RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Aug 11, 2015

TODAY: Economy takes turn for the worse as second quarter data shows dramatic decline; Putin attempts to stave off ruble worries; Maria Zakharova becomes first female Foreign Ministry spokesman; Moscow asserts Washington must abandon military defence plans in Europe; Duma mulling bill to reduce penalties for corruption in military; translators concerned by dearth of patriotism […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Aug 5, 2015

TODAY: Russia resubmits claim to swathe of Arctic shelf; new restrictions on imports of medical equipment proposed; youth mortality rising; decree to destroy Western foodstuffs raise hackles of charities; Investigative Committee’s new book on Ukraine crisis offers inflammatory cover; British historian’s work banned in Sverdlovsk; Gazprom’s thwarted ambitions. 

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – July 30, 2015

TODAY: Russia vetoes United Nations MH17 tribunal resolution; Kremlin defends ‘undesirables’ law; Parnas leader and activists briefly detained in Novosibirsk; LGBT website founder fined;  Central Bank halting foreign currency purchases to boost reserves; loan for Belarus.

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – July 29, 2015

TODAY: National Endowment for Democracy declared the first undesirable organisation in Russia; Putin’s former ‘banker’ offers his insights into the machinations of the regime; opposition activists on hunger strike in Novosibirsk; plans to make patriotic cuisine a requirement for restaurants; pop stars protest Kremlin’s plans for regime-friendly talent hothouse; Britain complains about interference in Litvinenko inquiry; Gazprom […]

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

TODAY: Leaders move towards Ukraine weapons pull-back deal; Naryshkin says Crimea was annexed by Ukraine in 1991; Putin’s ratings high but he will resign in 2019, predicts Khodorkovsky; Russian football has a racism problem says UN and FIFA; German exports fall under sanctions.

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

TODAY: MacArthur Foundation exits Russia under pressure; Chubais colleagues flee Russia; Medvedev to lead United Russia again; Russia better off with Greece part of E.U?; Rosneft requests end of Gazprom export monopoly; recession could extend into 2016; single-industry towns in danger.

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – July 17, 2015

TODAY: Russia to spend $1bn yearly dropping Ukraine gas route; Ukraine PM says Russia out to destroy his country; Deutsche Bank Moscow under investigation; Putin says MH17 tribunal ‘premature’; United Russia paying youth activists to lobby for LGBT support group closure, says founder; Peskov to marry Olympic skater.

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – July 15, 2015

TODAY: Putin celebrating six-nation deal over Iran’s nuclear program, observers say Russia could lose out; Constitutional Court rules certain ECHR judgments can be ignored; poverty hits critical levels; Nemtsov Moscow memorial project rejected; law temporarily eases regulations for small businesses.

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

TODAY: Two major organisations shutting down to avoid ‘foreign agent’ labels; new election-time rules drawn up for popular bloggers; U.S. officials talking up Russia threat; United Russia unveils hetero flag; Putin welcomes Chinese President to BRICS summit; Turkmenistan says Gazprom hasn’t paid; Ukraine banks want Crimea compensation. Putin to try yoga, selfie addiction.

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – July 2, 2015

TODAY: High court approves move to hold elections early; Pentagon warns of war with Russia; Prosecutor General backtracks on earlier reports about disputing independence of Baltic states; Gazprom halts deliveries to Ukraine, supplies to Europe unaffected; Russia leads world in gas flaring; debt prevents travel.