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

Today in Russia: Another day of over 10,000 new cases; Lavrov latest to blast allegations of miscounting COVID-19 deaths, communications watchdog wants FT report blocked; Lavrov says no proof Russian hackers behind Bundestag hack; Rosneft posts 156 billion ruble loss but Sechin gets big help from Putin; Challenges cutting oil output; Cyrpus a “petri dish of Western worries”; Doctors dying on the front lines; Russian Premier League to resume matches on June 21; Moscow government bought the largest mask manufacturer; Siberian ambulance crews vow hunger strike over unpaid virus bonuses; Vedomosti power struggle shows “Kremlin’s widening influence”; How Russians are extradited from London

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

Today in Russia: Putin “looks like an old, sick wolf” as COVID-19 rages; Russia “relies on fiddled statistics” in COVID-19 battle; Key MH-17 suspect detained by pro-Russian forces; Foreign Ministry warns about “anti-Chinese discouse” coming from Washington; SCO videoconference condemns US; Dutch Minister says Russia spreading disinformation; US should not embrace Russia in new cold […]

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

Today in Russia: More condemnation over FT report about understating COVID-19 deaths but new revelation; Legislation passsed to allow remote voting; Merkel says Russia behind 2015 Bundestag hack; Putin criticizes Ministry of Communication for benefits website failure; Arkhangelsk Oblast and Nenets Autonomous Okrug to merge; Ventilator model causing fires is banned – the same ones Russia sent to USA last month; 100 year old woman recovers from COVID-19.

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

Today in Russia: Peskov hospitalized with COVID-19; Yandex: from Russia’s “Google” to its “Amazon”; Russia world’s second-most infected; FT analysis finds death toll from COVID-19 may be 70% higher, Deputy PM responds; Russian government left “rudderless”; Rosneft ownership in Vedomosti revealed; Fire caused by ventilators in a hospital in St Petersburg leads to deaths of coronavirus patients; Bosov death investigation; Russian car sales plunge 72%; Ukraine’s Central Bank accuses Russia of violations in Sberbank sale

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – May 11, 2020

Today in Russia: Putin unveils new economic support measures; Russia becomes world’s third most COVID-19 infected nation, but restrictions eased; Amnesty report accuses Russia of targeting civilians in Syria; Russia’s “amazing levitating ruble”; 20 percent drop in income for Russians projected; A silent Victory Day, and how we remember the war

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?”