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

TODAY: E.U. wants to increase punitive sanctions against Russia over ongoing Ukraine violence, U.N. says Mariupol attack a war crime; Putin says its NATO stoking tensions in Ukraine, not Russia; Peskov says credit downgrade politically motivated; Navalny house arrest extended, protest called; Ekho Moskvy extremist appeal rejected. 

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

TODAY: Merkel says long way to go before sanctions are lifted, as new anti-Ukraine offensives underscore seriousness of conflict; OPEC rivals Russia for China market; VTB awaiting rescue package; Putin award’s Sechin’s son, sharpens inner circle; education watchdog would ban Wikipedia; Church calls for abortions curb.

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

TODAY: Navalny arrested 11 days after cutting off house arrest bracelet; Navalny brothers’ case evidence unsubstantiated, says European Parliament; Yakunin will quit Russian Railways if forced to reveal salary; Putin meets Venezuelan President to talk oil; majority say Putin will win again in 2018; Lithuania preparing citizens for war. 

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Jan 15, 2015

TODAY: Budget spending to be cut across the board; citizens told to stay calm in the face of rising costs; Medvedev has promises but no measures at Gaidar Forum; Putin breaks small business promise; Navalny pays $10 bracelet-cutting fine; Saratov journalist beaten; newspaper blames U.S. for Charlie Hebdo killings. 

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Jan 12, 2015

TODAY: Putin and Merkel discuss Ukraine, with little effect; Merkel says planned Ukraine summit cannot go ahead until progress is made towards peace; Siluanov says Ukraine is late in paying off its $3 billion loan; Alexei Navalny planning to break house arrest again. Russia’s credit rating almost down to junk for the first time in […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Jan 7, 2015

TODAY: Russia celebrates Christmas; anti-Russia sanctions unlikely to be lifted any time soon; foreign currency mortgages now astronomical; soldiers paid to fight in Ukraine, says officer; deaths of migrant workers during Sochi Olympics construction in their hundreds.

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Jan 6, 2015

TODAY: Navalny removes electronic bracelet, defies house arrest; crude oil and ruble both hit new lows; Hollande calls for end to anti-Russia sanctions; Russian armed forces to employ foreigners.

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

TODAY: Navalny brothers trial ends with shocking verdict; thousands protest in Moscow; Pussy Riot member arrested; Putin New Year’s speech touches on Crimea, Olympics, and patriotism; Kremlin bails out Gazprombank and VTB. The trial of anti-corruption campaigner and opposition figurehead Alexei Navalny, and his brother Oleg, concluded earlier this week as the pair were sentenced. […]

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

TODAY: Plans for Navalny rally gather strength; Oleg Kashin takes complaint over case to ECHR; Ekho Moskvy to receive Sochi treatment? Rouble rebounds somewhat with soft capital controls; S&P warning over junk status; Ukraine’s rejection of non-aligned status met with Kremlin disapproval. 29,000 people have now used a new Facebook page announcing a rally in […]

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 […]