with American delegates led by the Deputy Secretary of State, Frank Rose, to discuss the implementation of joint projects in the production of modern weapons and increased cooperation in the security sector.

    “The U.S side is ready to contribute to the development processes of Ukraine and hopes for its success,” Rose noted. He said that American experts have pointed out qualitative changes in the work of Ukroboronprom. Ukraine and the US …

  • Timo Soini: Illegal Crossings of Russian-Finnish Border Must Be Stopped

    The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Finland, Timo Soini, stated that it is necessary to take tough steps in order to stop illegal migration across the Russian-Finnish border. “It seems that rough measures are even desperately required. We have to bring an end to illegal immigration and migration,” the Minister stated in an interview.

    The influx of refugees from the Middle East and Africa is rising south of the Murmansk region on the border with Finland. Refugees are no longer allowed to cross …

  • Pro-Russian separatists attack Ukrainian Forces 37 times

    On the 23rd of January, pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine violated the ceasefire agreement 37 times. The Chief Directorate of Intelligence of the Ministry of Defence of Ukraine reported that weapons prohibited by the Minsk Agreements were observed in the cities of Donetsk and Bulavinskoye.

    Information about the presence of weaponry–tanks, self-propelled guns (SPG) and 122-mm Grad rocket launchers-was provided by representatives of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission.

    Ukrainian …

  • Russian Capital Outflow Increased By 30 Percent Last Week Amid Ruble Crisis

    The total outflow of means from funds invested in Russian assets increased to $91.8 million during the week beginning January 14th. According to Interfax, based on data provided by the Emerging Portfolio Fund Research (EPFR) analysts, last week investors withdrew $70 million from Russian investments—an outflow of means increased by 30%.

    Sberbank CIB estimates the total net cash outflow from funds investing only in shares of the Russian Federation also increased to $42.1 million from January 14 …