RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – July 6, 2015

TODAY: Putin makes conciliatory address to Obama, saying good relations would ensure world security; isolation driving Russia’s aggression; VTB and Sberbank struggling in London; Nemtsov party Parnas elects new leader; Melamed case is a bid to oust Chubais? Iran to become major energy competitor to Russia. 

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – June 2, 2015

TODAY: Kremlin accuses E.U. of being untrustworthy over blacklist publication; plans for war games prompt fears for new offensive in Ukraine; second nuclear plant in Iran planned for this year; bill to bring elections forward signal Kremlin’s popularity concerns; gay rights activist sentenced to ten days in prison; the world of official trolling; Kudrin open […]

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

TODAY: Medvedev acknowledges cost of Crimea annexation; defends its historical significance; local authorities action Putin’s wildfire pledges; opposition activist slashes wrists in prison protest; a look at opposition emigration; LGBT takes on haters with her own unique social media campaign; new Russia-China project to forge high technology links.  In his annual speech to parliament, Prime […]

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

TODAY: Putin addresses Western meddling in speech to FSB; Nemtsov memorial vandalised; case against Ponomaryov initiated; proposed changes to justice system raise lawyers’ concerns; Lavrov woos South America; price reduction for Ukraine’s natural gas a possibility; government lends support to automobile industry with major order. 

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

TODAY: Lavrov says in distress over tragedy of Ukraine; NATO says Moscow still sending weapons into eastern Ukraine; Russian ultra-nationalist says Putin must start supporting pro-Russia rebels; 150 European far-right representatives meet in St. Petersburg; Russia threatens Denmark with nuclear weapons; Kadyrov for President? Russia goes after gay U.N. employees; Yanukovych son dies in Lake […]

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 – Dec 5, 2014

TODAY: Putin gives State of Union address, blames West for sanctions, promises tax freeze, threatens speculators; ruble is world’s second-weakest currency; ECHR orders payment for Navalny; human rights is at a ten-year low in Russia, says HRW; Europe says South Stream cancellation is blackmail. During his keynote State of the Union address yesterday, Vladimir Putin […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Nov 6, 2014

TODAY: Ruble hits another all-time low after Central Bank announcement, inflation above 8%; Poland’s new defense strategy mentions Russia; U.S. investigating Putin ally; Rossiya Segodnya planning multilingual broadcasts; Sberbank transparency ranks low; oil giants investigated for possibly influencing prices; PGNiG seeks gas price cut; Putin critic found dead. The ruble fell to yet another all-time […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Oct 2, 2014

TODAY: Putin says internet isolation plan is for information security, not censorship; Russians see Western sanctions as affront, China support grows since Ukraine crisis; Russia pulls out of FLEX after gay adoption; conscription begins this fall, Arctic military command structure planned; Kasparov warns of Putin’s long-term goals; IMF halves its 2015 Russia growth forecast; new NATO head. […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Sept 22, 2014

TODAY: Moscow witnesses mass protest against Russian aggression in Ukraine; turnout figures vary; Mikhail Khodorkovsky indicates surprise comeback to politics; Yevtushenkov released. Security Council’s Internet muzzle; families of MH17 victims in Germany to sue Ukraine; sanctions taking their toll on oil and banking. In Moscow, opposition leaders Boris Nemtsov and Yevgenia Chirikova were among the thousands of protestors who gathered on Sunday […]