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

TODAY: 12 killed in Ukraine bus attack; World Bank downgrades GDP prospects; sovereign rating cut anticipated; military expenditure will remain as planned though spending must be slashed.  ISIS video shows alleged Russian spies being executed; Russian media watched warns against republishing Charlie Hebdo images. Traffic disasters and disorders.

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Dec 23, 2013

TODAY: Khordokovsky reunited with family in Berlin; talks to press; states he will not sponsor opposition but rather fight for rights of political prisoners. Pussy Riot member walks free; describes her own release as cynical move; environmental activist receives jail sentence; Arctic oil. Mikhail Khordokovsky has spent his first weekend of freedom in Berlin, after being […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Dec 13, 2013

TODAY: Putin’s state of the nation address emphasises Russia as bastion of conservative values; criticizes the West; realistic on economic woes. Three bank licenses revoked; Prokhorov snaps up copper mine; EU calls for Magnitsky sanctions. In a ceremony ‘full of pomp and circumstance‘, punctuated 34 times by applause, Vladimir Putin used his annual state of the […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Nov 21, 2013

TODAY: Putin meets with non-parliamentary oppositions, speaks out against homophobia; Bolotnaya Square detentions extended, further Greenpeace activists released; Alyokhina to file appeal; FSB ‘practicing’ for Olympic terror screening; lawyers protest courts’ merge; Baumgertner to be extradited. For the first time since coming to power, President Vladimir Putin met with his non-parliamentary opposition to discuss topics […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Nov 20, 2013

TODAY: Bail offered to six more Greenpeace activists; Bolotnaya Square case to be heard in ECHR; Gaga’s ‘gay promotion’; legal reform causes outrage. Billionaires discontented; suspicious dealings see bank license revoked. Lebedev launches investigations; documentary films.  Russian courts have now granted bail to six more Greenpeace activists incarcerated following a protest over Arctic drilling, meaning nine […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Nov 18, 2013

TODAY: Plane crash in Kazan kills 50; Red Square protest artist charged with hooliganism; Pussy Riot’s philosophy. Onexim will purchase Kerimov’s stake in Uralkali; Mechel debt; Duma intervenes on gas exports; Navalny heads up People’s Alliance party. A Boeing 737 has crashed on landing in the Tatarstan capital of Kazan, killing all 50 people on […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – August 29, 2013

TODAY: Ukraine wants Russia to accept its European partnership; Russia cuts Belarus oil; Putin’s rights council to challenge him on ‘foreign agents’; Moscow warns West not to act prematurely on Syria; partnerships with India, Pakistan; Putin lingerie artist flees. Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov says Moscow must accept that his country is moving towards a […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – August 6, 2013

TODAY: Putin real estate whistleblowers sentenced; Prokhorov’s party withdrawn from Yaroslavl elections; support for acting Moscow Mayor stays constant, Navalny’s campaign donations under scrutiny; Olympics row over antigay laws continues; new detention centres for migrants now that Moscow is full. Four Krasnodar environmental activists who made allegations about President Vladimir Putin’s real estate assets in […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – June 17, 2013

TODAY: Navalny wins PARNAS backing for Moscow mayoral race; Putin meets Cameron in London, discusses Syria; Golos fine upheld as Putin indicates willingness to change ‘foreign agent’ law; Putin denies stealing Super Bowl ring as Kraft passes off accusations as a joke; Tereshkova space anniversary.  Kremlin critic and anti-corruption campaigner, Alexei Navalny, won the PARNAS […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – June 14, 2013

TODAY: Dvorkovich indicates discomfort with NGO law; Kremlin opponents travel to U.S. Senate to decry state measures; Putin explains ties to Russia Today; Prokhorov will not run for Moscow mayor; Putin says no room to increase state spending, outlines plans to overhaul IMF, World Cup to cost $20bn; Navalny forced to return to Kirov; Putin […]