Despite the fact that from March 1, Russians are prohibited from transferring foreign currency to their accounts in banks and other financial organizations outside the country, this rule does not apply to transfers in rubles, the Central Bank of Russia clarified.
“The ban does not apply to cases when residents credit funds in rubles to their bank accounts (deposits) in rubles opened with foreign banks, including cases of subsequent conversion of rubles received to these accounts into foreign currency and its crediting to bank accounts (deposits) of residents in foreign currency opened in foreign banks,” the document says.
Russians can transfer funds in rubles to their accounts in foreign banks, later they can be converted and credited to their account in a foreign bank or transferred to another person’s account in a foreign bank
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Lithuania has extended the departure time for trucks from Russia and Belarus that do not have time to leave the country until April 16. Earlier, the FT reported queues of trucks on the Belarusian-Polish border
An airline has been created in Turkey to transport Russians to the country’s resorts. The Southwind carrier will be based in Antalya and will start operations in May. The airline was created «in order not to leave the Russian market empty and not to block the flow of tourists» from Russia to Turkey
YouTube blocked the channel of the Vainakh State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company, a branch of the All-Russian State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company in Chechnya, the TV channel said in its Telegram channel
Pyongyang reported on the successful testing of a «new tactical guided weapon» overseen by Kim Jong-un. South Korea decided to convene an emergency meeting of the Security Council of the country
Roskomnadzor, by decision of the Prosecutor General’s Office of Russia, blocked the site of the magazine «People of Baikal». The editorial announced this on Twitter.
India has postponed a plan to purchase 48 Mi-17V5 military transport helicopters from Russia, ANI and India Today reported, citing government sources.
Bulgaria banned Russian ships from entering the ports of the country
“All ships registered under the Russian flag, as well as all ships that after February 24 changed their Russian flag or registration in the maritime register to any other state, are prohibited from entering Bulgarian sea and river ports,” the country’s Maritime Administration said in a statement.
Turkish Airlines has returned to Russian passengers the opportunity to buy tickets for flights on its official website for rubles, according to the Association of Tour Operators of Russia.
The authorities of Grenada reported about the record. Revenues from the citizenship by investment program last year exceeded $100 million (EC$282 million) for the first time. This is 11.5% more than in 2020.
In total, Grenada granted citizenship to 1,272 applicants in 2021, which is an absolute record. The minimum capital for participation in the program is 150 thousand US dollars. The country has suspended accepting applications for participation in the program from Russians and Belarusians.
The cost of securing Mark Zuckerberg in 2021 cost Meta Platforms Inc. at $26.8 million,
$15.2 million for security costs at his homes and during personal travel. Another $10 million given to Zuckerberg as a pre-tax allowance for the safety of his family, as well as $1.6 million for the use of a private jet for personal travel, writes Bloomberg.
The European Anti-Fraud Office accused Marine Le Pen of embezzling 600,000 euros. According to the organization, from 2004 to 2017, Marin, her father Jean-Marie Le Pen, former partner Louis Aliot, and party ally Bruno Golnisch misappropriated EU funds. The investigation believes that when the politician was a member of the European Parliament, she personally appropriated 134 thousand euros.
The politician’s lawyer called the accusations outdated and said that we are talking about events more than a decade ago. Earlier in 2017, a court found Le Pen guilty of embezzling EU funds. Then, on the basis of a court decision, two of the four million euros allocated to the right-wing National Rally party from the French budget were confiscated.
In 2021, Russian residents bought a record number of residential real estate: in total, 898,600 new buildings were sold nationwide and more than 4.2 million housing units in the secondary market. Most buyers received not only the right to own apartments and other real estate, but also the opportunity to return part of their taxes, according to Forbes.
The sixth package of EU sanctions against Russia will affect the banking sector, energy and oil. This was stated by the head of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen in an interview with Bild am Sonntag. The EU is working on «smart mechanisms» so that oil can be included in the next sanctions, she said.
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