RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – June 23, 2016

TODAY: Putin affirms need for robust defence against NATO; praises Duma for Crimea ‘integration’; SPIEG and successful spin; online criticism increasingly dangerous; probe into Karelia boat disaster flags up corruption; head of Moscow region’s electoral commission resigns. 

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – June 20, 2016

TODAY: Russian team banned from Rio Olympics; E.U. extends Crimea sanctions for another year; German Foreign Minister surprises with conciliatory stance towards Russia; Putin makes appearance at SPIEG, offers commitment to partnership with E.U.; mood seemingly improved at this year’s forum; Italian companies sign raft of deals; Rosneft privatisation plans.

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – June 17, 2016

TODAY: St Petersburg Economic Forum begins with high profile participation from European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon; latter asserts need for Western cooperation with Moscow; Sarkozy suggests Russia should lift its sanctions before E.U.; Kudrin fears for economy without diversification; colossal icebreaker unveiled; Ukrainian Orthodox Church seeks independence from Moscow; gay club stormed by […]

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

TODAY: Russian military to be tested for combat readiness; Sechin interview reveals concerns over plans to sell 20% of Rosneft and anticipates stiffened competition in energy sector; Western attendance at St Petersburg Economic Forum set to pick up? Russia appears on soft power rankings; regional leader of opposition party attacked; UEFA gives Russia suspended disqualification; […]

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

TODAY: Putin offers sympathies to Obama in telegram following Orlando attack; Moscow resists, then accepts U.N. resolution condemning the attack on sexual minority; NATO obliges Poland and Baltic states with troop reinforcements over concerns of Russian aggression; football fans mirror Moscow’s foreign policy, says observer; right-wing activist allegedly travelling with team; man assaulted in St […]

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

TODAY: New York Times publishes claims of mass doping of Russian team at Sochi Olympics; new equipment fails to wow at Putin’s military inspection; Kasparov suggests Brexit would play into Kremlin’s hands; RFE/RL site blocked in Crimea; celebrating the Moscow Helsinki Group.

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 […]