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RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – June 4, 2020

Today in Russia: Russia to begin testing COVID-19 vaccine with paid participants; Europe nears tipping point with Russia while Russia continues to deny Bundestag hack; Norilsk environmental disaster continues, was “avoidable”; Russia sends more fighter jets to Syria; State pollster says 61 percent of those planning to vote will support referendum; Sberbank to buy online retailer Ozon; Sobyanin says most COVID-19 restrictions to be lifted by July 1

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – June 2, 2020

Today in Russia: Only “coronavirus immune” troops to march at Victory Day parade; Russian officials furious at accusations of involvement in USA protests; Kadyrov condemns police violence in USA; UK and Canada not keen on seeing Russia at G7; US Senate to push for Nord Stream 2 sanctions; $72.7 billion in economic recovery spending; US commander suggests sending trainers to Tunisia after Russia ramps up efforts in Libya; Yandex and Sberbank planning “divorce”; Russia will not conduct major exercises near NATO border, condemns NATO for doing so

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

Today in Russia: Mishustin restored to post; April GDP falls 28%; Saratov goes back into lockdown after spike; “How Russia’s Coronavirus Crisis Got So Bad”; Russia and EU support WHO amid US threats; Russia and Assad growing apart?; Russia’s Yamal field sends early shipment through Arctic; Nenets Autonomous Okrug residents not keen on merger; More new Russian citizens than ever

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – May 18, 2020

Today in Russia: New COVID-19 cases under 10k per day for three days in a row; Siberian death reports not being updated; Vedomosti owner responds to investigation; Former Yukos shareholders seize vodka brand; How the US “intends to slow down” China and Russia; US to donate 200 ventilators to Russia; After Rostec ventilators outlawed, deepening shortage feared; Russia-Norway border closed until at least Aug 20, maybe end of year; NATO “facing up to Russia” in Arctic circle; Russian Navy to “bolster” Baltic fleet; China’s mask diplomacy challenges Russia in Belarus; Russian oil above $30 for first time since March; Fear over virus in Dagestan

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – May 14, 2020

Today in Russia: Putin “looks like an old, sick wolf” as COVID-19 rages; Russia “relies on fiddled statistics” in COVID-19 battle; Key MH-17 suspect detained by pro-Russian forces; Foreign Ministry warns about “anti-Chinese discouse” coming from Washington; SCO videoconference condemns US; Dutch Minister says Russia spreading disinformation; US should not embrace Russia in new cold […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – May 12, 2020

Today in Russia: Peskov hospitalized with COVID-19; Yandex: from Russia’s “Google” to its “Amazon”; Russia world’s second-most infected; FT analysis finds death toll from COVID-19 may be 70% higher, Deputy PM responds; Russian government left “rudderless”; Rosneft ownership in Vedomosti revealed; Fire caused by ventilators in a hospital in St Petersburg leads to deaths of coronavirus patients; Bosov death investigation; Russian car sales plunge 72%; Ukraine’s Central Bank accuses Russia of violations in Sberbank sale

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

Today in Russia: Moscow lockdown extended through May 31; 11,231 new cases, a new record; “The Putin regime cracks”; Unemployment surpasses 1.2 million; Russia’s oligarchs “take charge” during COVID-19; New York Times under fire not only from Russian Embassy but also journalists; virus-infected PM Mishustin attends video meeting; European Commission announces new anti-money laundering initiative; Saakashvili appointed to new post in Ukraine; Russia may have “golden opportunity” in Central Asia as US leaves Afghanistan; US closed-door interview transcripts in Russia interference probe may be released soon.

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

Today in Russia: Fourth straight day of over 10,000 new infections, but Russia plans gradual relaxation of restrictions; Coal baron Bosov commits suicide; Culture minister infected with COVID-19; Saakashvili may head Ukraine reform council; Tax revenues fall 30% year-on-year in April; Russian economy to contract 5 percent, will tap into rainy day fund and raise debt; Levada Center poll shows Putin approval rating drops to historic low; Russia skeptical of U.S. virus origin claims.

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – April 30, 2020

Today in Russia: PM Mishustin tests positive for COVID-19; Hospitals and front-line staff hit hard; Russian medical students forced to front lines; Russia opposes US low-yield nukes; Putin “oddly passive, even bored”; Potanin “showing strength and leadership”; Turkey pivoting from Russia to US?; 4 in 5 young people are apolitical; Gazprom estimates huge revenue fall; IEA predicts global energy consumption will reach 70-year low; Ukraine still far from agreeing to “all for all” prisoner swap with Russia

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – April 28, 2020

Today in Russia: Record levels of new cases and COVID-19 deaths, lockdown extended; Coronavirus in closed nuclear cities; Putin approval rating collapses; Saudi-Russian market share battle for oil; Russia doubles down in Iraq; Wheat and grain exports cut off; Senior FSB official connected to MH-17 disaster.