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

TODAY: Situation in Ukraine volatile ahead of ceasefire; Mariupol battered by shelling; journalist awarded posthumous medal; France says Mistral deal could go ahead on certain conditions; Ukraine candy ban. Pussy Riot’s Tolokonnikova and Alyokhina launch news agency; gay rights activist seeks asylum abroad.   Heavy shelling has been witnessed in the area of the Mariupol port in eastern […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – March 26, 2014

TODAY: Russia to spend emergency budget on Crimea, upgrade Black Sea fleet; Obama says Russia will not turn back on Crimea, warns against further action; U.S. seeks to boost energy output to hurt Russia; Duma wants to limit showings of American films; Tymoshenko urges violence in leaked audio; Kosenko verdict upheld; economist Mikhail Dmitriyev violently […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – August 28, 2013

TODAY: Belarus dispute threatens relations; Saudi Arabia offered Russia oil deal over Syria; energy diversity for Moldova; Ponomaryov to pay Skolkovo; Putin is lonely, depicted as gay in confiscated paintings; home of gay rights activist raided; tycoons bid for Sheremetyevo contract; TMK and pension losses. Russia’s dispute with Belarus over their joint potash venture is […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – May 21, 2013

TODAY: Levada Centre may close over demands to label as a ‘foreign agent’; Kremlin accuses E.U. of ideology-based criticism; Skolkovo investigations politically motivated? Economic growth bleak, Kudrin says United Russia to blame; Razvozzhayev ‘kidnap’ will not be investigated; Syria, oligarch ‘tax’, Eurovision. Independent pollster the Levada Centre, which conducts public surveys, has warned that it […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – May 7, 2013

TODAY: Tens of thousands gather for opposition rally, few detained; opposition volunteer killed; Levada Centre told to register as ‘foreign agent’; Kerry visits Moscow to discuss Syria; Lebedev trial begins; Beltyukov suspended. An estimated 20,000 people gathered in Moscow’s Bolotnaya Square yesterday, calling for the release of political prisoners being held for participating in opposition […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – May 1, 2013

TODAY: May Day demonstrations planned; Agora claims 267 rights organisations subjected to raids; Surgutneftegas and transparency; Skolkovo sues Ilya Ponomaryov; Ukraine and Putin; Gazprom and Europe; U.S. praises cooperation; flights suspended over Syria; Perm blaze owner sentenced. Roughly 1.7 million people are planning to take part in May Day demonstrations today in over 1,000 Russian […]

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

TODAY: Putin issues three-month disclosure deadline, reverses Medvedev’s gubernatorial election reform; NGO inspection reaches Voronezh; Nizhny Novgorod fraud; Moscow may not sign new UN treaty on arms; orphanages report; Gazprom losing value despite export boom; Polonsky released. President Vladimir Putin has issued a three-month deadline to Russian officials to close their foreign bank accounts if […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – March 21, 2013

TODAY: Cyprus and Russia fail to reach bailout deal, talks continue; funds for assets deal mulled. Bolshoi ‘brothel’ claims rejected; Kremlin’s internal opposition to U.S. adoption ban; campaign against Dmitry Gudkov continues; Pussy Riot appeal rejected; new Amnesty report decries intimidation against lawyers in North Caucasus. Talks in Moscow between Cypriot finance minister, Michael Sarris, and […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Jan 16, 2013

TODAY: Duma debates adoption ban as adoptive families remain caught in uncertainty; Kadyrov to appear on Magnitsky List; $1 billion to Bangladesh for arms purchases; Polonsky probe ongoing; Yuriev switches to U.S. market; private energy companies could be given access to continental shelf; Russian Railways suing Apple; moon, spies, domestic violence. The Duma has returned […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Oct 25, 2012

TODAY: Rights groups outraged at Razvozzhayev’s account of psychological torture, Duma deputy to seek his asylum in Europe; Kudrin think tank says Russians now believe in possibility of revolution; migrants offended by brochure; Rosneft deal shows Sechin’s rise; pension directors in bid to save funds; easyJet wins Moscow flights. Rights groups and opposition members, including […]