MH17 Crash Trial Begins in Netherlands

July 17 is a day which lives in infamy for many Dutch people. It was on this day that Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 from Amsterdam to the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur, was destroyed over Ukraine in a ground-based rocket attack by a Russian Buk surface-to-air missile, killing all 298 people onboard. Most of the victims were Dutch citizens, which is why the trial, that began Monday, is being held in Amsterdam.

Russia Won the Battle for Stolichnaya Vodka in a Landmark Case in the Netherlands

Stolichnaya is a vodka made of wheat and rye grain. A well-known Soviet brand, the ownership of Stolichnaya has been disputed since the dissolution of the Soviet Union between Russian state-owned company FKP Soyuzplodimport and SPI Group, a private company founded and owned by Russian billionaire Yuri Shefler.

The court battle for the brand has been ongoing for 20 years and the final decision has been made. According to the Supreme Court of Netherlands, billionaire Yuri Shefler will have to repay all his profits from vodka sales for the period of over 20 years.

Russia Refuses to Fund Chemical Weapons Watchdog – Is Russia Planning to Use Novichok Again?

On November 28, 2019 Russia officially refused to finance the operations of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW)– an intergovernmental organization and the implementing body of the Chemical Weapons Convention, which entered into force on April 29, 1997. The OPCW, with its 193 member states, has its seat in The Hague, Netherlands, and oversees the global endeavor for the permanent and verifiable elimination of chemical weapons.

Breakdown of Europe’s Economic Troubles by Country