Oligarchs to the Rescue!

Although it came out in yesterday’s edition of the Financial Times, I didn’t want to miss the chance to highlight Henry Foy’s very interesting report about how Russia’s biggest oligarchs are being reminded (gently?) of their duty to step in and help pay for pandemic relief efforts, from social cash transfers to comping medical gear […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – April 22, 2020

Today in Russia: Vedomosti new editor ‘bans criticism’ of Putin; Oil prices volatile; General says Russia testing US for weaknesses during COVID-19; Communists parade on Red Square despite COVID-19; Kremlin says COVID-19 a “very problematic” situation for Russia; GOP-led Senate intel report says Russia helped Trump in 2016; Fitch says Russian economy to shrink 3.3. percent;COVID-19 cases continue to climb; Sobyanin proposes electronic pass system extended outside Moscow

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – April 21, 2020

Today in Russia: Oil price collapse deepens, weakens ruble; Sberbank chief warns banks may need bailouts; Lavrov extends olive branch to neighbor Georgia; US report says disinformation continuing; Organizer of anti-lockdown protest in North Ossetia jailed; While most countries unite during COVID-19, Russia and USA see division; Life expectancy reaches all-time high in Russia in 2019; Russia and Turkey hold talks, joint patrol in Idlib; First doctor treating COVID-19 patients dies in Russia.

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

Today in Russia: Oil suffers its worst day in history; Anti-quarantine protests in North Ossetia; Deripaska calls COVID-19 a “biological Chernobyl”; Russian court to consider the country’s first case via web video link; Visas and residence permits extended for foreigners; Russian economic measures could cost banks 400 billion rubles; Journalists being caught up in Moscow quarantine measures; Putin and Maduro discuss COVID-19 response, condemn foreign interference.

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

Today in Russia: COVID-19 cases rise by 4,000, Putin says cases have still not yet peaked; 50 percent of cases may be asymptomatic in Russia; Chinese ambassador claims that coronavirus was imported, did not originate in China; Russia allows dual citizenship, hoping to add 10 million new citizens; Russian links to Dutch far right group; Russian oil companies fighting over production cuts; Russia to celebrate Easter with social distancing.

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

Today in Russia: Victory Day parade finally postponed; All Russian regions now have COVID-19 cases; Russia accepts US offer to send ventilators if needed; Yandex working at COVID-19 home testing; Majority of imported cases in China came from Russia;

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

Today in Russia: Oil price falls more despite OPEC+ deal; Electronic pass-system comes into effect in Moscow leading to large queues and crowds at metro stations; Veterans urge the postponement of the May 9 Victory Day parade; COVID-19 cases continue to rise with record daily increase in infections; Alcohol consumption surges during coronavirus, raising concerns; How a Russian state-run outlet falsely reported UK PM needed ventilator.

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

Today in Russia: COVID-19 spreads and worsens; Putin sees oil deal as chance to improve rapport with Trump; China offering rewards for catching illegal border-crossers from Russia; Tax write-offs for PPE; Funding for medical workers; Foreign investment grinds to a halt; Sobyanin warned that illegal protests and starvation could result; 12 percent of Muscovites have lost their jobs already.

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

Today in Russia: Historic OPEC+ oil deal may not be enough to stem the collapse in oil prices; Putin warns outbreak in Russia getting worse as cases continue to climb rapidly; Migrants in Russia face increased hardship due to COVID-19; Russia and Elon Musk spar over space-flight price gouging;

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – April 10, 2020

Today in Russia: Russia and Saudi Arabia agree to largest oil supply agreement in history; COVID-19 cases pass 11,000; Moscow mayor to announce quarantine ‘digital pass’ system; Yandex notes an increase in quarantine violations; Moscow health care system ‘on the brink’;