Russia quits Kherson city, Russian elites scared of Prigozhin, business mood improves

10 November 2022, 02:55 PM

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  • Russian elites are reportedly worried about the rising influence of Wagner mercenary company owner Yevgeny Prigozhin.

    According to Bloomberg, the rise of outspoken hardliners in the Kremlin is alarming insiders fearful that Russian dictator Vladimir Putin will heed calls for even more confrontation abroad and sweeping repression at home. Prigozhin’s public calls for “urgent Stalinist repression” against business tycoons who aren’t sufficiently enthusiastic about supporting the war effort have led some rich Russians to fear for their own safety and that of their families, Bloomberg said.
  • Uzbek authorities are lobbying the European Union to lift sanctions on Russian oligarch Alisher Usmanov.

    The oligarch, believed to be one of “Putin’s favorites”, maintains close ties with Uzbekistan, where he was born. Tashkent argues that sanctions against him, including an asset freeze and travel ban, have limited the billionaire's ability to invest some of his wealth in the country. Usmanov's sister, Gulbakhor Ismailova, was also sanctioned on the grounds that she was the legal owner of some of the oligarch's assets, including the $600 million superyacht Dilbar.
  • Russia begins to mine Mariupol and the surrounding area.

    Likely expecting a tough fight, Moscow has begun to plant mines in Mariupol’s suburbs, in addition to crafting defensive fortifications known as ‘dragon’s teeth.’ Mayoral advisor Petro Andriushchenko added that these actions indicate an accelerated and intensified strengthening of the defense of the Russian occupation in the city.

The Economic Security Bureau of Ukraine is investigating a case of tax evasion by the management of a large oil refinery.

According to them, ESBU agents, in cooperation with the SBU security service, are conducting searches at the facility. The ESBU believes the tax evasion scheme also involves a number of companies involved in supplying fuel and lubricants, which are owned by one of the richest Ukrainian oligarchs. According to the investigation, officials at these businesses are thought to have underestimated their tax liabilities from excise taxes in 2019-2022.

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