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The DSR Daily Newsletter – Wednesday, April 27, 2022

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Putin meets with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and reportedly agrees to humanitarian evacuations. (We’ve heard this before.) In its readout, Russia’s foreign ministry takes the opportunity to trot out the old ‘Western-backed 2014 coup’ conspiracy.

The Americas

Former US Marine Trevor Reed is freed in a prisoner swap with Russia. Twenty space industry companies launch an initiative to fund humanitarian aid to Ukraine. Two are conspicuously absent. 

The agriculture industry is seeing a surge in ransomware attacks. Harvard pledges $100 million to redress its past ties to slavery.

Europe and Central Asia

Poland sanctions Gazprom, among other Russian and Belarusian entities. Gazprom suspends delivery of gas to Poland and Bulgaria under the guise of payment term non-compliance. Gas prices surge. German Economy Minister Robert Habeck says a full embargo on Russian oil – not gas – is now ‘manageable.’ Rosneft has no European takers for 37 million barrels of Urals crude.

The EU announces a new Arctic policy as a Norwegian expert sounds a warning about digital and nuclear security in the High North.

The Indo-Pacific

China tests some literally disruptive satellite technology. The Chinese yuan hit a 17-month low against the dollar. DJI Technology Co. announces that it’s suspending the sale of drones to either side of the war. Grant Haver unpacks the diplomatic implications on today’s podcast.

Indonesian president Joko Widodo invites President Zelensky to attend a G20 summit in the region in November. Are you ready for another Marcos regime in the Philippines? That’s looking increasingly likely.

The Middle East and Africa

Russian and Belarusian asylum seekers – notably those opposing the Putin and Lukashenko regimes – are reportedly denied refuge in Israel. UK-sanctioned Russian fertilizer magnate, Moshe Kanton, stepped down from three prominent philanthropic organizations so as ‘not to distract from [their] important work.’ 

Zimbabwe’s tobacco market rebounds, for better or worse.

DSR Exclusives

On the latest episode of Deep State Radio, Rosa Brooks spoke with Max Boot, Suzanne Nossel and Angela Stent about the latest war-related developments.

The DSR Network Team (Chris Cotnoir, Grant Haver, and Katherine Hill)

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