RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – April 24, 2015

TODAY: Teacher fired over sexual orientation loses appeal; Alexei Navalny hearing postponed; Nemtsov suspect pleads innocence, says confession extracted under duress; veterans protest; Russia-Argentina meeting yields energy agreements; Rosatom deal darkens Clinton campaign; optimism on economy; pension contribution funds to remain; the return of the military icebreaker. 

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

TODAY: Washington accuses Moscow of breaking Ukraine ceasefire; Mistral deal may be cancelled; E.U.’s anti-trust case against Gazprom; prison amnesty will not free white collar criminals; Russia creates its own corruption monitor; Nemtsov allies seek U.S. assistance in pursuit of justice; new agriculture minister proves a controversial choice; Steven Seagal in Kremlin role?  

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

TODAY: Medvedev acknowledges cost of Crimea annexation; defends its historical significance; local authorities action Putin’s wildfire pledges; opposition activist slashes wrists in prison protest; a look at opposition emigration; LGBT takes on haters with her own unique social media campaign; new Russia-China project to forge high technology links.  In his annual speech to parliament, Prime […]

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

TODAY: European Union to launch legal attack on Gazprom’s market dominance; a decision influenced by political tensions?  Britain orders tycoon to part with North Sea assets; ruble rise curbs food price increase; commitment to high military spending impossible in current economic climate, argue experts; Victory Day amnesty to free 400,000; Anonymous hack state media chief’s […]

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

TODAY: Opposition movements to join forces as state bears down on critics; Yevgenia Chirikova quits Russia; wildfires an act of arson by opposition, claim authorities; Khodorkovsky sees Kadyrov link in Open Russia raid; Rogozin defies travel plan for Norway visit; the woes of Vostochny Cosmodrome; statistics dampen Putin’s financial optimism; Russia raises Israel’s hackles with S-300 sale to […]

RA’s Daily Russia New Blast – April 17, 2015

TODAY: Putin’s four-hour call-in covers domestic problems, relations with the West, Nemtsov case; Kudrin voices concern over Putin’s optimism on economy; Open Russia offices raided; Gagarin crucifix graffiti raises ire of authorities; artist Pyotr Pavlensky faces hooliganism charges; Putin praises Iran’s flexibility; bribe advice cite blocked.

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – April 16, 2015

TODAY: Putin gears up for annual Q+A; pre-session comments indicate few surprises; Kremlin in talks with OPEC; the efficiency of Russia’s hybrid warfare; Culture Ministry bans release of wartime Hollywood blockbuster; Poland fears descent of Night Wolves; environmental campaigner’s plea for early release refused; Apple tackles Siri’s homophobia ‘bug’.  From little green men to fairytale dresses, […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – April 15, 2015

TODAY: Analysts ponder Russia’s Iran moves; Yemen embargo vetoed; Time poll names Putin most influential; record number of questions for Putin call-in; state news reporter fired over FSB story; Navalny employee charged after giving painting to boss; Investigative Committee in arms over ‘twerk’ video.

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – April 14, 2015

TODAY: Putin lifts ban on sending defense missiles to Iran, prepares to send S-300 system; Lavrov says no threat to Israel; China first foreign country to buy latest version of same system; Russia in oil-for-goods deal with Iran; Novak says E.U. will rely on Russia for years, Miller warns against bypassing pipeline or seeking single price.

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – April 13, 2015

TODAY: Northern European nations pinpoint Russia as primary threat; Foreign Ministry objects to Finland and Sweden moving towards NATO; Putin not to be invited to G7 this year; Ukraine gas talks postponed; ruble takes a fall. Watchdog declares satirist memes illegal; jailed activist denied permission to attend mother’s funeral; analysts recommend Russia over other BRICS stocks.