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By John Helmer in Washington When Hank Greenberg owned and ran AIG as his personal fiefdom, he was credited in the industry with originating the policy of never paying out claims unless the claimants threatened costly recovery litigation. When Greenberg tried the non-payment ploy himself recently, his reputation has come back to haunt him in [...]

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By John Helmer in Moscow The worst-ever coal mine disaster in Russia, with a death-toll of at least 102 miners, and not less than another 8 still missing, hit the Ulyanovsk mine in Siberia on Monday afternoon. Owned by Yuzhkuzbassugol (“South Kuzbass Coal”), one of the largest coal and coking coal producers in Russia, the [...]

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By John Helmer in Moscow RUSSIAN President Vladimir Putin’s visit to Athens this week – his second in six months, a Russian presidential record – is so unusual, its meaning may not be fully understood. Moreover, few Russians accompanying Putin are able to put into clear perspective the relationship which the president himself is trying [...]