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Russian assets frozen in Switzerland amount to 6.7 billion euros – Observer

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Russian assets frozen in Switzerland amounted to 6.7 billion Swiss francs (equivalent to the value in euros), the Ministry of Economy said on Friday in a publication in Twitterindicating that 15 objects are still frozen.

At the end of March, Ambassador Erwin Bollinger, a senior official at the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs, estimated that the assets frozen after the invasion of Ukraine amounted to 5.75 billion francs. two weeks later, the estimate was raised to 7.5 billion francs.

However, the value of the assets frozen by the Swiss authorities was revised downward after clarification on the assets in question, the Ministry of Economy explained. In mid-May, this figure was 6.3 billion Swiss francs.

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As of July 7, the value of frozen assets rose to 6.7 billion francs, the ministry said in an analysis published on its website.

Switzerland, known for its neutrality, violated the traditional clause immediately after the outbreak of war in Ukraine in accordance with European Union sanctions against Russia.

In particular, he demanded that Swiss banks look for individuals, companies or legal entities that have been sanctioned against customers and report them to the Ministry of Economy.

Among the adopted sanctions Switzerland also banned the export of luxury goods and this would help strengthen the industrial potential of Russia.

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However, Switzerland’s application of sanctions has been criticized.

The Socialist Party of Switzerland, the second political party in parliament, filed an administrative complaint in April protesting what it called the too “passive” application of sanctions, calling for the use of frozen assets to help rebuild Ukraine.

The most critical voices were focused on the Swiss Bankers Association’s (SBA) assessment of Russian assets managed in Switzerland, which found the blocked amounts insufficient.

In mid-March, the SBA, a federation representing about 300 of the country’s banking institutions, valued Russian assets managed in Switzerland at around CHF 150-200 billion.

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How the United States unsuccessfully tried to convince the Europeans and Zelensky of the inevitability of an invasion | War in Ukraine

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In the months leading up to the Russian invasion of Ukraine on February 24, the United States never ceased to publicly warn of the possibility of a large-scale Russian intervention—at one point, the Ukrainian government itself asked Washington “not to provoke a panic.” As the newspaper now shows Washington PostThe White House knew about the invasion plan months before Vladimir Putin’s order, but failed to convince NATO members that an attack was imminent.

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The Prime Minister of Finland danced at a private party, and the opposition does not forgive it | celebrities

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Finland’s prime minister is back in the spotlight this week, again for reasons other than her leadership style. In a video posted on social media, Sanna Marin dances and sings with a group of friends. As a result, opposition party leaders are demanding that the 36-year-old government official undergo a drug test, and argue that such an attitude is not appropriate for a government official.

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Suitcases containing the remains of two children sold at auction in New Zealand

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New Zealand police said the remains of two children were found in suitcases bought at an auction in Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city.

Inspector Tofilau Faamanuia Waaelua said that the bodies of the victims, aged between five and ten years, were probably hidden for several years in two suitcases of the same size.

“The nature of the discovery makes the investigation challenging, especially given the time that has elapsed between death and discovery,” Waaelua said.

The family found the bags after purchasing a trailer full of items sold in bulk from a warehouse, with an official stating that the family in question was unrelated to the death but “understandably distraught at the find.”

Police, who also called Interpol, are searching the trailer for other household items and personal items to identify the victims.

The warehouse and property where the bags were found were thoroughly inspected by a forensic team.

“We are doing our best to identify the victims” in order to bring to justice the perpetrator or perpetrators of the deaths of these children, Waaelua said.

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