RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Jan 30, 2015

TODAY: EU votes to extend anti-Russia sanctions; Human Rights Watch says Western complacency aggravated Ukraine crisis; Russia in tit-for-tat with U.S. over Magnitsky sanctions; interest rates still at crippling 17%; Putin’s daughter’s whereabouts revealed; opposition launch anti-Russian propaganda channel.

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Jan 29, 2015

TODAY: Financial crisis affecting pensioners, food prices, and worker morale; new anti-crisis spending plan does not detail where crucial cuts will be made; E.U. already prepared draft statement extending current sanctions, Greece says it will veto; PACE renews Russia voting ban; Supreme Court rules for Memorial; Litvinenko lawyer calls Putin common criminal.

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Jan 28, 2015

TODAY: E.U. wants to increase punitive sanctions against Russia over ongoing Ukraine violence, U.N. says Mariupol attack a war crime; Putin says its NATO stoking tensions in Ukraine, not Russia; Peskov says credit downgrade politically motivated; Navalny house arrest extended, protest called; Ekho Moskvy extremist appeal rejected. 

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Jan 27, 2015

TODAY: S&P downgrades Russia; VTB fears SWIFT lockout; Syria wins Russia a new friend in Europe? Google fined for abortion ads; alleged Russian spy ring uncovered in U.S.; Litvinenko inquiry opens in London.

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Jan 26, 2015

TODAY: West threatens further sanctions in wake of increased violence in Ukraine; Lavrov says Russia ready to do what it takes, but falls short of taking responsibility; Rogozin says Ukraine punishments are really about other issues; LGBT activist fined for hosting support website; protesters detained in Moscow.

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Jan 23, 2015

TODAY: Merkel says long way to go before sanctions are lifted, as new anti-Ukraine offensives underscore seriousness of conflict; OPEC rivals Russia for China market; VTB awaiting rescue package; Putin award’s Sechin’s son, sharpens inner circle; education watchdog would ban Wikipedia; Church calls for abortions curb.

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Jan 22, 2015

TODAY: Poroshenko uses Davos platform to accuse Russia of placing 9,000 new troops in Ukraine; Lavrov denies it, says Russia will not back down until Ukraine is a federal state; Kremlin prepares anti-crisis plan; cuts put an end to AIDS vaccine research; South Stream cancellation will hit hard; new bill would restrict foreign companies deemed […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Jan 21, 2015

TODAY: Russian delegates appear sanguine as World Economic Forum begins; Schlumberger looking to make major investment in Russian oil services company; Central Bank denies need for capital controls; study finds more than half of Russians in state of economic deprivation. Ukraine accuses Russia of direct involvement in conflict; Moscow mulling delivery of air missiles to […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Jan 20, 2015

TODAY: E.U. has no intention of softening sanctions without Ukraine ceasefire; Russian soldiers killed in Ukraine belie Kremlin’s denial of involvement; the battle for Donetsk airport continues; tax laws pressure wealthy to consider repatriating overseas assets; universities increasing fees 30-35%; marches commemorate Markelov and Baburova murders; Central Bank tries to stave off crisis in sector. 

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Jan 19, 2015

TODAY: Record capital flight last year, Putin amnesty on its return could make Russia target of money laundering watchdog; ruble devaluation threatens migrant worker economies; analysts anticipate chaos; Poroshenko pink-slips Putin’s proposed peace plan, says Peskov; LUKoil under investigation for alleged financing of eastern Ukraine terror; former Cultural Ministry official sees cultural isolationism.