RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Oct 2, 2014

TODAY: Putin says internet isolation plan is for information security, not censorship; Russians see Western sanctions as affront, China support grows since Ukraine crisis; Russia pulls out of FLEX after gay adoption; conscription begins this fall, Arctic military command structure planned; Kasparov warns of Putin’s long-term goals; IMF halves its 2015 Russia growth forecast; new NATO head. […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – August 8, 2014

TODAY: Putin’s import ban anticipated to hurt Russian economy, prices to rise, restaurant market to be hit; U.S. poultry, nut, and soy bean markets to suffer; racist Moscow projection marks Obama’s birthday; United Airlines concerned over airspace ban; Nato calls for Russia to withdraw from Ukraine border. President Vladimir Putin’s ban on $9 billion worth of food […]

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

TODAY: Kremlin asks Twitter to block access to ‘extremists’; Obama and EU threaten more sanctions over Ukraine; Syria credits Putin for end of chemical weapons; university funding announced; RDIF courts investors; rules relaxed for foreign journalists. Russia’s communications watchdog, Roskomnadzor, requested yesterday that Twitter block access to a dozen ‘extremist’ (and as yet, unidentified) accounts, […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – May 29, 2014

TODAY: Ukraine blames Russia for violence in east, Lavrov blames West; arrest warrant for second Bolotnaya protester this week; Ukraine will not pay until gas price drops as alleged debt passes $5bn; emigration, alcoholism. 300 coalminers rallied in support of pro-Russia separatists in Donetsk yesterday, but the overall situation in eastern Ukraine, has returned to relative […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – May 26, 2014

TODAY: Poroshenko wins Ukraine as pro-Russian rebels smash ballot boxes, Putin promises to support new leadership, says no one wants new Cold War; Ukraine accuses Russia of military exercises on border; Putin SPIEF speech touches on sanctions, Snowden; BP and Rosneft sign shale exploration deal. Petro Poroshenko, the billionaire confectioner often dubbed the ‘Chocolate King’, […]

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

TODAY: Putin gives Ukraine a deadline for gas prepayment; Kiev comes back with a reduced price; Europe and U.S. poised to sharpen sanctions as Western oil companies suffer; Rogozin threatens to deactivate GPS infrastructure; interview with former U.S. ambassador McFaul; gay rights protest to go ahead despite warnings; Putin’s popularity still on the up; Snowden […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – May 9, 2014

TODAY: Russia to be stationed on the moon by 2030; NATO doubts troop withdrawal; Victory Day parade to go ahead; Putin oversees military rocket launches; Ukrainian rebels to go ahead with planned referendum; gay rights march authorised for next week; sexist diplomat ridiculed over Pussy Riot comments; Snowden manipulated by Kremlin, says former NSA head; […]

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

TODAY: Putin’s Q+A features Ukraine, Washington and surprise from Snowden; tentative deal reached in Geneva on Ukraine crisis; President hopes to limit Crimea spending; Usmanov retains top spot in Russian billionaire rankings.  In Vladimir Putin’s ‘confident’ performance at his live Q&A session (his 12th, during which he answered 85 questions) he attacked sanctions imposed by the […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Feb 3, 2014

TODAY: ‘Homosexual propaganda’ law leads to new charges; anti-gay gangs on patrol; Chernyshenko backs off on gay protest warning; Navalny seeks permission to visit Sochi; Russia and E.U. in ‘deadlock’; thousands protest for Bolotnaya Square detainees. The creator of an online support group for Russia’s LGBT teens has been charged under the new ‘homosexual propaganda’ […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Jan 20, 2014

TODAY: Putin pulls ‘my friends are gay’ card, links homosexuality and pedophilia; gay rights protester detained for unfurling rainbow flag at pre-Olympics event; anniversary of Baburova and Markelov murder; Putin speaks out about Scotland, denies corruption as Islamist group issues threat; no visa-free travel plans, says E.U.; Snowden in cahoots with FSB? President Vladimir Putin […]