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

Today in Russia: Yandex to buy Tinkoff bank; Navalny discharged from hospital, Kremlin says he is free to return to Russia and wishes him speedy recovery; Lukashenko inaugurated for new term in closed-door ceremony, Tikhanovskaya and 5 EU countries reject Lukashenko as legitimate president; Putin “cannot believe” that Paris leaked an audio recording of the Putin-Macron discussion about Navalny; CIA reportedly reduces Russia reporting to the White House, fearing Trump anger about negative reports; Putin says salaries below the minimum wage are unacceptable

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

Today in Russia: Pompeo says US will respond to Navalny poisoning once “all the the facts are available”; Navalny says Novichok was found “in and on” his body; Zelensky accuses Russia of trying to divide the world; Dmitry Trenin on Russia’s relationships with allies; Russia’s censor wants to make it easier on itself by banning latest encryption tools; Russian patients show no symptoms in Chinese vaccine trials; FinCEN tracking Russian domestic banking transactions; Putin may appoint Senators using presidential quota for first time

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

Today in Russia: More than 230 detained in Belarus protests; 10th straight Saturday of protest in Khabarovsk; New charges added for Bykov; Aeroflot to sell more shares; FinCEN’s leak and the ICIJ report; Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan flights to resume from Russia; Russian moves in Syria

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

Today in Russia: Lukashenko says he asked Putin for weapons, Kremlin says it wasn’t discussed; Navalny likely poisoned from a bottle of water in his hotel room, not tea in airport as initially thought; Another international body will study Navalny lab results; European Parliament passes Navalny resolution calling for sanctions; President Lukashenko? Not acccording to European Parliament; Germany’s pre-Navalny offer to US on NordStream 2; Poland wants to arrest Russian air traffic controllers over 2010 disaster – Kremlin “negatively assesses” this plan

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

Today in Russia: Navalny posts first photo since poisoning; Putin and Lukashenko meeting; Shoigu in Minsk after “Slavic-Brotherhood 2020 exercises”; Jailed nationalist “Tesak” found dead in prison cell in apparent suicide; How Navalny ruined Lavrov’s recent trips; More trust for Putin than Trump; CAPTCHA hampers election analysis; One in seven Russian vaccine recipients see side-effects

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

Today in Russia: Putin meets Lukashenko, integration on the menu; Tikhanovskaya blasts Putin for meeting “usurper”; 100,000+ protest in Minsk – again; elections in Russia; NordStream 2 trouble continues; French and Swedish tests also find Navalny poisoned by Novichok; Record mortgages in August

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – September 10, 2020 (Local Elections Preview)

This month’s local elections: “Something similar to real politics is happening in some regions” – We take a look at the most interesting regions for Sunday’s elections: Novosibirk, Arkhangelsk, Irkutsk, the Komi Republic, and Tatarstan

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

Today in Russia: Maria Kolesnikova jailed in Belarus, unknown people try to enter Nobel Laureate Svetlana Alexievich’s home; Lukashenko’s “intercepted call” about Navalny gets more ridiculous; What will come of NordStream 2?; Poland floats NordStream 2 alternative; Navalny offices in Novosibirsk under attack; Where is Navalny poisioning taking Russia?; Russia hikes taxes on profits heading to Cyprus; Peskov: Putin cancels Q+A session this year, but his December address may include some questions; Khabarovsk regional official loses job after pro-Furgal video

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

Today in Russia: The world reacts to Navalny’s Novichok poisoning, Russia sees “disinformation campaign”; Ruble drops on Navalny news; Russia to open flights with Egypt, UAE, Maldives; Anatoly Bykov charged with 1994 contract killings; Lavrov turns to Ukraine as scapegoat for Belarus protests

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

Today in Russia: Data of millions of US voters found on Russian darknet; Russia’s COVID-19 cases hit 1 million; Schools open despite raging virus; 2020 may see largest population decline in 14 years; Russians’ payment data should be stored in Russia; Prosecutors hit a snag in their case against Furgal; Lukashenko, formerly accusing Russia of interference but now beleaguered, now says the fatherland stretches from “Brest to Vladivstok”; Belarus opposition forms new political party; Lavrov blames German doctors for Russia’s failure to open investigation into Navalny poisoning