Sunday’s protests sent a message to the Putin elite that “not only the intelligentsia but the broad strata of its subjects in all parts of the country have lost respect for it,” Rosbalt commentator Sergey Shelin says.


Patriarch Josyf Slipyj was the head of the Ukrainian Catholic Church from 1944 to 1984

Beleaguered institution cancels presidential election two days before vote, and appoints acting chief.


Photo: A meeting at the Russian Academy of Sciences left scientists reeling after all three candidates for its presidential election, including the incumbent president Vladimir Fortov (centre), pulled out.


Photo: Ukraine's foreign minister Pavlo Klimkin urged US senators to support sanctions against Russia on Tuesday


IFCJ president Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein said the opportunity for the olim to begin a new life in Israel, “living in a strong and independent country, constitutes a rescue for them. “The holiday of freedom that we will all celebrate soon is a significant expression of the concept of freedom… I call on the all of the people of Israel to remember the olim and invite them to their homes for the seder meal and to celebrate their freedom with them.”



Analyst: “For 2016, Avangard continued to freeze operating cash flow in working capital. Nonetheless, it has enough cash to service company debt this year.


In his most recent Daily Vertical podcast, the RFE/RL’s Brian Whitmore talks about last weekend’s protests in Russia. The fact that urban dwellers, mostly young, were willing to take on police forces trying to seize the one man that probably worries the Kremlin the most, Alexey Navalny, cannot be lost on Vladimir Putin. The question now is how the regime will react.


Gains were driven by enterprise profit tax revenue (4.9x surge), revenue from state property (2.8x jump), personal income tax collections (36.0% yoy growth) and rent on mineral extraction (29.8% yoy growth). 


“Surprising in my mind - as I assumed the annexation of Crimea had a material impact on ability to pay…”

Analyst: “Despite the postponement of the IMF loan tranche, we still expect this year at least USD 1.0 bln from the IMF and EUR 0.6 bln from the EU.”


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