RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – June 24, 2016

TODAY: Russia refuses to allow international voting monitors to survey elections; opposition in disarray?  Novaya Gazeta offices raided; opposition activist decries prison transport conditions; wealthy Russians saw income fall dramatically last year; Brexit impact slight, says Finance Ministry; ‘no money’ cakes banned.    Russia has decided it will not allow the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – June 23, 2016

TODAY: Putin affirms need for robust defence against NATO; praises Duma for Crimea ‘integration’; SPIEG and successful spin; online criticism increasingly dangerous; probe into Karelia boat disaster flags up corruption; head of Moscow region’s electoral commission resigns. 

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – June 22, 2016

TODAY: E.U. envoys agree on sanction extension; IOC backs ban on Olympic athletes from Rio Games; but individuals may be able to appeal; new missile system tested successfully; security firm proposes phone taps for corporations; Sechin says the Kremlin does not fear Chinese partnership for Rosneft; Putin hoping to strengthen ties on Beijing visit. 

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – June 21, 2016

TODAY: Kremlin calls Olympics ban ‘rights abuse’; E.U. beginning to experience divisions over Russia policy?  Nemtsov murder case closed; investigators suggest money its motivation; communications records to be stored for longer under new anti-terror measures; real income plunged in May; investigation underway into death of 13 children at lake.

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – June 20, 2016

TODAY: Russian team banned from Rio Olympics; E.U. extends Crimea sanctions for another year; German Foreign Minister surprises with conciliatory stance towards Russia; Putin makes appearance at SPIEG, offers commitment to partnership with E.U.; mood seemingly improved at this year’s forum; Italian companies sign raft of deals; Rosneft privatisation plans.

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – June 17, 2016

TODAY: St Petersburg Economic Forum begins with high profile participation from European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon; latter asserts need for Western cooperation with Moscow; Sarkozy suggests Russia should lift its sanctions before E.U.; Kudrin fears for economy without diversification; colossal icebreaker unveiled; Ukrainian Orthodox Church seeks independence from Moscow; gay club stormed by […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – June 16, 2016

TODAY: Couple detained in Moscow after attempting to leave tribute to Orlando massacre victims; Kremlin announces Syria cease-fire hot on Washington’s warnings; Defense Ministry accuses NATO of fanning hysteria; Chaika invested with another five years as Prosecutor General; Golos finds violations in May primaries; Kremlin masking extent of wildfires, says Greenpeace.

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – June 15, 2016

TODAY: Russian military to be tested for combat readiness; Sechin interview reveals concerns over plans to sell 20% of Rosneft and anticipates stiffened competition in energy sector; Western attendance at St Petersburg Economic Forum set to pick up? Russia appears on soft power rankings; regional leader of opposition party attacked; UEFA gives Russia suspended disqualification; […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – June 14, 2016

TODAY: Putin offers sympathies to Obama in telegram following Orlando attack; Moscow resists, then accepts U.N. resolution condemning the attack on sexual minority; NATO obliges Poland and Baltic states with troop reinforcements over concerns of Russian aggression; football fans mirror Moscow’s foreign policy, says observer; right-wing activist allegedly travelling with team; man assaulted in St […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – June 13, 2016

TODAY: Russia faced with possible disqualification from Euro 2016 after mob violence; former Parnas chairman found guilty of bribery; leading opposition deputy divested of powers; number of people seeking to leave Crimea apparently increasing; as are the number trying to leave Russia; new film about Sergei Magnitsky depicts Kremlin’s interpretation of lawyer’s death. UEFA has decided to launch proceedings […]