RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Jan 15, 2015

TODAY: Budget spending to be cut across the board; citizens told to stay calm in the face of rising costs; Medvedev has promises but no measures at Gaidar Forum; Putin breaks small business promise; Navalny pays $10 bracelet-cutting fine; Saratov journalist beaten; newspaper blames U.S. for Charlie Hebdo killings. 

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Dec 24, 2014

TODAY: Plans for Navalny rally gather strength; Oleg Kashin takes complaint over case to ECHR; Ekho Moskvy to receive Sochi treatment? Rouble rebounds somewhat with soft capital controls; S&P warning over junk status; Ukraine’s rejection of non-aligned status met with Kremlin disapproval. 29,000 people have now used a new Facebook page announcing a rally in […]

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

TODAY: Ruble stabilises but analysts warn crisis will continue; speculation mounts as to government’s next move; no possibility of IMF bailout; Moscow finally starting to bend on Ukraine?  Rosneft on target to repay debt; Memorial hearing postponed; Sistema chief Vladimir Yevtushenkov freed from house arrest.   Following the lows of ‘Black Tuesday’ the ruble has stabilised […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – July 9, 2014

TODAY: ECHR to prioritise Navalny arrest appeal; Total head says Europe needs Russian gas; US detention of MP’s son angers Kremlin; NATO chief says Russia duplicitous on Ukraine; Lithuania President slams Russian ‘chauvinism’; Sochi to be gambling zone; priest slams football boots. The European Court of Human Rights is to review and give priority to the […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – March 24, 2014

TODAY: Kiev, Nato and U.S. say Russia preparing to invade Ukraine; Kiev returns to E.U. deal; OSCE to send monitors to Ukraine; Belarus says annexation of Crimea a bad precedent; sanctions hit Russian economy, Kremlin retaliates; two killed at new Sochi resort. Russia says it is in compliance with international troop limits on the border […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Feb 20, 2014

TODAY: Death toll continues to mount in Kiev; Lavrov berates West for meddling; Pussy Riot whipped in Sochi performance; the costs of hosting the Olympics; credit rating drop and ruble free fall; blogging crackdown. A tentative ‘truce’ reached between Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych and opposition leaders in Kiev was quickly broken when nine protesters were shot dead in the space […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Jan 29, 2014

TODAY: Putin rebukes E.U. for interfering in Ukraine, says loan is politically unconditional (Shuvalov disagrees); VTB to pay fine over Iran sanctions violation; CPJ notes restrictions on Sochi reporting; Fetisov quits business for politics; Bastrykin goes after Moscow judge; Polonsky never to return home. Russia and the E.U. met for a summit in Brussels yesterday […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Jan 27, 2014

TODAY: Foreigners doubt Sochi safety measures will suffice, militants threaten more attacks; Mayor says there are no gay people in Sochi; bill would alter homophobic law; ‘foreign agents’ law up for review; Russia to double Asia exports; Baikalsk to close; Lebedev released. Russia’s security ‘ring of steel’ around Sochi is not convincing foreign observers that the […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Jan 7, 2014

TODAY: Putin celebrates Orthodox Christmas; security deployed in Sochi, victims of bombs still hospitalised; Khodorkovsky vows to campaign for political prisoners; Church has ‘gay system’; Usmanov is Russia’s richest; Syria to offer Russian for schoolchildren. Orthodox Russians are celebrating Christmas today; President Vladimir Putin attended a service at Sochi’s new church.  Over 30,000 police officers […]

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

TODAY: Dutch say ‘homosexual propaganda’ law is grounds for asylum as relations worsen on various fronts; HRW wants IOC to investigate journalists’ treatment in Sochi; Syria peace talks stall; Tolokonnikova moved to Siberia; ‘new nationalism’; Kasparov wants Latvian passport; Baumgertner wanted; Ukraine gas deals completed. The Dutch foreign minister, Frans Timmermans, says Russia’s new laws against […]