Europe's imprisonment rate has continued to fall in recent years, according to a new report published on Tuesday. It dropped 6.6%, from 109.7 inmates per 100,000 of people in 2016 to 102.5 last year, according to the Council of Europe. Here are the other key takeaways from the council's 2018 penal statistics, which covers 47 countries in Europe. Who has the highest proportion of people behind bars? Russia has by far the highest proportion of people behind bars in Europe, with 418.3 inmates per 100,000 of the country's population. Many ex-Eastern Bloc countries also have high incarceration rates: Russia is followed by Georgia (252.2), Azerbaijan (235) and Lithuania (234.9), the highest in the EU. Europe’s lowest incarceration rates were found in Iceland (46.8), Finland (51.1), Netherlands (54.4), Sweden (56.5), Denmark (63.2) and Norway (65.4). This data does not take into account countries with less than 300,000 inhabitants. Who has seen the biggest decrease in incarceration … [Read more...] about Which country in Europe has the highest imprisonment rate?
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By Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Russian arm of U.S. bank Citi said on Wednesday it planned to reduce the number of its offices in the country, but expected to do more business this year. Foreign banks in Russia have been under pressure since Western countries began imposing sanctions on Moscow over its annexation of Crimea from Ukraine in 2014. Many foreign banks were forced to significantly cut their exposure to Russia. But as some of the banks adjusted to the new circumstances, they started to grow in fields not covered by the sanctions. Michael Berner, a Citi Russia board member and its consumer business manager, said on Wednesday the bank would reduce its number of branches from 22 to 15 in Russia by the end of the year to try to further move its client-base online, the Interfax news agency reported. Citi said in a presentation on Wednesday its Russian assets under management had grown 24 percent last year, with the number of retail client accounts and … [Read more...] about U.S. bank Citi to shrink Russia branch network, but expects to do more business
MOSCOW (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin opened Russia's first liquefied natural gas (LNG) floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) on Tuesday, saying it bolsters the country's energy security. The Marshal Vasilevskiy FSRU has been set up in Kaliningrad, wedged between European Union members Poland and Lithuania, by Russian energy giant Gazprom <GAZP.MM> to bypass pipeline gas deliveries via Lithuania in case transit is disrupted. Moscow's decision to set up the FSRU was in part to reduce gas transit risks to Kaliningrad, home to a Baltic Fleet base, as the EU steps up efforts to reduce its dependency on Russia, a Kremlin-published transcript of Putin's speech said. "In recent years we have paid much attention to energy supplies, to the energy of the region as a whole, including in connection with EU plans to remove the Baltic states from Russia's energy ring," Putin said. "This is their (EU countries') business. Additional tax payers' money will be invested into … [Read more...] about Putin hails energy security boost from Russia’s first LNG floating storage
By Linda Sieg and Kiyoshi TakenakaTOKYO (Reuters) - As Prime Minister Shinzo Abe enters a seventh year in office, he is chasing the holy grail of Japanese diplomacy: a breakthrough in a decades-old territorial row with Russia that has stymied a formal peace treaty since the end of World War Two. gi Abe, who has signalled he is keen to strike a deal, is expected in Moscow next month for his 25th summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin.Veterans of past negotiations say 2019 may be the best and last chance for Abe, who sees a treaty as a potential political legacy, to end the row over a group of windswept islands seized by Soviet troops in the final days of the war."Abe has only two years and nine months left in his term. If he wants to do this himself, it is a fight against time," said Muneo Suzuki, a former negotiator and Abe confidant."If it goes on like this, it will end with nothing," he told Reuters. Putin may be open to a deal now, expecting that better ties will act as a … [Read more...] about Japan PM Abe’s search for Russia peace pact: best chance, last chance?
TOKYO - Japan will accelerate spending on advanced stealth fighters, long-range missiles and other equipment over the next five years to support U.S. forces facing China's military in the Western Pacific, two new government defense papers said. The plans are the clearest indication yet of Japan's ambition to become a regional power as a military build-up by China and a resurgent Russia puts pressure on its U.S. ally. "The United States remains the world's most powerful nation, but national rivalries are surfacing and we recognize the importance of the strategic competition with both China and Russia as they challenge the regional order," said a 10-year defense program outline approved by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's government on Tuesday. The United States, followed by China, North Korea and Russia, are the countries that most influenced Japan's latest military thinking, the paper said. China, the world's second biggest economy, is deploying more ships and aircraft to patrol waters near … [Read more...] about Japan to buy more U.S.-made stealth jets, radar to counter China, Russia