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 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 – July 21, 2016

TODAY: Outspoken opposition journalist dies in car bomb in Kiev; new rights report finds evidence of serious abuses in Ukraine conflict; Russia says it will not boycott Rio Olympics no matter how doping scandal is handled; mulling the most recent round of FSB vs Investigative Committee; mysteries of MiG’s recovery; nuclear secrets; Trump. 

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

TODAY: Damning new report into Russian doping finds complicity of government agencies; proposal to ban Russia completely from Rio Games is considered; Moscow accuses OSCE monitor of spying for Ukraine; ruble rally continues; new statistics suggests Russians are continuing to cut back on buying food and medicine. 

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – July 11, 2016

TODAY: Russia reacts to NATO plan to deploy 4,000 extra troops in Eastern Europe, Gorbachev says move will lead to escalation; Putin complains to Merkel about provocative Ukraine; Russia petitioning EBRD about current ban on lending; US pastor detained, possibly for LGBT work; two US diplomats expelled from Russia in tit-for-tat move; watchdog blocking websites […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – July 8, 2016

TODAY: NATO summit underway; Russia looms large on agenda; Merkel indicates cooperation important; Kremlin aggrieved at expansion; Putin introduces harsh anti-terror laws to despair of opposition; fracas between diplomats at the U.S. embassy in Moscow filmed and broadcast; Kremlin reduces oil supplies to Minsk; RBC media recruits two editors from Tass. 

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – June 21, 2016

TODAY: Kremlin calls Olympics ban ‘rights abuse’; E.U. beginning to experience divisions over Russia policy?  Nemtsov murder case closed; investigators suggest money its motivation; communications records to be stored for longer under new anti-terror measures; real income plunged in May; investigation underway into death of 13 children at lake.

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

TODAY: St Petersburg Economic Forum begins with high profile participation from European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon; latter asserts need for Western cooperation with Moscow; Sarkozy suggests Russia should lift its sanctions before E.U.; Kudrin fears for economy without diversification; colossal icebreaker unveiled; Ukrainian Orthodox Church seeks independence from Moscow; gay club stormed by […]

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.