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RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – September 10, 2020 (Local Elections Preview)

This month’s local elections: “Something similar to real politics is happening in some regions” – We take a look at the most interesting regions for Sunday’s elections: Novosibirk, Arkhangelsk, Irkutsk, the Komi Republic, and Tatarstan

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

Today in Russia: Maria Kolesnikova jailed in Belarus, unknown people try to enter Nobel Laureate Svetlana Alexievich’s home; Lukashenko’s “intercepted call” about Navalny gets more ridiculous; What will come of NordStream 2?; Poland floats NordStream 2 alternative; Navalny offices in Novosibirsk under attack; Where is Navalny poisioning taking Russia?; Russia hikes taxes on profits heading to Cyprus; Peskov: Putin cancels Q+A session this year, but his December address may include some questions; Khabarovsk regional official loses job after pro-Furgal video

Will Afghanistan Ever Find Peace?

Afghanistan is back in the news. The front pages of the main American newspapers are carrying the news of some new Afghan developments. At this time, the attention is on the Russian effort to hurt the Americans as they begin to withdraw from Afghanistan. It is alleged that Moscow is paying Taliban fighters large bounties […]

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

Today in Russia: The world reacts to Navalny’s Novichok poisoning, Russia sees “disinformation campaign”; Ruble drops on Navalny news; Russia to open flights with Egypt, UAE, Maldives; Anatoly Bykov charged with 1994 contract killings; Lavrov turns to Ukraine as scapegoat for Belarus protests

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – September 1, 2020

Today in Russia: Data of millions of US voters found on Russian darknet; Russia’s COVID-19 cases hit 1 million; Schools open despite raging virus; 2020 may see largest population decline in 14 years; Russians’ payment data should be stored in Russia; Prosecutors hit a snag in their case against Furgal; Lukashenko, formerly accusing Russia of interference but now beleaguered, now says the fatherland stretches from “Brest to Vladivstok”; Belarus opposition forms new political party; Lavrov blames German doctors for Russia’s failure to open investigation into Navalny poisoning

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – August 31, 2020

Today in Russia: Belarus protests and the IT sector – at risk?; Kremlin weighs in on Belarus, downplays any Russian direct involvement; Mass deliveries of COVID-19 vaccine coming next month; Navalny poisoning: Why no protests?; FT says EU needs tougher Belarus response; Latvia joins Lithuania in banning Belorussian officials; Lukashenko says his country is “somewhat authoritarian” and maybe, just possibly, tied up in one-man rule; Big losses for Aeroflot first half of 2020

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – August 27, 2020

Today in Russia: Russia blames US for clash in Syria; End of an era: No more trolleybuses for Moscow; Prigozhin vows to ruin Navalny, despite the opposition leader’s severe medical condition post-poisoning; Navalny poisoning may be same substance as 2015 poisoning of arms dealer; Belarus Foreign Minister gathers EU ambassadors in closed-door meeting; Lithuania says EU response to Belarus slow and lackluster; Fitch: Risks of further sanctions to “paradoxically” increase Russia’s gold production

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – August 25, 2020

Today in Russia: German doctors says Navalny likely poisoned, contradicting Omsk doctors; Germany calls for investigation and defends security for Navalny; “[N]ot the President’s prerogative” to discuss Navalny treatment abroad?; ; Russia expels Austrian diplomat in retaliation; Germany hails progress on Ukraine talks; Sanctioned Rotenbergs named richest in Russia; Space agency gets big funding cut; Russia ready to work with China’s Huawei on 5G; Fewer rubles in Eurasian Union cross-border transactions; Russian banks run out of foreign exchange

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – August 24, 2020

Today in Russia: Belarus protests continue to draw enormous crowds, Lukashenko defiant; Tens of thousands of Lithuanians form human chain in solidarity with neighboring Belarus, Belarus thwarts the the threat of incoming anti-government balloons; Navalny in Germany receiving treatment, under 24 hour security as a “guest of the Chancellor;” Omsk doctors claim no poisonous substance found in Navalny; “Russia’s murderous Adhocracy”; Austria expels Russian diplomat

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

Today in Russia: Navalny spokeswoman says he is poisoned and in critical condition in hospital; EU rejects Belarus election result; Russia furious about “foreign meddling” in Belarus, but even state media seems confused about the official line on Belarus – maybe there isn’t one?; Kiev denies reports that it had hand in Russian mercenaries being in Minsk; In 2020, oil and gas less than a third of state revenues; Khabarovsk update; FSB says Ukrainian intelligence tried to kidnap Donbass militia leader from Russia; Quarantine punishment for activists