RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – June 17, 2016

TODAY: St Petersburg Economic Forum begins with high profile participation from European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon; latter asserts need for Western cooperation with Moscow; Sarkozy suggests Russia should lift its sanctions before E.U.; Kudrin fears for economy without diversification; colossal icebreaker unveiled; Ukrainian Orthodox Church seeks independence from Moscow; gay club stormed by […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – June 7, 2016

TODAY: Kremlin concerned about Germany’s perception of Russia; Lavrov responds to NATO’s Finland drills; Lukoil reports massive drop in first-quarter profits, though oil prices are rebounding; Central Bank to finally cut main policy rate? Facebook and Yandex considering partnership; some Interior Ministry officials being investigated for corruption thanks to Panama Papers.

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Jan 26, 2016

TODAY: New figures show economy contracted the most in six years in 2015; oil prices were driving factor; industrial output, real wages also decline; Putin unexpectedly lambastes Lenin; Defense Ministry denies plan for new Syria air base; Moscow looking to develop Kuril islands, risking Japan’s ire; Lukoil recommences work in Iran; company believes Russia needs […]

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

TODAY: Legislation passes to declare foreign NGOs ‘undesirable’; center will monitor online networks for signs of organisation; Moscow gay community seeks protest permit; NATO calls on Russia to withdraw troops from Ukraine; Russia has no plans to join or coordinate with OPEC.

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Feb 2, 2015

TODAY: Ukraine peace talks fail, fighting continues, European leaders call for immediate cease-fire; NATO in favour of boosting weapons supplies to Ukraine; economy to shrink by 3% this year, says Kremlin; Lukoil overtaking Rosneft as country’s primary oil giant; millions of library books destroyed in fire.

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 – Nov 6, 2014

TODAY: Ruble hits another all-time low after Central Bank announcement, inflation above 8%; Poland’s new defense strategy mentions Russia; U.S. investigating Putin ally; Rossiya Segodnya planning multilingual broadcasts; Sberbank transparency ranks low; oil giants investigated for possibly influencing prices; PGNiG seeks gas price cut; Putin critic found dead. The ruble fell to yet another all-time […]

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

TODAY: Ruble hits all-time low; Khodorkovsky says stringent sanctions needed but would destabilise the West, Peskov dismisses him; Navalny ally seeking British asylum; Putin turns 62, bans nighttime gatherings; Russian nuclear threat? Orthodox Church seen as ‘soft power’ in Ukraine; Romania seizes Lukoil’s supplies. The ruble hit another new all-time low against the dollar last […]

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 – Sept 24, 2014

TODAY: Rights advocates harassed in attempts to attend NYC conference; Russia to limit foreign ownership of media; military production thriving. Ceasefire in Ukraine holding; Russia concerned about U.S. airstrikes in Syria without Assad approval; Japan extends sanctions; Rotenburg’s Italian properties seized. Five rights advocates have reportedly been prevented from leaving Russia to attend a UN-organized World Conference on Indigenous Peoples […]