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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;

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.