RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Dec 8, 2014

TODAY: Mikhail Khodorkovsky talks democracy in St Petersburg; opposition rally in Moscow; French President makes impromptu visit to Putin; Russian aircraft impounded in Nigeria.  Default on the horizon? Social unrest may result from recession, warn analysts; Moscow mulls South Stream alternative options. Despite a slew of attempts by the authorities to thwart him, Yukos founder […]

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

TODAY: Russia bound for recession next year; GDP forecast to shrink; Central Bank supporting tumbling ruble. Kalashnikov cashing in on peace; Corruption worsening in Russia says index; Gazprom exports dwindling; tightening grip on Internet; musicians refusing to toe Kremlin line. In an admission which has sent the ruble spiralling further downwards, Russia’s Finance Ministry has acknowledged […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Dec 2, 2014

TODAY: Putin drops South Stream, looks to Turkey; NATO accuses Russia and vice-versa; Russia to up its military exercises next year; Kiev reaches truce with separatists; Moldova turns to Europe; ruble suffers worst day since 1998; Rosneft privatisation approved. President Vladimir Putin has announced that Russia will scrap construction of the long-awaited $22 billion South […]

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

TODAY: Putin seeks closer ties with North Korea, praises friendship with Hungary, offers a reserved welcome and warning to new U.S. ambassador; Lavrov says Kiev’s withdrawal of support from east prepares the ground for invasion; VTB Bank profit drop; Russia’s banking sector most vulnerable in all emerging markets; historic McDonald’s branch re-opens. Just after North […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Oct 16, 2014

TODAY: Putin says sanctions make peace with Ukraine less likely; Russians support direction of economy; half of Russians see a Putin personality cult; Central Bank considering ‘stress scenario’ of lower oil prices for longer; less bureaucrats, more wages; foreign mass media ownership bill signed into law; Yankauskas house arrest extended. President Vladimir Putin said that […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast, August 11, 2014

TODAY: Russia looks to prevent food price hikes following import restrictions; new law bans anonymous wifi access in public; dacha activism; Garry Kasparov fights Kremlin for FIDE role.  Donetsk on verge of being recaptured by Ukraine, reports say; Putin-hosted Karabakh talks yield little; Russia-West energy cooperation stays strong. Having introduced a year long ban on half its agricultural […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – July 8, 2014

TODAY: Pro-Russia rebels dig in heels in Donetsk; E.U. mulling sanctions extension; Russian arms exports boom. Udaltsov facing lengthy jail term; drug abuse on the rise; X-rated bank bill?  Gorbachev-era Foreign Minister and former Georgian president Eduard Shevardnadze remembered. Having lost a key stronghold on the weekend, pro-Russian rebels have stepped up attempts to protect their […]

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

TODAY: Poroshenko and Putin hold talks on ceasefire, deaths of journalists; Ukraine blames gas pipe explosion on Russia; EU to seek gas row resolution this summer, disruptions expected; writers accuse Kremlin of destroying meaning; Serbia to begin South Stream construction; Gazprom Singapore listing. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and President Vladimir Putin held talks about a […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – June 10, 2014

TODAY: No result on gas talks with Ukraine, peace talks faring better; Poroshenko says ‘not interested’ in Putin’s view; Bulgaria pulls back on South Stream announcement; atomic energy complex approved; promise of greater web regulation boosts Yandex; Politkovskaya murderers given life sentences. Despite a full day of talks, Russia, Ukraine, and the European Commission are […]

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

TODAY: Russia suspends cooperation with PACE; G7 meets without Russia; Lloyds withdraws from Rosneft deal; EU calls on Bulgaria to suspend South Stream work; Finance Ministry seeks access to pension funds; Yandex lists on MICEX; Amnesty report slams ‘draconian’ laws. Russia has temporarily suspended cooperation with the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), defiantly claiming […]