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Elena Ulansky
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Ms. Ulansky is at present a Managing Director at Platinum Partners, a sizable hedge fund, located in New York City. Her background includes several business development activities, raising capital, originating deals for PE firms & cross border M&A. She is part of a unique "think tank" organized by a famous hedge fund owner and participates regularly in the assessment of geo political situations and their global impact.
She graduated with a Master's degree in Economics, with distinction, from Moscow State University. She has a diploma in Art & Sculpture.
Her Scandinavian descent combined with upbringing in US and Russia, gives her an ability to relate to different cultures and issues. She is fluent in English & Russian and can navigate in French, Spanish & Italian.
She is passionate about spirituality & practices Yoga. She continues to expand her activities for the various causes as a "brand ambassador". Other interests include ballet, tennis & skiing.

Entries by Elena Ulansky

The Dark Side of Russian Sanctions: Lessons to Learn

(36) Comments | Posted August 15, 2015 | 4:45 PM

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Co-authored by William Witenberg a contemporary artist focused on abstract painting

While the impact of western sanctions on Russia has been well documented, little mention has been made of the effects of the Russian embargo on western agricultural...

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Western Sanctions - Russia's Transition

(3) Comments | Posted August 4, 2015 | 3:51 PM

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Co-authored by William Witenberg a contemporary artist focused on abstract painting


Russia's transition, in the first half of 2015, to pronounced stagflation - a combination of economic downturn and ultra-high inflation is a result of a lower ruble and...

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Greece's Trump Card - NATO ?

(0) Comments | Posted July 29, 2015 | 5:55 PM

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Co-authored by William Witenberg a contemporary artist focused on abstract painting


The headlines on the talks between Brussels and Athens on the 86 billion euro bailout of Greece seem to indicate nothing but problems. It appears that even...

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Signs of a Thaw in the "Cold War"?

(2) Comments | Posted June 2, 2015 | 3:55 PM

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Co-authored by William Witenberg a contemporary artist focused on abstract painting

Russian President Putin's response to the arrest by American and Swiss law enforcement authorities in Switzerland of members of world soccer federation FIFA, was to accuse the...

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Russia Makes the First Move With Iran -- Early Bird Special

(2) Comments | Posted April 14, 2015 | 3:43 PM

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Co-authored by William Witenberg a contemporary artist focused on abstract painting

Russia announced that it is going to begin selling Iran its s-300 missile defense system. This ends the ban that was placed in 2010 as part of the sanctions the United...

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Sanctions - Impact on Average Russian Life

(1) Comments | Posted April 8, 2015 | 3:59 PM

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Co-authored by William Witenberg a contemporary artist focused on abstract painting


Russia's economy is suffering from dramatically lower oil prices, a rapidly declining ruble, interest rates that are an astonishing 17 % and western sanctions over Ukraine. We thought it...

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Will the Market Forces Replace Sanctions in Pressuring Russia?

(1) Comments | Posted March 18, 2015 | 1:41 PM

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Co-authored by William Witenberg a contemporary artist focused on abstract painting

The world is undergoing a wave of change. The world is seeing negative interest rates in European countries, the dollar is rising at a disturbingly fast rate, and...

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Europe's Dilemma - Putin's Blessing in Disguise

(0) Comments | Posted February 10, 2015 | 1:05 PM

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Co-authored by William Witenberg a contemporary artist focused on abstract painting

It is hard to believe but bonds issued by the governments of Austria, Switzerland, Denmark and Germany are offering negative yields. This means that at the maturity of the bond an...

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The Global Consequences of Western Sanctions to Change Russian Policy Towards Ukraine

(4) Comments | Posted December 11, 2014 | 12:53 PM

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Co-authored by William Witenberg a contemporary artist focused on abstract painting

Are western sanctions over Russia's support of Eastern Ukraine separatists, the declining price of oil, and the sharp decline of the ruble causing significant enough pressure on the Russian economy to...

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Will Russia's Eastern Game Plan Work?

(13) Comments | Posted December 2, 2014 | 1:58 PM

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Co-authored by William Witenberg a contemporary artist focused on abstract painting

There is no question that sanctions and the decline in oil is hurting the Russian economy. Oil and gas account for 70% of Russia's economy. The ruble's decline has cushioned the...

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Crumbling of Oil Prices Make Russia and China Closer

(0) Comments | Posted November 12, 2014 | 4:54 PM

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Co-authored by William Witenberg a contemporary artist focused on abstract painting

As the price of oil crumbles, declining over 25% since June, the consequences on the Russian economy have been drastic. What American and European sanctions (brought as a result of the...

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Modi's Power Play - Can Obama Charm Him?

(3) Comments | Posted September 22, 2014 | 9:41 AM

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Co-authored by William Witenberg a contemporary artist focused on abstract painting


During the opening, September 27, of the United Nations General Assembly, Prime Minister Modi will address the delegates. Prime Minister Modi on September 29th travels to Washington for...

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Modi's Visit to America - Obama's Golden Opportunity

(3) Comments | Posted September 3, 2014 | 4:45 PM

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Co-authored by William Witenberg a contemporary artist focused on abstract painting

The new Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, will be meeting with President Barack Obama on the 30th of September. Prime Minister Modi is arriving at a moment when India-America...

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Russia-India Marching Ahead

(6) Comments | Posted August 27, 2014 | 3:26 PM

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Co-authored by William Witenberg a contemporary artist focused on abstract painting


As the United States and Europe increase their sanctions on Russia, unsurprisingly Russia is moving closer to one of its long term allies: India. America and Europe keep pressuring...

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Putin's Next Steps In Moldova and Georgia

(0) Comments | Posted June 13, 2014 | 4:01 PM

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Co-authored by William Witenberg a contemporary artist focused on abstract painting


Moldova and Georgia are apparently ignoring Russian warnings not to sign an economic pact with the European Union. This despite the extreme turbulence in the Ukraine that has occurred...

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The Unintended Consequences of America's Foreign Policy

(0) Comments | Posted June 2, 2014 | 1:09 PM

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Co-authored by William Witenberg a contemporary artist focused on abstract painting

There can be little doubt there have been consequences to the failure of President Obama to follow through on his threat to Syria to not "cross the line" and the mildness...

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Elections in Ukraine

(0) Comments | Posted May 27, 2014 | 2:00 PM

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Co-authored by William Witenberg a contemporary artist focused on abstract painting

The consequences of the important national elections on May 25th in Ukraine are unpredictable. For months the world has watched as Crimea has been annexed and major cities in Eastern Ukraine...

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Georgia: Russia's Template

(2) Comments | Posted May 5, 2014 | 7:47 PM

Co-authored by William Witenberg a contemporary artist focused on abstract painting

Ukraine has been an independent country for only 23 years. It has not developed a national identity. It is self evident that the ethnic Russians of Crimea were unhappy with not being independent, and a significant number of...

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Russia: Sanctions Are Not a Solution!

(0) Comments | Posted May 1, 2014 | 12:03 PM

Co-authored by William Witenberg a contemporary artist focused on abstract painting


On Monday and Tuesday America and the European Union announced new sanctions they are imposing on Russia and Russian individuals. These new sanctions will not be effective. They are suppose to, in the words of Obama,...

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The Future of Ukraine -- Civil war?

(0) Comments | Posted April 17, 2014 | 9:09 PM

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Co-authored by William Witenberg a contemporary artist focused on abstract painting


Ukrainian, Russian and Western diplomats are holding talks in Switzerland on Thursday in hope of resolving a deepening crisis that has seen armed pro-Russian protesters seize swaths of Ukraine....

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