RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Feb 4, 2016

TODAY: France and US accuse Russia of blocking Syria peace process; Russia tops Pentagon’s list of national security threats; Poroshenko says risk of war with Russia is high; Rosneft and Bashneft likely to be first privatisation candidates; United Russia instructs election candidates on how to navigate tricky questions; new Pussy Riot video mocks Prosecutor General.

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Feb 3, 2016

TODAY: Oil production at post-Soviet high amidst talk of cooperation with OPEC; Venezuelan Oil Minister’s visit yields no agreements to cut production; Kremlin’s purchases 40% more expensive thanks to protectionism; Putin supports Medvedev’s government consolidation plan; oligarchs likely to take privatised stakes; flu epidemic spreads; EU ambassador demands Kremlin response to Kadyrov threat; Merkel says […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Jan 27, 2016

TODAY: Journalist claims Putin worth $40bn; Kremlin wants Treasury to back up corruption allegations with proof; Security Council attacks US, says it wants to weaken Russia and take its minerals; unemployment to reach 6% in 2016; Lavrov says Litvinenko report constitutes slander, Russian cooperation will not come easily, contradicts German authorities over rape case; flu […]

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

TODAY: War of words continues between Ankara and Moscow over jet downing; advanced air-to-surface missiles deployed to Syria; Lavrov asserts however that war with Turkey is not an option; Ukraine claims ceasing of gas imports from Russia was its decision; bans Russian airlines transit flights; Poland still seeking answers on Smolensk air disaster; Yeltsin remembered […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Oct 1, 2015

TODAY: Russian air force launches air strikes in Syria against terrorists, though no terrorist positions actually targeted, say Western and Syrian sources; Lavrov says journalists should ignore non-Russian sources; U.S. and Russia to hold talks to avoid unintentional military conflict in Syria; Sakharov Center fined over ‘foreign agent’ law; pensions safety under threat.

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Sept 24, 2015

TODAY: Washington says Moscow’s repeated use of veto discredits Security Council; Lavrov suggests U.S. coming round to Russian position on Syria, Washington refutes claim; Kremlin aggrieved at U.S. plans to update nuclear weapons at German base; God’s Will activist found guilty of hooliganism; profile of an opposition deputy; unemployment rising; new military base near Ukraine.

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Aug 13, 2015

TODAY: Dutch flowers up in flames in apparent response to MH17 inquiry; Putin calls meeting over escalating Ukraine violence; ruble tumbles; Probusinessbank loses license; Kremlin establishes human rights prize, activists suspicious; rise in HIV rates; Lavrov’s foul mouth makes headlines. 

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Aug 4, 2015

TODAY: IMF warns sanctions will take 9% off Russia’s GDP; ruble tumbles again; exiled Ukrainian politicians form committee to save Ukraine in Russia; Sweden expels Russian diplomat; Lavrov meets Hamas leader; Orthodox Church in rare defeat.

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

TODAY: Moscow takes issue with proposed changes to Ukrainian constitution; Lavrov assures counterparts that Russia is engaged in peace process; protests in Georgia over reported Russian encroachment; Putin orders creation of new reserve force; military modernisation beset by problems; Russia surprises BRIC investors with 2015 performance; country’s neediest left vulnerable as charity sector attacked.

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – June 17, 2015

TODAY: Putin promises retaliation against Nato threats, announces 40 new intercontinental missiles; Nato Secretary-General accuses Putin of ‘sabre-rattling’; new data law to cost $6bn; blogger goes after Kremlin trolls.