Browse the new York times: Kyiv has assumed the losses of the oligarch

Обзор ИноСМИ: Киев взял на себя убытки олигарха

Consequences of the nationalization of PrivatBank, poisoning hawthorn and math of the attacks in the digest of the foreign press.

Nationalize losses – Bloomberg

The oldest largest private Bank in Ukraine was considered too big to burst, and here on Sunday 18 December the Ukrainian government announced its nationalization. The losses, however, fall mainly on Ukrainian taxpayers: the oligarch Igor Kolomoisky and his partner Gennady Bogolyubov has long been drank out all the juice.

PrivatBank, the largest Bank by assets of Ukraine, owns nearly 36% of all private deposits, approximately 5.9 billion dollars.

He has extensive retail infrastructure, the country’s largest ATM network, the largest network of mobile and Internet banking; miraculously, it’s probably one of the most technologically advanced banks in Europe.

Since 2014, the national Bank of Ukraine has closed 82 of the Bank in the framework of an extensive clearing operation of the financial sector, held at the direction of financial institutions that provide financial support to Ukraine, including the IMF. It was impossible to do this without making a stir in the national economy.

The Bank’s problem has long been obvious. Like most financial institutions of Ukraine, except for a diminishing number of subsidiaries of foreign banks, PrivatBank used by their owners primarily to provide resources to their other businesses.

For loans to related parties turned a blind eye to all of the previous government, but this became impossible in the framework of the IMF offered Ukraine 17.5 billion dollars a period of three years starting from 2014.

At the end of June 2016, the official debt of PrivatBank affiliates amounted to 109% of its capital, a decrease from the figure of 119% at the end of 2015, but Fitch doubted that it is a complete picture, “taking into account the restrictions associated with disclosure of beneficial ownership in Ukraine.”

Kolomoisky and Bogolyubov realized that their Bank will not allow to burst. So, according to Sergey Fursa from the Kiev investment Bank Dragon Capital, the Bank often gave out loans to front companies transferred the money into a profitable business Kolomoisky, as well as loans.

Under the pretext of transactions with the national Bank PrivatBank, obviously, were a huge vacuum cleaner, sucking the deposits and refinancing, converting it into dollars and euros and infusing cash into a business Empire Kolomoisky so that as a result the Bank was left with a negative capital.

Given past failures in raising the oligarchs to any responsibility the government’s decision came as a surprise. Perhaps it was impossible to avoid in the current political climate, and in the absence of the allies of Ukraine in the administration of President-elect Donald trump.

The government could try to get hold of the loans affiliated parties, and Kolomoisky could lose their protective cover, but Ukraine never had luck in similar cases involving the oligarchs and former officials of ousted President Viktor Yanukovych. Three years after the revolution, it is obvious that Ukraine under the leadership of who became President of the oligarch Poroshenko signed on two decades of oligarchic extremes, when the population thus suggest to tighten their belts in the name of painful but necessary reforms.

West hesitantly supported it, becoming more and more indifferent to the plight of the country.

Tweets from Aleppo – Le Temps

Little seven-year-old Syrian, which was described on Twitter his daily life under bombing in Eastern Aleppo were evacuated. For those who doubted the reality of her evidence, it was found that the besieged city could find electricity and to connect to the Internet.

Ban al-Abed was evacuated from the city with his family. Since September the Ban described his daily life in the rebel districts of Aleppo with the help of his mother Fatima, a teacher of the English language. Some tweets contained in a simple style, often describing only the facts, was signed with the name “Bana”, while other tweets were made directly by her mother.

A message was militant, denounced the bombing of Vladimir Putin and Bashar al-Assad, or calling the US to intervene. Despite the fact that the account is banned very quickly became hugely popular, gathering hundreds of thousands of subscribers (currently 329 thousand), were heard other voices, mainly from Russia, criticized this account as fake.

How this girl and her family can have access to electricity, charging a mobile phone and in particular to connect to the Internet, while the other inhabitants were deprived of all?

Journalists city’s website bellingcat investigated. They started with the geolocation of photos posted to Twitter account of girls. All pictures were shot one block East of Aleppo.

Then they asked how the family could use a cell phone. Report of transfer Sept à huit, removed from Bans, shows how the family was loading the device: with the car battery connected with a solar battery, located on the roof of the house.

