RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Sept 3, 2015

TODAY: U.S. extends sanctions to defence firms; U.N. attacks Russia’s stance on investigation into chemical weapons in Syria; Medvedev reassures consumers over medicine import ban; Navalny to pay in Yves Rocher case; Putin insists on patriotic education; parade to mark Kuril islands seizure flouts Japan; China meetings underway amid economic concerns. 

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Sept 2, 2015

TODAY: President Putin prepares to solder Russia-China ties at Beijing meeting; economic downturn of both likely to cast a shadow; Alrosa to slash prices; Aeroflot takes over competitor; miners on hunger strike in Siberia; new Internet surveillance law condemned by activists; Putin’s sporty start to September.

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Sept 1, 2015

TODAY: Putin and Medvedev breakfast together to boost ratings; Rotenberg to take ownership of major airport; new Internet surveillance law comes into effect; Khodorkovsky and Navalny supporting political prisoners; leaders support new Ukraine ceasefire; Matviyenko slams U.S. sanctions as undemocratic; oil companies benefitting from the devalued ruble.

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

TODAY: Crisis delays joint projects with China; ruble drops 45% in 12 months; Russia wants full debt repayment from Ukraine, won’t help restructure; agriculture agency burns 1.5 tons of food; Kremlin ties to big deals; Nemtsova takes complaint to European court. 

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

TODAY: Matviyenko visa restrictions lead to delegation cancellation, Foreign Ministry threatens retaliation; former high-level officials want war prevention measures; food prices up 11%; regional heads to restrict government use of foreign websites and apps; Sberbank’s positive quarter; the plight of the Russian sex worker.

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

TODAY: Ukrainian film-maker sentenced to 20 years in prison; early release of Defence Ministry official jailed for embezzlement raises outcry; MAKS-2015 air show offers opportunities for major defence deals; Economy Ministry slashes GDP forecast; Western detergents deemed unsanitary; Lyudmila Alekseyeva honoured with prize nomination. 

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Aug 25, 2015

TODAY: Ruble hits new year low after China’s tumble; international court rules Russia must compensate for 2013 damage to Greenpeace ship; Russia cancels ban on Wikipedia; Matviyenko U.S. visa status being disputed; Lavrov expresses hope regarding U.S. relations.

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

TODAY: Medvedev visits disputed islands, drawing Japan protest; Kremlin prepares economic measures to boost foreign currency sales; Russia losing Chinese FDI, second gas contract looking unlikely; Poroshenko urges legal action to protect against Russian ‘aggressor’; Wikipedia switches URLs to avoid watchdog pressure; Nemstov family says Putin scared of Kadyrov. 

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

TODAY: Golos finds electoral funding violations on part of United Russia; worker for the watchdog attacked; hopes to usher in limited media access for ‘foreign agent’ NGOs; defence deals with Iran, Pakistan; Russia and China launch huge military exercises; Yakunin replacement announced; Forbes rich list shows Baturina holding, Rotenbergs less so; plans afoot to harshen penalties for food smuggling. 

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

TODAY: Estonia and EU denounce jailing of security officer labelled ‘spy'; politically-motivated trials as ‘hostage-taking'; Kremlin decries NATO military exercises; Yakunin’s downfall; French supermarket under inspection; new banking sector emerges out of crisis; Hermitage left vulnerable as cutbacks remove police presence.