Putin on the Ritz

“A digital paper trail appears to suggest that an array of holiday homes and other assets reportedly used by the Russian president, which according to available records belong to or have been owned by separate individuals, companies and charities, are linked through a common email domain name.” Russian emails appear to show ‘network’ holding $4.5bn assets linked to Putin. And this is a drop in the bucket. Putin is the world’s most successful crime boss.

+ “As top US military officials in the Pentagon watch the hot war unfold in Ukraine, a new era of economic warfare is underway. It’s being waged by government lawyers, accountants, economists and finance whizzes toiling away in secure rooms lining the bowels of the Treasury Building and in the quiet confines of offices accessible by an underground tunnel just across Pennsylvania Avenue.” ‘They’re like our nerd warriors’: How the Treasury Department is waging economic war on Russia.

+ Meanwhile … Russia blockading Ukrainian grain is a ‘real war crime’ – EU. And from Vox: Why grain can’t get out of Ukraine.

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