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

TODAY: United Russia’s new slogan’s acronym spells out Putin’s initials; Gorbachev as the anti-Putin; poll reveals Russia’s top three perceived enemies; FT discusses Moscow and Brexit; NATO not seeking confrontation with Russia; Navalny’s brother seeking parole; Evraz workers strikes threaten production; mayor asks rock band not to swear during concert. 

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

TODAY: 6% of Russians have been surveilled by the state in last 9 years; corporate raiding, RBC, and now Listok; Kiselyov admits to using fake document on weekly show; Bank of Russia will not buy foreign currency with oil price recovering; Sberbank privatisation will proceed cautiously; Turkish produce ban extended; NASA and Russia sign contract; […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – May 13, 2016

TODAY: New York Times publishes claims of mass doping of Russian team at Sochi Olympics; new equipment fails to wow at Putin’s military inspection; Kasparov suggests Brexit would play into Kremlin’s hands; RFE/RL site blocked in Crimea; celebrating the Moscow Helsinki Group.

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – April 15, 2016

TODAY: Putin’s three-and-a half hour phone-in follows standard formula; economic and domestic questions dominate; some observers suggest the President’s performance lacked zing in comparison to other years; raids carried out on IKEA and Onexim group; Browder to be questioned over Magnitsky case; Kremlin denounces new U.S. report.

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Mar 14, 2016

TODAY: Investigative Committee launches investigation into opposition activist; new evidence from Lesin autopsy introduces possibility of foul play; Moscow sees ‘provocations’ in meldonium ban; London embassy says Russia has no interest in Brexit verdict; UNHCR office in Moscow closing; Turkey expanding into Syria, complains Kremlin; middles classes turning to protest over economic woes? 

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

TODAY: Thousands march in Moscow and across Russia to mark Nemtsov anniversary, rally organiser beaten; Sberbank head given Vneshekonombank position; Putin’s cronyism; Syrian ceasefire gets mixed reports, with Saudi Arabia and Syrian observers alleging violations and Russia blaming Turkey for air strikes; Putin warns of foreign meddling ahead of general elections; Kadyrov to step down?

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Feb 25, 2016

TODAY: Lavrov and Kerry discuss Syrian ceasefire arrangements; some say deal will benefit Moscow to US detriment; Putin getting involved in diplomatic peace process; Turkey accuses Russia of entering its airspace again; UK investigation names Russian soldiers in MH17 crash; human rights organisations in Russia need Western funding more than ever; automatic rifles gift to […]

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

TODAY: UN envoy says Assad not in sync with Russia’s diplomatic efforts in Syria; Peskov rejects Merkel’s no-fly zone suggestion; Deputy Prime Minister has head in sand on oil price freeze; Energy Ministry predicting oil production slump in coming years; VimpelCom to pay bribe penalty; Pavlensky video banned.

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

TODAY: UN says Russia attack on Syrian hospital a war crime, Russia denies responsibility; UN concerned about relations between Russia and Turkey, Turkey accuses Russia of using refugee outflows as a weapon; Syria ceasefire due to begin this week, Merkel says still no basis for lifting Russia’s Ukraine sanctions; Saudi Arabia and Russia outline tentative, […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Feb 10, 2016

TODAY: Relations with Turkey at their worst in decades, Merkel caught in the middle; Putin’s former bodyguard given governor appointment; formal claim made at UN for Arctic sea bed; NATO wants constructive talks with Russia, not conflict; demonstrators removed before extensive Moscow commercial building demolition; opposition leader Kasyanov attacked.