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RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Sept 16, 2014

TODAY: Ruble reaches new low, Western sanctions hit oil producers; Russia to create a crisis fund to help targeted companies; Dozhd producer attacked; United Russia wins most seats in election; Lebedev bank searched; watchdog to log bloggers’ info’; Vkontakte hacked. The ruble hit a new record low against the dollar yesterday, of 38 rubles per […]

Robert Amsterdam on CNBC Squawk Box on Thailand

Last night Robert Amsterdam appeared on CNBC to discuss the recent political crisis in Thailand.

Mugabe and the U.N. vs. the Whistleblower

Doug Bandow writes in the American Spectator about the case of our client Georges Tadonki, who challenged political corruption in Zimbabwe and paid for it with his job. In 2008 Tadonki had been on station for six years and predicted epidemics of both cholera and violence. Journalist Peta Thornycroft interviewed Tadonki at the time, concluding […]

Zambia: The One-Party State Subsidy

The truth of the matter is that the fuel and maize subsidies have not actually been removed, but rather they have been transformed by the PF into the One-Party State Subsidy.

The Kim Dotcom / Megaupload White Paper

Today we are proud to announce the launch of the White Paper “Megaupload, the Copyright Lobby, and the Future of Digital Rights: The United States vs. You (and Kim Dotcom).

George Tadonki’s Courage

Tadonki brought a wrongful termination claim against the UN after the organization effectively fired him in early 2009. The UN’s bulletproof legal immunity necessitates an unusual system for adjudicating such cases. Because the UN cannot be sued, tribunals convened by the UN itself deal with employment claims, pseudo-courts that don’t adhere to several important aspects of accepted U.S. and European legal procedure.

Rumble in the Congo

It’s one of the world’s largest untapped reserves of precious metals and natural resources. It’s also an ungoverned Wild West drawing in competing militias into prolonged bloody wars, and soon, possibly the neighboring states competing for influence. Welcome to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Russia’s Housing Crisis A Driver of Public Discontent

People protest for many different reasons. In Russia, could the dire housing situation be the next major cause of public discontent with Vladimir Putin?

The 2013 Resource Nationalism Checklist

The list is our attempt to respond to what we see as a relatively underdeveloped marketplace of ideas when it comes to scenario planning for expropriation, unfair regulatory intervention, nationalizations, and resource nationalism events that have an impact on foreign investors in emerging markets.

The Kremlin’s Criminal Treatment of Russian Orphans

No one wanted to believe that Russia would actually go through with a cruel law to make it hard for orphans to find homes, but the appetite for revenge is high.