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

Today in Russia: Germany rejects Trump proposal to let Russia back into G7; “Our American ‘Baidushka”; Ex-Vedomosti reporters launch new outlet; Spotify starts selling ads in Russia; New Khabarovsk governor says protests organized from abroad; Novaya Gazyeta digs up Furgal’s old rough and tumble business history; Kadyrov is really angry about being sanctioned by the US; US DoD says Wagner Group still up to no good in Libya

Tanzanian Police Use Repressive Tactics in Attempt to Silence Homecoming of Opposition Leader Tundu Lissu, says Robert Amsterdam

The following press release was distributed to media today: Ahead of the return of opposition leader Tundu Lissu to Tanzania scheduled for tomorrow, the Tanzanian Police have circulated a statement to media warning citizens not to attend the homecoming at the Dar es Salaam airport. Based on the pretext of the mourning period for the […]

Robert Amsterdam Issues Open Letter Warning Tanzanian Officials Ahead of Tundu Lissu’s Return

In the letter, Mr. Amsterdam writes that he is “profoundly and urgently concerned for the safety and security” of Mr. Lissu, and that his firm intends to “hold accountable all public servants in the current administration of the Government of Tanzania with regard to the human rights, civil rights, and physical safety of the opposition leader.”

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

Today in Russia: Trump talks to Putin; Pompeo thinks Russia may help US vis a vis China, Russia not so sure; Putin says Russia-China relations reaching unprecedented heights; An interesting election race in Novosibirsk; Sexual harassment and #MeToo inside independent media outlets; Navalny uncovers more questionable riches by officials, this time by Far East envoy; Russia as mediator between Azerbaijan and Armenia?; Mail.ru capitalized on the pandemic; UK and US say Russia launched “weapon” into space

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – July 23, 2020

Today in Russia: Russian news crew attacked by US federal forces in Portland; Gulag historian sentenced to prison; Turkey and Russia strike Libya deal; Russia’s strategic plan with Iran; First Arctic oil delivered to China; PM Mishustin reports to State Duma

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – July 22, 2020

Today in Russia: Bus hostages in Ukraine; Moscow metro to install facial recognition cameras; “Moscow’s corona euphoria” and the crackdown; No Sino-Russian alliance in the Arctic; Khabarovsk’s new governor known for “weird ideas” but also pragmatism; US Nord Stream 2 sanctions; Yandex.Money deal closed between Yandex and Sberbank; New twist in Calvey-Ariunsan dispute as latter buys up Vostochny Bank shares