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 – July 23, 2014

TODAY: Putin blocks ad income for independent television channels, ends Gazprom pipeline monopoly; MH17 an accident, but U.S. still blames Russia; Litvinenko snub canceled out by British exports and oligarch party donations; Kudrin advises against military intervention in Ukraine; Russia to rebuild Crimean military; Moscow metro head fired. President Vladimir Putin signed so many bills […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Jan 22, 2014

TODAY: Lavrov says Kiev situation ‘scary’; Internet violates independence, says official; foreign agents media bill to wait; Human Rights Watch blasts Russia rights in new report; Sakhalin construction delayed for whales; Obama and Putin discuss Sochi security; Navalny party registration denied; Snowden denies spying, U.S. accuses Russia of spying. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov finds the […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – July 22, 2013

TODAY: Navalny unexpectedly released after sentencing, vows in Moscow to continue election campaign, thanks supporters; analysts baffled by authorities’ decision. Putin dives Lake Baikal, Kirill slams gay marriage; U.K. admits blocking Litvinenko investigation over diplomatic concerns. A day after his release from custody in Kirov, Alexei Navalny has returned to Moscow, welcomed by hundreds of […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – July 15, 2013

TODAY: Snowden meets with human rights activists; renews bid for Russia asylum; Washington warns Moscow about indulging the leaker’s request. Navalny showing few signs of strain ahead of court verdict; TV lawyer found dead. Rosneft-owned bank welcomes DSK; the Kremlin focuses on military readiness.  NSA fugitive Edward Snowden has met with Russian civil rights activists […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – June 12, 2013

TODAY: Nationwide ban on ‘gay propaganda’ passes, anti-blasphemy law passes; gay rights protesters arrested and beaten by counter-protesters in Moscow; Putin slams U.S. interference during ‘soft’ Russia Today interview; Moscow mayor campaigns begin; police to patrol Russia Day; Foreign Ministry extends asylum application to Snowden. The State Duma yesterday unanimously (436-0) passed a law that […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – March 15, 2013

TODAY: British actor grills author of anti-gay law; Gudkov promises to start new party; Navalny targets Malkin; Pushkov on Syria, Britain, and America; Putin congratulates Pope Francis; Novatek wins Arctic exploration license; Putin on wrestling; Mars exploration; Litvinenko inquest postponed. The openly gay British actor Stephen Fry has interviewed Vitaly Milonov, the author of St. […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Feb 28, 2013

TODAY: New accusations against Navalny’s credentials, Lebedev drops him from Aeroflot board nominees; Kerry comment amuses media; congressman says visa denial was ‘retaliation’; Pekhtin whistleblower Zayakin; Putin wants military upgrade; brain drain myth; Litvinenko’s body to be examined in secret. The Investigative Committee says that anti-corruption activist and opposition leader Alexei Navalny is not a real […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Feb 17, 2013

TODAY: Lavrov meets Kerry; Shatto lawyer denies murder; Putin wants adoption obstacles removed; Ukraine seeking central European gas; Kremlin defends central bank independence; Lavrov defends anti-gay bill and Russian values. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov met with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry yesterday, leading to ‘constructive’ talks about the Syrian crisis, and a promise from […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Dec 14, 2012

TODAY: Russia admits possibility of Syrian rebel victory; Putin suggests measured response to Magnitsky bill; EBRD says Russia failing to diversify economy; Rosneft seeks capital. Clear Russian involvement in Litvinenko case, says British coroner; protestors keen on Dec 15 march despite ban; Lady Gaga defends gay rights. ‘One must look facts in the face’: Mikhail Bogdanov, Russia’s deputy […]