Breaking the Stranglehold

Ukraine does not see any Russian gas purchases on the cards for the remainder of the year, and President Viktor Yanukovych is confident that his country can break dependence on Russia by unleashing its shale gas deposits.  Whether or not he is right in the short-term, something else is bound to come along eventually, says […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – August 21, 2013

TODAY: Russia scraps extra Ukraine customs inspections; potash producer Belaruskali may sue Russian counterpart; Surkov denies reports that Putin wants him to return to the Kremlin; Navalny says officials are obstructing his campaign; Golos to be reborn; women’s rights draft law. Kiev says Russia has scrapped extra customs inspections on Ukrainian imports – just days […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – August 14, 2013

TODAY: Putin visits Azerbaijan, no concrete conclusions; FIFA follows IOC in pressing Russia  on anti-gay laws; talk show host defends homophobic remarks; Navalny joins Moscow mayor debate, Sobyanin sits out; Lavrov warns E.U. on Gazprom. President Vladimir Putin visited his counterpart in Azerbaijan yesterday in a visit ‘widely seen as a sign that Azerbaijan is […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – July 24, 2013

TODAY: Entrepreneurs freed under new amnesty; Navalny is second most popular for Moscow mayor; legistlating hooligans and luxury cars; Dutch gay rights protesters banned from entering Russia; Politkovskaya’s children will boycott murder trial; Snowden may be granted asylum in Russia; Public Television out of cash. Thirteen people thus far have been freed under President Vladimir […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – April 3, 2013

TODAY: Putin issues three-month disclosure deadline, reverses Medvedev’s gubernatorial election reform; NGO inspection reaches Voronezh; Nizhny Novgorod fraud; Moscow may not sign new UN treaty on arms; orphanages report; Gazprom losing value despite export boom; Polonsky released. President Vladimir Putin has issued a three-month deadline to Russian officials to close their foreign bank accounts if […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – March 27, 2013

TODAY: Germany warns Moscow on NGO raids; senator quits in citizenship scandal; urban election transparency. Berezovsky remembered; teenage Russian orphan claims abuse at hands of American adoptive parents; Hermitage Russia fund to close. BRICS meeting sees deals on nuclear and helicopters; development bank in the works. Another branch of the Memorial rights organization in Moscow has […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Nov 28, 2012

TODAY: Supergrass in Magnitsky case found dead in U.K.; Mityaev fears fate in pretrial detention; Latynina on Malofeyev; Russian billionaires and Britain’s offshore tax havens; Medvedev signs cooperation agreement in France, promises not to convert Russia’s euro reserves; MegaFon IPO; Dagestani fighter released; the return of the cossacks. Alexander Perepilichnyy, the U.K.-based Russian businessman (and […]

Magnitsky List: Quibbles & Threats

The Magnitsky List is causing consternation in Russia, predominantly because it is seen as an affront to the independence and sovereignty of a Kremlin that does not like to be told what to do.  But the fine print of the bill is also cause for concern, says Carl Schreck for RIA Novosti, because it does […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Oct 24, 2012

TODAY: Ukraine filed a missing person report for Leonid Razvozzhayev; Duma expands legal definition of treason; E.U. court orders compensation for ex-Yukos security chief; analysis of Rosneft’s acquisition of TNK-BP, Vekselberg now richest man in Russia; Poland blocking Russian investments, disappearing watches. Charges were filed against opposition member Leonid Razvozzhayev yesterday for plotting mass riots, […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Sept 12, 2012

TODAY: Putin signs deal forbidding Gazprom to cooperate with E.U. regulators, calls for end to investigation; Gazprom seeks to increase foothold in Germany; authorities approve March of Millions; VTB hits back at Navalny accusations; Russia ups Bulgaria compensation claim; Latynina on APEC. Under a decree signed by Vladimir Putin, the Kremlin has made it illegal […]