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The Jan. 6 House Committee announced four recommended charges against Donald Trump, including conspiracy to defraud the US. Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images

What the criminal referral of Trump means – a constitutional law expert explains the Jan. 6 committee action

The House Committee’s criminal referrals show that the proceedings are not just about a historical record – they argue that Trump should be held accountable for four criminal charges.
Staff members work at a newly opened fast-food restaurant in a former McDonald’s outlet in June 2022 in Moscow. It offers most of the same items as McDonald’s and is an example of how Russia is defying western sanctions. (AP Photo/Dmitry Serebryakov)

How the Russian economy is defying and withstanding western sanctions

As Russians come to terms with the seriousness of the war in Ukraine, the Russian economy is weathering the storm of western sanctions.
Gas prices are displayed at a gas station in Frankfurt, Germany. OPEC countries have decided to cut oil production by 2 million barrels per day in response to rising global interest rates. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

Sanctions on Russia are increasing, not decreasing, its revenue

The impact of oil sanctions on Russia is limited compared to the severe repercussions they have on the global economy and other countries’ abilities to achieve energy security and transition.
While attending the G20 summit in Bali, Indonesia, Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly announced sanctions against Russia (Stefani Reynolds/Pool Photo via AP)

Russian propaganda is making inroads with right-wing Canadians

New research shows that at least half of Canadians have encountered pro-Kremlin propaganda online and that those who hold left-leaning views are less susceptible to the Kremlin’s disinformation.
A person shops at a supermarket in Moscow in April. War-related sanctions have caused inflation to soar – 2% per week in the first three weeks of the war and 1% per week thereafter, equivalent to 68% per year. Natalia Kolesnikova/AFP

War in Ukraine: Russia’s reputedly ‘sanction proof’ economy shows signs of stress

While the country’s Central Bank may have managed to offset some of the tougher sanctions, the West’s economic broadside has caused long-term damage to “Fortress Russia”.
Manufacturing a 300-ton nuclear reactor pressure vessel at a factory in Volgodonsk, Russia. Pallava Bagla/Corbis via Getty Images

Russia’s energy clout doesn’t just come from oil and gas – it’s also a key nuclear supplier

Russia isn’t a major producer of uranium, but it handles a large share of the steps that turn it into nuclear fuel. That makes it a major player in this globalized industry.

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