Someone also questioned whether a family to connect to the Internet every day, while the optical fiber and ADSL starting in 2013, absent in Eastern part of the city. Bans mother explained that she used 3G and sometimes WiFi.

Continue to support the Ban your account now, when she fled from Aleppo? Turkish foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu announced on Monday that the girl with her family can be accepted in Turkey.

The new path of international terrorism.

As the attack in nice, and yesterday’s attack on Berlin Breitscheidplatz at first glance similar to the actions of a terrorist-lover, successfully carried out their insane plans. No explosives, no massive explosion, no “death squads” which would have walked around the city with “Kalashnikovs” at the ready.

From the standpoint of the perverse mathematics of terror, the use of trucks is not a step backwards in comparison with the use of aircraft – as it was 11 September 2001 in the United States. On the contrary, we are dealing with a consistent and efficient development of the methods of the terrorists.

On 11 September 2001 killed more than 2,700 people, “al-Qaeda” involved then 19 terrorists. In other words, for every terrorist had 142 casualties.

The terrorist who sent about six months ago in a crowd of people truck in nice, killed 80 people, the Berlin criminal responsible for the death of 12 people, 50 people got wounds of varying severity. These attacks were almost as successful as those carried out in 2001, a team of terrorists led by Mohammed Atta.

The only difference is that the perpetrators of the attacks at the beginning of the new Millennium were preparing for months or even years, al Qaeda has built a structure that allowed to Finance the preparation of the attacks, invested huge amounts preparing for the attack on the world trade center. So, if you compare the cost of those attacks with Berlin, the latter is more successful.

The concept of such shares for the Islamists becomes more attractive as terrorist groups mitigate the risk of being discovered. A terrorist attack like that of September 11, today, in the age of total electronic surveillance, it would be difficult to coordinate. Single, on the contrary, practically does not leave the “communication traces”. Even if they come in contact with like-minded people or network structures abroad, it is almost impossible to isolate their communication giant of the digital content and recognize it as dangerous.

The attacks don’t have to be as large as 11 September 2001, as the role played CNN today took over social media.”

September 11 was the first terrorist attack in world history, which passed on TV in real time – the event had to be truly enormous scale, to be transferred online.

Today, a similar result is achieved with fewer expenses, because each of us has a smartphone, in other words, is the TV working online in your pocket. Islamist ideology no longer need to use the incredible resources that the whole world was horrified to learn of the attack”.

Even though the attacks in nice or Berlin on the background of the events of September 11 look like the actions of non-professionals, they follow the same concept of wave propagation of the shock through the global media and become more effective and accessible – and above all they are easier to repeat.

In accordance with this math terror attacks turned from sverhsekretnye exceptional actions in everyday life in Europe today.

A deadly threat for Russia – BBC

More than 30 people were killed in Irkutsk after poisoning cosmetic “Hawthorn”, containing methyl alcohol.

The scale of the problem is striking: according to some experts, medical tinctures and cosmetic lotions regularly consumes for more than 10% of Russians.

Investigators say that poisoned is not used tincture of hawthorn, the sale of which the authorities are going to restrict and concentrate for bathing “Hawthorn”.

Irkutsk story with poisoning surrogate alcohol has caused a great resonance in social networks.

Members drew attention to the fact that while the authorities are struggling with external threats to deal with very different problems.

“Judging by the news, the main enemy of Russia — still not a transatlantic hawks and methyl alcohol,” wrote journalist Ivan Davydov. “Methyl alcohol has emerged as a project of the CIA,” he suggested.

“If you are not at the expense of 10 million dollars and will not give a helicopter — hawthorn will kill one person every 5 minutes!”, — write in a satirical account of the “Mustache Gudkov”.

The Federal service for alcohol market regulation announced that the Russians annually consume from 170 million to 250 million liters of lotions and potions, the demand for these alcohol growing almost 20% a year.

This is because such products are not subject to the excise tax on alcohol, so lotions, household chemicals and medical products containing alcohol on price is for many more attractive than ordinary alcohol.

The Agency RBC not long ago cited the opinion of the head of the Center for the study of Federal and regional alcohol markets, according to which medical tinctures and cosmetic lotions regularly consume misused 12-15 million people, i.e. more than 10% of Russians.

To prove that manufacturers are producing alcohol, drugs, and cosmetics using alcohol, according to experts, is almost impossible.