TODAY: Siberian theatre director fired following church protests; Yashin vows to see Nemtsov’s Ukraine work through; Finance Ministry refuses to restructure Ukraine’s debt; Russia joins AIIB; Kremlin denies bombers to Argentina report; citizens cut back on alcohol and cigarettes.
TODAY: Putin addresses Western meddling in speech to FSB; Nemtsov memorial vandalised; case against Ponomaryov initiated; proposed changes to justice system raise lawyers’ concerns; Lavrov woos South America; price reduction for Ukraine’s natural gas a possibility; government lends support to automobile industry with major order.
TODAY: Putin celebrates Crimea annexation one year on; Moscow signs integration pact with South Ossetia to E.U.’s consternation; Nemtsov murder exposes Putin’s Chechnya problem, say analysts; health of imprisoned billionaire in danger; Sweden’s espionage fears; GM shutting up shop in Russia; China pipeline delayed?
TODAY: Peskov tries to quash rumours that absent Putin is unwell; Putin is in hiding because Nemstov killing exposed power struggles, some speculate; Kashin’s lawsuit thrown out; E.U. blocks Russia-Hungary nuclear deal; Kremlin ends its Ketchum P.R. contract; Milonov angered by shaman.
TODAY: Main suspect in Nemtsov murder retracts confession, another appeals arrest; U.S. says Russian tanks crossing border into Ukraine, Poroshenko says most heavy weapons have been withdrawn from the frontlines; Britain threatens to expose Kremlin financial secrets; online encyclopedia to be completely blocked; car sales suffering.
TODAY: Putin admits made decision to annex Crimea before referendum, wanted to rescue Crimeans from nationalists; Nemtsov friends say Islamist theory of his murder is nonsense; Kadyrov praises Nemtsov suspect as true patriot; Putin gives Kadyrov state honour; Switzerland expands sanctions; bribe penalties decrease; Russians laundering billions into U.K?
TODAY: Putin calls Nemtsov killing a ‘disgrace’, and politically motivated; Nemtsov daughter has little faith in investigation; getaway car linked to government security provider; Nemtsov’s Ukraine report to be published posthumously; Putin does not want Ukraine gas war; Rosneft profits drop; Fridman gets one week.
TODAY: Putin accuses Kiev of gas war ‘genocide'; action on Ukraine’s gas debts undecided; Kiev believes that truce may be holding; Lavrov concurs; observers ponder further potential flash points in Ukraine; Cyprus and Russia agree on port usage; temporary price freeze on certain food stuffs; Arkhangelsk gay rights rally banned; Russia plans ISS exit.
TODAY: Putin’s surprise Ukraine peace plan excludes U.S. and U.K.; think tank says Putin has autism, moves like a reptile; vital suburban train routes restored; Duma bill gives ‘foreign agents’ a chance to lose their label; home of Golos head ransacked; Moscow Times hacked; inflation at 15%. Milonov fights back.
TODAY: Navalny arrested 11 days after cutting off house arrest bracelet; Navalny brothers’ case evidence unsubstantiated, says European Parliament; Yakunin will quit Russian Railways if forced to reveal salary; Putin meets Venezuelan President to talk oil; majority say Putin will win again in 2018; Lithuania preparing citizens for war.