Tag Archives: Vkontakte

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – April 23, 2014

TODAY: Navalny under pressure after new slander ruling; crackdown on social media; ousted Vkontactke founder persona non grata in Russia; Zhirinovsky faces possible criminal charges. Kiev re-launches ‘antiterrorism’ offensive after politician found dead in eastern Ukraine; scrabble for Arctic, scrabble for Caspian; Lenin’s birthday gift. Moscow’s Babushkinsky District Court has found opposition leader Alexei Navalny […]

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RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – April 22, 2014

TODAY: Journalist detained in Slovyansk as pro-Moscow groups crack down on press; Vkontake founder ousted; Biden in Kiev; Lavrov remains critical of Ukrainian government. Crimean Tartar leader’s travel restricted; Putin puts Stalinist persecution of region to rights; gambling; foreign pilots.  Dramatic images of a blindfolded journalist have emerged in the eastern Ukrainian town of Slovyansk, after pro-Russian separatists detained […]

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RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – April 8, 2014

TODAY: Donetsk declares itself a republic, sets date for referendum on joining Russia; U.S. and Russia accuse each other of fomenting dissent; Kerry threatens Lavrov; VKontakte founder retracts resignation, says share sale was illegal; Medvedev turns against GMOs; Novosibirsk elects Communist mayor; Ukraine misses Gazprom debt deadline; Sochi committee congratulates itself. A referendum on joining […]

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RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – April 4, 2014

TODAY: Russia raises Ukraine gas price for the second time this week; Ukraine vows to respond to and defend against Russian aggression, blames Russia for protester deaths in February; Ryabkov tells U.S. to chill out over Crimea; recession looms, economy contracted in 2014; music labels suing Vkontakte for piracy; JPMorgan to process disputed payment. In […]

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RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – April 3, 2014

TODAY: Nato commander warns of imminent and swift Ukraine invasion; Foreign Ministry accuses alliance of reviving Cold War; NASA bans contact with Kremlin reps; capital flight continues; Moscow ups arms deliveries to Syria; Lavrov wants international recognition for Russia’s aid donations; Russian Railways corruption scandal brewing; Putins finalise divorce. Nato military commander Philip Breedlove has […]

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RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – April 2, 2014

TODAY: Bulgaria on high alert; Nato says no withdrawal of troops from Ukraine border; Russia warns Ukraine on Nato integration, Nato suspends cooperation with Russia; Kremlin says JPMorgan blocked embassy transfer; Kiselyov berates U.S. on television; Gazprom hikes Ukraine prices; pipeline to Crimea; government seeking to increase punishments for public gathering; VKontakte founder steps down. […]

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RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – March 21, 2014

TODAY: Duma votes to annex Crimea; U.S. and E.U. both extend their original sanctions; Lavrov says Ukraine must become a federal state; Shoigu promises no further moves into Ukraine; Moscow looking towards Asia; Prosecutor General wants Navalny page banned. Russia’s State Duma voted overwhelmingly in favour of a treaty to annex Crimea from Ukraine, and […]

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RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – March 19, 2014

TODAY: Putin approves Crimea annexation, makes emotional speech to standing ovations; U.S., Japan, France, U.K. respond; Lavrov calls sanctions ‘unacceptable’, Surkov mocks them; Pamfilova given human rights post; Central Bank scrambles to prop up ruble; Usmanov takes controlling VKontakte stake. President Vladimir Putin approved a draft bill to allow the annexation of Crimea yesterday and […]

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RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Feb 12, 2014

TODAY: Europe on verge of releasing results of Gazprom report; Obama baits Russia over Syria; Moscow-based U.S. research institute to close; RWB slams ‘bleak’ press freedom; VKontakte is platform for anti-LGBT group; poor economy is all in how you spin it? Bribes increasingly punished with sentencing; Sochi criticism turns to praise. The European Commission is […]

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Durov’s Sudden Exit

Did anyone else smell a rat when news emerged yesterday that VKontakte’s Pavel Durov had sold his entire stake in the social network that he founded?  GlobalVoices, for one, saw Durov’s exit coming, and not for simple reasons of financial gain.  Bloomberg explains why the deal seems like tricky business: The decision to cash out […]

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