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 – 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 21, 2015

TODAY: Russian deployment to Syria extended with fighter jets; Netanyahu in Moscow to discuss the nature of increased Russian presence; soldiers who claimed they were posted to Syria face criminal charges; new base in Belarus receives Putin’s approval; opposition rally attracts thousands of protestors calling for change of leader; Komi governor in major graft case; separatist conference […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Sept 14, 2015

TODAY: Multiple violations reported in regional elections; NGO office raided in Kostroma where Parnas claims to have reached 5% of the vote; authorities contest; Russia will continue to supply Assad with weapons; observers ponder reasons for escalation of Moscow’s involvement in Syria; ceasefire in Ukraine holding; Elton John wants to tell Putin how he feels […]

RA’s Daily Russia New Blast – Sept 5, 2015

TODAY: Putin lures investors to Russia’s Far East with promises of high returns; free land offer to attract citizens; lack of manifestos suggests complacency among regional governors, says think tank; no clear agreement reached on oil prices between Russia and Venezuela; Putin advocates international cooperation in fight against terror; new oil field launched in Siberia. 

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Aug 21, 2015

TODAY: Golos finds electoral funding violations on part of United Russia; worker for the watchdog attacked; hopes to usher in limited media access for ‘foreign agent’ NGOs; defence deals with Iran, Pakistan; Russia and China launch huge military exercises; Yakunin replacement announced; Forbes rich list shows Baturina holding, Rotenbergs less so; plans afoot to harshen penalties for food smuggling. 

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Aug 19, 2015

TODAY: LGBT activist attacked in Moscow; police swoop in on contraband cheese making operation; hotline established for denouncing smugglers; unemployment rising; Estonian officer jailed for spying; new radar systems in Arctic Circle; shaman’s last stand against Surgutneftegaz; art world remains rattled by God’s Will attack on Moscow exhibition; Putin enjoys Crimean submarine. 

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Aug 11, 2015

TODAY: Economy takes turn for the worse as second quarter data shows dramatic decline; Putin attempts to stave off ruble worries; Maria Zakharova becomes first female Foreign Ministry spokesman; Moscow asserts Washington must abandon military defence plans in Europe; Duma mulling bill to reduce penalties for corruption in military; translators concerned by dearth of patriotism […]