The seizures come as Germany is scrambling to wean itself off its dependence on Russian fossil fuels, while Moscow has stopped natural gas deliveries to Germany via the Nord Stream 1 pipeline.
Not wanting to anger the Kremlin, Berlin has pursued a low-profile policy on the Ukraine conflict.
Moscow has focused on southern and eastern Ukrainian regions as Western nations have announced new round of military assistance to Kiev in fighting that enters its 73rd day.
Selling the football club or transferring players are not included on the list of permitted activities under a special licence that has scuppered Roman Abramovich’s plans to offload the London club.
The list of global companies cutting ties with Russia continues to grow as sanctions against Moscow rack up over its attacks on Ukraine.
The Kremlin has been building influence in the Iraqi energy sector and propping up anti-US forces in the country as part of its objectives to counterbalance US hegemony in the region.
Recent economic data from Russia shows that US-led Western economic sanctions that have hit the ruble might actually be working in Moscow's favor.
Despite easing the pressure on Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdish Regional Government following its unilateral independence referendum, the central government in Baghdad plans to lower its share of oil income.
The judge says former Russian economy minister Alexei Ulyukayev received a 2 million bribe in exchange for approving the sale of state-controlled oil company Bashneft to Rosneft, another state-run oil group.
Presidency and parliament elections – slated for November 1 – have been delayed as political parties failed to present candidates, the electoral commission announces on Monday.
Support for the semi-autonomous Kurdish region's independence referendum was generally opposed with the notable exception of Israel.
Russian President Vladimir Putin meets Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara to discuss Syria, Iraq and to boost bilateral relations.
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