China, Russia, and the Flow of Information: A Bit of China Envy?

On May 11, the Financial Times published a report alleging that Russia’s coronavirus deaths are understated by as much as 70 percent after investigating the statistics in Moscow and St Petersburg. The New York Times published a similar story the same day, and the fiercely independent Latvia-based Russian-language outlet Meduza followed up on May 14 […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – May 15, 2020

Today in Russia: Another day of over 10,000 new cases; Lavrov latest to blast allegations of miscounting COVID-19 deaths, communications watchdog wants FT report blocked; Lavrov says no proof Russian hackers behind Bundestag hack; Rosneft posts 156 billion ruble loss but Sechin gets big help from Putin; Challenges cutting oil output; Cyrpus a “petri dish of Western worries”; Doctors dying on the front lines; Russian Premier League to resume matches on June 21; Moscow government bought the largest mask manufacturer; Siberian ambulance crews vow hunger strike over unpaid virus bonuses; Vedomosti power struggle shows “Kremlin’s widening influence”; How Russians are extradited from London

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

Today in Russia: Putin “looks like an old, sick wolf” as COVID-19 rages; Russia “relies on fiddled statistics” in COVID-19 battle; Key MH-17 suspect detained by pro-Russian forces; Foreign Ministry warns about “anti-Chinese discouse” coming from Washington; SCO videoconference condemns US; Dutch Minister says Russia spreading disinformation; US should not embrace Russia in new cold […]

It’s Time for Abu Dhabi to Stop Their Disastrous Intervention in Libya

While the pandemic and the collapse of oil prices as well as the post-coronavirus economic crisis concerns hit the headlines, the devastating conflicts in the Middle Eastern countries do not abate, such as Libya. Despite these challenges, global and regional powers are still committed to their role in this geopolitically strategic game. Washington’s approach to […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – May 13, 2020

Today in Russia: More condemnation over FT report about understating COVID-19 deaths but new revelation; Legislation passsed to allow remote voting; Merkel says Russia behind 2015 Bundestag hack; Putin criticizes Ministry of Communication for benefits website failure; Arkhangelsk Oblast and Nenets Autonomous Okrug to merge; Ventilator model causing fires is banned – the same ones Russia sent to USA last month; 100 year old woman recovers from COVID-19.

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – May 12, 2020

Today in Russia: Peskov hospitalized with COVID-19; Yandex: from Russia’s “Google” to its “Amazon”; Russia world’s second-most infected; FT analysis finds death toll from COVID-19 may be 70% higher, Deputy PM responds; Russian government left “rudderless”; Rosneft ownership in Vedomosti revealed; Fire caused by ventilators in a hospital in St Petersburg leads to deaths of coronavirus patients; Bosov death investigation; Russian car sales plunge 72%; Ukraine’s Central Bank accuses Russia of violations in Sberbank sale

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – May 11, 2020

Today in Russia: Putin unveils new economic support measures; Russia becomes world’s third most COVID-19 infected nation, but restrictions eased; Amnesty report accuses Russia of targeting civilians in Syria; Russia’s “amazing levitating ruble”; 20 percent drop in income for Russians projected; A silent Victory Day, and how we remember the war

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

Today in Russia: COVID-19 shows no signs of slowing down; Quarantine measures could be in effect until vaccine found; 20 years of Putin: experts weigh in; Doctors falling out of windows during COVID-19; Putin accepts Trump’s offer of ventilators; Central Bank considering big rate cut; Top official handling COVID-19 reportedly demands payment for interview; Breakdown of trust between church and state; A regional airline on the brink of collapse?; Russia says 19 spy aircraft have been detected in the past week; Italy PM thanks Russia

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

Today in Russia: Moscow lockdown extended through May 31; 11,231 new cases, a new record; “The Putin regime cracks”; Unemployment surpasses 1.2 million; Russia’s oligarchs “take charge” during COVID-19; New York Times under fire not only from Russian Embassy but also journalists; virus-infected PM Mishustin attends video meeting; European Commission announces new anti-money laundering initiative; Saakashvili appointed to new post in Ukraine; Russia may have “golden opportunity” in Central Asia as US leaves Afghanistan; US closed-door interview transcripts in Russia interference probe may be released soon.

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

Today in Russia: Fourth straight day of over 10,000 new infections, but Russia plans gradual relaxation of restrictions; Coal baron Bosov commits suicide; Culture minister infected with COVID-19; Saakashvili may head Ukraine reform council; Tax revenues fall 30% year-on-year in April; Russian economy to contract 5 percent, will tap into rainy day fund and raise debt; Levada Center poll shows Putin approval rating drops to historic low; Russia skeptical of U.S. virus origin claims.