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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

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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U.S. to Arm Ukraine? Is Senator McCain Correct?

(14) Comments | Posted April 10, 2014 | 10:21 AM

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


As demonstrations for succession appear in the Eastern Ukraine cities of Donetsk, Kharkiv and Luhansk the question of what Europe and America will do to prevent another Crimean type...

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American and Western Help to Ukraine: A Day Too Late and a Dollar Too Short?

(1) Comments | Posted April 3, 2014 | 5:21 PM

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

On Sunday as a result of Vladimir Putin call to President Obama, John Kerry went to Paris to meet with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. The meeting ended with both sides...

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No Sanctions Will Stop Russia-Crimea Reunion

(4) Comments | Posted March 24, 2014 | 12:38 PM

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

President Obama on Thursday said, 'The United States is today moving, as we said we would, to impose additional costs on Russia." The New York Times reports that these new sanctions...

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In the Battle for Crimea Wins... China?

(0) Comments | Posted March 17, 2014 | 12:22 PM

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

After the referendum in Crimea on Sunday, which the United States and European Union view as illegal, the United States and the European Union are announcing travel bans, asset freezes, and...

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Will Crimeans Be Offered Russian Passports After March 17?

(0) Comments | Posted March 12, 2014 | 1:00 PM

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

It appears so. This is likely despite Geoffrey Pyatt, the American Ambassador to the Ukraine, warning that the US would not accept the results of the March 16th referendum...

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Neither Sanctions Nor Loans Will Solve the Crimean Occupation

(0) Comments | Posted March 5, 2014 | 4:38 PM

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

Secretary of State John Kerry flew to Kiev to show solidarity with the new Ukrainian government. He delivered an economic package that included one billion dollars in loan guarantees and a...

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Occupation of Crimea, Is this a Sea of Change?

(0) Comments | Posted March 4, 2014 | 8:38 AM

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


With the occupation of Crimea there can be no doubt that America will respond with, at a minimum, economic measures. It is a trickier question for Europe.

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Russia's Anti Gay Law and International Conservatism

(3) Comments | Posted September 10, 2013 | 9:25 PM

Co-authored by William Witenberg an abstract artist and financier. Prior to devoting full time to painting he worked in the financial industry at Salomon Brothers and Lazard Freres and subsequently formed his own broker dealer: Witenberg Investment Companies, Inc. a fully disclosed introducing broker to Goldman Sachs.

The timing...

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Investing in Russia, Issues with Education

(0) Comments | Posted November 5, 2012 | 4:09 PM

One of the little-known skeletons in the closet of today's Russia is the growing "brain drain." The Financial Times recently reported that "68 percent of Russians with above-average income wanted their children to study and work abroad." The country's best are leaving. Why don't they want to stay?...

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Russian Scandals and Investing

(0) Comments | Posted October 9, 2012 | 5:19 PM

Russian media coverage of the Pussy Riot convictions and ongoing appeal will likely escalate on persistent rumors that President Vladimir Putin may make a major policy announcement to coincide with his 60th birthday. The scandal surrounding the daring escapades of "Pussy Riot" has not faded and continues to cast Russia...

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Russia's Investments in Abkhazia

(3) Comments | Posted May 7, 2012 | 10:40 AM

A special representative of the president of the Russian Federation, Alexander Tkachev, paid his first official visit to Abkhazia. During his meeting with the president of Abkhazia, Alexander Ankvab, he stated that Russia is allocating an amount of 11 billion rubles towards the economic growth of...

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