RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Dec 12, 2014

TODAY: Ruble falls, again; gold reserves used to buoy currency; Central Bank anticipating major capital flight. Russian military busy in Baltic; Stalin’s victims remembered; Google to downsize Russian office; Constitution Day.  The ruble has fallen to 57.49 against the dollar and 71.23 against the euro, representing yet anther low and prompting reverberations in Russia’s stock exchanges. […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Dec 8, 2014

TODAY: Mikhail Khodorkovsky talks democracy in St Petersburg; opposition rally in Moscow; French President makes impromptu visit to Putin; Russian aircraft impounded in Nigeria.  Default on the horizon? Social unrest may result from recession, warn analysts; Moscow mulls South Stream alternative options. Despite a slew of attempts by the authorities to thwart him, Yukos founder […]

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

TODAY: Polls reveal that Russians see negative foreign news as political, anticipate return to Soviet-era repressions; gas talks with Ukraine rescheduled after late-night meeting yields no deal; Germany affected by sanctions against Russia; Sechin threatens to sue Kommersant over Rosneft story, company’s profits crash; Navalny and Khodorkovsky to team up on corruption; Peskov hex. According […]

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 10, 2014

TODAY: New all-time low for ruble, reserves down; sanctions will stay until Russia leaves Ukraine, says U.S.; ECHR Yukos decision to be appealed; Navalny says Khodorkovsky is an ally; activist released; Foreign Ministry not pleased with NATO comments; Moscow to support election process in eastern Ukraine; Putin says Russia will act as global sporting events […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Oct 8, 2014

TODAY: Siluanov says Russia can’t afford military upgrade; Central Bank intervenes as ruble falls; low oil price will create deficit next year; Putin cancels budget address; eighth anniversary of Politkovskaya murder; Kostroma court rules in favour of gay rights activist; gay exchange student seeks U.S. asylum. Finance Minister Anton Siluanov says Russia cannot afford the […]

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 6, 2014

TODAY: Khodorkovsky vows to set Russia straight; political elite rumoured to be at war; investors avoid Russian stocks due to falling ruble; China and Russia flexing military air power, planning new energy deals; Latvian pro-Russia party wins most votes in parliamentary elections; Statoil teams up with Naftogaz; Putin pardons former FSB member; theatre legend dies. […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Oct 1, 2014

TODAY: E.U. decides to keep current sanctions; Sechin says sanctions won’t sway Putin; Central Bank capital controls rumour sent ruble to new lows; Finance Ministry purchases VTB shares; suppression of revolt to have lasting effects; Kremlin rights council advises against bill limiting foreign media ownership; Sechin accuses Yukos of murder; state news says Hong Kong […]

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 […]