RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Jan 26, 2016

TODAY: New figures show economy contracted the most in six years in 2015; oil prices were driving factor; industrial output, real wages also decline; Putin unexpectedly lambastes Lenin; Defense Ministry denies plan for new Syria air base; Moscow looking to develop Kuril islands, risking Japan’s ire; Lukoil recommences work in Iran; company believes Russia needs […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Dec 17, 2015

TODAY: Putin suspends free trade zone with Ukraine; Ukraine accuses Russia of looting oil rigs, halts trade with Crimea; IMF takes Kremlin side on nature of Kiev’s debt; military commander says U.S. missile defence would be penetrated by a Russian salvo; faith in TV news dwindles; high ranking official suggests Russophobia can lead to death; […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Dec 11, 2015

TODAY: More and more Russians falling into poverty as recession bites; food producers concerned truck tax will see prices skyrocket; regions to prioritise native workers; Russia will not leave IMF over Ukraine; Georgia complains of airspace violation; Russia as ‘troll’ state; Khodorkovsky suspected of ‘extremism’; education and politics.   

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

TODAY: Russian fighter jet shot down near Turkey’s border; Kremlin asserts it was over Syrian territory despite conflicting reports from Ankara; Putin and Khamenei close ranks over distrustful Washington in meeting in Tehran; trade ties bolstered; activists detained over Ukraine flag stunt; Moscow mulls retaliatory measures against Kiev for Crimea power line sabotage; Union for […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Nov 20, 2015

TODAY: State Duma and Federation Council to discuss fight against terror in rare joint meeting; Moscow claims to have hit ISIS HQ in air raids; Syria serving to draw Russia out of isolation?  Ukraine fears this means its interests will be ignored; China buys batch of fighter jets; Russia will build nuclear plant in Egypt; […]

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 – Aug 11, 2015

TODAY: Economy takes turn for the worse as second quarter data shows dramatic decline; Putin attempts to stave off ruble worries; Maria Zakharova becomes first female Foreign Ministry spokesman; Moscow asserts Washington must abandon military defence plans in Europe; Duma mulling bill to reduce penalties for corruption in military; translators concerned by dearth of patriotism […]

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

TODAY: Kremlin accuses E.U. of being untrustworthy over blacklist publication; plans for war games prompt fears for new offensive in Ukraine; second nuclear plant in Iran planned for this year; bill to bring elections forward signal Kremlin’s popularity concerns; gay rights activist sentenced to ten days in prison; the world of official trolling; Kudrin open […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – May 18, 2015

TODAY: Law tightening control over NGOs passed; Kremlin accuses West of fomenting destabilisation in Macedonia; gay rights campaigners detained at demonstration; Nemtsov suspect ‘spirited away’; Polonsky brought back to Russia; Fridman enlists help of Kremlin foe; Russia seeks major compensation from France over Mistral; economy outperforms expectations; Putin conquers Cossack hearts and hockey players. 

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

TODAY: Merkel suggests sanctions to remain in place; Putin lambasts ‘quasi-partners’, Russian regions unattractive to investors; Japanese Prime Minister will not attend Victory Day; deputies take aim at social parasitism; culture control.