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 – July 23, 2015

TODAY: MacArthur Foundation exits Russia under pressure; Chubais colleagues flee Russia; Medvedev to lead United Russia again; Russia better off with Greece part of E.U?; Rosneft requests end of Gazprom export monopoly; recession could extend into 2016; single-industry towns in danger.

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – July 17, 2015

TODAY: Russia to spend $1bn yearly dropping Ukraine gas route; Ukraine PM says Russia out to destroy his country; Deutsche Bank Moscow under investigation; Putin says MH17 tribunal ‘premature’; United Russia paying youth activists to lobby for LGBT support group closure, says founder; Peskov to marry Olympic skater.

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – July 9, 2015

TODAY: Two major organisations shutting down to avoid ‘foreign agent’ labels; new election-time rules drawn up for popular bloggers; U.S. officials talking up Russia threat; United Russia unveils hetero flag; Putin welcomes Chinese President to BRICS summit; Turkmenistan says Gazprom hasn’t paid; Ukraine banks want Crimea compensation. Putin to try yoga, selfie addiction.

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

TODAY: No jail time for Navalny over suspended sentence violations; Justice Ministry calls for probe into Khodorkovsky’s Open Russia; NATO chief says Russian threat is sustained and serious; United Russia patrols to stop crime; Rusal turns to profit; Surgutneftegas denies rumours of Kremlin raid; Kharebava named a political prisoner.

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Nov 14, 2014

TODAY: Putin in Brisbane for G20 amid criticisms of Russian aggression in Ukraine; President says the Kremlin is prepared for oil price slump. Pussy Riot take their prison campaign to London; politician hopes to legislate on marriage attire; concerns over threat to Arctic ecosystem; North Korea reaches out to Putin. As Vladimir Putin prepares to head […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Oct 6, 2014

TODAY: Khodorkovsky vows to set Russia straight; political elite rumoured to be at war; investors avoid Russian stocks due to falling ruble; China and Russia flexing military air power, planning new energy deals; Latvian pro-Russia party wins most votes in parliamentary elections; Statoil teams up with Naftogaz; Putin pardons former FSB member; theatre legend dies. […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Sept 16, 2014

TODAY: Ruble reaches new low, Western sanctions hit oil producers; Russia to create a crisis fund to help targeted companies; Dozhd producer attacked; United Russia wins most seats in election; Lebedev bank searched; watchdog to log bloggers’ info’; Vkontakte hacked. The ruble hit a new record low against the dollar yesterday, of 38 rubles per […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Sept 15, 2014

TODAY: Regional elections see low turnout and reports of falsifications; extended U.S. sanctions target energy sector and raise doubts about Arctic projects; crisis fund to help sanction-affected companies on the cards; plans for railway to bypass Ukraine; Orthodox Church takes to the air waves.  United Russia candidates have reportedly shown a strong performance in the regional […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Sept 11, 2014

TODAY: West considers extending sanctions to energy sector; Russia tests ICBM and orders drills; Ukraine’s President upbeat on ceasefire; Washington determined to thwart Mistral deal. Gazprom makes sudden cut to exports to Poland; Sechin’s influence acknowledged; man accused of being IS member detained in Moscow.  The United States and European Union are reportedly seriously considering […]