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

Today in Russia: 8,248 new COVID-19 cases reported; Whelan case shows Kremlin’s transactional approach; “Orwell” facial recognition in schools; Transgender woman wins landmark case in St. Petersburg; Vedomosti editor speaks after resignation; Russia hosts Iranian FM Zarif; Russians race to buy homes overseas during pandemic; 1 billion rubles in pandemic-related fines tallied; Gazprom to reimburse Poland $1.5 billion

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

Today in Russia: American sentenced to 16 years for espionage; Vedomosti team quits as editor confirmed; Russia expels Czech diplomats in tit for tat; Putin says US struggle with COVID-19 and protests reflect crisis; Russian gold to overtake China’s by 2029; Navalny faces new charges, this time for defamation; Russia clamps down on “fake news”; Russian Arctic scientist charged with spying for China

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

Today in Russia: COVID-189 cases keep climbing but country emerges from lockdown anyway; $145 million in “prizes” to entice voters on July 1 referendum; Putin says “absolute majority” support his referendum keeping him in power; Norilsk mayor charged for handling of fuel spill disaster; Russia pushes hard for COVID-19 vaccine; Twitter purges tens of thousands of Russian and Chinese coordinated accounts; NATO recognizes Ukraine as “Enhanced Opportunities Partner”; Support for jailed journalist in Dagestan; 12 world leaders confirm attendance at Victory Day, mostly from CIS; Vedomosti staff offer replacement for controversial editor

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

Today in Russia: 8,404 new cases today as Russia plows ahead with reopening plans; Rogozin hurt by jokes after SpaceX success; EU again accuses Russia and China of COVID-19 misinformation; Lavrov fighting “harsh new Iranian sanctions”; Alcohol producers ask to freeze excise tax rate through 2022; Putin and Erdogan chat about Libya

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

Today in Russia: Moscow opens up; Crimea to open July 1 to tourists; Pandemic brings challenge to attempts to raise birth rate; BBC “edits” article about Putin’s daughter; Arkhangelsk says no to Moscow’s trash; Sberbank expects 4.2-4.5 percent contraction in GDP; Putin approves nomination of Rostov governor for third term; MH-17 trial resumes; Poland-Norway gas pipeline moving forward

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

Today in Russia: Moscow announces rapid opening up; Zakharova given highest diplomatic rank; OPEC+ deal success; Some trips abroad allowed; Russia and China should be viewed as “one alliance” in Arctic; Russia and Lebanon’s gas fields; US stepping up pressure in Libya as Russia-backed Haftar will seek “political solution”; Lots of new Russians; Docs apparently show Russians sowing discord in US

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

Today in Russia: Climate change a major factor in Norilsk spill; Czechs expel Russian diplomats over poison hoax; Energy Minister sees “shortage” of oil next month; RVK director detained; China thanks Russia for its views on Hong Kong; Nearly a third of service sector businesses will not survive the summer; Musk deepfake “takes over” the Russian internet

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

Today in Russia: Russia to begin testing COVID-19 vaccine with paid participants; Europe nears tipping point with Russia while Russia continues to deny Bundestag hack; Norilsk environmental disaster continues, was “avoidable”; Russia sends more fighter jets to Syria; State pollster says 61 percent of those planning to vote will support referendum; Sberbank to buy online retailer Ozon; Sobyanin says most COVID-19 restrictions to be lifted by July 1

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

Today in Russia: How Russian TV is covering US protests; Oil prides slide over fears of OPEC+ deal collapse; Moscow Exchange to extend trading hours to midnight; Norilsk fuel spill leads to declaration of emergency; Trump wants nuclear pact with Russia; Government sees no coronavirus risk in holding constitutional referendum; Ban on any campaigns opposing constitutional amendment; “There’s nothing the Kremlin hasn’t tried” to ensure referendum victory; Trump: “common sense” to invite Putin to G7; Has the United States abandoned arms control?; Polish regulator threatens to sue Gazprom

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – June 2, 2020

Today in Russia: Only “coronavirus immune” troops to march at Victory Day parade; Russian officials furious at accusations of involvement in USA protests; Kadyrov condemns police violence in USA; UK and Canada not keen on seeing Russia at G7; US Senate to push for Nord Stream 2 sanctions; $72.7 billion in economic recovery spending; US commander suggests sending trainers to Tunisia after Russia ramps up efforts in Libya; Yandex and Sberbank planning “divorce”; Russia will not conduct major exercises near NATO border, condemns NATO for doing so