TODAY: Diplomatic tensions rising over Russian bombing in Syria; Putin brushes off Western criticism; progress seen in Ukraine peace talks; both sides pledge to withdraw weapons; elections in rebel-held regions to be postponed; Russia will discuss oil prices with OPEC; Economy Ministry predicts GDP will recover (somewhat) in 2016.
TODAY: Multiple violations reported in regional elections; NGO office raided in Kostroma where Parnas claims to have reached 5% of the vote; authorities contest; Russia will continue to supply Assad with weapons; observers ponder reasons for escalation of Moscow’s involvement in Syria; ceasefire in Ukraine holding; Elton John wants to tell Putin how he feels […]
TODAY: E.U. announces 6-month extension of sanctions against Russia, Kremlin responds angrily; Putin blames Ukraine for shelling in phone conversation with Merkel, Hollande; consumer rights website blocked; gay rights activist fined; rock festival driven out of Russia by conservative threat; PDVSA signs accords with Rosneft.
TODAY: Poroshenko warns of full-scale invasion by Russia; Merkel and Harper want Russia to stay out of G7; Dynasty Foundation donor pulls funding over ‘foreign agent’ status; Central Bank to focus on boosting reserves; Kara-Murza’s father says son poisoned; oppositionists withdraw work from Ekho Moskvy.
TODAY: Ukraine ceasefire violations continue, are at worst since February; Peskov raps Merkel’s use of word ‘annexation’; Crimea in danger of becoming money laundering hub; U.K. think-tank warns on dangers of Russian aggression; Kudrin says economic crisis is ‘full-blown’; FIFA investigation to include Russia; Pentagon wants to keep buying Russian rockets; NGO’s Chechnya office attacked.
TODAY: Human Rights Watch and Amnesty on ‘undesirable’ list, science foundation may be shut down under ‘foreign agent’ law; prison labourers may work on World Cup build; Merkel ally refused entry to Russia; Novorossia project on hold; Russia begins surprise military training; Pussy Riot take whipping complaint to ECHR; a baptism by trolls for Kirill. Some […]
TODAY: E.U. summit begins in Riga as President speaks out against Russia; Moldovans leaning towards Russia; Putin praises Lavrov who offers military aid to Iraq; captured soldiers confess to being in Russian military; Siluanov and I.M.F. predict economic contractions; Duma moves to bring elections forward, to opposition’s disadvantage.
TODAY: Nemtsov’s posthumous Ukraine report published, revealing details of Kremlin involvement in war, Peskov says hasn’t seen it; U.S. Secretary of State in friendly but inconclusive talks with Putin and Lavrov; Merkel censored by translator; new Russia rail deal for China; state-run bank to pay accused spy’s legal fees; Swedes have novel ideas for putting […]
TODAY: Putin calls for global security at Victory Day Parade; Poroshenko slams Russia’s spectacle; Chinese President’s visit signals a raft of deals; NATO hotlines aim to defuse escalating conflict; Merkel visits Putin to press for end to Ukraine conflict; Yashin to release Nemtsov report.
TODAY: Economic troubles interfere with Kremlin military plans; Putin and Merkel to discuss Ukraine, Merkel to snub Victory Day parade; Kostin says Putin’s success due to historical moment; Putin wants Ukrainian refugees to be able to find work; former Serdyukov employee found guilty of fraud. Fridman bows to U.K. pressure.