RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – April 9, 2020

Today in Russia: China closes its border with Russia due to COVID-19; India and Russia announce cooperation; Oil prices surge on reports that Russia and Saudi Arabia near a deal; Phone surveillance of foreigners in Moscow;

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

Today in Russia: Up to half of Russian companies cut salaries after the announcement of a paid holiday; The “budget rule” may prevent the government from unleashing sufficient emergency funding during the shutdown

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

Today in Russia: The US designates a Russian white supremacist group a terrorist organization; COVID-19 cases rise sharply; Chechnya’s border closure sparks a rebuke from the Prime Minister; Russia resumes repatriation flights just days after announcing a complete border closure;

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

Today in Russia: A meeting with the Saudis to discuss their oil dispute is delayed until later this week, sending oil prices sliding; The US and Canada discuss tariffs on Saudi and Russian oil;

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – April 3, 2020

Today in Russia: Russia suspends international flights evacuating its nationals back home. Russia’s widely-publicized shipment of masks and ventilators to aid New York may have violated US sanctions.

Departures Podcast: “Putin is good for his people – he lets them steal as much as they want”

On this latest episode of Departures, Robert Amsterdam speaks with an admired friend and colleague Dr. Anders Åslund, author of the new book, “Russia’s Crony Capitalism: The Path from Market Economy to Kleptocracy.” In his book, Åslund contends that in his eighteen years in Moscow, Putin has succeeded in establishing a Russian state and economy […]

Opposition Activist Files Suit against Russia before European Court of Human Rights

The following press release was distributed to international media on 3 April 2019. LONDON, 3 April 2019 – Vladimir Bessonov, a former member of the Russian State Duma and prominent opposition activist, has filed a complaint before the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) to denounce a politically motivated judicial process aimed at violating his […]

Beltway Journal: Russia’s ‘Brain Drain’

Earlier this week at an annual event in Moscow, Russian President Vladimir Putin addressed his countrymen, indeed the world, with a firm and unequivocal guarantee: Russia will respond in kind to any acts of intimidation from Washington or its allies. The remarks are expected. They’re a natural next-step in the progressively escalating tensions between the […]

Beltway Journal: Combating Disinformation and the “Deep States” of Russia and China

Nearly a month after the US midterm election, US Secretary of Defense James Mattis confirmed in an interview that Russian operatives had once again interfered in the American electoral process – a revelation that, while hardly surprising, should be a significant cause for concern. This discovery is yet another indication of an evolving global landscape, […]

Podcast: More Tsarist than Soviet

With the prospect of President Vladimir Putin’s rule over Russia extending endlessly into the future, Anders Aslund of the Atlantic Council joins the podcast to discuss how Ukraine and the rest of Europe is reacting, how Putin’s “do nothing” economic plan will continue to drag on the Russian economy, and critical issues facing a number […]