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

TODAY: S&P downgrades Russia; VTB fears SWIFT lockout; Syria wins Russia a new friend in Europe? Google fined for abortion ads; alleged Russian spy ring uncovered in U.S.; Litvinenko inquiry opens in London.

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

TODAY: Russian delegates appear sanguine as World Economic Forum begins; Schlumberger looking to make major investment in Russian oil services company; Central Bank denies need for capital controls; study finds more than half of Russians in state of economic deprivation. Ukraine accuses Russia of direct involvement in conflict; Moscow mulling delivery of air missiles to […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Dec 24, 2014

TODAY: Plans for Navalny rally gather strength; Oleg Kashin takes complaint over case to ECHR; Ekho Moskvy to receive Sochi treatment? Rouble rebounds somewhat with soft capital controls; S&P warning over junk status; Ukraine’s rejection of non-aligned status met with Kremlin disapproval. 29,000 people have now used a new Facebook page announcing a rally in […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Dec 23, 2014

TODAY: First banking bailout of crisis; Kudrin criticises government response, says Russia plunging further into crisis; U.S. blocks Rosneft expansion attempts; Navalny’s defenders plan new rally.  The Central Bank has intervened to bail out Moscow’s Trust Bank which is on the verge of insolvency, issuing a loan of $500 million at the current exchange rate.  Former Finance […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Dec 22, 2014

TODAY: Prosecutors seek ten years for Navalny; China pledges to help Russia in finance turmoil; Lesin to step down from media role.  Russia will never be intimidated, says Putin; invites North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to Moscow; crisis tactics, gold and assets. Russian prosecutors have asked a court to sentence opposition leader Alexei Navalny to 10 […]

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 […]