RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – April 15, 2016

TODAY: Putin’s three-and-a half hour phone-in follows standard formula; economic and domestic questions dominate; some observers suggest the President’s performance lacked zing in comparison to other years; raids carried out on IKEA and Onexim group; Browder to be questioned over Magnitsky case; Kremlin denounces new U.S. report.

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – April 14, 2016

TODAY: Russian fighter jets buzz U.S. warship; Kremlin gearing up for Putin’s direct line; shortage of labor taking a toll on economy; Navalny requests FSB investigate allegations against him; Ukraine accuses Kremlin of faking documents; Lithuanian man jailed for spying; showcase Crimea bridge to be delayed; Freedom House lambastes Putin regime; Siberian coffee lovers praise […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – April 13, 2016

TODAY: Ruble rebounds thanks to accord on oil output freeze; Nabiullina asserts economy will grow with structural reform, as opposed to higher crude prices; Alexei Kudrin looks set to re-enter economic policy domain with think tank role; Russia an unreliable adversary of IS; Roscosmos wins court action on asset seizure in France; corruption as the […]

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

TODAY: Ukrainian prisoner exchange possible, says Justice Ministry; why Putin has plans for a personal army; Nashi offshoot group Stopkham falls out of Kremlin’s favor; Moscow will continue arms sales to both sides in Nagorno-Karabakh conflict; NATO-Russia council to reconvene; VEB facing mounting debt; budget also to blame for inflation, argues Central Bank Governor; Sports Minister […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Jan 5, 2016

TODAY: Navalny’s exposé of Yury Chaika blocked on YouTube; Russia offers to mediate between Iran and Saudi Arabia; Ukraine unfazed by Moscow’s threats to sue over debt default; Yamal gas project receives funding boost by China; head of military intelligence agency dies suddenly; eau de Putin.

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Jan 4, 2016

TODAY: Russia labels U.S. and NATO threats to national security in new strategy document; Ukraine plans major import ban on Russian food; Moscow to sue Kiev for debt default; Dutch prosecutors will consider claims of identifying Russian soldiers involved in MH17 crash; hog imports fall dramatically; Communication Minister’s social media account reportedly hacked by Turkish […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Dec 10, 2015

TODAY: Turkey accuses Russia of attempting ethnic cleansing in Syria; Rosatom stops work on Turkish nuclear plant; Moscow denies activation of new bases in Syria; new law would allow Russia to flout rulings made by the ECHR; Khodorkovsky sees Yukos as motivation; Kremlin offers some response to Chaika accusations; U.N. reports entry of weapons into […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Dec 8, 2015

TODAY: Harassment of independent TV channel Dozhd resumes; documentary alleging corruption in Prosecutor General’s circle proves popular; Khodorkovsky called in for questioning; anti-Kremlin activist to spend three years in jail; Russia requests closed door discussion with UN Security Council on Turkey; plans to raise legal smoking age; Putin pledges cooperation on climate change.

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Nov 27, 2015

TODAY: Russia introduces economic measures against Turkey in retaliation for SU-24; energy and agriculture sectors to be affected; war of words continues on both sides; Putin meets with Hollande and agrees on the necessity of targeting Daesh alone in Syria; Gudkov vows action against NTV; Khodorkovsky discusses prospect of a Putin-free regime. 

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

TODAY: War of words continues between Ankara and Moscow over jet downing; advanced air-to-surface missiles deployed to Syria; Lavrov asserts however that war with Turkey is not an option; Ukraine claims ceasing of gas imports from Russia was its decision; bans Russian airlines transit flights; Poland still seeking answers on Smolensk air disaster; Yeltsin remembered […]