Potanin, a former member of the Communist Party, obtained the Norilsk factory on the cheap during the privatization of the 1990s. Since then, he’s seemed untouchable. After all, according to Kremlin-watcher Mikhail Zygar, the billionaire has always paid up for problems at the factory in the only currency that counts: loyalty to the Russian president. “People like Potanin are happy to pay for all [Putin’s] projects, for anything he ever wants,” said Zygar, author of All the Kremlin’s Men: Inside the Court of Vladimir Putin. … [Read more...] about Putin’s Got Big Problems in Russia’s Provinces
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And, in their “divorce,” they are fighting over the same things that straight married couples fight about: money. In one document, Tammy asserts that Melissa has a monthly income of $600,000 to $700,000; in another, she says they had a standard of living of $128,329 per month and that Melissa’s average cash flow was $177,882 (The Smoking Gun also reported that for a single concert Etheridge makes $125,000); court documents show that Tammy requires $5,000 a month for a clothing budget; that the marital home is valued at $4.4 million dollars; that Tammy has already racked up $120,000 in attorney’s fees. In Tammy’s latest filing for sole custody, she asked for an increase in her monthly expenses. Though Melissa gives her $23,000 a month to cover all expenses, it is a far cry from a 50/50 split. … [Read more...] about Melissa Etheridge’s Hideous Breakup
“I got the sense that New Jersey was not enforcing things as strongly as New York is, where Cuomo has cracked down on bars and is wielding more penalties than other governors are, and that’s keeping people in line,” said Rubin. For guidelines and restrictions in other states, what will matter in case counts, he said, is: “Are these just empty threats? Or is there just more teeth to them?” … [Read more...] about How Is New York Having Crazy Parties With No COVID Surge?
In some cases, police officials have been engaged in discussions aimed at making changes in the ways police work is conducted – such as deploying social workers instead of police in situations where a suspect exhibits possible mental health problems -- but in other instances, police officers and their unions have pushed back, claiming overreach by some elected officials and political activists. … [Read more...] about De Blasio ‘grandstanding’ on police reform, so cop unions file lawsuit: reports
Redford first learned about the increasing radiation from the Center of Public Defense group in his town. “We are asking the military, we are asking the administration where that radiation was from, why it increased for 30 minutes in our town but there is still zero information about the cause,” Redford told The Daily Beast on Friday. … [Read more...] about A Missile Explosion, a Radiation Spike, and Kremlin Secrecy Bring Back Memories of Chernobyl