RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Aug 21, 2015

TODAY: Golos finds electoral funding violations on part of United Russia; worker for the watchdog attacked; hopes to usher in limited media access for ‘foreign agent’ NGOs; defence deals with Iran, Pakistan; Russia and China launch huge military exercises; Yakunin replacement announced; Forbes rich list shows Baturina holding, Rotenbergs less so; plans afoot to harshen penalties for food smuggling. 

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – July 22, 2015

TODAY: Churkin praises Iran nuclear deal, calls for more cooperation; Novaya Gazeta could face closure after second warning; proposed Dutch tulip ban not political, official say; oligarchs give money and assets to children to escape sanctions; $800 billion Crimea energy infrastructure contract; Putin to attend World Cup draw.

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – July 21, 2015

TODAY: Russia proposes alternative U.N. resolution on MH17 which would minimise international involvement; Maria Gaidar faces the fall out of her decision to work in Ukraine; Spartak edits Kasparov out of its history book; value of wages plummeting; Kaliningrad; cheese smuggling.

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – July 16, 2015

TODAY: Putin brings election date forward; NGO law threatens civil society, says BBC; Obama congratulates Putin on role in Iran deal; Ponomarev put on wanted list; Kremlin shuffles as economic crisis bites.

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 10, 2015

TODAY: Putin praises cooperation of SCO, BRICS, and EEU leaders; U.S. military says Russia is top threat; Greece reveals €2 billion Russia gas project plans; OSCE meeting of lawmakers condemns Crimea annexation; many Crimeans still unable to obtain passports; M&A surge in banking industry.

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – April 20, 2015

TODAY: Opposition movements to join forces as state bears down on critics; Yevgenia Chirikova quits Russia; wildfires an act of arson by opposition, claim authorities; Khodorkovsky sees Kadyrov link in Open Russia raid; Rogozin defies travel plan for Norway visit; the woes of Vostochny Cosmodrome; statistics dampen Putin’s financial optimism; Russia raises Israel’s hackles with S-300 sale to […]

RA’s Daily Russia New Blast – April 17, 2015

TODAY: Putin’s four-hour call-in covers domestic problems, relations with the West, Nemtsov case; Kudrin voices concern over Putin’s optimism on economy; Open Russia offices raided; Gagarin crucifix graffiti raises ire of authorities; artist Pyotr Pavlensky faces hooliganism charges; Putin praises Iran’s flexibility; bribe advice cite blocked.

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

TODAY: Analysts ponder Russia’s Iran moves; Yemen embargo vetoed; Time poll names Putin most influential; record number of questions for Putin call-in; state news reporter fired over FSB story; Navalny employee charged after giving painting to boss; Investigative Committee in arms over ‘twerk’ video.

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – April 14, 2015

TODAY: Putin lifts ban on sending defense missiles to Iran, prepares to send S-300 system; Lavrov says no threat to Israel; China first foreign country to buy latest version of same system; Russia in oil-for-goods deal with Iran; Novak says E.U. will rely on Russia for years, Miller warns against bypassing pipeline or seeking single price.