Putin’s rumored girlfriend hit with latest U.S. sanctions

WASHINGTON (AP) — A new round of US sanctions targeting Russian elites includes a woman named in news reports as Vladimir Putin’s longtime romantic partner. The Treasury Department said Tuesday that the government has frozen the visa of Alina Kabaeva, an Olympic gymnast in her youth and former member of the state Duma, and imposed … Read more

Nomura To Launch Bitcoin, Crypto Subsidiary: Report

Japanese brokerage Nomura will reportedly launch a subsidiary to offer bitcoin and other cryptocurrency services to institutional clients. The wholly-owned unit will have a staff of 100 by 2023, a report said. Nomura executed some of its first trades with bitcoin derivatives last week. Nomura Holdings Inc., Japan’s largest investment banking group, is launching a … Read more

Crypto Council for Innovation Expands Leadership Team | News

WASHINGTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Apr 7, 2022– The Crypto Council for Innovation (CCI), a global alliance of crypto industry organizations, announced a slate of new executives to guide its work in policy advocacy and raising awareness of the benefits of virtual currency. Bringing deep strategic, geopolitical and technical expertise to their roles, team members span the political, civil … Read more

Chris Rock didn’t want Will Smith removed, Oscars producer Will Packer says

CNN — Like many people who watched the encounter that ended with Will Smith slapping Chris Rock on stage Sunday at the Academy Awards ceremony, Oscars lead producer Will Packer thought it was a planned bit. But as Smith – angered by a joke Rock told about Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith – yelled obscenities … Read more

Crypto Aid for Ukraine: Innovation or Just a Sideshow? | Political News

By THALIA BEATY, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Ukraine, which has waged a staunch defense against Russian invasion, says it has pioneered a new source of financial support: People around the world who have donated millions of dollars directly to its war effort via cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin. Since Feb. 26, when Ukrainian officials … Read more

Zelenskyy pleads for aid as Biden, allies begin summits

BRUSSELS (AP) — Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy called for “military assistance without limitations” as he addressed an emergency NATO summit on Thursday, the first of three urgent meetings US President Joe Biden and world leaders are holding in response to the Russian invasion. Zelenskyy pleaded for anti-air and anti-ship weapons, asking “is it possible to … Read more

Cryptocurrency won’t save Vladimir Putin

A version of this story appeared in CNN’s What Matters newsletter. To get it in your inbox, sign up for free here. CNN — The isolation of Russia by much of the world economy may or may not convince Vladimir Putin to recall his invading troops from Ukraine (probably not). But it does mean pain … Read more

Kamala Harris says US and Poland are united, despite fighter jets episode

Warsaw, Poland CNN — Vice President Kamala Harris sought to reinforce cooperative ties between the United States and Poland as she met with the Polish President in the wake of an apparent disconnect between the two countries over providing Ukraine with fighter jets. “I want to be very clear. The United States and Poland are … Read more

‘HODL’: A typo takes hold as a sound cryptocurrency strategy

Late in 2013, with bitcoin prices in the middle of a steep dip, a post appeared in an online forum featuring a misspelling that would become legendary: “I AM HODLING.” The mangling of the word “hold” captured a kind of irreverent blind faith of some early cryptocurrency adopters, and it has since become a part … Read more

Russia eyes sanctions workarounds in energy, gold, crypto

WASHINGTON (AP) — The harsh sanctions imposed on Russia and the resulting crash of the ruble have the Kremlin scrambling to keep the country’s economy running. For Vladimir Putin, that means finding workarounds to the Western economic blockade even as his forces continue to invade Ukraine. Former Treasury Department officials and sanctions experts expect Russia … Read more