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

TODAY: Putin’s India visit results in energy deals; Moscow cancels Uzbekistan debt; ruble trouble continues. Opposition activist placed on wanted list; school designated ‘foreign agent’, Putin influence noted by Time.   Vladimir Putin’s visit to India has yielded a deal in which Russia’s state-owned nuclear energy firm Rosatom will supply 12 nuclear energy reactors for India over […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Dec 10, 2014

TODAY: Bashneft now in government hands; economic gloom persists; food prices expected to rise dramatically; Russia to talk weapons and nuclear with India; suspect in Litvinenko case hired as consultant on show about his murder; Usmanov’s noble/Nobel intervention. Russian oil company Bashneft has now been returned to the government following the controversial seizure of assets owned by […]

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

TODAY: Russia accuses West of seeking regime change through sanctions; ‘Day of Silence’ in Ukraine in attempt to rebuild ceasefire; Mistrals or money says Kremlin; military spending splurge. Ruble falling with oil prices; investor jitters widespread.  Gas flow to Ukraine resumes; TV channel Rain seeking home once more. Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov has told […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Dec 8, 2014

TODAY: Mikhail Khodorkovsky talks democracy in St Petersburg; opposition rally in Moscow; French President makes impromptu visit to Putin; Russian aircraft impounded in Nigeria.  Default on the horizon? Social unrest may result from recession, warn analysts; Moscow mulls South Stream alternative options. Despite a slew of attempts by the authorities to thwart him, Yukos founder […]

Austrian Press Reports on Stephan Templ Case

During a trip to Austria this week, I had the pleasure of speaking with Eric Fey of Der Standard about the persecution of my client, the Jewish activist and author Stephan Templ. The interview, in German, can be read here. As I said in the interview, the case against Templ is a clear legal scandal […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Dec 5, 2014

TODAY: Putin gives State of Union address, blames West for sanctions, promises tax freeze, threatens speculators; ruble is world’s second-weakest currency; ECHR orders payment for Navalny; human rights is at a ten-year low in Russia, says HRW; Europe says South Stream cancellation is blackmail. During his keynote State of the Union address yesterday, Vladimir Putin […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Dec 4, 2014

TODAY: 2015 budget relies on $100 oil; State of Nation address anticipated amidst economic chaos; new limits on EU imports, row with Belarus over food shipments ban; seminar attendees detained.  President Vladimir Putin approved a $290 billion budget (15.5 trillion rubles at today’s rate) for next year that relies on an average oil price of […]

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

TODAY: Russia bound for recession next year; GDP forecast to shrink; Central Bank supporting tumbling ruble. Kalashnikov cashing in on peace; Corruption worsening in Russia says index; Gazprom exports dwindling; tightening grip on Internet; musicians refusing to toe Kremlin line. In an admission which has sent the ruble spiralling further downwards, Russia’s Finance Ministry has acknowledged […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Dec 2, 2014

TODAY: Putin drops South Stream, looks to Turkey; NATO accuses Russia and vice-versa; Russia to up its military exercises next year; Kiev reaches truce with separatists; Moldova turns to Europe; ruble suffers worst day since 1998; Rosneft privatisation approved. President Vladimir Putin has announced that Russia will scrap construction of the long-awaited $22 billion South […]

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

TODAY: Merkel breaks with Putin over gay rights; Kremlin grant to Orthodox Church will fund creation of spiritual centers; Novatek lobbying in U.S. to end sanctions, Foreign Minister urges E.U. to call off sanctions; ruble hits all-time low; Russian hand suspected in Bulgarian anti-shale protests; Danone and PepsiCo targeted; book review special. A worsening anti-gay […]