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Spanish Authorities Arrest Russian Programmer

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Spanish authorities in Barcelona arrested Russian computer programmer Pyotr Levashov, who was wanted by U.S. authorities, Russia’s embassy in Madrid said (UPI). Russian state-controlled news outlet RT reported that Spanish police acted on a U.S. international arrest warrant (The Hill). Within the coming month, Spain’s national criminal court will consider a U.S. extradition request for […]

Populist Party Makes Gains in Liechtenstein Parliament

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Populism in Europe made its presence felt in Liechtenstein, following the alpine microstate’s parliamentary elections this past weekend. The Independents, a relatively new right-wing populist party, gained the largest electoral victory at 18.4 percent of the vote. In addition, the left-wing, anti-monarchist party, Free List, captured 12.6 percent of the vote (Politico). The victories of […]

U.S. Tanks Moved to Baltic States

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The U.S. Army will send battle tanks to the Baltic states of Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania along Russia’s borders ahead of an upcoming NATO operation (UPI). In early January, then-President Obama sent 3,000 U.S soldiers into Poland to reassure NATO allies concerned about a more territorially aggressive Russia (BBC). More than 80 tanks and hundreds […]

Pro-Russian Candidates Elected in Bulgaria and Moldova

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On November 13, Bulgaria and Moldova held presidential elections where pro-Russian candidates were voted in. Both countries are former Soviet satellites that had incumbent pro-European governments. Bulgarian President-elect Rumen Radev plans to pressure the European Union to remove sanctions on Russia (BBC). He then plans to seek increased ties with the Russian government in order […]

European Natural Gas Market in Flux

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A global oversupply of natural gas may lead to direct competition between US gas producers and Russian gas monopoly Gazprom for share in European markets (Reuters 1). The EU has recently pushed to reduce Russian gas and oil imports, and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker recently expressed concerns over a proposed Russia-Germany gas pipeline (Reuters […]