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- U.S. Technology Company Pays for Unauthorized Exports to Russia
On September 28, the U.S. Commerce Department, Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) announced that it has imposed a civil penalty fine and denial of export privileges against Vorago Technologies (Vorago) for the unauthorized export of controlled commodities to Russia. Vorago is a U.S. manufacturer of integrated circuits for use in environments with high radiation...
- What One GC Learned About the Situation in Russia
In a piece from ACC Docket, Roel Staes, Senior VP and General Counsel of FedEx Express, does a nifty job of laying out his 8 golden rules for effective communication by telling a story about how he broke the first rule: “Do not speak unless you have something to say.” He was a newly minted...
- Privacy Tip #303 – Russian Hacking Group Targets Gmail Users
If you think the Russians are only targeting U.S. companies and the defense industry, think again. The cyber war between Russia and the U.S. has escalated since the President threw down the gauntlet on Putin, and the retaliation is to attack Gmail users in the U.S. Yes, Gmail users are part of the war. According...
- Russia Labels Church of Scientology As "Undesirable" Organization
As reported by the Moscow Times, last Friday the General Prosecutor’s Office of the Russian Federation designated the Church of Scientology as non-governmental organizations that are “undesirable” in the territory of the Russian Federation. (Press Release in Russian). The designation applies to both the World Institute of Scientology Enterprises and the Church of Spiritual Technology (L....
- Online Travel Update: Russian authorities impose antitrust penalty on Booking.com and individual branded properties decided to join Tripadvisor’s subscription service
Russian Authorities Impose Anti-Trust Penalty on Booking.com(“Booking.com Faces $17.5 Million Competition Fine in Russia,” August 26, 2021 via Skift) (subscription may be required)Russia’s federal antimonopoly service (FAS) announced that it was imposing a $17.5 million dollar fine on Booking.com for its alleged abuse of its market dominant position. The fine comes nine months after FAS...
- Oksana Wright Will Be Speaking At XIII ABA Conference on the Resolution of CIS-Related Business Disputes in Moscow, Russia
International Arbitration and Cross-Border Insolvency – Common Scenarios Encountered by Practitioners When: September 22, 2021 Hosted By: ABA International Law Section and Russian Arbitration Association People: Oksana G. Wright Location: Radisson Collection Hotel, Moscow 2/1 Kutuzovskiy Avenue Bld. 1, Moscow The conference will be accessible in person and virtually. You can register here.
- IPCC Report Underscores Need for Nuclear for Rapid Decarbonization
The bad news. Right now, gigantic wildfires are burning across Siberia and the Artic Circle that are larger than all the other record-setting fires raging around the world this summer combined. The massive blazes in Russia are fueled by extreme heat waves, unusually high winds, and record-setting droughts attributed to climate change. The Western United...
- Cybersecurity’s Pearl Harbor Moment: Lessons Learned from the Colonial Pipeline Ransomware Attack
On May 6, 2021, Colonial Pipeline was attacked by ransomware suspected to have originated in Eastern Europe or Russia, allowing cyber criminals to penetrate a major utility with significant impact on the entire US eastern seaboard’s economy. From the perspective of vulnerability, the Colonial Pipeline attack was a significant wake-up call–a Pearl Harbor moment for cybersecurity. Click here...
- European Court Says Russia Violated Convention In Refusing To Register Same-Sex Unions
In Fedotova and Others v. Russia, (ECHR, July 13, 2021), the European Court of Human Rights in a Chamber Judgment held that Russia violated Article 8 (Respect For Private and Family Life) of the European Convention on Human Rights when it refused to register the marriage of same-sex couples. The Court said in part: 49. ...
- White House Focused on Combating Ransomware
Ransomware attacks are frequent and escalating as we speak. Double extortion scams are hitting companies at a dizzying pace, and catching companies, large and small, off-guard. U.S. President Joseph Biden warned Russian President Vladimir Putin to knock it off during their first summit [view related post]. Nonetheless, and not surprisingly, the attacks continue, particularly out...
- 63 people hospitalized with suspected Hepatitis A in Central Russia
16:27 | 10/ 10/ 2005 NIZHNY NOVGOROD, October 10 (RIA Novosti, the Volga area, Olga Skomorokhova) – Sixty-three people, including 11 children, were hospitalized last weekend in central Russia with suspected Hepatitis A. A spokesman for the Nizhny Novgorod governor said 92 people were discharged at...
- Russian Official Warns Public About False Advertising for “Nanoproducts”
According to Tass, First Vice-Premier Sergei Ivanov spoke at the first year summary meeting of the Russian government’s Nanotechnologies Council early today. The BBC reported Ivanov warned the Russian public against false advertising for nano-enabled products, indicating licensing standards for the ...
- San Link Inc. Issues an Alert on Uneviscerated Vacuum Pack Dried Krasnoperka (Fish).
San Link Inc at 54B Marjorie Street Staten Island, NY 10309 is recalling Vacuum Pack Dried Krasnoperka (fish) because the product was found to be uneviscerated. The recalled Vacuum Pack dried Krasnoperka (fish) was distributed in New York State, New Jersey State and Connecticut State in vacuum pack ...
- “Unique culinary delicacy,” pig tails, recalled due to Listeria
Russia’s agriculture health watchdog has seized 25 tons of listeria-tainted pig tails in the country’s Far East, Rosselkhoznadzor aide Vitaly Salenko said on Thursday. The unique culinary delicacy was shipped to Russia from Germany. “The entire meat lot was addressed to an individual businessman in ...
- Passenger Ship Sinks – 9 People Dead
Eight people have been proclaimed dead and one is presumed to have drowned when a pleasure ship collided with a cargo barge. The accident occurred today in the Moscow River. There were a total of sixteen people onboard when the ship went down and only seven were rescued. The ship, Lastochka, was...
- Squashed By Russia: The Sergei Magnitsky Story
NWC nabbed an exclusive interview with Jamison Firestone, the law partner and friend of Sergei Magnitsky - a whistleblower whose disturbing story reveals the ruthlessness and corruption of the Russian government....
- Immigration Voices – Careen Shannon: “Edward Snowden and the Politics of Asylum”
[Blogger’s note: Our guest blogger today is Careen Shannon, Of Counsel at Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP and an Adjunct Professor of Law at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York. Careen Shannon and Austin Fragomen blog about immigration issues at Fragomen on Immigration....
- Crisis in the Crimea: Are sanctions against Russia imminent?
Speaking on Sunday’s talk-show circuit, Secretary of State John Kerry condemned Russia’s military intervention in the Crimea, accusing the Kremlin of invading the Ukraine and violating the UN Charter. The condemnation echoes calls from Capitol Hill to impose immediate sanctions against Russia, but ...
- OFAC Targets Russia’s Financial and Energy Sectors in New Sectoral Sanctions
Our Global Regulatory Enforcement colleagues, Hena M. Schommer and Leigh T. Hansson, recently wrote about the the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control’s (“OFAC”) issuance of new sanctions targeting Russian banks and energy companies. To read the post, please click here....
- Russian Energy Sanctions: Here We Go Again…
This year, the U.S. government has implemented a wave of new sanctions targeting Russia in response to the ongoing crisis in Ukraine. Among the growing web of restrictions on doing business with Russia, the Commerce Department’s recent Russian oil industry sanctions have particularly far-reaching...