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RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – July 10, 2020

Today in Russia: Moscow will no longer require masks outdoors from July 13; Arrested Khabarovsk governor Furgal has outpouring of support in what is a complicated power struggle – the backstory; A timeline of post-referendum crackdown; Denmark and Nord Stream 2; Kadyrov blames “Russia’s enemies” for killings of Chechens abroad

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – July 8, 2020

Today in Russia: COVID-19 deaths surpass 10,000; Gulag historian faces jailtime; On Ivan Safronov, ex-journalist now accused of espionage; Medvedev “awaits his toga;” Norilsk Nickel to challenge the $2 billion figure for its diesel spill; Russia to “reiprocate” against UK for Magnitsky sanctions; Mastercard CEO: Russia has one of the most advanced payment networks in Europe

Departures Podcast with Michael Kimmage

So much of the peace and prosperity achieved following the end of World War II and past the end of the Cold War was rooted in a common civilizational grammar driving foreign policy, an imagined community of nations referred to as “The West” based on a set of Enlightenment ideas. But then we lost confidence […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – June 25, 2020

Today in Russia: Belarus accuses Russia of election manipulation; Head of Dozhd TV says he could vote twice on referendum; Watchdog decries “manipulative” referendum process; All sorts of election malfunctions; US official: China and Russia on “road to dystopia” if they don’t extend Iran weapons ban; Tver bans all negative news?; Russia steals from US shale oil playbook, and may end oil import ban early; Tourists heading to space in 2023; Kremlin sees rainbow flag flying at US embassy as unlawful “propaganda of untraditional sexual minorities”; Kremlin vows to support Venezuela amid US “regime change” efforts

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

Today in Russia: WWII parade; 7176 new COVID-19 cases; IMF worsens Russia’s economic outlook; Chinese returning from Russia faking COVID-19 tests; Unseen photos of Putin’s daughters; Yandex “divorces” Uber, splits from Sberbank; Russia says US not offering short-term extension of START; 150k Eastern Ukraine residents will vote in referendum

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – June 16, 2020

Today in Russia: 8,248 new COVID-19 cases reported; Whelan case shows Kremlin’s transactional approach; “Orwell” facial recognition in schools; Transgender woman wins landmark case in St. Petersburg; Vedomosti editor speaks after resignation; Russia hosts Iranian FM Zarif; Russians race to buy homes overseas during pandemic; 1 billion rubles in pandemic-related fines tallied; Gazprom to reimburse Poland $1.5 billion

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – June 10, 2020

Today in Russia: 8,404 new cases today as Russia plows ahead with reopening plans; Rogozin hurt by jokes after SpaceX success; EU again accuses Russia and China of COVID-19 misinformation; Lavrov fighting “harsh new Iranian sanctions”; Alcohol producers ask to freeze excise tax rate through 2022; Putin and Erdogan chat about Libya

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – June 5, 2020

Today in Russia: Climate change a major factor in Norilsk spill; Czechs expel Russian diplomats over poison hoax; Energy Minister sees “shortage” of oil next month; RVK director detained; China thanks Russia for its views on Hong Kong; Nearly a third of service sector businesses will not survive the summer; Musk deepfake “takes over” the Russian internet

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