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

TODAY: Putin visits Azerbaijan, no concrete conclusions; FIFA follows IOC in pressing Russia  on anti-gay laws; talk show host defends homophobic remarks; Navalny joins Moscow mayor debate, Sobyanin sits out; Lavrov warns E.U. on Gazprom. President Vladimir Putin visited his counterpart in Azerbaijan yesterday in a visit ‘widely seen as a sign that Azerbaijan is […]

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

TODAY: Golos ordered to cease activities; gay rights group head fined; vague laws permit Kremlin control; protesters detained marking Khodorkovsky’s birthday; TNK-BP shareholders say Sechin manipulated market; Gazprom to pay Ukraine for gas transit; Norway overtakes Russia as EU gas supplier; Snowden still in Moscow. Golos, the independent elections watchdog, has been ordered to cease […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – May 28, 2013

TODAY: VKontakte ordered to remove group pages; population decline reversing? Nabucco pipeline threatened by South Stream; Borodin money-laundering case; anti-corruption wishlist; Putin in Bishkek for CTSO meetings; Olympic conference convenes; Arctic research platform; crane collapse.  Social network VKontakte has been ordered by the federal communications watchdog to remove all references to children’s fashion from its […]