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

TODAY: Yanukovych heads to Moscow; $15 billion loan deal at stake; Iskander missiles in Kaliningrad cause international concern; Russia criticises Syria policy at Security Council. St Petersburg governor on his way out?  Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych is due to touch down in Moscow today for a meeting with Vladimir Putin, at which a ‘raft of substantial […]

Identity Politics

Russia is taking a number of steps to assert its views on key issues of minorities and free speech of late.  The Kremlin’s move to impose a nationwide ban on ‘homosexual propaganda‘, for example, makes a stark contrast to yesterday’s news that the U.K. parliament voted in favour of same-sex marriage. Sergei Markov argues in […]