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Britain urged to probe wealth of Russian family whose son had ‘world’s most expensive wedding’

It was perhaps the world’s most expensive wedding; an extravaganza costing tens of millions of pounds with performances by Jennifer Lopez, Sting and Enrique Iglesias, a fleet of Rolls Royces to ferry the guests and a 20-year-old bride wearing a $1m dress and a $5m crown. The groom, Said Gutseriev,… Read More

Belarusian Belgazprombank’s Babariko charged with taking bribes, money laundering

Belgazprombank ex-CEO Viktor Babariko has been charged with major bribery and money laundering, Belarusian State Security Committee (KGB) press service announced Tuesday. “The KGB Investigative Directorate has completed the preliminary investigation against the Belgazprombank top management. […] The organizer of the criminal activity, former Belgazprombank CEO Viktor Babariko <…> has… Read More

EU to impose more Belarus sanctions, including on firms

European Union foreign ministers agreed on Thursday to push ahead with a new round of sanctions on Belarus including on Belarusian companies, in response to state repression of pro-democracy protests, the EU’s top diplomat said on Thursday. The EU has already imposed travel bans and asset freezes on almost 50… Read More
17th November 2020
The European Union threatened to add sanctions against Belarus over the “outrageous” death of a 31-year-old man died following his detention by the police in the capital, Minsk. Raman Bandarenka was taken away by police on Wednesday following a clash between locals hanging ribbons on a park fence in support… Read More
5th November 2020
The EU on Wednesday launched a procedure to sanction Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko, his son Viktor and 13 others held responsible for a post-election crackdown in the former Soviet state, diplomatic sources in Brussels said. The green light to ban visas and freeze the assets of Lukashenko and the 14… Read More
2nd November 2020
The EU should act fast and impose more sanctions on the regime of strongman Alexander Lukashenko and its supporters, Belarus opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya has said. In an interview with the Financial Times published on Sunday, Tikhanovskaya welcomed the EU’s decision to penalize 40 Belarusian officials last month,… Read More
14th October 2020
By Šarūnas Černiauskas, Vlad Lavrov and Stas Ivashkevich, OCCRP, 13 October 2020 OCCRP — In December 2010, Alexander Lukashenko celebrated his fourth reelection as the president of Belarus. The fight was far from fair: Lukashenko’s rivals argued that the dictator had abused his power to secure the win. The international… Read More
13th October 2020
The European Union agreed Monday to impose targeted sanctions against Russian officials and entities allegedly involved in the poisoning of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny but officials insisted the move should not undercut Europe’s continued high-level contacts with President Vladimir Putin. Foreign ministers meeting in Luxembourg backed a Franco-German… Read More
2nd October 2020
The European Union reached an early morning deal Friday to advance a sanctions package on Belarus in coming days after Cyprus and Greece won the bloc’s backing on a statement demanding an end to Turkish drilling in what they claim as their waters, leaders said. The Belarus sanctions, which will… Read More
30th September 2020
The U.K. and Canada imposed sanctions on Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko and senior figures in his government, a sign of widening discontent in the West over ongoing repression of peaceful protests against his purported victory in a disputed election. British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab accused Mr. Lukashenko and his… Read More
30th September 2020
Russian markets are once again being plagued by multiple sanctions threats that could materialize before the end of the year. The prospect of new Western sanctions has helped drive the ruble back toward a four-year low reached during the oil price crash in March. Only Turkish government bonds have performed… Read More
28th September 2020
As schoolboys, their friendship was cemented while playing in the same rugby team at one of Britain’s most prestigious boarding schools. Since those days at The King’s School in Canterbury, Kirils Pestuns, James Dickins and Daniel O’Donoghue have unwittingly found themselves at the centre of a global network of companies… Read More
25th September 2020
The UK is drawing up “Magnitsky”-style human rights sanctions against officials in Belarus responsible for administering the rigged re-election of president Alexander Lukashenko or directing the violent suppression of subsequent street protests. The foreign secretary, Dominic Raab, said on Thursday that he will introduce the sanctions in conjunction… Read More