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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.

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.