RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – September 9, 2013

TODAY: Sobyanin hails win at ‘most open’ Moscow mayoral elections as Navalny alleges falsifications, supporters plan to rally; Putin pledges ongoing help for Syria; Olympics sponsors are worried; Sweden criticises Russia ‘economic warfare’. Moscow’s mayoral elections were held yesterday, with 3,300 polling stations recording an 18% turnout.  As of this morning in Russia, with roughly […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – July 22, 2013

TODAY: Navalny unexpectedly released after sentencing, vows in Moscow to continue election campaign, thanks supporters; analysts baffled by authorities’ decision. Putin dives Lake Baikal, Kirill slams gay marriage; U.K. admits blocking Litvinenko investigation over diplomatic concerns. A day after his release from custody in Kirov, Alexei Navalny has returned to Moscow, welcomed by hundreds of […]

Will Kenya Learn from History?

With the Kenyan economy projected to grow by 5% this year, the credibility of the upcoming elections will be key determinant in gauging international confidence and foreign investment in the system left behind by President Kibaki.

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Oct 22, 2012

TODAY: 60,000 vote for Coordination Council, many voters thwarted by cyber attacks; BP poised to take a stake in Rosneft; Knyshov to quit; Sobchak’s mother to loser her senate post; free-market policy damaging domestic wheat.  Around 60,000 opposition supporters voted online over the weekend to select a 45-member leadership body, the Coordination Council, although ‘thousands […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Oct 16, 2012

TODAY: Golos, others report widespread election violations as Putin praises results as indication of public trust; March of Millions protesters charged; pricing MegaFon; utilities concern citizens; students in Stavropol prevented from wearing headscarves; Lavrov threatens tit-for-tat over E.U. visas. Independent watchdog Golos says it received 850 reports of violations in Sunday’s elections.  President Vladimir Putin […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Oct 15, 2012

TODAY: Gubernatorial elections close, United Russia candidates win in all regions; Chirikova comes second in Khimki mayoral race; Human Rights Watch accuses Syria of using Russian cluster bombs, urges authorities to investigate homophobic attack. Gubernatorial election polls closed yesterday in five regions, with United Russia candidates expected to win all of them.  Opponents accused the […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Oct 5, 2012

TODAY: Human Rights Watch decries harassment of rights worker; Politkovskaya remembrance given go-ahead; Kremlin looks to curb tax evasion; Orthodox Church dips into election politics; Russia mulling foreign access to Arctic?  Moscow urges restraint on condemnation of Syria’s deadly Turkish attack; Putin’s birthday. It has been revealed that a senior researcher for Human Rights Watch, Tanya […]

The Botox Czar: An Interview with Nina Khrushcheva

Tomorrow Vladimir Putin will most likely waltz back into the presidency with some 60% of the vote, but his tough guy image as the “father of the nation,” is lost forever, says Nina Khrushcheva, a professor of International Affairs at the New School and the author of Imaging Nabokov.