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

TODAY: Teacher fired over sexual orientation loses appeal; Alexei Navalny hearing postponed; Nemtsov suspect pleads innocence, says confession extracted under duress; veterans protest; Russia-Argentina meeting yields energy agreements; Rosatom deal darkens Clinton campaign; optimism on economy; pension contribution funds to remain; the return of the military icebreaker. 

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – April 22, 2015

TODAY: Medvedev acknowledges cost of Crimea annexation; defends its historical significance; local authorities action Putin’s wildfire pledges; opposition activist slashes wrists in prison protest; a look at opposition emigration; LGBT takes on haters with her own unique social media campaign; new Russia-China project to forge high technology links.  In his annual speech to parliament, Prime […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – April 16, 2015

TODAY: Putin gears up for annual Q+A; pre-session comments indicate few surprises; Kremlin in talks with OPEC; the efficiency of Russia’s hybrid warfare; Culture Ministry bans release of wartime Hollywood blockbuster; Poland fears descent of Night Wolves; environmental campaigner’s plea for early release refused; Apple tackles Siri’s homophobia ‘bug’.  From little green men to fairytale dresses, […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – April 7, 2015

TODAY: Lavrov promises Israel no new arms race; Putin meeting with Greek and Cypriot leaders this week; patriotism to be written into school curriculum; inflation is highest in 13 years; Kremlin monitors media photos of opposition figures; Ponomaryov to be stripped of legislative immunity; Nemtsov suspects arrested again. 

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – April 3, 2015

TODAY: Moscow satisfied with Iran nuclear deal, a triumph of Russian and Iranian cooperation, says Tehran; Russia won’t give up U.N. veto; Ukraine wins three month gas price respite; Putin doubles NGO budget as U.N. demands more action on human rights; venues refuse to host Nemtsov memorial; Kremlin bots on the prowl.

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – March 25, 2015

TODAY: Pro-Kremlin news website raided; Khodorkovsky technician detained; Russia showing no signs of wanting to leave WTO; Putin’s diplomacy designed to maintain the status quo? Crimea to receive $400 million Russian investment; Poland preparing for information war; ruble at its highest since last year. 

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – March 23, 2015

TODAY: Lavrov says in distress over tragedy of Ukraine; NATO says Moscow still sending weapons into eastern Ukraine; Russian ultra-nationalist says Putin must start supporting pro-Russia rebels; 150 European far-right representatives meet in St. Petersburg; Russia threatens Denmark with nuclear weapons; Kadyrov for President? Russia goes after gay U.N. employees; Yanukovych son dies in Lake […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – March 9, 2015

TODAY: Two Chechens charged with Nemtsov murder, three more held in custody; investigators may pursue Islamic link after suspect’s court comment; opposition reacts warily to arrests; Putin gives himself pay cut; Kudrin dismisses suggestion about Coca-Cola and McDonald’s; Yakunin denies gay rights suppressed; Navalny released from jail, vows to fight on. 

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Feb 26, 2015

TODAY: Putin accuses Kiev of gas war ‘genocide'; action on Ukraine’s gas debts undecided; Kiev believes that truce may be holding; Lavrov concurs; observers ponder further potential flash points in Ukraine; Cyprus and Russia agree on port usage; temporary price freeze on certain food stuffs; Arkhangelsk gay rights rally banned; Russia plans ISS exit. 

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Feb 13, 2015

TODAY: Russia seen as ‘winner’ of Minsk agreement, which sets start time for ceasefire and troop withdrawal but fails to resolve border control or set deadlines; Putin hails outcome, Poroshenko expresses dissatisfaction; Russia immediately launches military exercises; Navalny associate’s parents investigated.