Analyst: “ULF’s P&L results look in line with our expectations (we estimated full-year EBITDA of USD 280 mln in 2015) while its net debt result looks a bit higher than we expected.”

 

Negative government policies and raging drug use are combining to give Russia HIV/AIDS infection rates that rival Sub-Saharan Africa. Moreover, the “United Nations estimates that 1 out of every 3 HIV-positive injecting drug users in the world resides in Russia, where over 1.5 million people are estimated to be addicted to heroin.”

Chancellor Angela Merkel spent a decade amassing political capital. Now, with the refugee crisis showing no signs of abating, she has decided to spend it. With her legacy in the balance, she has finally found an issue to fight for. But why now?

<Photo: A right wing Pegida party demonstration earlier this month

 

Analyst: “We reiterate our position that the coalition’s top two factions, the Petro Poroshenko Bloc led by the president and the People’s Front led by the prime minister, will do everything they can to prevent early elections and a Cabinet reshuffling, as is being called for by the three smaller factions.”

 

<Photo: Self-Reliance deputy head Oleh Bereziuk

 

Ukraine’s leading egg producer Avangardco (AVGR LI) was the day’s top performer with a 20% surge, though on negligible trading volume.

Peter Pomerantsev, author of Nothing is True and Everything is Possible

“Finally: a compelling and concise history of a country leading the news but which too many know embarrassingly little about. There are no more excuses for ignorance.”

Many people have been talking about the escalation in fear throughout Russian society but when one of Russia’s most distinguished scientist’s makes the case perhaps it is time more people were listening

 

<Photo: Lev Gudkov, director the Levada Center

 

U.S. Ambassador Pyatt and Maj Gen. Lengyel, Commander, Special Operations Forces Europe (SOCEUR), visit Special Operations Forces Training Underway at Khmelnitsky on January 20, 2016

 

Analyst: “If the constitutional amendments will truly have to correspond with progress in resolving the Donbas war, it’s doubtful they will ever be brought to a vote.”

 

<Photo: Russian President Vladimir Putin greets Syrian President Bashar al-Assad during a meeting at the Kremlin in Moscow in October 2015.

 

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