RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Feb 26, 2015

TODAY: Putin accuses Kiev of gas war ‘genocide'; action on Ukraine’s gas debts undecided; Kiev believes that truce may be holding; Lavrov concurs; observers ponder further potential flash points in Ukraine; Cyprus and Russia agree on port usage; temporary price freeze on certain food stuffs; Arkhangelsk gay rights rally banned; Russia plans ISS exit. 

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Feb 12, 2015

TODAY: Leaders sign Ukraine document in Minsk following all-night peace talks, details not yet announced; most E.U. countries oppose U.S. arming Ukraine; IISS says Russia’s ‘hybrid warfare’ may start a trend among enemies of NATO; Lavrov praises Greece, offers aid; moths smuggled to destroy Sochi? Rosneft ordered to compensate Yukos; Putin advisor slams U.S. over […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Feb 5, 2015

TODAY: Military spending increasing despite recession; NATO plans to boost presence in eastern Europe; analysts consider likelihood that sanctions will impact Russia’s Ukraine policy. Forbes bows to court on Sechin earnings publication; Putin orders restoration of train services amid public pressure;  Khordokovsky calls for March 1 opposition rally; Memorial lawyer attacked. 

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Feb 3, 2015

TODAY: Putin driven by suspicion of Western influences, Lavrov accuses U.S. of organising coup in Ukraine; Obama considers sending weapons to Kiev; Khodorkovsky and Navalny team up for next protest; Gazprom to slash capex, Medvedev moves to secure mortgage lending; Spotify cancels Russia launch.

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Feb 2, 2015

TODAY: Ukraine peace talks fail, fighting continues, European leaders call for immediate cease-fire; NATO in favour of boosting weapons supplies to Ukraine; economy to shrink by 3% this year, says Kremlin; Lukoil overtaking Rosneft as country’s primary oil giant; millions of library books destroyed in fire.

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Jan 28, 2015

TODAY: E.U. wants to increase punitive sanctions against Russia over ongoing Ukraine violence, U.N. says Mariupol attack a war crime; Putin says its NATO stoking tensions in Ukraine, not Russia; Peskov says credit downgrade politically motivated; Navalny house arrest extended, protest called; Ekho Moskvy extremist appeal rejected. 

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Jan 2, 2015

TODAY: Navalny brothers trial ends with shocking verdict; thousands protest in Moscow; Pussy Riot member arrested; Putin New Year’s speech touches on Crimea, Olympics, and patriotism; Kremlin bails out Gazprombank and VTB. The trial of anti-corruption campaigner and opposition figurehead Alexei Navalny, and his brother Oleg, concluded earlier this week as the pair were sentenced. […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Dec 19, 2014

TODAY: Putin’s annual presser shows confident President despite ruble woes; covers Ukraine, ruble, NATO, and love; economy to recover, President asserts; activists detained.  Law passed to give banking sector capital boost; Putin hopes to see newly released Sistema owner at New Year’s business meet.  ‘Sometimes I wonder, maybe the bear should just sit quietly, munch […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Dec 16, 2014

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 […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Dec 15, 2014

TODAY: Memorial moves to defer its closure; citizens’ anger mounts over currency decline; no protection from rising costs.  Sweden says Russian jet nearly collided with commercial liner; Moscow points finger at NATO; gay rights critic storms Moscow club. Long-standing human rights group Memorial, under threat of dissolution by the Kremlin, has sent a revised charter […]