RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – July 31, 2015

TODAY: Rouble falling again; Central Bank to slow rate cuts; U.S. extends anti-Russia sanctions; France and Russia agree over Mistral refund; new Polish leader wants NATO protection; Venediktov and Chesonokov in the news; Litvinenko murder described as attack on London.

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

TODAY: Russia vetoes United Nations MH17 tribunal resolution; Kremlin defends ‘undesirables’ law; Parnas leader and activists briefly detained in Novosibirsk; LGBT website founder fined;  Central Bank halting foreign currency purchases to boost reserves; loan for Belarus.

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

TODAY: National Endowment for Democracy declared the first undesirable organisation in Russia; Putin’s former ‘banker’ offers his insights into the machinations of the regime; opposition activists on hunger strike in Novosibirsk; plans to make patriotic cuisine a requirement for restaurants; pop stars protest Kremlin’s plans for regime-friendly talent hothouse; Britain complains about interference in Litvinenko inquiry; Gazprom […]

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

TODAY: Putin defends decisions, hopes for more European independence, says Blatter deserves a Nobel Prize; Parnas rejection due to obstacles aimed at opposition, says Navalny;  Russia follows through with Dutch tulip ban, threatens to destroy banned food imports; Kiselyov proposal would create conglomerate to support pro-Kremlin music; Litvinenko suspect not allowed to testify.

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

TODAY: Siberian election commission blocks Navalny party; Govorit Moskva receives a warning; Committee Against Torture to close; Putin meets FIFA head who promises support for World Cup bid; ‘long winter’ coming for Russian economy, says Morgan Stanley; Yukos shareholders to push for damages.

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

TODAY: Leaders move towards Ukraine weapons pull-back deal; Naryshkin says Crimea was annexed by Ukraine in 1991; Putin’s ratings high but he will resign in 2019, predicts Khodorkovsky; Russian football has a racism problem says UN and FIFA; German exports fall under sanctions.

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

TODAY: MacArthur Foundation exits Russia under pressure; Chubais colleagues flee Russia; Medvedev to lead United Russia again; Russia better off with Greece part of E.U?; Rosneft requests end of Gazprom export monopoly; recession could extend into 2016; single-industry towns in danger.

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

TODAY: Churkin praises Iran nuclear deal, calls for more cooperation; Novaya Gazeta could face closure after second warning; proposed Dutch tulip ban not political, official say; oligarchs give money and assets to children to escape sanctions; $800 billion Crimea energy infrastructure contract; Putin to attend World Cup draw.

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

TODAY: Russia proposes alternative U.N. resolution on MH17 which would minimise international involvement; Maria Gaidar faces the fall out of her decision to work in Ukraine; Spartak edits Kasparov out of its history book; value of wages plummeting; Kaliningrad; cheese smuggling.

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

TODAY: Moscow takes issue with proposed changes to Ukrainian constitution; Lavrov assures counterparts that Russia is engaged in peace process; protests in Georgia over reported Russian encroachment; Putin orders creation of new reserve force; military modernisation beset by problems; Russia surprises BRIC investors with 2015 performance; country’s neediest left vulnerable as charity sector attacked.