11th November 2020
On Aug. 21, a tanker called the Otoman docked at the Jose oil terminal on Venezuela’s coast in the Caribbean to load 1.82 million barrels of heavy crude, according to the state oil company’s internal documents. Yet no tanker with that name is registered in major global shipping databases. Muddying… Read More
10th November 2020
Pfizer Inc. said it received an inquiry from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s foreign-bribery unit regarding the drugmaker’s operations in China. The inquiry was disclosed in Pfizer’s third-quarter financial statement, which was filed with regulators Thursday. It follows other informal requests for information by the SEC and the… Read More
4th November 2020
Deutsche Bank AG DBKGn.DE is looking for ways to end its relationship with President Donald Trump after the U.S. elections, as it tires of the negative publicity stemming from the ties, according to three senior bank officials with direct knowledge of the matter. Deutsche Bank has about $340 million… Read More
2nd November 2020
The EU has now imposed its first cyber sanctions regime targeting Russian, North Korean and Chinese actors deemed responsible for cyber attacks against EU member states. In recent months, the US has also pursued similar sanctions and indictments against Russian, North Korean and Chinese actors. Indeed,… Read More
2nd November 2020
Economic and trade sanctions have become a top U.S. foreign-policy tool for the Trump administration, and that would be unlikely to change under his Democratic challenger, Joe Biden. Yet, with the coronavirus pandemic and the economic fallout taking center stage of the election season, Mr. Biden hasn’t said much about… Read More
28th October 2020
Last month, The Times of Israel reported that Israel’s largest aerospace manufacturer, Israel Aerospace Industries, transferred at least $155 million in 2012-2014 to two companies that were reportedly used as a secret slush fund for Azerbaijan’s kleptocratic elite. A new report published earlier this month on Russian… Read More
27th October 2020
Campaigners are seeking to use the UK’s Magnitsky-style human rights sanctions against Turkish prosecutors and officials responsible for arresting and imprisoning thousands of lawyers. Organisers of the Arrested Lawyers Initiative (ALI) are gathering evidence about the alleged torture and mistreatment of judges and legal representatives detained in Turkish jails. Read More
26th October 2020
Washington imposed sanctions on Friday on a Russian research institute tied to the development of a dangerous computer program capable of causing catastrophic industrial damage, a move that Russia called illegitimate. The U.S. Treasury Department alleged that the Russian government-backed Central Scientific Research Institute of Chemistry and Mechanics – also… Read More
23rd October 2020
The European Union imposed sanctions on the head of Russia’s military intelligence, Igor Kostyukov, and another Russian on Thursday, accusing them of stealing Angela Merkel’s emails in a 2015 hacking attack on the German parliament. Russia in May denied the accusations as a “hackneyed story” and said the EU lacked… Read More
21st October 2020
The State Department broadened the scope of sanctions targeting an unfinished Russian-backed natural-gas pipeline that has been a source of tension between Germany, Russia and the U.S. Sanctions enacted late last year focused on pipe-laying vessels for Nord Stream 2 and halted the $10.5 billion pipeline, which is… Read More