RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – May 5, 2020

Today in Russia: Brent crude rebounds; Cases continue to climb, making it the world’s 6th most infected; Nizhny Novgorod mayor resigns; Kadyrov ups the threats as his Republic continues strict lockdown; Fed. Council proposes recognizing COVID-19 as force majeure event; Germany issues arrest warrant for Russian hacker also accused by US; New York Times Pulitzer prize-winning articles blasted by Russian Embassy; COVID-19 could lead to house price collapse; Details of the China-Russia COVID-19 border standoff; Norway-Poland pipeline begins construction

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – May 4, 2020

Today in Russia: Cases continue to rapidly climb, but peak not yet reached; Putin to hold meeting Wednesday about re-opening; Russia trails US and UK naval vessels; Prague intrigue continues; Russian “bluff” over arctic oil cuts; Germany announces continued support for NordStream 2 despite regulatory issue; Ruble falls; Banks borrow record amount from central bank; “Was Russia destined to be an autocracy?”

Departures Podcast with Angela Stent

On the latest episode of Departures, Robert Amsterdam speaks with Professor Angela Stent, director of the Center for Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies and a professor at Georgetown University about her book, “Putin’s World: Russia Against the West and with the Rest.” In her book, Stent examines Russia’s long-troubled relationship with the West, while […]

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

Today in Russia: New one day record surge in COVID-19; Testing kit worries; Peskov says Putin’s health “ensured at the highest levels”; Doubts about alleged Russian assassination plans in Prague; Rosneft’s Sechin shouldering blame for oil woes; On India-Russia relations; Zakharova-Navalny debate off the table over disagreement about format; Crimean Deputy PM dies; NordStream 2 may not get EU regulatory exemption

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

Today in Russia: PM Mishustin tests positive for COVID-19; Hospitals and front-line staff hit hard; Russian medical students forced to front lines; Russia opposes US low-yield nukes; Putin “oddly passive, even bored”; Potanin “showing strength and leadership”; Turkey pivoting from Russia to US?; 4 in 5 young people are apolitical; Gazprom estimates huge revenue fall; IEA predicts global energy consumption will reach 70-year low; Ukraine still far from agreeing to “all for all” prisoner swap with Russia

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – April 29, 2020

Today in Russia: Reports that Putin’s daughter may head the “Russian ‘Genome Project'” is met with lawsuit; Russia nears 100,000 cases, Moscow Region reaches plateau; DoD redirects Russia deterrence funds for Trump’s border wall; Gazprom workers protest over conditions; Vedomosti sale delayed; WSJ editorial criticizes clampdown at Vedomosti; Entry ban for foreigners extended

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – April 28, 2020

Today in Russia: Record levels of new cases and COVID-19 deaths, lockdown extended; Coronavirus in closed nuclear cities; Putin approval rating collapses; Saudi-Russian market share battle for oil; Russia doubles down in Iraq; Wheat and grain exports cut off; Senior FSB official connected to MH-17 disaster.

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

Today in Russia: Study suggests up to 10 percent of Muscovites may have been infected by COVID-19; Putin and Trump issue joint statement; A Russian operative and poison in Prague?; Economic problems “will clip Vladimir Putin’s wings”; On US-Russian relations; Kremlin says it does not expect oil to rebound anytime soon; Russia passes grim milestone, overtaking China in COVID-19 cases; More trouble at Vedomosti.

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

Today in Russia: Central bank cuts rates; Central Bank head opposes cash handouts, fearing inflation; COVID-19 cases climb by nearly 6,000; China and Russia aligning on COVID-19 issues; Peskov denounces censorship at Vedomosti; Putin signs new Russian citizenship law, proposes reduction in visa red tape; Russian oil sector suffering; Meddling in North Macedonia?

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – April 23, 2020

Today in Russia: Rosneft “on the brink” of closing its trading arm; Russian oil sold at lowest level since 1998 – what does it mean for Russia?; Vedomosti publishes editorial condemning its own editor, Kremlin insists it did not have a hand in Vedomosti changes; New COVID-19 infections decrease for third straight day;