NEWS UPDATE #82

·      Australia has imposed another package of sanctions against Russia due to the invasion of Ukraine – in particular, the sanctions list of GAZPROM and TRANSNEFT. A total of 13 companies are blacklisted. In addition to the oil and gas sector, Australia has imposed sanctions on Russia’s largest telecommunications company, ROSTELECOM, Russia’s largest electricity producer, RUSHYDRO, shipping companies and ports, and the diamond mining company ALROSA. Previously, on April 7, Australia imposed financial sanctions and a travel ban on 67 more Russians, bringing the total number of people and organizations affected by the sanctions to nearly 600.  [4:40am 14-4-2022 Kyiv]
 
·      Fiji police seized Russian billionaire Suleiman Kerimov’s Amadea superyacht and detained its crew.
It is noted that the captain of the ship was interrogated about how it arrived in Fiji without customs clearance. This was 
confirmed to Reuters by an employee of the Center for Management and Control of the National Police.
 Police Commissioner Brigadier General Sitivini Kiliho told Fiji Sun that the Foreign Government had asked the Prosecutor 
General’s Office for help in a criminal case and that Fiji had agreements with other countries to impose sanctions on Russian 
oligarchs. According to the Fiji Times, EU delegations in Fiji also asked for cooperation. [7:00am 14-4-2022 Kyiv]
 
·      Russian cruiser “Moscow” was hit by missile from Ukrainian forces of the on the night of 13 April:
Ukrainian forces fired Neptune missiles that guard the Black Sea have caused very serious damage to the Russian cruiser. 
A fire raged from the ammunition stores, later it listed and while being towed back by tugs which had come to its rescue, 
sank in the Black Sea within 24 hours of being hit.
      With the loss of the cruiser the Russian Black Sea Fleet has also lost 16 ‘Calibre’ cruise missiles in the Black Sea – 
from a total of 72 to now 56. [10:56pm 13-4-2022; 9:05am and 10:54 14-4-2022 Kyiv]
 
·      Speaker of the Council of the Russian Federation Valentina Matvienko said that she was surprised by the fact 
that Russia imports nails, despite the country’s metal production.
In 2020, imported nails were imported to Russia by two main suppliers – Belarus and China. They supplied the country 
with 84.3% and 10.7% of total imports. Another 2.1% of imports of nails came from Finland, while the share of other 
countries was about 2.9%. [9:21am 14-4-2022]
 
·      In Russia, the shipping container market expects a serious shortage of containers after international lines 
leaving Russia complete the withdrawal of their containers.
It is not possible for Russia to make up the shortfall as it only produces 10,000 containers a year, and up to US$ 1.4 billion
 is needed to buy them in China.
According to market participants, between 200,000 and 300,000 containers need to be replaced.
   President of “Eurosub St. Petersburg – Transport Systems” Dmitry Nikitin said at the conference that the operational 
capacity is 750 – 800,000 TEU (containers in twenty-foot equivalent), of which only -200 – 250,000 are Russian.  
Furthermore Russia does not have the capacity of fitting them out for operational use. [10:37am 14-4-2022 Kyiv]
 
·      The owner of the rights to the fonts:  Times New Roman, Arial, Verdana, Tahoma and Helvetica – the American 
company Monotype – has blocked access to their on-site catalog for Russian users.
The site has not been accessible since 11-4-2022. They are still included in the Microsoft software pages if purchased 
and supplied prior to March 2022, but not thereafter.[10:54am 14-4-2022 Kyiv]
 
·      International banks BNY Mellon, Deutsche Bank, Citigroup and JPMorgan could earn hundreds of millions of 
dollars by delisting Russian companies from Western stock exchanges.
Unexpected income is generated by the fact that banks that have issued depository receipts will take a commission from 
investors. It is unknown at this time how much the banks will earn but experts estimate that it could be in millions of dollars.
More than 30 depository receipts of Russian companies, including Gazprom, Rosneft, and Lukoil, are traded in the US and
 EU markets. They were issued by BNY Mellon, Deutsche Bank, Citigroup, JPMorgan. [11:41am 14-4-2022 Kyiv]
 
·      More than 22,000 Ukrainian teachers went abroad due to Russia’s military aggression.
The Ukrainian Minister of education pointed out that teachers have the opportunity to settle in European countries. For example, 
teachers can teach the Ukrainian language and history of Ukraine, as well as teach in Saturday community schools.
    The Minister added that the education departments of the countries of the European Union supported Ukrainian teachers.
     “I want to mention Greece, France, Poland, the Czech Republic, the Baltic countries, Slovenia. I do not know any country 
in the European Union that would not support us and the educators in this particularly difficult time,” he added.  [11:50am 14-4-2022 Kyiv]

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