Russia

British tax benefits attract foreign wealth

By Alex Brummer, April 26, 2013

Britain is once again a magnet for big businesses and the super rich because of its favourable tax scheme.

Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne’s attempt to lower the corporation tax rate to 20 per cent has encouraged offshore enterprises to return to Britain — including Sir Martin Sorrell’s leading advertising group WPP.

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Sharansky: my cuppas with Mrs T

By Orlando Radice, April 18, 2013

The long incarceration of former Soviet refusenik Natan Sharansky, now chairman of the Jewish Agency, was known to have been used by Margaret Thatcher as an example of the many wrongs perpetrated by the USSR.

But it was the fury of Mr Sharansky’s wife, Avital, over her husband’s imprisonment that drove Mrs Thatcher into a direct confrontation with the Soviet regime.

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Berezovsky’s Israel links

By Bernard Josephs, March 28, 2013

Russian oligarch Boris Berezovsky, who was found dead at his Surrey home last week by a bodyguard, has been reported as having had a deep relationship with Israel, including a period in which he held dual Russian-Israeli citizenship.

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Two guesses why Azerbaijan loves Israel

By Anshel Pfeffer, February 28, 2013

The leaders of Azerbaijan believed that hosting the Eurovision song contest last year would transform their international image — only to become the focus of unwelcome attention from human rights organisations and critical coverage by the Western media.

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Meteorite damages Siberia shul

By Ray Filar, February 21, 2013

The meteorite that sent rock fragments raining down over Russia last Friday, injuring more than 500 people, damaged a Siberian shul during morning prayers.

Congregants were hurt and windows smashed at the Federation shul in the city of Chelyabinsk, 950 miles east of Moscow.

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Russia says Chabad stole manuscripts

By Nissan Tzur, January 31, 2013

The Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, has accused Chabad of theft in the latest episode in Russia’s diplomatic row with the US over the ownership of the Schneerson Library.

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Billionaire watches Beitar at home — his home

By Nissan Tzur, January 10, 2013

He is the Russian Jewish business mogul worth an estimated $2 billion, who gave Jennifer Lopez $1.4 million to appear for 10 minutes at his birthday party.

On Tuesday, Telman Ismailov flew the entire Beitar Jerusalem football team to Grozny in Chechnya to play local side Terek Grozny, so he could have a close look at them before deciding whether to buy them.

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Russia and China rebuke Iran – but don't be deceived

By Jennifer Lipman, September 19, 2012

Last week in Vienna, the International Atomic Energy Agency issued a strongly worded resolution chastising Iran for its lack of co-operation over its nuclear programme.

For months, the IAEA has been negotiating with Iran to get its inspectors into a giant military complex approximately 40 miles outside Tehran, in Parchin.

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Boris Berezovsky loses case against Roman Abramovich

By Gemma Goodman, August 31, 2012

The owner of Chelsea Football Club, Roman Abramovich, won his $6.5bn legal battle against former business partner Boris Berezovsky today, in the biggest private court case in British legal history.

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Russia warns on unilateral intervention in Syria

By Jennifer Lipman, August 21, 2012

Russia has warned Western powers against acting unilaterally on Syria amid growing fears over Syria's weapons capability.

The comments, by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, follow remarks by US President Barack Obama in which he indicated that the US would not hold back from responding if Syria used chemical weapons against rebel forces.

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