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

Today in Russia: COVID-189 cases keep climbing but country emerges from lockdown anyway; $145 million in “prizes” to entice voters on July 1 referendum; Putin says “absolute majority” support his referendum keeping him in power; Norilsk mayor charged for handling of fuel spill disaster; Russia pushes hard for COVID-19 vaccine; Twitter purges tens of thousands of Russian and Chinese coordinated accounts; NATO recognizes Ukraine as “Enhanced Opportunities Partner”; Support for jailed journalist in Dagestan; 12 world leaders confirm attendance at Victory Day, mostly from CIS; Vedomosti staff offer replacement for controversial editor

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

Today in Russia: 8,404 new cases today as Russia plows ahead with reopening plans; Rogozin hurt by jokes after SpaceX success; EU again accuses Russia and China of COVID-19 misinformation; Lavrov fighting “harsh new Iranian sanctions”; Alcohol producers ask to freeze excise tax rate through 2022; Putin and Erdogan chat about Libya

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

Today in Russia: Moscow opens up; Crimea to open July 1 to tourists; Pandemic brings challenge to attempts to raise birth rate; BBC “edits” article about Putin’s daughter; Arkhangelsk says no to Moscow’s trash; Sberbank expects 4.2-4.5 percent contraction in GDP; Putin approves nomination of Rostov governor for third term; MH-17 trial resumes; Poland-Norway gas pipeline moving forward

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

Today in Russia: Moscow announces rapid opening up; Zakharova given highest diplomatic rank; OPEC+ deal success; Some trips abroad allowed; Russia and China should be viewed as “one alliance” in Arctic; Russia and Lebanon’s gas fields; US stepping up pressure in Libya as Russia-backed Haftar will seek “political solution”; Lots of new Russians; Docs apparently show Russians sowing discord in US

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – June 5, 2020

Today in Russia: Climate change a major factor in Norilsk spill; Czechs expel Russian diplomats over poison hoax; Energy Minister sees “shortage” of oil next month; RVK director detained; China thanks Russia for its views on Hong Kong; Nearly a third of service sector businesses will not survive the summer; Musk deepfake “takes over” the Russian internet

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – June 4, 2020

Today in Russia: Russia to begin testing COVID-19 vaccine with paid participants; Europe nears tipping point with Russia while Russia continues to deny Bundestag hack; Norilsk environmental disaster continues, was “avoidable”; Russia sends more fighter jets to Syria; State pollster says 61 percent of those planning to vote will support referendum; Sberbank to buy online retailer Ozon; Sobyanin says most COVID-19 restrictions to be lifted by July 1

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – June 3, 2020

Today in Russia: How Russian TV is covering US protests; Oil prides slide over fears of OPEC+ deal collapse; Moscow Exchange to extend trading hours to midnight; Norilsk fuel spill leads to declaration of emergency; Trump wants nuclear pact with Russia; Government sees no coronavirus risk in holding constitutional referendum; Ban on any campaigns opposing constitutional amendment; “There’s nothing the Kremlin hasn’t tried” to ensure referendum victory; Trump: “common sense” to invite Putin to G7; Has the United States abandoned arms control?; Polish regulator threatens to sue Gazprom

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – June 2, 2020

Today in Russia: Only “coronavirus immune” troops to march at Victory Day parade; Russian officials furious at accusations of involvement in USA protests; Kadyrov condemns police violence in USA; UK and Canada not keen on seeing Russia at G7; US Senate to push for Nord Stream 2 sanctions; $72.7 billion in economic recovery spending; US commander suggests sending trainers to Tunisia after Russia ramps up efforts in Libya; Yandex and Sberbank planning “divorce”; Russia will not conduct major exercises near NATO border, condemns NATO for doing so

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – June 1, 2020

Today in Russia: Constitutional amendment set for July 1; Claims of Russian involvement in US protests “dirty manipulation”; SpaceX historic launch could cost Russia, Musk taunts Russia; Vedomosti new owner will not remove controversial editor; Trump plans expanded G7 meeting including Russia in September; The Ruble is “saturated with oil”; OPEC and Russia in talks of continuing cuts as oil prices fall again; Russia and Turkey risk a “new Syria” in Libya; Russian stimulus falling short; A ranking of Russian allies

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – May 29, 2020

Today in Russia: Moscow death count doubled amid scrutiny; Satellite and social media images seem to confirm Russian airpower sent to Libya; Vedomosti sale complete; 20 more arrested protesting arrest of journalist; Russia trying to keep up in vaccine race; “Freak heat wave” in Siberia; Ship travels through Arctic without icebreaker assistance Russian jets scrambled over Black Sea; Can Russia spark a domestic tourism boom with borders shut?; Drop in outflow of tourists to help Ruble