RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Aug 3, 2016

TODAY: Kremlin decries Syria gas claims; unlike its neighbors, Hungary sees no ‘existential’ threat from Moscow; Russian involvement in DNC hack remains untraceable; Americans in Russia encountering increasing residency permit issues; Putin’s attacks on mayors likely to increase as elections come closer; investment revenues in banks bounce back. 

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – July 8, 2016

TODAY: NATO summit underway; Russia looms large on agenda; Merkel indicates cooperation important; Kremlin aggrieved at expansion; Putin introduces harsh anti-terror laws to despair of opposition; fracas between diplomats at the U.S. embassy in Moscow filmed and broadcast; Kremlin reduces oil supplies to Minsk; RBC media recruits two editors from Tass. 

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

TODAY: Putin cancels plans for this week prompting a number of theories; it’s Abkhazia-related, says one; Russia deemed major threat in Europe by new British report; Prokhorov under pressure? Olympic team named despite Rio ban; Alrosa privatisation begins; Russia backs Elon Musk’s Hyperloop transit system. 

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – May 12, 2016

TODAY: US to switch on missile defence shield despite Russia’s protestations; Georgia provokes Russia with military exercises; Navalny probed again, criminal case launched against RBC; EBRD puts freeze on loans to Russia; final power line laid to Crimea; Putin plays hockey, falls. 

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – April 25, 2016

TODAY: New human rights ombudsman is former police general; new National Guard created to stave off post-election unrest, says former military intelligence official; Kremlin denies attacks on Israeli jets in Syria; Onexim Group denies possible sales; Obama reinforces importance of Minsk Agreement in sanctions; corruption and bribery equally widespread in Russia and US? Former PM […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – April 22, 2016

TODAY: Duma wants National Guard to be given crowd-shooting powers; Russia attempting to rebuild reputation ahead of Summer Olympics; Pamfilova says she will resign if election is not fair; Karelia moving towards reinstatement of mayoral elections; process to bring Savchenko home begins; Russian cyber hacker sentenced in US; Ukraine bans Russian films.

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – April 15, 2016

TODAY: Putin’s three-and-a half hour phone-in follows standard formula; economic and domestic questions dominate; some observers suggest the President’s performance lacked zing in comparison to other years; raids carried out on IKEA and Onexim group; Browder to be questioned over Magnitsky case; Kremlin denounces new U.S. report.

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 […]