RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Feb 25, 2015

TODAY: Rebels continue to violate ceasefire in eastern Ukraine; OSCE calls for stronger measures to help it observe fighting; Kerry says Russia is lying about troops and weapons; U.K. sending military to train Ukrainian solders; Russia threatening a new gas crisis over Ukraine pay dispute; OSCE and Amnesty slam abuse of media freedom.

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – April 3, 2014

TODAY: Nato commander warns of imminent and swift Ukraine invasion; Foreign Ministry accuses alliance of reviving Cold War; NASA bans contact with Kremlin reps; capital flight continues; Moscow ups arms deliveries to Syria; Lavrov wants international recognition for Russia’s aid donations; Russian Railways corruption scandal brewing; Putins finalise divorce. Nato military commander Philip Breedlove has […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – September 3, 2013

TODAY: Russia sends ship to Mediterranean, Lavrov dismisses U.S.’ chemical weapons allegations against Syria, may send delegation to Washington; Putin foresees spending cuts, meets walrus; Uralkali head sought by Belarus; Navalny rally sanctioned; Politkovskaya trial suspects sent to detention. As part of what it is calling ‘normal policy’, Russia has dispatched a military reconnaissance ship […]

More Nails in Yukos Coffin

It is interesting to watch Rosneft’s fortunes rise as those of Yukos are in freefall. Rosneft’s landmark $60 billion deal with China this week marks a history of cooperation between the two, as it was Chinese banks that loaned Rosneft the $25 billion it needed to finance its takeover of Yukos’ largest production unit in […]

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 – June 17, 2013

TODAY: Navalny wins PARNAS backing for Moscow mayoral race; Putin meets Cameron in London, discusses Syria; Golos fine upheld as Putin indicates willingness to change ‘foreign agent’ law; Putin denies stealing Super Bowl ring as Kraft passes off accusations as a joke; Tereshkova space anniversary.  Kremlin critic and anti-corruption campaigner, Alexei Navalny, won the PARNAS […]

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

TODAY: Kasparov says will not return to Russia; Bolotnaya Square protest; Sergei Guriev speaks about events leading to his emigration; activist fined for promoting HIV awareness; Udaltsov may run for Moscow Mayor, Sobyanin steps down; foreign assets law will not deter officials; pressure on Georgia over disputed territories; Rosneft and Gazprom granted Arctic Shelf rights; […]

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

TODAY: E.U.-Russia Summit debates visas and human rights, Putin comments on Syria, Guriev, gay rights on sidelines; Alexeyeva warns of totalitarianism; inflation at fastest rate in 21 months; Golos fined $10k; Sobyanin to step down for early re-election; activist’s husband released; Gazprom, Interpol, Soviet weapons to get Hollywood poster child. Russian and European officials met […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – June 3, 2013

TODAY: Russia to ban adoptions by same-sex couples; Pussy Riot members ends hunger strike; freedom of assembly protesters detained; Russian Railways joint venture; Putin rebukes governor; U.S. delegation discusses security and Boston bombing; nuclear patrols to resume in southern seas; Rosneft loan banks still waiting for payback; exiled Guriev wins Sberbank seat. An amendment to […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – May 31, 2013

TODAY: Guriev discusses political pressure, says he will not return; fears of liberal brain drain; academics fear ‘foreign agent’ label will damage economic research; Levada Center refusing foreign grants; Belousov chosen as new Putin adviser; Lavrov slams Syrian rebels, confusion over reports of Russia sending missile defence to Assad government; FSB makes migrant allegations; hackers […]