RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Nov 18, 2014

TODAY: Media giant linked to Putin allies; West provoking a Cold War, Putin says, threatens Kiev; HRW accuses Crimea of human rights violations; Merkel says Russia not likely to stop at Ukraine; Shoigu discussing military cooperation with China; inflation to reach 9% by end of year; German and Polish diplomatic tit-for-tat; Deripaska given head role […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Sept 17, 2014

TODAY: Kremlin says it will intervene against inflation, Central Bank concerned that drop in oil prices will affect growth, Kudrin warns of imminent recession; sanctions thwart art fair, delay new pipelines in Siberia; Mail.ru acquires Vkontakte; Yevtushenkov under house arrest; Russia to establish military unit in Crimea, who is next? Deputy finance minister Alexei Moiseyev […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – June 26, 2014

TODAY: Putin hopes for extension of Ukraine ceasefire; Federation Council revokes approval for use of military force in the neighbouring state; Washington wavering on fresh sanctions; military morale at post-Soviet peak. GDP creeps up; extremism law employed for Internet crackdown. Russia fails to shine in Good Country Index; Putin remains the nation’s choice, says new poll. […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – March 21, 2014

TODAY: Duma votes to annex Crimea; U.S. and E.U. both extend their original sanctions; Lavrov says Ukraine must become a federal state; Shoigu promises no further moves into Ukraine; Moscow looking towards Asia; Prosecutor General wants Navalny page banned. Russia’s State Duma voted overwhelmingly in favour of a treaty to annex Crimea from Ukraine, and […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – March 4, 2014

TODAY: Lavrov defends military action in Crimea as the protection of Russian citizens; Churkin indicates deployment requested by Yanukovych; some troops return, but new drills begin; web content linked to Ukraine protest movement blocked.  International condemnation continues; Moscow looks to Beijing for support; economic outcomes analysed.  Nationalist attacks decrease; Russian billionaires remain strong. In an address […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Dec 27, 2013

TODAY: Arctic 30 leaving Russia; Khodorkovsky convictions to be reviewed; Sochi terrorism worries. Extra loans to Belarus; Ukrainian chocolate ban to be lifted; customs union momentum; cargo plane crash. Having dropped criminal charges against the 30 Greenpeace activists who have spent two months in jail for an Arctic oil rig protest, the Russian authorities have issued exit […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Nov 19, 2013

TODAY: Three Greenpeace activists granted bail, others may have detentions extended; court cages and Putin’s textbooks under fire; Navalny’s party will not be registered; Mutko says Kremlin should have waited to implement ‘gay propaganda’ law; Merkel warns Russia against further Ukraine pressure. A St. Petersburg court granted bail to three of the 30 Greenpeace crew […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – August 12, 2013

TODAY: International outrage over anti-gay law continues, protests in London and New York; Obama discusses current Russia rows as Lavrov meets with Kerry; Sobyanin will not debate with his rivals ahead of mayoral elections; Rosbank CEO detained. President Vladimir Putin acknowledged ‘the trust that has been shown to us’ in Moscow’s being granted permission to host […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – August 9, 2013

TODAY: 2+2 talks between U.S. and Russia go ahead; Snowden row undermines prospect of progress; HRW lambasts crackdown on migrants; the Kremlin’s novel economic reboot plan.  Immunity for journalists on the cards?  Rifts ignite in energy sector; calls for Winter Olympic boycott continue; Gorbachev lives. Despite rancour over Edward Snowden, talks between Russian Foreign Minister […]

How Putin’s Anti-Corruption Purge May Result in More Military Inefficencies

Prof. Mark Galeotti has an interesting article this week on the new Minister of Defense Sergey Shoigu, who has replaced Anatoly Serdyukov as part of the much publicized anti-corruption purge taking place among the siloviki. Although Shoigu represents the kind of competent civilian that some elites want to weed out corruption in the Russian military-industrial […]