RA’s Daily Russia New Blast – April 17, 2015

TODAY: Putin’s four-hour call-in covers domestic problems, relations with the West, Nemtsov case; Kudrin voices concern over Putin’s optimism on economy; Open Russia offices raided; Gagarin crucifix graffiti raises ire of authorities; artist Pyotr Pavlensky faces hooliganism charges; Putin praises Iran’s flexibility; bribe advice cite blocked.

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

TODAY: Kudrin anticipates stagnant economy, urges Putin to leverage popularity and push economic reform, estimates Crimea losses; former allies slam Kremlin policies; state company heads exempted from having to declare incomes; why is Putin so popular? Greece slams anti-Russia sanctions, seeks gas discount; Poland and Georgia see imminent Russian threat; Golos leader evicted. 

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

TODAY: Secure state jobs could be lost to budget cuts; Kudrin baffled over ratings downgrade; E.U. to ‘reframe’ energy relations with Russia and help Kiev wean off of dependence; British MPs want increased military spending to address Russia threat; suspects in Kharkiv bomb trained in Russia; Kerry blasts brazen Russia; 35,000-strong anti-Maidan march in Moscow. […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Feb 16, 2015

TODAY: Ceasefire ‘generally’ kept in Ukraine, fighting continues in isolated areas; Russia needs Ukraine gas route in order to keep its European customers; Navalny detained in subway; Kudrin, other liberals join anti-crisis meeting; Putin does not know how to implement new spending plan; Kaspersky identifies global attack; Russia and Hungary – too close for comfort?

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Dec 23, 2014

TODAY: First banking bailout of crisis; Kudrin criticises government response, says Russia plunging further into crisis; U.S. blocks Rosneft expansion attempts; Navalny’s defenders plan new rally.  The Central Bank has intervened to bail out Moscow’s Trust Bank which is on the verge of insolvency, issuing a loan of $500 million at the current exchange rate.  Former Finance […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Nov 24, 2014

TODAY: Putin gives in-depth interview, promises not to remain president forever, shrugs off sanctions; sharp increase in capital outflows, Kudrin says ruble will continue to fall; property prices dropping. Russiaa and Abkhazia to sign partnership agreement; Browder claims kidnap threat; Ekho Moskvy drawing up staff social media regulations.  In a lengthy new interview with philosopher Nikolay […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Nov 11, 2014

TODAY: New international media outlet launches; RT threatened with sanctions in U.K. for breaching impartiality rules; Kommersant editor resigns amidst Rosneft spat rumours; CNN to stop broadcasting in Russia; weekly magazine fined; Central Bank floats ruble, causing gains; VTB considering a move to China’s stock exchange; Putin encounters Obama. Dmitry Kiselyov’s Rossia Segodnya launched Sputnik […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Oct 8, 2014

TODAY: Siluanov says Russia can’t afford military upgrade; Central Bank intervenes as ruble falls; low oil price will create deficit next year; Putin cancels budget address; eighth anniversary of Politkovskaya murder; Kostroma court rules in favour of gay rights activist; gay exchange student seeks U.S. asylum. Finance Minister Anton Siluanov says Russia cannot afford the […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Oct 3, 2014

TODAY: Putin woos investors with optimistic address at VTB conference; evidence and opinion continue to mount against him; oil output is at a new high but prices are dropping; Gref castigates wasteful government inefficiency; Mechel will survive by selling assets; Romania goes after Lukoil; UK Tories snub ECHR. Speaking in Washington, former Yukos head Mikhail Khodorkovsky […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Sept 23, 2014

TODAY: Russia committed to China oil exports despite sanctions; Gazprom remains unconcerned by strictures; why Europe cannot extract itself from Russian gas projects. South Africa Rosatom deal; Russia’s nuclear armed forces set for overhaul; Ukrainian peace plan gaining traction? Mechel in trouble; Putin hits kids TV thanks to tiger. The Kremlin has asserted that despite […]