RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Dec 16, 2014

TODAY: Central Bank hikes up interest rate in emergency measure to buoy rouble; prognosis bleak; results mixed so far; Russian media averts eyes. Obama mulls further sanctions; Lavrov hoping for Ukraine constitutional reform; Roscosmos suggests Russia go solo in space; HRW castigates Kremlin on LGBT rights abuses. In a dramatic move to halt the free […]

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 29, 2014

TODAY: Putin insiders, including Igor Sechin, added to U.S. sanction lists; will they be effective? Gazprom among firms that fear effects. Mayor of Kharkiv shot;  Kremlin wary of NATO troops; Navalny fraud case; Kremlin wages war on Internet freedom; homophobia. The U.S. has named seven high-ranking individuals, among them Rosneft chief Igor Sechin, whom it […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Feb 13, 2014

TODAY: Embassy slams gay hate crime documentary and denies homophobia, despite evidence; Egypt close to sealing arms deal; Sochi activist jailed for three years; Dozhd lawsuit dropped; Lukoil pulls out of Vietnam project; Yukos lawsuits continue. A British documentary about attacks on homosexuals in Russia carried out by neo-Nazi group ‘Occupy Pedophilia’ has been slammed as […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – July 11, 2013

TODAY: Magnitsky found guilty of tax evasion in posthumous trial; Navalny rallies the troops for mayoral campaign; Federation Council suggests clarification of NGO law needed; Moscow’s tree-planting business. Oil reserves de-classified; Europe feels pinch of Russia’s Asian energy drive. Ban on Muslim headscarves in Russia’s south upheld.  In Russia’s first ever posthumous trial, the late Sergei […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – June 3, 2013

TODAY: Russia to ban adoptions by same-sex couples; Pussy Riot members ends hunger strike; freedom of assembly protesters detained; Russian Railways joint venture; Putin rebukes governor; U.S. delegation discusses security and Boston bombing; nuclear patrols to resume in southern seas; Rosneft loan banks still waiting for payback; exiled Guriev wins Sberbank seat. An amendment to […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Jan 4, 2013

TODAY: Putin named most influential politician; Duma to consider nation-wide homosexuality ban; Gerard Depardieu granted Russian citizenship; adoption ban continues to draw ire; militant robots. Foreign Policy magazine has named President Vladimir Putin the most influential political, business, and social figure in the world.  The Duma is planning to consider imposing a national ban on […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Oct 15, 2012

TODAY: Gubernatorial elections close, United Russia candidates win in all regions; Chirikova comes second in Khimki mayoral race; Human Rights Watch accuses Syria of using Russian cluster bombs, urges authorities to investigate homophobic attack. Gubernatorial election polls closed yesterday in five regions, with United Russia candidates expected to win all of them.  Opponents accused the […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Oct 11, 2012

TODAY: One Pussy Riot member freed; homophobic criteria for joining Moscow business program; Turkey grounds and searches Russian passenger plane; isolationist policy shows split with U.S.; Canadian pleads guilty to espionage; Goldman Sachs pulls out of MegaFon IPO. One of the three Pussy Riot activists has been released following yesterday’s appeal.  Yekaterina Samutsevich has walked […]

Repression, Violence, and Backwards Steps

Homosexuality is being recriminalised in Russia.  Homophobic laws are already in place in Arkhangelsk, Kostroma and Ryazan, and St. Petersburg joined these cities last week by passing an anti-homosexual ‘propaganda’ bill, meaning that any non-heterosexual couple caught in a public display of affection can be fined up to $170 – all under the umbrella of […]