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.

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;

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.