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

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – August 18, 2020

Today in Russia: “Tikhanovskaya had six times more votes than Lukashenko”; Lukashenko makes vague promise for more elections after he faces booing factory workers; Energy minister Novak contracts coronavirus; Vaccine chief in Russia says West trying to steal Russian scientists; Moscow exchange to open trading to 19 American companies; Norway arrests suspected Russian spy; Dmitry Trenin: Game over for Lukashenko and Moscow’s next move

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

Today in Russia: Largest protest in Belarus’ history as 200k march on Minsk, Lukashenko defiant and says he asked Russia for help; Tikhanovskaya says she is ready to be “national leader” in Belarus; How Russia could be drawn into Belarus; Payments for doctors may be extended; WeWork will sell offices in Moscow; The fight against sanctioned products to be ramped up

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

Today in Russia: Crackdown continues in Belarus; Renowned Russian violinist Spivakov writes blistering open letter and returns award from Lukashenko; Duterte changes his mind on being Russian vaccine “guinea pig”; Yandex shares reach a record high; Armed men at Minsk offices of Yandex and Uber; Russian Youtuber detained for exposing state secrets; Record low arrests […]

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

Today in Russia: Russia says reporting on its new vaccine is “information warfare”; Six months into pandemic and Russian stats “still provide more questions than answers”; Third night of unrest in Belarus, experts in Russia and Belarus weigh in; Kazakhstan resumes flights with Russia; Putin not happy with high prices in Kamchatka, blames “monopolists”; Big list of former US officials say now is not the time for Russia reset; US GOP senators up the ante on Nord Stream 2, Germany less than pleased

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

Today in Russia: Tikhanovskaya leaves Belarus for neighboring Lithuania, Internet blocked for third straight day; Russia sees opportunity to expand influence in Belarus election chaos; Russia presses ahead with vaccine registration, industry condemns premature release but Putin’s daughter already given vaccine; Philippines signs up for Russian vaccine; Russia backs away from full crypto ban; Germany not liking the heat from the USA on Nord Stream 2; German state utility Uniper says sanctions may thwart Nord Stream 2; Russian petroleum exports to USA reach record levels

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – August 10, 2020

Today in Russia: Putin congratulates Belarus’ Lukashenko for his (highly improbable) landslide victory; Russian media reacts to the events in Minsk; Russia and China “ditch dollar” in bilateral trade; Alcohol sales fall; Cyprus agrees to hike capital taxes from Russia following threats to end tax agreement