RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Jan 27, 2015

TODAY: S&P downgrades Russia; VTB fears SWIFT lockout; Syriza wins Russia a new friend in Europe? Google fined for abortion ads; alleged Russian spy ring uncovered in U.S.; Litvinenko inquiry opens in London.

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

TODAY: West threatens further sanctions in wake of increased violence in Ukraine; Lavrov says Russia ready to do what it takes, but falls short of taking responsibility; Rogozin says Ukraine punishments are really about other issues; LGBT activist fined for hosting support website; protesters detained in Moscow.

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Jan 23, 2015

TODAY: Merkel says long way to go before sanctions are lifted, as new anti-Ukraine offensives underscore seriousness of conflict; OPEC rivals Russia for China market; VTB awaiting rescue package; Putin award’s Sechin’s son, sharpens inner circle; education watchdog would ban Wikipedia; Church calls for abortions curb.

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Jan 22, 2015

TODAY: Poroshenko uses Davos platform to accuse Russia of placing 9,000 new troops in Ukraine; Lavrov denies it, says Russia will not back down until Ukraine is a federal state; Kremlin prepares anti-crisis plan; cuts put an end to AIDS vaccine research; South Stream cancellation will hit hard; new bill would restrict foreign companies deemed […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Jan 21, 2015

TODAY: Russian delegates appear sanguine as World Economic Forum begins; Schlumberger looking to make major investment in Russian oil services company; Central Bank denies need for capital controls; study finds more than half of Russians in state of economic deprivation. Ukraine accuses Russia of direct involvement in conflict; Moscow mulling delivery of air missiles to […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Jan 20, 2015

TODAY: E.U. has no intention of softening sanctions without Ukraine ceasefire; Russian soldiers killed in Ukraine belie Kremlin’s denial of involvement; the battle for Donetsk airport continues; tax laws pressure wealthy to consider repatriating overseas assets; universities increasing fees 30-35%; marches commemorate Markelov and Baburova murders; Central Bank tries to stave off crisis in sector. 

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Jan 19, 2015

TODAY: Record capital flight last year, Putin amnesty on its return could make Russia target of money laundering watchdog; ruble devaluation threatens migrant worker economies; analysts anticipate chaos; Poroshenko pink-slips Putin’s proposed peace plan, says Peskov; LUKoil under investigation for alleged financing of eastern Ukraine terror; former Cultural Ministry official sees cultural isolationism.

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Jan 16, 2015

TODAY: Navalny arrested 11 days after cutting off house arrest bracelet; Navalny brothers’ case evidence unsubstantiated, says European Parliament; Yakunin will quit Russian Railways if forced to reveal salary; Putin meets Venezuelan President to talk oil; majority say Putin will win again in 2018; Lithuania preparing citizens for war. 

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Jan 15, 2015

TODAY: Budget spending to be cut across the board; citizens told to stay calm in the face of rising costs; Medvedev has promises but no measures at Gaidar Forum; Putin breaks small business promise; Navalny pays $10 bracelet-cutting fine; Saratov journalist beaten; newspaper blames U.S. for Charlie Hebdo killings. 

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Jan 14, 2015

TODAY: 12 killed in Ukraine bus attack; World Bank downgrades GDP prospects; sovereign rating cut anticipated; military expenditure will remain as planned though spending must be slashed.  ISIS video shows alleged Russian spies being executed; Russian media watched warns against republishing Charlie Hebdo images. Traffic disasters and disorders.