Putin’s finances can survive a European energy ban

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin chairs a meeting with members of the State Council at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, April 5, 2018. Alexander Zemlianichenko/Pool via REUTERS Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register LONDON, April 8 (Reuters Breakingviews) – Russia’s economy will screech along even if it stops exporting energy to Europe. Sanction-free … Read more

Crypto and gaming collide in high-risk ‘play-to-earn’ economies

April 8 (Reuters) – Jarindr Thitadilaka says he made as much as $2,000 a month last year from his collection of digital pets, which he would breed and send into battle to win cryptocurrencies. The 28-year-old from Bangkok was playing Axie Infinity, one of a new breed of blockchain-based online games, dubbed “play-to-earn”, which blend … Read more

EU adopts new sanctions against Russia including coal import ban

April 8 (Reuters) – The European Union on Friday formally adopted its fifth package of sanctions against Russia since the country’s Feb. 24 invasion of Ukraine, including bans on the import of coal, wood, chemicals and other products. The measures also prevent many Russian vessels and trucks from accessing the EU, further crippling trade, and … Read more

Macron hits out at Le Pen, regrets entering election race late

PARIS, April 8 (Reuters) – French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday accused his far-right challenger Marine Le Pen of lying to voters about his campaign platform as he sought to rally support two days before the presidential election’s first round. Macron, whose re-election seemed a foregone conclusion just weeks ago, is now facing a stiff … Read more

Russia’s central bank says it will stop buying gold at a fixed price

Employees process ingots of 99.99 percent pure gold at the Krastsvetmet non-ferrous metals plant, one of the world’s largest producers in the precious metals industry, in the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, Russia November 22, 2018. REUTERS/ Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register April 7 (Reuters) – Russia’s central bank said on Thursday … Read more

Germany has satellite image indication of Russian involvement in Bucha killings -security source

Ukrainian soldiers walk next to destroyed Russian tanks and armored vehicles, amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, in Bucha, in Kyiv region, Ukraine, April 6, 2022. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis/File Photo Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register BERLIN, April 7 (Reuters) – The German government has indications that Russia was involved in the killing of … Read more

Thousands of goods railcars stuck at Ukraine’s border as war hits exports

LVIV, Ukraine, April 7(Reuters) – In western Ukraine, some 1,100 train wagons carrying grain are stuck near the main rail border crossing with Poland, unable to transport their cargo abroad. They are just some of the 24,190 wagons carrying various goods for export, including vegetable oil, iron ore, metals, chemicals and coal, that were waiting … Read more

US lawmakers slam Big Oil for high gasoline prices

WASHINGTON, April 6 (Reuters) – Oil executives defended themselves in the US Congress on Wednesday from charges by lawmakers that they are gouging Americans with high fuel prices, saying that they are boosting energy output and no one company sets the price of gasoline. Members of the US House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Subcommittee … Read more