• France arrests Swiss businessman in the case of Russian billionaire Kerimov

    Swiss businessman Alexander Studhalter has been arrested in France in connection to the case of Russian senator Suleyman Kerimov, who was accused of tax evasion and money laundering, reported the newspaper Nice Matin.

    Studhalter was arrested on January 12; investigators say that the Swiss businessman was a stand-in for Kerimov when the latter was purchasing property in southern France.The Swiss businessman’s attorneys are appealing against the court arrest.

    Kerimov was detained at Nice …

  • Belgium scrambles fighter jets to intercept Russian warplanes

    Two Belgian F-16 fighters scrambled on the morning of January 15th to escort two Russian bombers over the waters of the North Sea, as reported by Le Soir, citing a military source.

    According to the report, the Belgian fighters approached the Russian Tu-160s. No additional information was provided.

    As of last Thursday, January 11th, Belgium is responsible for the security of the airspace of the Benelux countries (Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg). This mission is performed in turns by the …

  • U.S. aircraft conducts reconnaissance near Crimea

    A U.S. Navy P-8A Poseidon anti-submarine patrol aircraft carried out a several-hour reconnaissance flight off the coast of the annexed Crimea, as well as near the Krasnodar Territory of the Russian Federation, reported Interfax, citing Western aviation resources.

    “The naval intelligence aircraft, with the tail number 168432 and the call sign PS156, departed from the Sigonella airbase in Sicily, made an approach to the coast of the Krasnodar Territory, and then flew in the area of Novorossiysk …

  • Lithuania releases list of Russians affected by Magnitsky Act

    On Monday the Lithuanian Department of Migration released a list of 49 Russian citizens who are banned from entering Lithuania due to rights violations and money laundering, Delfi news agency reports.

    The list was released last week on the basis of the so-called “Magnitsky Act”, which came into force on January 1 in Lithuania. The list which was published online mentions the names, surnames, dates of birth and nationalities of the people it affects. Notably, the list features the name of …

  • Lavrov: Ukraine violated the Budapest Memorandum not Russia

    By allowing the Maidan (Ukrainian Revolution of Dignity), the Budapest Memorandum was violated by Ukraine, not Russia, which “never used” nuclear weapons against the Ukrainian state, stated Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov at a press conference in Moscow on Monday, January 15.

    “We have answered these questions many times, including those connected to the Budapest Memorandum of 1994, according to which Ukraine renounced nuclear weapons and Russia pledged not to use nuclear weapons against …