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

TODAY: Russia to permanently deploy troops in Arctic from 2018; domestic stories overshadowed by Syria offensive; economy and giant state corporations struggling; new bill would legalise torture of prison inmates; Putin makes appeal for cooperation with the West in Syria, Foreign Ministry sets sights on Afghanistan; Russia and Ukraine closing airspace to each other’s airlines; gambling […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Oct 5, 2015

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.

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Sept 30, 2015

TODAY: France accuses Russia of ‘media strike’ on Islamic State as Kremlin sends more warplanes to Syria; new Ukraine agreement reached; Visa to stop guaranteeing Russia transactions; Putin ambivalent about a fourth term; spending cuts preferable to tax hikes.

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Aug 19, 2015

TODAY: LGBT activist attacked in Moscow; police swoop in on contraband cheese making operation; hotline established for denouncing smugglers; unemployment rising; Estonian officer jailed for spying; new radar systems in Arctic Circle; shaman’s last stand against Surgutneftegaz; art world remains rattled by God’s Will attack on Moscow exhibition; Putin enjoys Crimean submarine. 

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Aug 5, 2015

TODAY: Russia resubmits claim to swathe of Arctic shelf; new restrictions on imports of medical equipment proposed; youth mortality rising; decree to destroy Western foodstuffs raise hackles of charities; Investigative Committee’s new book on Ukraine crisis offers inflammatory cover; British historian’s work banned in Sverdlovsk; Gazprom’s thwarted ambitions. 

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – July 13, 2015

TODAY: Russia-China relations strengthened at SCO summit, but who is most likely beneficiary? Kremlin’s armaments projects; plans for long-awaited Northern Sea Route gaining traction; Islamic State targets Russian recruits; how a new labour law makes this easier; ‘straight pride’. 

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – April 27, 2015

TODAY: Putin accuses Washington of abetting terrorists in new documentary; sees Crimea seizure as historically justified; ‘fortress mentality’ emerging in eastern Europe; Night Wolves denied entry to Poland; Arctic Council meeting unaffected by politics; another twerking video offends authorities; the perils of being a ‘foreign agent’.

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 21, 2015

TODAY: European Union to launch legal attack on Gazprom’s market dominance; a decision influenced by political tensions?  Britain orders tycoon to part with North Sea assets; ruble rise curbs food price increase; commitment to high military spending impossible in current economic climate, argue experts; Victory Day amnesty to free 400,000; Anonymous hack state media chief’s […]

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.