RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Jan 18, 2016

TODAY: Nuland and Surkov discuss Ukraine; last week’s oil drop costs $11bn in losses for asset-heavy oligarchs; Gref calls Russia a loser country, bemoans failure to diversify; economy anticipated to shrink again in 2016; driving ban to be levied for certain unpaid debts; new athletics minister; Komi ministry denies book-burning.

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Dec 28, 2015

TODAY: Russia dismisses Amnesty accusations, says strikes killed top Syrian rebel leader; India and Russia sign $12.65bn nuclear deal; Putin calls for counter-terror coastal units; Moscow court will not officially recognise political nature of Nemtsov murder; spotlight on Bolshoi; Russia warming more quickly than rest of world. Putin perfume.

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 – Jan 19, 2015

TODAY: Record capital flight last year, Putin amnesty on its return could make Russia target of money laundering watchdog; ruble devaluation threatens migrant worker economies; analysts anticipate chaos; Poroshenko pink-slips Putin’s proposed peace plan, says Peskov; LUKoil under investigation for alleged financing of eastern Ukraine terror; former Cultural Ministry official sees cultural isolationism.

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

TODAY: Putin gives State of Union address, blames West for sanctions, promises tax freeze, threatens speculators; ruble is world’s second-weakest currency; ECHR orders payment for Navalny; human rights is at a ten-year low in Russia, says HRW; Europe says South Stream cancellation is blackmail. During his keynote State of the Union address yesterday, Vladimir Putin […]

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

TODAY: Putin and Poroshenko agree on winter gas price; Ukraine has money to pay debt but not to pay upfront, Putin tells Europe to help out; Duma members want to act against ‘negative’ news; St. Petersburg lawmakers wants Finnish stamps banned; Lavrov says Russia will not accept sanctions conditions; state television slams German Gref and […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Oct 3, 2014

TODAY: Putin woos investors with optimistic address at VTB conference; evidence and opinion continue to mount against him; oil output is at a new high but prices are dropping; Gref castigates wasteful government inefficiency; Mechel will survive by selling assets; Romania goes after Lukoil; UK Tories snub ECHR. Speaking in Washington, former Yukos head Mikhail Khodorkovsky […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – May 28, 2014

TODAY: Ukraine quits CIS; dozens of pro-Russians killed in Donetsk violence, Putin calls for an end to clashes; Kiev turns tables on gas row, accuses Gazprom of stealing; Khodorkovsky plans charity work in Ukraine; Navalny could be placed in pretrial detention; Bolotnaya Square activist charged two years after the fact; Putin ally joins Yandex board. […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – May 7, 2014

TODAY: New law requires bloggers to register; national payment system will penalise international colleagues; 13 detained at Bolotnaya anniversary protest; Lavrov defends military exercises at Ukrainian border; some investors still holding onto their Russia shares; Pussy Riot speak to U.S. Senate; Eurovision entry booed. In the Kremlin’s latest crackdown on dissident voices, President Vladimir Putin […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – March 25, 2014

TODAY: Ukraine pulls out of Crimea; Lavrov shrugs off G8 exclusion; sanctions to cause $70bln in outflows; Sberbank may launch alternative payments system; professor sacked for opposing invasion; Afghan president voices support; Navalny loses house arrest appeal; arms exports to total $47bln. As Ukraine acknowledged defeat and announced a military pull-out from Crimea, countries in the […]