A court in Moscow has put the brother and several allies of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny under house arrest as authorities sought to stymie more protests over the anti-corruption investigator’s jailing. Navalny’s supporters are calling for rallies on Sunday to demand his freedom. The 44-year-old is the best-known critic of President Vladimir Putin’s government. He, was arrested Jan. 17 upon returning from Germany, where he spent five months recovering from nerve-agent poisoning that he blames on the Kremlin. Russian authorities reject the accusations. Navalny was jailed for 30 days after Russia’s prison service alleged he violated the probation terms of his suspended sentence from a money-laundering conviction that he rejects as politically motivated.
National Credit Union Administration Chair Debbie Matz announced Thursday that she will seek to streamline the agency’s community charter process. Matz addressed the matter while the board considered an expansion request from Charlotte Metro FCU of Charlotte, N.C. during its monthly meeting.“The Office of Consumer Protection will decide on expansion requests, and if a request is denied, the credit union can appeal to the board,” Matz said, adding that she expected this action could reduce the application process by as much as two months.The change would affect federal credit unions serving communities with more than one million residents. Those credit unions must currently receive approval from the NCUA board for an expansion.CUNA praised the NCUA for addressing the area of regulatory relief.“We thank the agency for streamlining the process for gaining agency approval for field of membership expansion requests,” said Elizabeth Eurgubian, CUNA’s deputy chief advocacy officer. “This is an important first step in modernizing the field of membership process.” continue reading » 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr