RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Oct 24, 2014

TODAY: Russia says it will recognize this weekend’s elections in Ukraine; may sue France over Mistral; plans for state control of Internet deepen; Russian journalists seek to revitalize news from Latvian base. Rosneft output hits 5 million barrels a day; poll shows Russians increasingly concerned about possibility of financial crisis due to sanctions. Although Ukraine’s prime minister […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Nov 11, 2013

TODAY: Dutch royal family visit with Putin after Foreign Ministry slams the Netherlands; Putin offers condolences after Philippines storm; nationalist extradited from Serbia over murder gang; nationalism on the rise; performance artist makes graphic piece in Red Square; Olympic torch space walk; Miss Universe. Amid soured relations over the Greenpeace detentions and a clash of […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Nov 8, 2013

TODAY: Putin warns against spending ‘security cushion’ after slumping economic forecasts revealed; nationalism increasingly oppositionist; Tolokonnikova appeals to Supreme Court; Khodorkovsky, Politkovskaya, Greenpeace; mandatory Glonass. Following the release of dire economic forecasts for the next two decades,  President Vladimir Putin warned that Russia should not spend all of its fiscal reserves, calling the $89 billion […]

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

TODAY: Dutch say ‘homosexual propaganda’ law is grounds for asylum as relations worsen on various fronts; HRW wants IOC to investigate journalists’ treatment in Sochi; Syria peace talks stall; Tolokonnikova moved to Siberia; ‘new nationalism’; Kasparov wants Latvian passport; Baumgertner wanted; Ukraine gas deals completed. The Dutch foreign minister, Frans Timmermans, says Russia’s new laws against […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Nov 5, 2013

TODAY: Kirill awards Putin for powerful Russia as thousands join nationalist Unity Day marches and two young LGBT people are beaten; Sobyanin fires officials over Biryulyovo; Medvedev backtracks on Ukraine; Vasilyeva says charges are political; Lebedev sells Aeroflot stake. Thousands of Russians participated in Unity Day marches in dozens of towns across the country yesterday, chanting […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – April 15, 2013

TODAY: 18 U.S. officials banned from entering Moscow after Magnitsky blacklist published; battle of the lists rages as U.S. negotiator arrives in Moscow; Alexei Navalny embezzlement trial kicks off. Nationalists rally, as do anti-Putin protestors; Putin’s sky high hopes for space programme; Peskov’s pay slip. Following Washington’s publication of the blacklist of Russian officials who […]

Japan’s Misplaced Nationalism

Prof. Joseph Nye is not just an interesting guy because of that whole “soft power” thing he pioneered, but because when he talks about Asia, we are treated to a glimpse of insider thinking in Washington, given the broad, informal mandate extended to him by State Department demonstrated by his recent visit to the region […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Nov 5, 2012

TODAY: 6,000 Nationalists march against Putin, his industrial support wanes; homophobic attacks; prosecutors probe Left Front; Kirill warns against return to troubles; Lavrov in Cairo for Syria; Japan to build Russian gas pipeline? A reported 6,000 nationalists (‘from moderate to far-right’) gathered in Moscow for an anti-Kremlin march yesterday, with a small group detained for […]