RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Sept 8, 2014

TODAY: Fighting continues in eastern Ukraine, despite truce; new war doctrine could establish NATO as main threat; Ukrainian clergyman says Putin under devil’s spell, accusations of clergy helping rebels; Novatek granted export licence; Medvedev calls for tighter energy security; Estonia a new front? In defiance of Friday’s OSCE-negotiated truce, fighting continued in eastern Ukraine over […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Jan 9, 2014

TODAY: Carry-on liquids banned from flights across the country; actor slurs gay community again; Patriarch Kirill cheers inmates, Church attacked over Stalin calendar; officials accused of poaching; Russia blocks U.N.’s Syria statement; Vanity Fair talks to Masha Gessen; Regina Derieva obituary. As part of heightened security measures implemented in Sochi in the run-up to the […]

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 – August 28, 2013

TODAY: Belarus dispute threatens relations; Saudi Arabia offered Russia oil deal over Syria; energy diversity for Moldova; Ponomaryov to pay Skolkovo; Putin is lonely, depicted as gay in confiscated paintings; home of gay rights activist raided; tycoons bid for Sheremetyevo contract; TMK and pension losses. Russia’s dispute with Belarus over their joint potash venture is […]

Vodka, Beauty Contests, Gossip

How specifically galling that Pussy Riot member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova has been denied parole, despite having completed half of her sentence, on the grounds that she refused to take part in a prison beauty contest (as reported by The Times this weekend).  Can this even be true?  Pussy Riot’s political stance takes aim at precisely this kind of […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – July 22, 2013

TODAY: Navalny unexpectedly released after sentencing, vows in Moscow to continue election campaign, thanks supporters; analysts baffled by authorities’ decision. Putin dives Lake Baikal, Kirill slams gay marriage; U.K. admits blocking Litvinenko investigation over diplomatic concerns. A day after his release from custody in Kirov, Alexei Navalny has returned to Moscow, welcomed by hundreds of […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – July 12, 2013

TODAY: Reactions to ‘shameful’ Magnitsky verdict pour in; Washington condemns the charge against dead lawyer; corruption in armed forces mounting, says new poll. Churkin decries Western reaction to Syria; Russia likely to throw spanner in Arctic conservation works. Gay tourists to face fines under propaganda laws; Orthodox activists find new way to neutralise Pussy Riot; […]

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

TODAY: Kremlin cuts privatisation plan; Lukoil will not be bought; Gazprom anticipates loss; Rosneft may buy out TNK-BP minority shareholders; Navalny presents mayoral platform; Lebedev cross-examined, calls upon A-list support; Russia propping up Syrian economy? Obama says will not call Putin over Snowden. The Kremlin will reduce its original commitments to privatisation, with Prime Minister […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – June 10, 2013

TODAY: Navalny to run for Moscow Mayor; snap elections are pro-democracy, says Sobyanin; TV show pulled following Putin divorce joke; Gazprom and RWE dispute talks fail; the mismanagement of Gazprom; Rogozin brags of missile defense shield; Pussy Riot, Bolotnaya Square, monks, Perepilichny. Vladimir Putin’s move to call snap elections in Moscow for the mayoral post […]

Russia’s Archaic Grasp of Women’s Roles

Vladimir Putin managed to offend advocates of both women’s and gay rights with comments made in response to the Femen protest in Hanover earlier this week, at which he was accosted by four topless women, their bodies scrawled with curses of “F*** Putin” and ‘Dictator’.  He responded by being patronising and sleazy in equal measures, […]