RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Dec 19, 2014

TODAY: Putin’s annual presser shows confident President despite ruble woes; covers Ukraine, ruble, NATO, and love; economy to recover, President asserts; activists detained.  Law passed to give banking sector capital boost; Putin hopes to see newly released Sistema owner at New Year’s business meet.  ‘Sometimes I wonder, maybe the bear should just sit quietly, munch […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Dec 18, 2014

TODAY: Ruble stabilises but analysts warn crisis will continue; speculation mounts as to government’s next move; no possibility of IMF bailout; Moscow finally starting to bend on Ukraine?  Rosneft on target to repay debt; Memorial hearing postponed; Sistema chief Vladimir Yevtushenkov freed from house arrest.   Following the lows of ‘Black Tuesday’ the ruble has stabilised […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Dec 17, 2014

TODAY: Interest rate hike fails to save the troubled ruble; ‘Black Tuesday’ still not as bad as 1998, say some; blame game commences. Obama likely to sign new sanctions into law; ECHR rejects Russian appeal on Yukos; suspicious death of Kremlin-critical German deputy; Russian director and activist honoured with freedom of speech award. It seems […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Dec 16, 2014

TODAY: Central Bank hikes up interest rate in emergency measure to buoy rouble; prognosis bleak; results mixed so far; Russian media averts eyes. Obama mulls further sanctions; Lavrov hoping for Ukraine constitutional reform; Roscosmos suggests Russia go solo in space; HRW castigates Kremlin on LGBT rights abuses. In a dramatic move to halt the free […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Dec 15, 2014

TODAY: Memorial moves to defer its closure; citizens’ anger mounts over currency decline; no protection from rising costs.  Sweden says Russian jet nearly collided with commercial liner; Moscow points finger at NATO; gay rights critic storms Moscow club. Long-standing human rights group Memorial, under threat of dissolution by the Kremlin, has sent a revised charter […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Dec 11, 2014

TODAY: Putin’s India visit results in energy deals; Moscow cancels Uzbekistan debt; ruble trouble continues. Opposition activist placed on wanted list; school designated ‘foreign agent’, Putin influence noted by Time.   Vladimir Putin’s visit to India has yielded a deal in which Russia’s state-owned nuclear energy firm Rosatom will supply 12 nuclear energy reactors for India over […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Dec 10, 2014

TODAY: Bashneft now in government hands; economic gloom persists; food prices expected to rise dramatically; Russia to talk weapons and nuclear with India; suspect in Litvinenko case hired as consultant on show about his murder; Usmanov’s noble/Nobel intervention. Russian oil company Bashneft has now been returned to the government following the controversial seizure of assets owned by […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – July 25, 2014

TODAY: Sergei Udaltsov found guilty in Bolotnaya Square protests; Putin’s approval ratings reach a high; IMF forecasts weaker growth.  Russia denies missiles launched on its territory against Ukrainian fighter jets; Kremlin disapproves of U.S. South Korea plans; Canada announces sanctions.  Left Front leader Sergei Udaltsov and activist Leonid Razvozzhayev have been found guilty of organising mass […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – April 16, 2014

TODAY: Ukraine tensions mount as army clashes with pro-federalists in Kramatorsk; 11 dead; Putin lambasts Kiev’s actions; U.S. sees clear Russian involvement in the standoff. The financial cost of keeping Crimea; zero economic growth on the horizon; slumping stocks.  ‘The country is on the threshold of a civil war‘: Prime Minister Medvedev’s Facebook comment on […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Dec 24, 2013

TODAY: Freed Pussy Riot members dismiss clemency move; remain staunch critics of Putin’s Russia; Khordokovsky release indicates rift within Kremlin?  Phillips’ Magnitsky sanction issue; Ukraine eurobond purchase; inventor of the world’s most famous gun dies. Nadezhda Tolokonnikova of Pussy Riot, who was released yesterday a few hours after fellow activist Maria Alyokhina, has greeted the […]