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

TODAY: Teacher fired over sexual orientation loses appeal; Alexei Navalny hearing postponed; Nemtsov suspect pleads innocence, says confession extracted under duress; veterans protest; Russia-Argentina meeting yields energy agreements; Rosatom deal darkens Clinton campaign; optimism on economy; pension contribution funds to remain; the return of the military icebreaker. 

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

TODAY: Washington accuses Moscow of breaking Ukraine ceasefire; Mistral deal may be cancelled; E.U.’s anti-trust case against Gazprom; prison amnesty will not free white collar criminals; Russia creates its own corruption monitor; Nemtsov allies seek U.S. assistance in pursuit of justice; new agriculture minister proves a controversial choice; Steven Seagal in Kremlin role?  

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

TODAY: Opposition movements to join forces as state bears down on critics; Yevgenia Chirikova quits Russia; wildfires an act of arson by opposition, claim authorities; Khodorkovsky sees Kadyrov link in Open Russia raid; Rogozin defies travel plan for Norway visit; the woes of Vostochny Cosmodrome; statistics dampen Putin’s financial optimism; Russia raises Israel’s hackles with S-300 sale to […]

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

TODAY: Putin gears up for annual Q+A; pre-session comments indicate few surprises; Kremlin in talks with OPEC; the efficiency of Russia’s hybrid warfare; Culture Ministry bans release of wartime Hollywood blockbuster; Poland fears descent of Night Wolves; environmental campaigner’s plea for early release refused; Apple tackles Siri’s homophobia ‘bug’.  From little green men to fairytale dresses, […]

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

TODAY: Analysts ponder Russia’s Iran moves; Yemen embargo vetoed; Time poll names Putin most influential; record number of questions for Putin call-in; state news reporter fired over FSB story; Navalny employee charged after giving painting to boss; Investigative Committee in arms over ‘twerk’ video.

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

TODAY: Lavrov promises Israel no new arms race; Putin meeting with Greek and Cypriot leaders this week; patriotism to be written into school curriculum; inflation is highest in 13 years; Kremlin monitors media photos of opposition figures; Ponomaryov to be stripped of legislative immunity; Nemtsov suspects arrested again. 

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

TODAY: Putin launches inter-ethnic government agency; Russia keeps Norway guessing, warns NATO to stay out of Baltic states or face nuclear retaliation; Crimean opposition station taken off air; Navalny fundraiser granted U.K. asylum; Yukos and Rosneft settle all litigations; Nemtsov suspect says he was forced to confess; Kamchakta trawler sinks.

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

TODAY: Putin dismisses two senior officials; Ukraine to stop buying Russian gas; Storchak expects Ukraine $3bn repayment on time; Serdyukov’s son may have bought Defence Ministry property; Russia’s fascist friends; ‘foreign agent’ fines for Sakharov Center and RPI; Crimea to immortalise Putin.

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – March 18, 2015

TODAY: Rogozin to head new Arctic commission; Latvian military says Russian edging its territory; parliament refuses request to hold minute of silence for Nemtsov; Navalny says Nemtsov’s death has complicated the terrain for oppositionists; Crimea in economic hardship; Gazprom to have a challenging year. Lake Baikal drying up.

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – March 9, 2015

TODAY: Two Chechens charged with Nemtsov murder, three more held in custody; investigators may pursue Islamic link after suspect’s court comment; opposition reacts warily to arrests; Putin gives himself pay cut; Kudrin dismisses suggestion about Coca-Cola and McDonald’s; Yakunin denies gay rights suppressed; Navalny released from jail, vows to fight on.