RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – July 14, 2016

TODAY: Former RBC director says his dismissal was the result of Kremlin pressure; land around Putin’s country residence owned by his cronies and leased out to Kremlin members, says RBC; huge National Guard base planned for Moscow; NBCUniversal executive barred from entering Russia; anti-terror laws to affect missionaries and shipping; Ukraine court dismisses Gazprom giant […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – July 11, 2016

TODAY: Russia reacts to NATO plan to deploy 4,000 extra troops in Eastern Europe, Gorbachev says move will lead to escalation; Putin complains to Merkel about provocative Ukraine; Russia petitioning EBRD about current ban on lending; US pastor detained, possibly for LGBT work; two US diplomats expelled from Russia in tit-for-tat move; watchdog blocking websites […]

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 – June 23, 2016

TODAY: Putin affirms need for robust defence against NATO; praises Duma for Crimea ‘integration’; SPIEG and successful spin; online criticism increasingly dangerous; probe into Karelia boat disaster flags up corruption; head of Moscow region’s electoral commission resigns. 

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

TODAY: E.U. envoys agree on sanction extension; IOC backs ban on Olympic athletes from Rio Games; but individuals may be able to appeal; new missile system tested successfully; security firm proposes phone taps for corporations; Sechin says the Kremlin does not fear Chinese partnership for Rosneft; Putin hoping to strengthen ties on Beijing visit. 

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – June 20, 2016

TODAY: Russian team banned from Rio Olympics; E.U. extends Crimea sanctions for another year; German Foreign Minister surprises with conciliatory stance towards Russia; Putin makes appearance at SPIEG, offers commitment to partnership with E.U.; mood seemingly improved at this year’s forum; Italian companies sign raft of deals; Rosneft privatisation plans.

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – June 16, 2016

TODAY: Couple detained in Moscow after attempting to leave tribute to Orlando massacre victims; Kremlin announces Syria cease-fire hot on Washington’s warnings; Defense Ministry accuses NATO of fanning hysteria; Chaika invested with another five years as Prosecutor General; Golos finds violations in May primaries; Kremlin masking extent of wildfires, says Greenpeace.

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

TODAY: Russian military to be tested for combat readiness; Sechin interview reveals concerns over plans to sell 20% of Rosneft and anticipates stiffened competition in energy sector; Western attendance at St Petersburg Economic Forum set to pick up? Russia appears on soft power rankings; regional leader of opposition party attacked; UEFA gives Russia suspended disqualification; […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – June 14, 2016

TODAY: Putin offers sympathies to Obama in telegram following Orlando attack; Moscow resists, then accepts U.N. resolution condemning the attack on sexual minority; NATO obliges Poland and Baltic states with troop reinforcements over concerns of Russian aggression; football fans mirror Moscow’s foreign policy, says observer; right-wing activist allegedly travelling with team; man assaulted in St […]

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

TODAY: Kremlin concerned about Germany’s perception of Russia; Lavrov responds to NATO’s Finland drills; Lukoil reports massive drop in first-quarter profits, though oil prices are rebounding; Central Bank to finally cut main policy rate? Facebook and Yandex considering partnership; some Interior Ministry officials being investigated for corruption thanks to Panama Papers.