TODAY: LGBT activist attacked in Moscow; police swoop in on contraband cheese making operation; hotline established for denouncing smugglers; unemployment rising; Estonian officer jailed for spying; new radar systems in Arctic Circle; shaman’s last stand against Surgutneftegaz; art world remains rattled by God’s Will attack on Moscow exhibition; Putin enjoys Crimean submarine.
TODAY: Central Bank hikes up interest rate in emergency measure to buoy rouble; prognosis bleak; results mixed so far; Russian media averts eyes. Obama mulls further sanctions; Lavrov hoping for Ukraine constitutional reform; Roscosmos suggests Russia go solo in space; HRW castigates Kremlin on LGBT rights abuses. In a dramatic move to halt the free […]
TODAY: Fighting in Donetsk claims two lives; OSCE mission also under fire; Poroshenko and Putin talk; Christmas comes early for Notre Dame as Russia woos France. Ruble hit badly by OPEC decision on oil production; Sechin remains confident about Rosneft’s prospects. Military overhaul gaining pace; banker placed on Interpol list; doctors hope to give Putin […]
TODAY: Russian journalist killed in Eastern Ukraine; tension builds as ceasefire expires tonight; OSCE detainees released; Lavrov chastises U.S. for Ukraine ‘pushing’. One year on from establishment of gay propaganda law, rights activists lament; Bolshoi Ballet head hospitalized; rocket mission postponed. A Russian cameraman, Anatoly Klyan, who worked for state-owned Channel One, has died of a gun […]
TODAY: Ukraine fears quieten as Putin rules out force; describes events in Kiev as coup d’etat; ICBM tested.; President’s motives considered. Journalists covering Crimea story intimidated; Professor sacked over critical article; final days of Dozhd; Navalny receives new accessory. President Vladimir Putin has spoken publicly about events in Ukraine for the first time since ousted […]
TODAY: Crimea’s regional parliament seized amid clashes between pro-Russians and Tatars; Russian troops flex muscles; Yanukovych spotted near Moscow? Navalny investigators seek house arrest; police officer accused of attacking Bolotnaya detainee; Putin’s popularity high; Michael McFaul says goodbye to Russia. In a rapidly evolving situation, it has been reported that the regional government building and parliament in […]
Prof. Mark Galeotti has an interesting article this week on the new Minister of Defense Sergey Shoigu, who has replaced Anatoly Serdyukov as part of the much publicized anti-corruption purge taking place among the siloviki. Although Shoigu represents the kind of competent civilian that some elites want to weed out corruption in the Russian military-industrial […]
TODAY: Surkov given new religious affairs position; protesters seek to rekindle spirit of opposition movement in Moscow and elsewhere; Madonna should be punished for gay rights gesture, says deputy; Pussy Riot nominated for art prize. Economic growth slows; newspaper offices raided Deputy Prime Minister Vladislav Surkov, widely considered the architect of Putin’s power vertical, has […]