Daily Digest: Top news of Friday, July 13

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  • The US justice department indicted 12 Russians for hacking the Democratic National Committee in 2016. The indictment said the hackers had “conspired to hack into the computers of state boards of elections, secretaries of state, and US companies that supplied software…related to the administration of elections to steal voter data stored on those computers.”
  •  In the wake of the UK’s recent Novichok death, Russian media went all out to sow confusion,distancing the Kremlin from the poison. Meanwhile, UK police revealed the source of the Novichok: a glass bottle in the victims’ house.
  • Four years into a punishing warthe Verkhovna Rada passed a law on missing persons,granting them a legal status and providing for a registry of missing persons. The register may end some of the “awful confusion” faced by relatives of those who have disappeared in the conflict.
  • Ukraine’s gas market is captive to a feud between oligarch Dmytro Firtash and state-owned Naftogaz, over the country’s transition from monthly gas purchases to daily ones, set to happen next month. Supporters of the transition say it will help transparency, but Naftogaz alleges it will enable Firtash to extract yet more corrupt benefits.
  • Poroshenko had a secret meeting with the chief of NABU Artem Sytnyk, according to Radio Free Europe investigators. Sytnyk said it wasn’t a “secret meeting,” and that they discussed the creation of the anti-corruption court. The president’s office declined comment.
  • And Ukraine has risen 7 places on the Global Innovation Index, to 43rd. The index is compiled by Cornell University, INSEAD business school, and World Intellectual Property Organization. It considers factors like a country’s political environment, quality of education, number of patents, etcetera.

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