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 1, 2015

TODAY: Kudrin anticipates stagnant economy, urges Putin to leverage popularity and push economic reform, estimates Crimea losses; former allies slam Kremlin policies; state company heads exempted from having to declare incomes; why is Putin so popular? Greece slams anti-Russia sanctions, seeks gas discount; Poland and Georgia see imminent Russian threat; Golos leader evicted. 

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – March 31, 2015

TODAY: Russia buying E.U. influence? Saudi Arabia raps Russia for hypocrisy over Syria weapons; Lavrov leaves early from Iran nuclear talks; Yakunin wins main goal of NYT lawsuit; prices rise but dissent remains under control; Peskov says don’t politicize Nemtsov memorial clearing; football to get racism inspector. Russia’s Victory Day celebrations on May 9th are […]

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

TODAY: Pro-Kremlin news website raided; Khodorkovsky technician detained; Russia showing no signs of wanting to leave WTO; Putin’s diplomacy designed to maintain the status quo? Crimea to receive $400 million Russian investment; Poland preparing for information war; ruble at its highest since last year. 

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 13, 2015

TODAY: Peskov tries to quash rumours that absent Putin is unwell; Putin is in hiding because Nemstov killing exposed power struggles, some speculate; Kashin’s lawsuit thrown out; E.U. blocks Russia-Hungary nuclear deal; Kremlin ends its Ketchum P.R. contract; Milonov angered by shaman. 

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

TODAY: Secure state jobs could be lost to budget cuts; Kudrin baffled over ratings downgrade; E.U. to ‘reframe’ energy relations with Russia and help Kiev wean off of dependence; British MPs want increased military spending to address Russia threat; suspects in Kharkiv bomb trained in Russia; Kerry blasts brazen Russia; 35,000-strong anti-Maidan march in Moscow. […]

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 19, 2015

TODAY: Record capital flight last year, Putin amnesty on its return could make Russia target of money laundering watchdog; ruble devaluation threatens migrant worker economies; analysts anticipate chaos; Poroshenko pink-slips Putin’s proposed peace plan, says Peskov; LUKoil under investigation for alleged financing of eastern Ukraine terror; former Cultural Ministry official sees cultural isolationism.