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RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Feb 18, 2014

TODAY: Lavrov downplays Syria claims; I.O.C. impressed with Putin’s attendance; Vitishko protester arrested; ethnic Sochi leader detained; Bolotnaya Square protesters granted amnesty; Medvedev planning privatisations; lingerie ban; Rusal output to be lowest in eight years; Ukraine receives latest cash injection; Iran may swap oil for nuclear power. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says the world’s impression of […]

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RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Jan 29, 2014

TODAY: Putin rebukes E.U. for interfering in Ukraine, says loan is politically unconditional (Shuvalov disagrees); VTB to pay fine over Iran sanctions violation; CPJ notes restrictions on Sochi reporting; Fetisov quits business for politics; Bastrykin goes after Moscow judge; Polonsky never to return home. Russia and the E.U. met for a summit in Brussels yesterday […]

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RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Jan 17, 2014

TODAY: U.S. lawmakers to expand Magnitsky Act worldwide; Kremlin’s rights council wants activists to be limited; Putin promises no ideology, no discrimination; Kozak denies misuse of Sochi funds; no prison for mayor who murdered journalist; Bolotnaya Square prisoner released; Microsoft will grant access to Skype data. In what they are calling ‘a major human rights […]

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RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Sept 24, 2013

TODAY: Pussy Riot member on hunger strike; Milonov warns Kremlin on new iPhone; Putin meets with Lukashenko to discuss potash row; Syria, Eurasia, North Korea, Iran, and Germany; Medvedev wants consensus on raising divorce tax; floating nuclear technology. Jailed Pussy Riot member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova has gone on hunger strike in protest against what she calls […]

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RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – August 30, 2013

TODAY: Russia sends warships to Mediterranean, will team up with Iran to prevent Syria attack; Belarus to open criminal case against Kerimov, Moscow warns on oil cuts; Sobyanin cancels pre-election call-in show; Moscow to spend $54 bn on infrastructure; new law bans politicians from owning foreign assets; Golos denied funding; Alexeyev quits gay rights work. […]

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RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – August 9, 2013

TODAY: 2+2 talks between U.S. and Russia go ahead; Snowden row undermines prospect of progress; HRW lambasts crackdown on migrants; the Kremlin’s novel economic reboot plan.  Immunity for journalists on the cards?  Rifts ignite in energy sector; calls for Winter Olympic boycott continue; Gorbachev lives. Despite rancour over Edward Snowden, talks between Russian Foreign Minister […]

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RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – July 5, 2013

TODAY: Navalny could be jailed for six years; Putin discusses ‘foreign agent’ law; rights council says Urlashov charges seem legitimate; third case against Khodorkovsky likely; political case against Bolotnaya Square protester; Khimki attack mastermind jailed; homophobic comment to be investigated; IMF says Russia is rich; ‘horrific’ budget shortfall; Russia losing patience with Snowden. Prosecutors are […]

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RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – May 31, 2013

TODAY: Guriev discusses political pressure, says he will not return; fears of liberal brain drain; academics fear ‘foreign agent’ label will damage economic research; Levada Center refusing foreign grants; Belousov chosen as new Putin adviser; Lavrov slams Syrian rebels, confusion over reports of Russia sending missile defence to Assad government; FSB makes migrant allegations; hackers […]

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Russia’s Chaos Theory in the Middle East

As I was going through my weekly reading of academic journal articles, I came across an interesting set of arguments on Russia’s strategies and objectives in the Middle East by the British American Security Information Council.  Author Shivani Handa takes a crack at explaining the ambiguous motives behind Russia’s policies toward Iran and Syria, but […]

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RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Sept 7, 2012

TODAY: Gazprom to refund European buyers, says it doesn’t want a gas war; Shuvalov says APEC bilateral trade will outgrow that of Europe; Putin interview; Russia warns West against attacking Iran; ExxonMobil praises Rosneft partnership; Aeroflot pilot reinstated at request of Moscow court. Gazprom will refund over $2.4 billion to its European buyers to compensate […]

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