RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Oct 21, 2014

TODAY: Total CEO perishes in Moscow air crash; Polish parliamentary speaker says Putin suggested split of Ukraine in 2008; Lavrov sees little positive in current U.S-Russia relations. Soldiers’ Mothers Committee activist released after two days in prison; Yelena Panfilova elected to Transparency International; Russia’s market woes. The chief executive of French oil giant Total, Christophe de […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Feb 25, 2014

TODAY: Grounds for NGO inspection expanded; Bolotnaya Square protesters sentenced, hundreds detained for protesting; Kremlin slams U.S. and I.M.F.; Medvedev questions legitimacy of Kiev’s interim government; Transneft settles Azerbaijan transit row. President Vladimir Putin said the Sochi Olympics succeeded in their goal of presenting a new image of Russia to the world, and then proceeded to […]

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

TODAY: Offices of Human Rights Watch searched as NGO crackdown continues; two rights bureau chiefs called in for questioning; gay pride advocate assaulted. Miners missing; gas exports to Serbia could increase dramatically; Russia’s plans for post-NATO Afghanistan; deputies drawing the line at foreign bank account restrictions.  The Moscow offices of Human Rights Watch, corruption watchdog […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Dec 19, 2012

TODAY: U.S. adoption ban proposal causes rift in ruling party; NGO law may become even more restrictive; Kudrin offers support to embattled organisations; anti-corruption campaign shows little efficacy. Warships to Syria; Ukraine-Russia gas talks hit the rocks; Rosneft’s Italian venture.  Opposition activists’ homes searched; Internet blacklist chicanery; Putin’s upcoming press conference. A proposed ban on […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Dec 17, 2012

TODAY: Protestors stage unsanctioned rally one year on from mass protest; leaders detained; new case against Navalny; wages for investigators hiked. Worrying figures on media murders; duma gives green light to Magnitsky Act response; Moscow downplays change on Syria stance; Russia-Brazil helicopter deal; smoking ban approved. Police have detained around 40 people, as well as […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Dec 14, 2012

TODAY: Russia admits possibility of Syrian rebel victory; Putin suggests measured response to Magnitsky bill; EBRD says Russia failing to diversify economy; Rosneft seeks capital. Clear Russian involvement in Litvinenko case, says British coroner; protestors keen on Dec 15 march despite ban; Lady Gaga defends gay rights. ‘One must look facts in the face’: Mikhail Bogdanov, Russia’s deputy […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Dec 12, 2012

TODAY: Opposition apartments searched by investigators; Putin invokes Soviet nostalgia; analysts question the viability of anti-graft drive. Lady Gaga falls foul of anti-gay propaganda law; Politkovskaya’s son criticizes probe into her death. UR draws on adoption issues in retaliation to Magnitsky list; Gazprom reinitiates talks with China. Investigators have raided the apartments of opposition activists Sergei Udaltsov, Leonid […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – August 1, 2012

TODAY: Navalny charged with embezzlement; 25 detained at Strategy 31 rally; Pussy Riot lawyer complains of detention conditions; the trio receive support from an unlikely source. Romney bashes Russia’s lack of progress; BP sees major losses; Moscow moves to stop Iranian companies from acquiring port assets. Opposition leader Alexei Navalny has been formally charged with […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – July 30, 2012

TODAY: Pussy Riot trial goes live online; criminal charges against Navalny loom; Bastrykhin’s business dealings attract unwanted scrutiny. Medvedev would consider returning to presidency; Moscow will not consent to EU searches for weapon transfers to Syria; tensions on Kiril islands bubble at Sochi meeting; BP must pay TNK-BP $3 billion. The trial of three members […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – July 27, 2012

TODAY: Activists protest in Moscow against rally-related detentions; Navalny calls Bastrykin a ‘foreign agent’; Sobchak money will not be returned; Olympics committee head slams Lukashenko ban; harvest forecasts will suffer; Russian journalist barred from embassy over Magnitsky Act; international tribunal orders return of Yukos investment to Spanish company. Hundreds of opposition supporters (the police say […]