RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Oct 28, 2014

TODAY: Lavrov says Russia will recognise Ukraine election, hopes for end to confrontation; E.U.’s rights commissioner demands investigation into Crimea activist deaths; ruble hits new all-time low against dollar; Finance Ministry planning future cuts; Matviyenko interview; Lithuania moves away from Russian gas. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says Russia will recognise the results of Ukraine’s parliamentary […]

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

TODAY: Ukraine blames Russia for violence in east, Lavrov blames West; arrest warrant for second Bolotnaya protester this week; Ukraine will not pay until gas price drops as alleged debt passes $5bn; emigration, alcoholism. 300 coalminers rallied in support of pro-Russia separatists in Donetsk yesterday, but the overall situation in eastern Ukraine, has returned to relative […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – May 17, 2013

TODAY: Golubkov charged with commercial bribery; Peskov says ban on foreign bank accounts has led to no resignations; rough economic times ahead, warns U.S. agency; Putin to fly to work; gay pride events organisers to appeal to Moscow court for permission to meet; corruption video seems to encourage vigilantism; Navalny says witness against him was […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – May 14, 2013

TODAY: St. Petersburg gay rights activists plan to rally; three men questioned over ‘homophobic’ murder; case opened against Golos; nationalists detained over high-profile murders; Storchak says trust must be restored; Medvedev organises audits for state-funded projects; Netanyahu to visit Russia. Gay rights activists in St. Petersburg have announced that the city will take part in […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – March 15, 2013

TODAY: British actor grills author of anti-gay law; Gudkov promises to start new party; Navalny targets Malkin; Pushkov on Syria, Britain, and America; Putin congratulates Pope Francis; Novatek wins Arctic exploration license; Putin on wrestling; Mars exploration; Litvinenko inquest postponed. The openly gay British actor Stephen Fry has interviewed Vitaly Milonov, the author of St. […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Feb 13, 2013

TODAY: Russia condemns N Korea test; public smoking ban approved, Putin moves to ban foreign bank accounts for officials; YouTube sues watchdog; Serbia cuts its gas prices from Gazprom, Novatek seeks end to monopoly; Gudkov loses appeal; dirty money, ractopamine, football racism. Russia has ‘condemned’ North Korea’s nuclear test as a violation of international obligations. […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Dec 12, 2012

TODAY: Opposition apartments searched by investigators; Putin invokes Soviet nostalgia; analysts question the viability of anti-graft drive. Lady Gaga falls foul of anti-gay propaganda law; Politkovskaya’s son criticizes probe into her death. UR draws on adoption issues in retaliation to Magnitsky list; Gazprom reinitiates talks with China. Investigators have raided the apartments of opposition activists Sergei Udaltsov, Leonid […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Nov 29, 2012

TODAY: Pussy Riot video to be banned; posthumous charged filed against Magnitsky; Perepilichnyy had been warned he was on hit list; Kopeysk prison strike highlights abuse of prisoners; planes beating trains.  A Moscow City Court has declared that Pussy Riot’s ‘punk prayer’ music and political protest video is ‘extremist’, which means that media outlets can […]

Repression, Violence, and Backwards Steps

Homosexuality is being recriminalised in Russia.  Homophobic laws are already in place in Arkhangelsk, Kostroma and Ryazan, and St. Petersburg joined these cities last week by passing an anti-homosexual ‘propaganda’ bill, meaning that any non-heterosexual couple caught in a public display of affection can be fined up to $170 – all under the umbrella of […]