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

TODAY: Ruble stabilises but analysts warn crisis will continue; speculation mounts as to government’s next move; no possibility of IMF bailout; Moscow finally starting to bend on Ukraine?  Rosneft on target to repay debt; Memorial hearing postponed; Sistema chief Vladimir Yevtushenkov freed from house arrest.   Following the lows of ‘Black Tuesday’ the ruble has stabilised […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Dec 15, 2014

TODAY: Memorial moves to defer its closure; citizens’ anger mounts over currency decline; no protection from rising costs.  Sweden says Russian jet nearly collided with commercial liner; Moscow points finger at NATO; gay rights critic storms Moscow club. Long-standing human rights group Memorial, under threat of dissolution by the Kremlin, has sent a revised charter […]

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

TODAY: Kiev preparing for combat, Nato commander says troops flowing across Russian-Ukraine border, U.N. and O.S.C.E. anticipate full-scale fighting; Defence Ministry denies claims; China’s energy billions boosting Russian bravado? Ukraine will have to buy Russian coal for winter; Memorial court hearing later today; independent news editor detained. Kiev says it is preparing its forces for […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Oct 22, 2014

TODAY: Ekho Moskvy faces inspection; rights lawyer seeks U.S. asylum; trouble in store for Memorial; sub continues to spook Sweden. Cash gap remains sticking point in Ukraine-Russia gas negotiations; Moscow imposes Ukrainian fruit and vegetable import ban; Kremlin mourns loss of Total CEO.  Kremlin-critical radio station Ekho Moskvy is facing an unscheduled 20-day inspection by […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Oct 14, 2014

TODAY: Russia and China sign 40 agreements, secure mutual favours; Kremlin to create state oil-drilling giant; Rosneft hires London firm to fight sanctions in European courts; Siluanov calculates worst-case scenario; Fedotov speaks up for Memorial; Australian PM’s comment creates tensions; Ukraine and Russia not seeing eye-to-eye on energy payments. Russia and China signed 40 agreements […]

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

TODAY: Putin orders Russian forces to leave Ukrainian border, Poroshenko optimistic about a cease-fire; Finland says navy interfered with a state vessel; China visit to deepen a much-needed friendship; Memorial rights group under threat; Bolotnaya activist jailed; inflation boosts budget food retailers; Russian Grand Prix. President Vladimir Putin ordered Russian forces to withdraw from the […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Jan 30, 2014

TODAY: Putin warns of loan delay as Ukraine nears civil war; private television outlet under threat; government brushes off news of ruble hitting all-time lows; Olympics chief warns against news conference protests; U.K. to boost funding for gay rights in Russia; philosopher arrested for internet re-post. It appears that President Vladimir Putin did tell Kiev […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – August 27, 2013

TODAY: Belarus detains potash CEO; Gazprom contract money dissolves; Kremlin cuts economic forecasts, inflation remains high; RDIF makes I.T. cash injection; Kremlin to fund ‘foreign agent’ NGOs; Shuvalov says Ukraine must choose sides; Putin pledges support for Georgia’s breakaway regions; Russia warns West over Syria; lawmaker suggests ban on gay blood donors. Belarus has detained […]

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

TODAY: Potash price war feared after Uralkali leaves cartel; Memorial slams sexist proposal; over 1,000 migrant workers arrested over brawl; Sobyanin may forego pre-election debate; BP earns less from Rosneft than TNK-BP; new trade war with Ukraine; Russia is injured party in Snowden saga, says Kremlin. Russia’s Uralkali has pulled out of the Belarusian Potash […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – May 27, 2013

TODAY: Gay rights activists arrested in Moscow; Memorial appeals rejected by court; tolerance, protest, anti-Semitism; Medvedev says relationship with Putin guarantees his political career; VKontakte banned ‘by mistake’; Russia’s Browder request denied by Interpol; Kyrgyzgas goes to Gazprom.  30 gay rights activists were arrested at a rally outside the Duma in Moscow on Saturday, and […]