RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Aug 26, 2016

TODAY: Merkel slams Russia’s actions in Ukraine as German official calls for new arms control deal with Russia to avoid unintentional war; Putin announces military drills and assessment of combat readiness; Sberbank sets profit record; Putin’s son-in-law is among Russia’s wealthiest; Paralympics ban sees officials cracking down on doping witness; Biden warns Europe against Nord […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Aug 24, 2016

TODAY: CAS upholds ban on entire Russian Paralympic team, drawing outrage; St Petersburg to divert school and hospital funding into sports facilities; Nabiullina saves the MICEX; Parnas promises to demand Putin’s impeachment if it wins in next month’s elections; Khodorkovsky candidates preparing to run; activists attack novelist for extremism; Russian-backed hackers behind New York Times […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Aug 19, 2016

TODAY: Ukrainian President makes stark warning on threat from Russia; disagrees with CIS plans to send election monitors to Crimea; rights lawyer barred from leaving Russia; McCain backed NGO added to undesirable list; Sechin to sue Novaya Gazeta over super yacht claims; privatization delays imperil budget, worry analysts; Putin’s shuffling of staff an attempt to concentrate power? 

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Aug 18, 2016

TODAY: U.S. suggests Iran deployment to Syria might have flouted U.N. Security Council resolution; Russia disagrees; Iraq opens its airspace to Russian fighter jets; postponement of Bashneft privatisation will hasten the depletion of the Reserve Fund, say analysts; Kursk film facing obstacles; Stalin’s flock in Orthodox Church.

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Aug 17, 2016

TODAY: Medvedev announces surprise postponement of widely anticipated Bashneft privatisation; HRW accuses Russia of using banned weapons in Syria; Russia now bombing Syria from Iranian base; Ukraine rhetoric seen as being more about diplomacy than warfare; Russia ordered to return 2008 Olympic gold after doping re-test. 

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Aug 12, 2016

TODAY: Foreign Ministry sends out warning to West of consequences for Ukraine’s incursion into Crimea (which it denies making); Poroshenko puts troops on combat alert; first Russian charged under Yarovaya Laws; Pelosi refers to Russian web breach as ‘electronic Watergate’; Google fined under anti-monopoly law.

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Aug 10, 2016

TODAY: Putin holds friendly meetings with Turkey, vowing to amend ties; British army would not defeat Russian army, says leaked report, as May and Putin plan to meet in person; Efimova wins Olympic swim medal, to chagrin of fellow competitors; hundreds gather in Moscow to protest Yarovaya Laws; Rosneft forbidden to take part in privatisation […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Aug 9, 2016

TODAY: IOC distinguishes between Paralympic and Olympic rulings as Kremlin prepares to sue; unusual build up of military hardware in Crimea, Foreign Ministry concerned about violence in Ukraine; FAS opens case against Apple; Turkey reinstates Sputnik; Putin holds friendly and cooperative meetings with Iran and Azerbaijan.

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Aug 5, 2016

TODAY: Fighting in Ukraine has reintensified in summer months; unsurprising say some, as Minsk agreements hold little appeal to Moscow; Estonia considering security buffer with Russia; companies pledging allegiance to Kremlin-friendly parties more likely to receive government contracts, says Golos; oil spills threaten ecosystem in Komi Republic; Russneft eyes government state in Bashneft. 

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Aug 2, 2016

TODAY: Court says no to changing Navalny’s sentence to include prison time; Kremlin dismisses Clinton allegations, suggests US narrative is part of a cover-up; plenty of Russians are backing the Clinton campaign; EU officials concerned about potential of renewed attention to TurkStream project; IOC and WADA at war over Russia’s inclusion in Olympics; first anthrax victim reported.