RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Aug 29, 2016

TODAY: Crimea flare-up glitch in economic recovery; state lender Sberbank breaks records; another privatization put on hold; heads roll in Investigative Committee; whole new Internet planned for state officials; migrant workers perish in warehouse fire; no major advances in Syria peace talks; the perils of whistleblowing. 

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Aug 26, 2016

TODAY: Merkel slams Russia’s actions in Ukraine as German official calls for new arms control deal with Russia to avoid unintentional war; Putin announces military drills and assessment of combat readiness; Sberbank sets profit record; Putin’s son-in-law is among Russia’s wealthiest; Paralympics ban sees officials cracking down on doping witness; Biden warns Europe against Nord […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Aug 19, 2016

TODAY: Ukrainian President makes stark warning on threat from Russia; disagrees with CIS plans to send election monitors to Crimea; rights lawyer barred from leaving Russia; McCain backed NGO added to undesirable list; Sechin to sue Novaya Gazeta over super yacht claims; privatization delays imperil budget, worry analysts; Putin’s shuffling of staff an attempt to concentrate power? 

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Aug 18, 2016

TODAY: U.S. suggests Iran deployment to Syria might have flouted U.N. Security Council resolution; Russia disagrees; Iraq opens its airspace to Russian fighter jets; postponement of Bashneft privatisation will hasten the depletion of the Reserve Fund, say analysts; Kursk film facing obstacles; Stalin’s flock in Orthodox Church.

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Aug 17, 2016

TODAY: Medvedev announces surprise postponement of widely anticipated Bashneft privatisation; HRW accuses Russia of using banned weapons in Syria; Russia now bombing Syria from Iranian base; Ukraine rhetoric seen as being more about diplomacy than warfare; Russia ordered to return 2008 Olympic gold after doping re-test. 

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Aug 5, 2016

TODAY: Fighting in Ukraine has reintensified in summer months; unsurprising say some, as Minsk agreements hold little appeal to Moscow; Estonia considering security buffer with Russia; companies pledging allegiance to Kremlin-friendly parties more likely to receive government contracts, says Golos; oil spills threaten ecosystem in Komi Republic; Russneft eyes government state in Bashneft. 

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Aug 4, 2016

TODAY: Former mayor sentenced to lengthy jail term for corruption; Russian team arrive in Rio on optimistic form, despite shadow of doping ban; football association begins investigations into doping claims; Russia claims Syrian opposition launched toxic attack on civilians; is the Kremlin flaunting its hacking abilities? Central Bank reaches out to citizens.

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Aug 3, 2016

TODAY: Kremlin decries Syria gas claims; unlike its neighbors, Hungary sees no ‘existential’ threat from Moscow; Russian involvement in DNC hack remains untraceable; Americans in Russia encountering increasing residency permit issues; Putin’s attacks on mayors likely to increase as elections come closer; investment revenues in banks bounce back. 

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – July 22, 2016

TODAY: CAS upholds ban on Russian athletics team; climbing ruble worries Kremlin, but Central Bank seems unlikely to intervene; Russia accused of attacking U.S. base in Syria; company chief executive jailed for spying in U.S.; Rosneft cannot have access to Bashneft privatization, says Putin. 

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – July 20, 2016

TODAY: IOC considering possibility of banning Russia from Olympic Games amid doping scandal; several investigative committee members detained by FSB; British PM irks Kremlin by describing Russia as a threat; IMF sees some stabilisation in economy.