The An-74 is a medium-sized aircraft capable of carrying up to 10 people in the transport version and 52 people in the passenger version with a payload capacity of up to 10 tons with a maximum speed of 700 kilometers per hour.

The war against ISIS and its planned Islamic Caliphate may be nearing the end of one phase but a longer and bloodier phase may be just beginning

According to a new report by Freedom House, in 2017 governments in a total of 30 countries deployed some form of manipulation to distort online information. For example, Ukrainian authorities, the report said, blocked Russia-based services, including the country's most widely used social network and search engine, after Russian agents flooded social media with fabricated stories advancing the Kremlin's narrative. 


New York Army National Guard Soldiers from 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (IBCT) undergo combat life saver training in preparation for the Joint Multinational Training Group-Ukraine mission, Oct. 21. 2017. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Alexander Rector, 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team)


A trial underway in Moscow is part of an ongoing battle between competing clans in the Russian power vertical. As Brian Whitmore points out in today’s Daily Vertical podcast, what the trial proves is that in Russia the one court that matters is the court of Vladimir Putin.


Analyst: “Budget spending will be mounting in November-December, meaning that the monetary base will also accelerate. We continue to project an 8.6% YTD monetary base increase by the year end.”


PayPal for Marketplaces aims to help small businesses improve their online payment platforms.



Analyst: “Ukraine will be able to secure next year the next loan tranches under the IMF’s EFF program but the likelihood of any further tranches is very low, given that parliament approving the launch of a farmland market - as demanded by the IMF - will be close to impossible during the election campaign season.”


What is especially striking to the Moscow journalist is that Russia’s western neighbors from Finland and Estonia in the north to Ukraine in the south are actively building these barriers and that despite the expense and the likelihood that people will find ways around them, “by 2020, the western borders of Russia will be fenced off along their entire perimeter.”


Photo: Final days of the Berlin Wall

Such international players as Trafigura (Switzerland), PGNiG (Poland), and MND (the Czech Republic) store their gas in Ukrainian underground gas storage facilities. 


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