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

TODAY: Crisis delays joint projects with China; ruble drops 45% in 12 months; Russia wants full debt repayment from Ukraine, won’t help restructure; agriculture agency burns 1.5 tons of food; Kremlin ties to big deals; Nemtsova takes complaint to European court. 

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Aug 26, 2015

TODAY: Ukrainian film-maker sentenced to 20 years in prison; early release of Defence Ministry official jailed for embezzlement raises outcry; MAKS-2015 air show offers opportunities for major defence deals; Economy Ministry slashes GDP forecast; Western detergents deemed unsanitary; Lyudmila Alekseyeva honoured with prize nomination. 

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

TODAY: Medvedev visits disputed islands, drawing Japan protest; Kremlin prepares economic measures to boost foreign currency sales; Russia losing Chinese FDI, second gas contract looking unlikely; Poroshenko urges legal action to protect against Russian ‘aggressor’; Wikipedia switches URLs to avoid watchdog pressure; Nemstov family says Putin scared of Kadyrov. 

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 20, 2015

TODAY: Estonia and EU denounce jailing of security officer labelled ‘spy'; politically-motivated trials as ‘hostage-taking'; Kremlin decries NATO military exercises; Yakunin’s downfall; French supermarket under inspection; new banking sector emerges out of crisis; Hermitage left vulnerable as cutbacks remove police presence. 

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

TODAY: Four more countries added to import ban list; CEC surprises opposition by allowing Parnas to stand in Kostroma; supermodel’s sister in cafe incident draws attention to plight of the disabled; Lavrov holds talks with Syrian National Coalition; cracks appearing in the elite? Russia’s rough justice. 

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Aug 13, 2015

TODAY: Dutch flowers up in flames in apparent response to MH17 inquiry; Putin calls meeting over escalating Ukraine violence; ruble tumbles; Probusinessbank loses license; Kremlin establishes human rights prize, activists suspicious; rise in HIV rates; Lavrov’s foul mouth makes headlines. 

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Aug 12, 2015

TODAY: Think tank report warns scale of NATO and Russia war games will increase likelihood of conflict; military exercises act as trade show for Russian defence; Dutch investigators find possible evidence of BUK system in MH17 crash; E.U. fears for Ukraine cease-fire; fifteen years after Kursk disaster, citizens less critical of state response; Reddit may be […]

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

TODAY: Russia resubmits claim to swathe of Arctic shelf; new restrictions on imports of medical equipment proposed; youth mortality rising; decree to destroy Western foodstuffs raise hackles of charities; Investigative Committee’s new book on Ukraine crisis offers inflammatory cover; British historian’s work banned in Sverdlovsk; Gazprom’s thwarted ambitions. 

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Aug 4, 2015

TODAY: IMF warns sanctions will take 9% off Russia’s GDP; ruble tumbles again; exiled Ukrainian politicians form committee to save Ukraine in Russia; Sweden expels Russian diplomat; Lavrov meets Hamas leader; Orthodox Church in rare defeat.