TODAY: Gay rights protest in St Petersburg ends in detentions; Kremlin dislikes gay emojis; luxury watch clocked at Peskov wedding; Orthodox Church’s sway in heritage sector causing concern; majority of citizens favor censoring Internet should circumstances require it; food prices stabilise.
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 […]
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.
TODAY: Putin reappears, brushes off rumour; a week of military exercises and Crimea anniversary celebrations begin; Nemtsov killer suspect has alibi, says lawyer; Sobchak rumoured to be leaving Russia due to safety concerns; majority of Russians name inflation as most pressing issue.
TODAY: Main suspect in Nemtsov murder retracts confession, another appeals arrest; U.S. says Russian tanks crossing border into Ukraine, Poroshenko says most heavy weapons have been withdrawn from the frontlines; Britain threatens to expose Kremlin financial secrets; online encyclopedia to be completely blocked; car sales suffering.
TODAY: Putin driven by suspicion of Western influences, Lavrov accuses U.S. of organising coup in Ukraine; Obama considers sending weapons to Kiev; Khodorkovsky and Navalny team up for next protest; Gazprom to slash capex, Medvedev moves to secure mortgage lending; Spotify cancels Russia launch.
TODAY: EU votes to extend anti-Russia sanctions; Human Rights Watch says Western complacency aggravated Ukraine crisis; Russia in tit-for-tat with U.S. over Magnitsky sanctions; interest rates still at crippling 17%; Putin’s daughter’s whereabouts revealed; opposition launch anti-Russian propaganda channel.
TODAY: Financial crisis affecting pensioners, food prices, and worker morale; new anti-crisis spending plan does not detail where crucial cuts will be made; E.U. already prepared draft statement extending current sanctions, Greece says it will veto; PACE renews Russia voting ban; Supreme Court rules for Memorial; Litvinenko lawyer calls Putin common criminal.
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.
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 […]