RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – June 30, 2014

TODAY: Russian journalist killed in Eastern Ukraine; tension builds as ceasefire expires tonight; OSCE detainees released; Lavrov chastises U.S. for Ukraine ‘pushing’. One year on from establishment of gay propaganda law, rights activists lament; Bolshoi Ballet head hospitalized; rocket mission postponed. A Russian cameraman, Anatoly Klyan, who worked for state-owned Channel One, has died of a gun […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – May 19, 2014

TODAY: Putin says Crimean Tatars must accept Russian rule; Kremlin criticises OCSE Ukraine report; Medvedev denies threat of Twitter ban; China gas deal near completion; Filin interview. Despite the fact that all public gatherings were suspended in Crimea after Russia’s takeover, Tatars in the region – who have faced persecution in recent weeks for not backing the […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – June 21, 2013

TODAY: SPIEF continues, low economic growth and poor business climate seen to be hampering investment; opposition lawmakers blame WTO accession; Rosneft plans huge deal with China as analysts anticipate mismanagement; Sistema sells Russneft stake; Schneerson judge calls Russia ‘scofflaw’; Bolshoi attempts to move on. The St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) continues today with discussion […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – May 14, 2013

TODAY: St. Petersburg gay rights activists plan to rally; three men questioned over ‘homophobic’ murder; case opened against Golos; nationalists detained over high-profile murders; Storchak says trust must be restored; Medvedev organises audits for state-funded projects; Netanyahu to visit Russia. Gay rights activists in St. Petersburg have announced that the city will take part in […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – March 6, 2013

TODAY: U.N. ambassador calls Chavez death ‘a tragedy’, cooperation with Venezuela to continue; dancer confesses to Bolshoi attack; Navalny blows whistle on Andrei Turchak; new charges against Browder; General Electric teams up with Sakhalin; life expectancy, ethnic minorities, Ivanov remembers Putin as a young spy.  Vitaly Churkin, Russia’s ambassador to the U.N., called the death […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – March 5, 2013

TODAY: Putin and Yanukovych meet, no decision reached on gas price; anniversary of Stalin’s death; Rusal’s plans to shrink output could cause unrest; Putin allies increase wealth; Alyokhina denied suspended sentence; first lesbian magazine published; suspect arrested in Filin attack. Following a meeting with his Ukrainian counterpart, Viktor Yanukovych, President Vladimir Putin said that there […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Feb 4, 2013

TODAY: Opposition called for questioning in Navalny case; Putin says Church should have more control; Stalingrad celebrations; Kremlin’s rights council blames police for May violence; St Petersburg hospital protest; Biden comments on U.S.-Russia differences; Lavrov meets Syrian opposition leader; Lebedev’s airline loses license; Filin says he knows his attacker. Prominent opposition figures including Nikita Belykh […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Jan 29, 2013

TODAY: Magnitsky hearing planned for Feb 18, deceased lawyer’s mother calls for boycott; Navalny appeals to ECHR; Pozner apologises to ward off threats of tv ban; Putin dismisses leader of Dagestan; Deripaska goes after Central Bank; possible Polyus Gold buyers named; Thais protesting Russian business; Naftogaz, Zhirinovsky, Filin. A Moscow court has set preliminary hearings […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Jan 21, 2013

TODAY: Memorial march for Markelov and Baburova; gay protesters beaten; Ephiphany holiday; Coordinating Council plans Spring march; naval exercises thought to be a reminder about Syria; anti-Magnitsky List now 60-strong; Moscow Exchange to list itself; WTO crash course; infrastructure savings; Bolshoi attack; mine explosion. Hundreds gathered in Moscow on Saturday to commemorate the fourth anniversary […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Jan 18, 2013

TODAY: Activist suicide; Osmayev claims torture; new Razvozzhayev charge; new spat with U.S. as Putin adviser says adoptions ban will stay; Bolshoi director in acid attack; mafia boss killing sparks fears of mob war. Alexander Dolmatov, an activist with the Other Russia opposition party, has committed suicide in the Netherlands, apparently after learning that he […]