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

Today in Russia: COVID-19 cases rise by 4,000, Putin says cases have still not yet peaked; 50 percent of cases may be asymptomatic in Russia; Chinese ambassador claims that coronavirus was imported, did not originate in China; Russia allows dual citizenship, hoping to add 10 million new citizens; Russian links to Dutch far right group; Russian oil companies fighting over production cuts; Russia to celebrate Easter with social distancing.

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

Today in Russia: Victory Day parade finally postponed; All Russian regions now have COVID-19 cases; Russia accepts US offer to send ventilators if needed; Yandex working at COVID-19 home testing; Majority of imported cases in China came from Russia;

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

Today in Russia: Oil price falls more despite OPEC+ deal; Electronic pass-system comes into effect in Moscow leading to large queues and crowds at metro stations; Veterans urge the postponement of the May 9 Victory Day parade; COVID-19 cases continue to rise with record daily increase in infections; Alcohol consumption surges during coronavirus, raising concerns; How a Russian state-run outlet falsely reported UK PM needed ventilator.

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

Today in Russia: COVID-19 spreads and worsens; Putin sees oil deal as chance to improve rapport with Trump; China offering rewards for catching illegal border-crossers from Russia; Tax write-offs for PPE; Funding for medical workers; Foreign investment grinds to a halt; Sobyanin warned that illegal protests and starvation could result; 12 percent of Muscovites have lost their jobs already.

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

Today in Russia: Historic OPEC+ oil deal may not be enough to stem the collapse in oil prices; Putin warns outbreak in Russia getting worse as cases continue to climb rapidly; Migrants in Russia face increased hardship due to COVID-19; Russia and Elon Musk spar over space-flight price gouging;

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

Today in Russia: Russia and Saudi Arabia agree to largest oil supply agreement in history; COVID-19 cases pass 11,000; Moscow mayor to announce quarantine ‘digital pass’ system; Yandex notes an increase in quarantine violations; Moscow health care system ‘on the brink’;

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

Today in Russia: China closes its border with Russia due to COVID-19; India and Russia announce cooperation; Oil prices surge on reports that Russia and Saudi Arabia near a deal; Phone surveillance of foreigners in Moscow;

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – April 8, 2020

Today in Russia: Up to half of Russian companies cut salaries after the announcement of a paid holiday; The “budget rule” may prevent the government from unleashing sufficient emergency funding during the shutdown

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – April 7, 2020

Today in Russia: The US designates a Russian white supremacist group a terrorist organization; COVID-19 cases rise sharply; Chechnya’s border closure sparks a rebuke from the Prime Minister; Russia resumes repatriation flights just days after announcing a complete border closure;

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – April 6, 2020

Today in Russia: A meeting with the Saudis to discuss their oil dispute is delayed until later this week, sending oil prices sliding; The US and Canada discuss tariffs on Saudi and Russian oil;