to make up for not posting all the sanctions news from the First, Second, Third and Fourth. Sorry – my day job actually intruded on my hobby!
And, for those of you not from the US and therefore perhaps not familiar with the phrase…
“Taking the Fifth” is shorthand for saying that you are choosing not to answer a question (particularly under oath). It comes from the Fifth Amendment to the US Constitution which, among other things, protects one from having to testify against their own self-interest:
No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.
Given that yesterday was the US Independence Day, it's good timing and good karma.