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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

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

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