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From Libya to Syria, French-Turkish Interests Collide

Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said Friday that Turkey is still waiting for an apology from France over a naval standoff last month in the Mediterranean Sea. To recap, an incident happened between the navy forces of Turkey and France, two NATO allies, in the Mediterranean on June 10. Paris accused a Turkish navy of […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – July 20, 2020

Today in Russia: “The Kremlin is shocked” as Khabarovsk continues mass protests; Real wages fall the most since 1998; Russian Ambassador in UK rejects claims of hacking virus research; Russia trying to beat the West in vaccine race; Russian elite received experimental vaccine as early as April; $1.1 billion in tax breaks planned for tech companies; Bones in the forest are those of the last Tsar; Siberian heat wave “almost impossible” without climate change; Demand for Turkey tour package demand increases as the two countries open borders to each other; New charges against Baring Vostok’s Michael Calvey

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – July 17, 2020

Today in Russia: Russia trying to steal vaccine secrets; Russian economy won’t fully recover until 2024; UK “Russia Report” to be published; Armenia and Azerbaijan puts Russia in tough spot; Unprecedented surveillance during pandemic; Norilsk mayor claims COVID cases 200% higher than reported; Russia and China rift?

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

Today in Russia: Hundreds protest against Putin in Moscow; US ramps up Nord Stream 2 sanctions threats; OPEC meeting; US intel sharing helped Russia track down Chechen dissidents; Moscow businessman is Chechen elite’s banker; US cyber attacks since 2018; Defense Ministry claims vaccine is “tested and safe”; Gold exports top gas for first time ever; Where’s the UK’s “Russia Report?”; State Duma endorses 3-day voting window in future election; Pollution investigation launched in Urals; Spotify launches in Russia

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

Today in Russia: Russia delays $360 billion spending plan; 14-day quarantine for international arrivals to be lifted; More arrests of journalists supporting Safronov in protest; Tens of thousands protest in Khabarovsk in support of their arrested governor; Russia forces “reduced access for aid to Syrians” at UN; Demographer who questioned COVID-19 figures fired; Russia says clinical trials completed for COVID-19 vaccine; “The myth of Putin’s World”

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 9, 2020

Today in Russia: Russia to US: “Mind your own business” on media freedom; Journalist and Pussy Riot member arrested; Lithuania bans Russia Today; Spotify to launch in Russia next week; Russia looks to build another pipeline to China; Khabarovsk governor detained over contract killings, LDPR party distances itself; India and Russia will remain tight; China overtakes Russia as key foreign power in Serbia

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 – July 7, 2020

Today in Russia: “The most fraudulent vote in Russia” lets Putin stay until 2036; Government demands $2 billion from Norilsk Nickel for spill; RFE/RL reporter found guilty of “justifying terrorism” but no jail time; Charges against former Kommersant journalist for treason; Lowest number of new cases since April 29; Putin not sure when Russians allowed back into EU; Torrent downloading off the charts during self-isolation period

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

Today in Russia: Russia and US among countries excluded from EU; Trump dismisses Russia bounty allegations; More heat records set in Siberia; Russia “reinforces foothold” in Libya; Turkey loses trust in Russia, shifts to US; US may purchase Turkey’s Russian missile system to ease relations; Russia not responding to IAEA over radiation concerns; India-China border issue won’t be allowed to hurt Russian relations