RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Oct 5, 2015

TODAY: Diplomatic tensions rising over Russian bombing in Syria; Putin brushes off Western criticism; progress seen in Ukraine peace talks; both sides pledge to withdraw weapons; elections in rebel-held regions to be postponed; Russia will discuss oil prices with OPEC; Economy Ministry predicts GDP will recover (somewhat) in 2016.

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Oct 2, 2015

TODAY: Second day of air strikes in Syria, Russia reportedly targeting groups other than I.S., Lavrov denies it; Saudi Arabia concerned that attacks will assist I.S., France and Germany respond; fighting in eastern Ukraine at a lull; Putin to re-write ‘foreign agents’ law; German publishing house fined.

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Oct 1, 2015

TODAY: Russian air force launches air strikes in Syria against terrorists, though no terrorist positions actually targeted, say Western and Syrian sources; Lavrov says journalists should ignore non-Russian sources; U.S. and Russia to hold talks to avoid unintentional military conflict in Syria; Sakharov Center fined over ‘foreign agent’ law; pensions safety under threat.

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Sept 30, 2015

TODAY: France accuses Russia of ‘media strike’ on Islamic State as Kremlin sends more warplanes to Syria; new Ukraine agreement reached; Visa to stop guaranteeing Russia transactions; Putin ambivalent about a fourth term; spending cuts preferable to tax hikes.

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Sept 29, 2015

TODAY: Putin’s United Nations address defends Russia’s actions in Syria; Obama meets with Putin to express conflicting views of Syria situation; Alexeyeva wins human rights award; Gazprom urges further talks in antitrust case; Russia destroying hundreds of tons of food; Nemtsov suspect retracts confession.

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Sept 28, 2015

TODAY: Putin gives interviews ahead of United Nations address, says no current plans to put combat troops in Syria, defends military presence there; Obama and Putin to meet; Russia blames Poland for WW2; Iraq and Russia agreement over IS; Usmanov gets television stations cheap; Ukraine and Russia agree new gas price; non-Kremlin candidate wins in […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Sept 25, 2015

TODAY: Putin to deliver hotly anticipated speech at U.N. General Assembly on Monday; sideline meeting with Obama scheduled as Russia’s Syrian involvement deepens; contrasting views appear on subject matter of meeting; new figures reveal Russia’s economic dependence on energy; Kiev names Russia enemy number one; gas talks with Ukraine to resume; the real Putin telephones […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Sept 24, 2015

TODAY: Washington says Moscow’s repeated use of veto discredits Security Council; Lavrov suggests U.S. coming round to Russian position on Syria, Washington refutes claim; Kremlin aggrieved at U.S. plans to update nuclear weapons at German base; God’s Will activist found guilty of hooliganism; profile of an opposition deputy; unemployment rising; new military base near Ukraine.

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Sept 23, 2015

TODAY: Satellite images show Russian military working on two new bases in Syria; Gulf states irked by intervention; Erdogan to visit Moscow for opening of major new mosque; Kadyrov and Putin’s complex alliance analysed; trial against Ukrainian pilot opens; Peskov warns Kiev on NATO aspirations; the consequences of being a ‘foreign agent’. 

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Sept 22, 2015

TODAY: Putin reassures Netanyahu over Syria; Pugachev seeks $10bn in damages from Kremlin; radio engineer jailed for 14 years in treason case; Gazprom seeks out-of-court settlement with E.U.; state media post doctored picture of U.S. ambassador “at” protest; environmental NGO listed as foreign agent; NATO calls on Russia to withdraw heavy weapons from Ukraine.