RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – May 19, 2015

TODAY: U.S. visits may be seen as a victory for Russia; NATO doubts Kremlin’s intentions in eastern Ukraine; men captured by Kiev said to be Russian soldiers; Alexeyeva to rejoin human rights council; ruble reaches six-month high against dollar, despite Central Bank measures; Potanin says sanctions have reached peak impact; Perepilichnyy inquest finds poisoning.

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – March 16, 2015

TODAY: Putin talks about annexation in new Crimea documentary as one year anniversary approaches; Putin absence rumours continue; Nemtsov’s Ukraine research to be published next month, possible link found between Chechnya and ongoing tracking of opposition figures; Tusk says Putin’s policy is conflict; Gazprom updates its European relationship; VTB suffering.

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Jan 2, 2015

TODAY: Navalny brothers trial ends with shocking verdict; thousands protest in Moscow; Pussy Riot member arrested; Putin New Year’s speech touches on Crimea, Olympics, and patriotism; Kremlin bails out Gazprombank and VTB. The trial of anti-corruption campaigner and opposition figurehead Alexei Navalny, and his brother Oleg, concluded earlier this week as the pair were sentenced. […]

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

TODAY: Putin warns the White House against supplying arms to Kiev; NATO concerned about increased Russian air activity; ‘ceasefire’ period sees 957 fatalities. Kudrin decries ‘populist’ economic policies; VTB faces nosedive in profits. With U.S. Vice-President Joe Biden due to land in Kiev today, Russia’s Foreign Ministry has warned Washington against any attempts to supply […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Nov 20, 2014

TODAY: Putin seeks closer ties with North Korea, praises friendship with Hungary, offers a reserved welcome and warning to new U.S. ambassador; Lavrov says Kiev’s withdrawal of support from east prepares the ground for invasion; VTB Bank profit drop; Russia’s banking sector most vulnerable in all emerging markets; historic McDonald’s branch re-opens. Just after North […]

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

TODAY: New international media outlet launches; RT threatened with sanctions in U.K. for breaching impartiality rules; Kommersant editor resigns amidst Rosneft spat rumours; CNN to stop broadcasting in Russia; weekly magazine fined; Central Bank floats ruble, causing gains; VTB considering a move to China’s stock exchange; Putin encounters Obama. Dmitry Kiselyov’s Rossia Segodnya launched Sputnik […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Oct 9, 2014

TODAY: Sanctions compensation bill passes first reading; ‘foreign agent’ law fines may be softened; Russia’s business landscape looks feudal, says Putin associate; budget boosts RT funding by 41%; art market at a high, ruble still not recovering; Gazprom signs deal with Argentina; Rosneft will struggle at Arctic wells without Western assistance; 331 killed in Ukraine […]

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

TODAY: Putin woos investors with optimistic address at VTB conference; evidence and opinion continue to mount against him; oil output is at a new high but prices are dropping; Gref castigates wasteful government inefficiency; Mechel will survive by selling assets; Romania goes after Lukoil; UK Tories snub ECHR. Speaking in Washington, former Yukos head Mikhail Khodorkovsky […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Oct 1, 2014

TODAY: E.U. decides to keep current sanctions; Sechin says sanctions won’t sway Putin; Central Bank capital controls rumour sent ruble to new lows; Finance Ministry purchases VTB shares; suppression of revolt to have lasting effects; Kremlin rights council advises against bill limiting foreign media ownership; Sechin accuses Yukos of murder; state news says Hong Kong […]

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

TODAY: EU criticises Bolotnaya Square sentences; Ukrainian star at top of Moscow tower, work of ‘hooligans'; McDonald’s closures; agricultural sector will require billions amid import ban. VTB feels pain of Ukraine crisis; Ferguson continues to provide Foreign Ministry with ammunition.  EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton has expressed disapproval at the ‘disproportionate‘ sentences meted out to Bolotnaya […]