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RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – October 21, 2020

Today in Russia: Record COVID-19 deaths reported, but Russian business lobbies for no new restrictions; Kremlin sees more conflict with the West; Russia; Kremlin accuses US of trying to overthrow pro-Russian president in Moldova; Russia hosts new talks between Armenia and Azerbaijan, but Armenian President says there is no diplomatic solution while Azerbaijan calls this hypocritical; United Russia’s new strategy to defeat Navalny’s candidates at the polls

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – October 19, 2020

Today in Russia: New COVID-19 record hit, nearly 16k new daily positives; Belarus protests march on despite police threat to open fire; Russia and Saudi Arabia continue oil diplomacy; Yandex-Tinkoff Bank deal ends in tears; EU sanctions on Russian officials for Navalny poisoning; Russia’s options range from “bad to worse” in Nagorno-Karabakh; Russian string-pulling in Kyrgyzstan – positive influence?

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – October 7, 2020

Today in Russia: “Russia’s neighborhood in flames”; Kamchatka’s ecological catastrophe; Merkel “shying away” from actions that could really hurt Putin; Putin says Nagorno-Karabakh fighting is a “catastrophe”; Kremlin says no need for stimulus measures to support business; US and Russia agree to extend restrictions on Russian uranium imports; Pussy Riot hangs LGBTQ flags on government buildings; The state becomes Russia’s biggest wheat exporter; Ruble slump halts any rate cuts; Emerging markets face capital exodus; How Navalny’s aides got poisoning evidence out of Russia

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – October 6, 2020

Today in Russia: COVID-19 new cases reach near-record; Kyrgyzstan election and protests; “The Kremlin takes on a Resurrected Navalny”; Russia faces imminent surge in bankruptcies; The “unequal triangle” between Russia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan – a look at the numbers

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – October 1, 2020

Today in Russia: Navalny accuses Putin of poisoning him, declares his intention to return to Russia, while Duma speaker says Navalny should tank Putin for saving him; Peskov accuses Navalny of working for CIA, Navalny intends to sue Peskov; What is Russia’s role in Nagorno-Karabakh dispute?; The sad story of historian Yuri Dmitriev; Moscow says 1/3 of companies’ employees should work from home as COVID-19 spikes again; 8945 new COVID-19 cases in Russia; Putin’s impenetrable quarantine bubble; Russian takes on Biden-Trump debate debacle; The ruble beholden to American elections; Russia inks another updated double taxation agreement; Lavrov on Russia-Germany relationship

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – September 29, 2020

Today in Russia: Putin declares ‘truly allied’ relations with Belarus; COVID-19 cases skyrocketing, but renewed lockdown is unlikely; Armenia-Azerbaijan fighting; What Russia doesn’t get about Germany; Furgal trial; Why Rosneft has failed to get off EU sanctions list and probably shot itself in the foot

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – September 24, 2020

Today in Russia: Michael Calvey’s chance at release looks dim as authorities fear embarrassment of about-face; EU to Lukashenko: “so-called president”; Lukashenko’s closed-door inauguration leads to more clashes; Russia reports highest COVID-19 spike since July; TikTok admits it deleted Russian LGBT videos at Russian government request; Prigozhin’s Central African interests also sanctioned by US; US Amb Sullivan on Navalny and critical staff shortage; Russian counterpart responds to FinCEN leak

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – September 23, 2020

Today in Russia: Yandex to buy Tinkoff bank; Navalny discharged from hospital, Kremlin says he is free to return to Russia and wishes him speedy recovery; Lukashenko inaugurated for new term in closed-door ceremony, Tikhanovskaya and 5 EU countries reject Lukashenko as legitimate president; Putin “cannot believe” that Paris leaked an audio recording of the Putin-Macron discussion about Navalny; CIA reportedly reduces Russia reporting to the White House, fearing Trump anger about negative reports; Putin says salaries below the minimum wage are unacceptable

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – September 22, 2020

Today in Russia: Pompeo says US will respond to Navalny poisoning once “all the the facts are available”; Navalny says Novichok was found “in and on” his body; Zelensky accuses Russia of trying to divide the world; Dmitry Trenin on Russia’s relationships with allies; Russia’s censor wants to make it easier on itself by banning latest encryption tools; Russian patients show no symptoms in Chinese vaccine trials; FinCEN tracking Russian domestic banking transactions; Putin may appoint Senators using presidential quota for first time

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – September 21, 2020

Today in Russia: More than 230 detained in Belarus protests; 10th straight Saturday of protest in Khabarovsk; New charges added for Bykov; Aeroflot to sell more shares; FinCEN’s leak and the ICIJ report; Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan flights to resume from Russia; Russian moves in Syria