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

TODAY: Putin calls migrant crisis ‘predictable’; Russia sending military support and possibly troops to Syria, prompting warning from Kerry; Memorial fined over foreign agents law; BBC proposes counter to RT; Yashin campaign thwarted in Kostroma; Snowden slams recent Russian laws; wedding police to combat joy.

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Sept 3, 2015

TODAY: U.S. extends sanctions to defence firms; U.N. attacks Russia’s stance on investigation into chemical weapons in Syria; Medvedev reassures consumers over medicine import ban; Navalny to pay in Yves Rocher case; Putin insists on patriotic education; parade to mark Kuril islands seizure flouts Japan; China meetings underway amid economic concerns. 

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

TODAY: President Putin prepares to solder Russia-China ties at Beijing meeting; economic downturn of both likely to cast a shadow; Alrosa to slash prices; Aeroflot takes over competitor; miners on hunger strike in Siberia; new Internet surveillance law condemned by activists; Putin’s sporty start to September.

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

TODAY: Crisis delays joint projects with China; ruble drops 45% in 12 months; Russia wants full debt repayment from Ukraine, won’t help restructure; agriculture agency burns 1.5 tons of food; Kremlin ties to big deals; Nemtsova takes complaint to European court. 

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Aug 25, 2015

TODAY: Ruble hits new year low after China’s tumble; international court rules Russia must compensate for 2013 damage to Greenpeace ship; Russia cancels ban on Wikipedia; Matviyenko U.S. visa status being disputed; Lavrov expresses hope regarding U.S. relations.

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

TODAY: Medvedev visits disputed islands, drawing Japan protest; Kremlin prepares economic measures to boost foreign currency sales; Russia losing Chinese FDI, second gas contract looking unlikely; Poroshenko urges legal action to protect against Russian ‘aggressor’; Wikipedia switches URLs to avoid watchdog pressure; Nemstov family says Putin scared of Kadyrov. 

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Aug 21, 2015

TODAY: Golos finds electoral funding violations on part of United Russia; worker for the watchdog attacked; hopes to usher in limited media access for ‘foreign agent’ NGOs; defence deals with Iran, Pakistan; Russia and China launch huge military exercises; Yakunin replacement announced; Forbes rich list shows Baturina holding, Rotenbergs less so; plans afoot to harshen penalties for food smuggling. 

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – July 29, 2015

TODAY: National Endowment for Democracy declared the first undesirable organisation in Russia; Putin’s former ‘banker’ offers his insights into the machinations of the regime; opposition activists on hunger strike in Novosibirsk; plans to make patriotic cuisine a requirement for restaurants; pop stars protest Kremlin’s plans for regime-friendly talent hothouse; Britain complains about interference in Litvinenko inquiry; Gazprom […]

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

TODAY: Putin defends decisions, hopes for more European independence, says Blatter deserves a Nobel Prize; Parnas rejection due to obstacles aimed at opposition, says Navalny;  Russia follows through with Dutch tulip ban, threatens to destroy banned food imports; Kiselyov proposal would create conglomerate to support pro-Kremlin music; Litvinenko suspect not allowed to testify.

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – July 14, 2015

TODAY: Russia Today’s bank account frozen in London; VTB given access to Chinese bonds; Georgia says Russia violating its sovereignty; Biden says Russia bent on destabilising Ukraine;  Putin cuts Interior Ministry staff; presenters test Moscow’s tolerance; 23 killed in barracks collapse.