RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – May 1, 2015

TODAY: Kim Jong-un will not attend Victory Day parade; diplomatic relations unaffected, says Kremlin; NATO warns Russia preparing for new offensive in Ukraine; Kadyrov says he will give evidence in Nemtsov case; fake Sechin Twitter profile closed; interest rates cuts; Borscht index; China and Russia naval drills. 

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

TODAY: Putin addresses Western meddling in speech to FSB; Nemtsov memorial vandalised; case against Ponomaryov initiated; proposed changes to justice system raise lawyers’ concerns; Lavrov woos South America; price reduction for Ukraine’s natural gas a possibility; government lends support to automobile industry with major order. 

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 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 – July 7, 2014

TODAY: Pro-Russian stronghold Slovyansk retaken by Ukrainian forces; Tatar leader banned from Crimea by Kremlin; Russians feel the pinch of sanctions. Putin reaches out to Obama; punishment for protesters tightened; Internet freedom attack enshrined in law; Putin’s star treatment. Slovyansk, the town in eastern Ukraine which served as the rebels’ military headquarters has been recaptured by […]

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

TODAY: Dramatic events in Eastern Ukraine as Kiev attempts to reclaim city; NATO sharpening rhetoric against Moscow; the costs of further annexation.  Gazprom still concerned over EU energy legislation; Greenpeace attempt to board Russian tanker; Crimea takes on gay-propaganda law.  Pro-Russian separatists in Slavyansk claim that Kiev has launched a ‘large-scale operation‘ to reclaim the […]

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

TODAY: Lavrov blasts Kiev and U.S. as Ukraine situation intensifies; Moscow threatens retaliation; NATO jets scrambled. VTB vows to stay in NYC; most Russians optimistic Ukraine crisis will not lead to Russia’s isolation.  Russia-Canadia diplomatic spat; Duma seeks control over foul language.  Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, who has accused the West of attempting to stage […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – March 5, 2014

TODAY: Ukraine fears quieten as Putin rules out force; describes events in Kiev as coup d’etat; ICBM tested.; President’s motives considered. Journalists covering Crimea story intimidated; Professor sacked over critical article; final days of Dozhd; Navalny receives new accessory.  President Vladimir Putin has spoken publicly about events in Ukraine for the first time since ousted […]

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

TODAY: Death toll continues to mount in Kiev; Lavrov berates West for meddling; Pussy Riot whipped in Sochi performance; the costs of hosting the Olympics; credit rating drop and ruble free fall; blogging crackdown. A tentative ‘truce’ reached between Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych and opposition leaders in Kiev was quickly broken when nine protesters were shot dead in the space […]