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Sensational News in the World of Finance

Recently the British newspaper The Guardian, and then the Bloomberg news agency, reported sensational news: over the week of March 5 through 12, the reserves of U.S. treasury securities in the depositary of the Federal Reserve System decreased by $104.5 billion... Neither the Federal Reserve nor the U.S. Treasury Department is giving any details on the reduction in U.S. treasury securities reserves. But there are theories. Almost all analysts agree that the withdrawal of securities from the Federal Reserve's depository was made by Russia, but experts differ in their opinions on the subsequent fate of the withdrawn securities...

Valentin KATASONOV | 20.03.2014


 

Bugaboo Stories about Bank War against Russia

...The Bloomberg news agency makes the same conclusion in its report published on Match 7... refers to the Bank for International Settlements (BIS), which states that, as of September 2013, Russia’s natural persons and legal entities kept $160 billion in the banks of 44 countries. In case the assets are frozen, Russia would refuse its liabilities. As of September 2013, foreign banks lent the country at least $242 billion, nearly double its estimated assets in the West (BIS data on 24 countries). As a result, the Bloomberg states, US and European banks will be the first to suffer from the sanctions... The West has too much too lose by launching a bank war against Russia...

Valentin KATASONOV | 19.03.2014


 

Ukraine and Economic Sanctions against Russia

As the events in Ukraine unfold, the voices calling for sanctions against Russia are raised louder in the West. They got united in a choir as the Russian Federation Council unanimously approved on March 1 the bill which envisions granting the President special powers to use the armed forces in Ukraine to prevent the spread of banditry and protect of Russian population in the brotherly nation... The imposition of sanctions should not be perceived as a tragedy. It would rather be an impetus for the country to launch industrial transformation in the XXI century. Russia should be prepared for the sanctions. The Federation Council is already on its way to come up with a bill granting the President the right to confiscate the property, assets and freeze the accounts of US and European companies in case the West launches sanctions against Russia. One of the main things to do in view of the would-be sanctions is to make Russian oligarchs return their foreign assets back to Russia...  

Valentin KATASONOV | 06.03.2014


 

IMF and Ukraine: Bleak Prospects for Future

It was reported recently that the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and Ukraine planned launching talks to nail down a new aid package. This year Ukraine is to pay off 6 billion dollars. It has asked the IMF for a $15 billion loan. Kiev hoped to receive it as early as April. But the talks have not started so far (a group of IMF experts is to visit Ukraine in early March) and there is no talking about any time frame... There is an impression that the IMF experts are coming to Kiev not for the purpose of making precise the conditions for granting a new loan, but rather to see if the International Monetary Fund could get back the money Ukraine owes to it this year and how quick it could be done. The country is on the verge of default. The situation is critical no matter what criteria are used for assessment. The Ukraine’s economy is burdened by internal and external debts...

Valentin KATASONOV | 04.03.2014


 

U.S. Sanctions against Iran and Iran's Response

Economic sanctions or the threat of economic sanctions are one of the main foreign policy tools of the West, especially the U.S. This tool is used to put pressure on other countries even more often than weapons or the threat of using weapons... Paradoxically, all of Washington's sanctions against Iran have only succeeded in freeing this enormous oil-producing country from the snare of the petrodollar standard which appeared forty years ago. And today Iran is more likely to agree to shut down its nuclear program than to once again submit to the petrodollar dictates of Washington...

Valentin KATASONOV | 19.02.2014


 

Banks and Bandits

...Leading Western banks create a wide transnational network with their branches, daughter and granddaughter subsidiaries in Central and Southern America, Western Africa, Southeast Asia and Russia. It would be fair to assume that these transnational giants are expanding in order to conquer new credit and money markets, but at the same time, a motive like laundering dirty money is almost never mentioned with regard to their activities. However, this is why countries on the periphery of global capitalism are unable to establish effective financial and banking control, since such control directly contradicts the interests of major banks and the drug mafia...

Valentin KATASONOV | 07.02.2014


 

The International Drug Trade and Money Laundering

As of January 1, 2014 Russia assumed the chairmanship of the Group of Eight (G8)... The activities of the drug trade presuppose its close interaction with banks which receive the dirty money. Sometimes the drug mafia uses banks without the banks' knowledge, but this is usually in the case when small amounts of cash are being injected into the banking system. In the case of significant sums and regular transactions, the drug mafia negotiates directly with bankers for long-term cooperation. During the last financial crisis a unique situation appeared: banks themselves started seeking contacts with the drug mafia and fighting to bring in «dirty» money as a means of saving themselves from bankruptcy...

Valentin KATASONOV | 31.01.2014


 

Federal Reserve: Mortal Agony on Day of Jubilee

The Federal Reserve Act was enacted December 23, 1913, a hundred years ago the bill was signed into law by President Woodrow Wilson. Since then the Federal Reserve System has become a factor determining the US economy and politics... Many Americans believe that a bunch of international bankers got hold of power as the Federal Reserve System (FRS) came into being. President and Congress became servants of FRS main shareholders... The power of Federal Reserve in the XX century instilled a false feeling of its infinity just like the dollar it issued. These illusions get gradually evaporated as events unfold in the early days of XXI century...

Valentin KATASONOV | 23.12.2013


 

Ukraine's International Reserves and the Impending Default

The National Bank of Ukraine has reported that in November 2013 most of the new issues of Ministry of Finance foreign currency bonds were bought by nonresidents. The majority of foreign currency bonds (500 million dollars' worth) were bought by persons unknown in the last ten days of November. ... Sales also went well under the cover of the carnival of protests on the Maidan in early December. According to media reports, as of December 4 nonresidents held domestic bonds in the amount of 9.3 billion hryvnias (approximately 1.1 billion dollars). It is conjectured that it is these anonymous bondholders who have an objective interest in a default taking place in Ukraine. Even if there is no currency in the state treasury, the government will still have to pay the holders of foreign currency bonds. After all, it can pay not only in money, but in kind, for example, in land or stock in Ukrainian enterprises...

Valentin KATASONOV | 19.12.2013


 

Ukraine: The Myth of its Salvation through Western Investment (II)

...Russia is not just Ukraine’s main trade and economic partner; it is also the country’s main creditor. At the end of November, Russian President Vladimir Putin, speaking to reporters, said that the debt on loans issued to Ukrainian banks by Gazprombank, Sberbank, VEB and VTB amounts to a total of USD 20 billion and RUB 280 billion. Furthermore, Russia has made an advance payment for the transit of natural gas through Ukraine until January 2015 to the tune of USD 4 billion. As the Russian president has declared time and again, the Russian Federation is ready to discuss the issue of Ukraine’s membership in the Customs Union and in the Eurasian Economic Union after which, as a member of these unions, the country could be issued with new loans...

Valentin KATASONOV | 15.12.2013




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Kiev Regime Leaders to Face Hague Tribunal

Kiev has unleashed a war against its own people... The regime, that grabbed power in the heat of coup to quell the people’s aspirations for self-determination, is doomed to collapse. Those who are responsible for dozens of people killed on Maidan by snipers, as well as for killing the Donetsk fisherman and unleashing punitive actions against peaceful civilians, will have to face responsibility. The precedent to remember is the International Criminal Tribunal for Yugoslavia (ICTY). Having unleashed a war against its people, the Kiev regime has stepped on the way to finally face the International Criminal Tribunal for former Ukraine...

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