TODAY: Ukraine suspends pre-payments for gas deliveries; Gazprom ready to exempt gas supplies to rebel-held regions of Ukraine; Kiev starts pulling back heavy weapons from frontline; Khodorkovsky calls Putin a ‘naked king’; ruble having its best month since the 90s.
TODAY: Rebels continue to violate ceasefire in eastern Ukraine; OSCE calls for stronger measures to help it observe fighting; Kerry says Russia is lying about troops and weapons; U.K. sending military to train Ukrainian solders; Russia threatening a new gas crisis over Ukraine pay dispute; OSCE and Amnesty slam abuse of media freedom.
TODAY: Putin makes equivocal statements about war with Ukraine, tells Kiev to focus on restoring the economy; Poroshenko wants Crimea back; Estonia, Moldova and Lithuania all pressured by Ukraine conflict; Russia and U.S. clash at U.N. Security Council meeting; patriotism to inspire investment? Russia offers missile deal to Iran.
TODAY: Economic crisis far from over, warns Central Bank; Gazprom’s plummeting sales hurting budget; British Defence Secretary says Russia a ‘danger'; Ukraine ceasefire troubled but holding; Vladivostock ditches direct mayoral elections; Alexei Navalny sentenced to 15 days in jail.
TODAY: Lavrov says ceasefire generally holding, E.U. says it has been violated, but will take no action; U.S. will hold off on decision about sending weapons to Ukraine; Gazprom accused of abusing European market position; Russians mistrust Western sources online; new Pussy Riot video released; Navalny website ban upheld; FSB head traveling to U.S.; Musayev charges dropped.
TODAY: Putin driven by suspicion of Western influences, Lavrov accuses U.S. of organising coup in Ukraine; Obama considers sending weapons to Kiev; Khodorkovsky and Navalny team up for next protest; Gazprom to slash capex, Medvedev moves to secure mortgage lending; Spotify cancels Russia launch.
TODAY: E.U. wants to increase punitive sanctions against Russia over ongoing Ukraine violence, U.N. says Mariupol attack a war crime; Putin says its NATO stoking tensions in Ukraine, not Russia; Peskov says credit downgrade politically motivated; Navalny house arrest extended, protest called; Ekho Moskvy extremist appeal rejected.
TODAY: Merkel says long way to go before sanctions are lifted, as new anti-Ukraine offensives underscore seriousness of conflict; OPEC rivals Russia for China market; VTB awaiting rescue package; Putin award’s Sechin’s son, sharpens inner circle; education watchdog would ban Wikipedia; Church calls for abortions curb.
TODAY: Mikhail Khodorkovsky talks democracy in St Petersburg; opposition rally in Moscow; French President makes impromptu visit to Putin; Russian aircraft impounded in Nigeria. Default on the horizon? Social unrest may result from recession, warn analysts; Moscow mulls South Stream alternative options. Despite a slew of attempts by the authorities to thwart him, Yukos founder […]
TODAY: Russia bound for recession next year; GDP forecast to shrink; Central Bank supporting tumbling ruble. Kalashnikov cashing in on peace; Corruption worsening in Russia says index; Gazprom exports dwindling; tightening grip on Internet; musicians refusing to toe Kremlin line. In an admission which has sent the ruble spiralling further downwards, Russia’s Finance Ministry has acknowledged […]