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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

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – August 31, 2020

Today in Russia: Belarus protests and the IT sector – at risk?; Kremlin weighs in on Belarus, downplays any Russian direct involvement; Mass deliveries of COVID-19 vaccine coming next month; Navalny poisoning: Why no protests?; FT says EU needs tougher Belarus response; Latvia joins Lithuania in banning Belorussian officials; Lukashenko says his country is “somewhat authoritarian” and maybe, just possibly, tied up in one-man rule; Big losses for Aeroflot first half of 2020

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – August 27, 2020

Today in Russia: Russia blames US for clash in Syria; End of an era: No more trolleybuses for Moscow; Prigozhin vows to ruin Navalny, despite the opposition leader’s severe medical condition post-poisoning; Navalny poisoning may be same substance as 2015 poisoning of arms dealer; Belarus Foreign Minister gathers EU ambassadors in closed-door meeting; Lithuania says EU response to Belarus slow and lackluster; Fitch: Risks of further sanctions to “paradoxically” increase Russia’s gold production

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – August 25, 2020

Today in Russia: German doctors says Navalny likely poisoned, contradicting Omsk doctors; Germany calls for investigation and defends security for Navalny; “[N]ot the President’s prerogative” to discuss Navalny treatment abroad?; ; Russia expels Austrian diplomat in retaliation; Germany hails progress on Ukraine talks; Sanctioned Rotenbergs named richest in Russia; Space agency gets big funding cut; Russia ready to work with China’s Huawei on 5G; Fewer rubles in Eurasian Union cross-border transactions; Russian banks run out of foreign exchange

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – August 24, 2020

Today in Russia: Belarus protests continue to draw enormous crowds, Lukashenko defiant; Tens of thousands of Lithuanians form human chain in solidarity with neighboring Belarus, Belarus thwarts the the threat of incoming anti-government balloons; Navalny in Germany receiving treatment, under 24 hour security as a “guest of the Chancellor;” Omsk doctors claim no poisonous substance found in Navalny; “Russia’s murderous Adhocracy”; Austria expels Russian diplomat

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – August 20, 2020

Today in Russia: Navalny spokeswoman says he is poisoned and in critical condition in hospital; EU rejects Belarus election result; Russia furious about “foreign meddling” in Belarus, but even state media seems confused about the official line on Belarus – maybe there isn’t one?; Kiev denies reports that it had hand in Russian mercenaries being in Minsk; In 2020, oil and gas less than a third of state revenues; Khabarovsk update; FSB says Ukrainian intelligence tried to kidnap Donbass militia leader from Russia; Quarantine punishment for activists

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – August 19, 2020

Today in Russia: Belarus opposition “Coordination Council” meets for first time; Tikhanovskaya urges EU not to recognize election results; Putin warns Merkel, other EU leaders not to interfere in Belarus; Trump says he will talk to Putin about Belarus; Gorbachev identifies Lukashenko’s mistakes in interview; Russia’s opposition eyes events next door in Minsk; Khabarovsk Transport Minister from Furgal administration detained; US Senate GOP-led report says Russia interfered in 2016 elections; Russian general killed in Syria; Russian offshore may be more appealing than Cyprus after tax agreement renegotiation