RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Dec 12, 2014

TODAY: Ruble falls, again; gold reserves used to buoy currency; Central Bank anticipating major capital flight. Russian military busy in Baltic; Stalin’s victims remembered; Google to downsize Russian office; Constitution Day.  The ruble has fallen to 57.49 against the dollar and 71.23 against the euro, representing yet anther low and prompting reverberations in Russia’s stock exchanges. […]

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

TODAY: 2015 budget relies on $100 oil; State of Nation address anticipated amidst economic chaos; new limits on EU imports, row with Belarus over food shipments ban; seminar attendees detained.  President Vladimir Putin approved a $290 billion budget (15.5 trillion rubles at today’s rate) for next year that relies on an average oil price of […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – May 19, 2014

TODAY: Putin says Crimean Tatars must accept Russian rule; Kremlin criticises OCSE Ukraine report; Medvedev denies threat of Twitter ban; China gas deal near completion; Filin interview. Despite the fact that all public gatherings were suspended in Crimea after Russia’s takeover, Tatars in the region – who have faced persecution in recent weeks for not backing the […]

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

TODAY: Putin announces troop withdrawal from Ukraine border, calls for delay on sovereignty referendum, voices support for presidential elections; CIS leaders to meet on Ukraine and security; Obama to pull Russia from duty-free program; Western companies report Russia trouble; St. Petersburg forum to go ahead without Western contingent; Putin ratings boost; no feminist theory in […]

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

TODAY: Suspected Sochi terrorist arrested in Turkey; Putin watches figure skaters take first gold; opening ceremony lauded as ‘gayest’ ever; Bitcoin crackdown; forty detained in Dozhd support rally; Galina Shirshina interview; new diplomatic row with U.S. A Ukrainian man was arrested in Turkey over the weekend after allegedly trying to hijack a flight that he […]

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

TODAY: Carry-on liquids banned from flights across the country; actor slurs gay community again; Patriarch Kirill cheers inmates, Church attacked over Stalin calendar; officials accused of poaching; Russia blocks U.N.’s Syria statement; Vanity Fair talks to Masha Gessen; Regina Derieva obituary. As part of heightened security measures implemented in Sochi in the run-up to the […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Dec 20, 2013

TODAY: Khordokovsky will be pardoned, Putin announces at end of news conference; MICEX jumps at the surprise news; attempt to propitiate Sochi critics? President denounces Arctic 30 and pities Pussy Riot; has no plans for a successor.  Washington will not expand Magnitksy list; Syria; helicopters.  Just as his four-hour press conference was drawing to a […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – March 5, 2013

TODAY: Putin and Yanukovych meet, no decision reached on gas price; anniversary of Stalin’s death; Rusal’s plans to shrink output could cause unrest; Putin allies increase wealth; Alyokhina denied suspended sentence; first lesbian magazine published; suspect arrested in Filin attack. Following a meeting with his Ukrainian counterpart, Viktor Yanukovych, President Vladimir Putin said that there […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Feb 1, 2013

TODAY: HRW slams Russia for worst human rights year since Soviet times; Russia welcomes new U.S. Secretary of State; Pussy Riot member sent to hospital; central bank rejects Putin’s calls to ease monetary policy; Ukraine says it will settle with Gazprom according to the terms of its contract; temporary return of ‘Stalingrad’ draws criticism. The Foreign […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Oct 31, 2012

TODAY: Treason law passed; Stalin’s terror remembered; opposition hold rally for modern day victims of repression; Pozner seconds criticisms of the treatment of Leonid Razvozzhayev. Russian orthodox monastery faces unseemly allegations; Altimo takes control of Vimpelcom; TNK-BP profits soar; Sochi compensation  The Federation Council has passed a controversial new bill that would redefine high treason […]