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Russia’s Gazprombank freezes accounts of Venezuela’s PDVSA: source

Russian lender Gazprombank has decided to freeze the accounts of Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA and halted transactions with the firm to reduce the risk of the bank falling under U.S. sanctions, a Gazprombank source told Reuters on Sunday. While many foreign firms have been cutting their exposure to PDVSA… Read More

Money laundering: Singapore discusses new rules, CDD for gold dealers

Precious metal dealers in Singapore will have to conduct stricter customer due diligence checks (CDD) and submit details of suspicious transactions, under new measures to combat money laundering and terrorism financing. Law Minister Edwin Tong, in a Second Reading speech on the Precious Stones and Precious Metals (Prevention of Money… Read More

Nigerian widows sue Shell for complicity in activist deaths

AP — The widow of a Nigerian activist executed by their country’s government more than two decades ago accused oil giant Shell of complicity in his death at a civil case in a Dutch court Tuesday. “Shell came into my life to make me a poverty-stricken… Read More
18th January 2019
AP — The Treasury Department appears set to lift sanctions on three companies connected to Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska despite concerns from lawmakers in both parties who say the Trump administration should be tougher on Russian President Vladimir Putin and his allies. Treasury’s decision to ease… Read More
16th January 2019
AP — Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin is urging senators to vote against a Democratic resolution that would maintain sanctions on companies linked to Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska [pictured]. Mnuchin met with Republican senators behind closed doors Tuesday in the hours before a planned Senate vote on… Read More
16th January 2019
The United States is not looking to grant more waivers for Iranian oil imports after the reimposition of U.S. sanctions, the U.S. special representative for Iran said on Saturday, underlining Washington’s push to choke off Tehran’s income. “We are not looking to grant any waivers or exemptions to the import… Read More
11th January 2019
AP — Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told lawmakers in a classified briefing Thursday that the Trump administration will keep strict U.S. sanctions on Oleg Deripaska and any companies he owns, but Democrats say they still have concerns that the government is being too soft on the… Read More
9th January 2019
AP — The leaders of seven House committees are calling on Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to explain why the United States is easing sanctions on companies linked to Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska. It’s one of the first moves of the new Democratic House to scrutinize… Read More
27th December 2018
Iran said on Wednesday private exporters have had “no problems” selling Iranian oil, and 3 million barrels of crude could be sold soon to non-government traders, state media reported, despite U.S. sanctions targeting Tehran’s oil sales. Iran began selling crude oil to private companies for export in late October, just… Read More
18th December 2018
An Italian judge said on Monday oil majors Eni (ENI.MI) and Royal Dutch Shell (RDSa.L) were fully aware their 2011 purchase of a Nigerian oilfield would result in corrupt payments to Nigerian politicians and officials. Italy’s Eni and Shell bought the OPL 245 offshore field for about $1.3 billion (1.03… Read More
17th December 2018
A Glencore PLC-controlled mining company and some of its current and former executives have agreed to pay more than $22 million to settle Canadian allegations they hid the risks of doing business with an Israeli man close to Congolese President Joseph Kabila, the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday. The… Read More
13th December 2018
Ali Akbar Salehi, Iran’s nuclear chief and former foreign minister, has warned that Iranians are running out of patiencewith the European Union’s pledge to maintain trade with Tehran despite ramped-up U.S. sanctions against its oil and banking sectors. “If we cannot sell our oil and we don’t enjoy financial… Read More
6th December 2018
AP — A shadowy Israeli billionaire who made his fortune in the insular world of diamonds has suddenly found his empire in jeopardy after close associates were busted in a massive smuggling ring and an employee mysteriously plummeted to her death from his high-rise Tel Aviv… Read More