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

Today in Russia: 300,000 cases – “Those meant to die will die”; Rosneft sues RBC over reports on Venezuela asset sale; Oil price rises; Russia “joins global borrowing boom”; A year in, Zelensky caught between EU and Russia; Failed prison uprising; Russian economy suffering from “double slump”, but still enjoys “triple surplus”; Unemployment jumps 30%; […]

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

Today in Russia: Mishustin restored to post; April GDP falls 28%; Saratov goes back into lockdown after spike; “How Russia’s Coronavirus Crisis Got So Bad”; Russia and EU support WHO amid US threats; Russia and Assad growing apart?; Russia’s Yamal field sends early shipment through Arctic; Nenets Autonomous Okrug residents not keen on merger; More new Russian citizens than ever

Still Waiting for Justice 10 Years after the Bangkok Massacre

Ten years ago the Thai military murdered almost 100 people. Still today, we continue waiting for justice.

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

Today in Russia: New COVID-19 cases under 10k per day for three days in a row; Siberian death reports not being updated; Vedomosti owner responds to investigation; Former Yukos shareholders seize vodka brand; How the US “intends to slow down” China and Russia; US to donate 200 ventilators to Russia; After Rostec ventilators outlawed, deepening shortage feared; Russia-Norway border closed until at least Aug 20, maybe end of year; NATO “facing up to Russia” in Arctic circle; Russian Navy to “bolster” Baltic fleet; China’s mask diplomacy challenges Russia in Belarus; Russian oil above $30 for first time since March; Fear over virus in Dagestan

China, Russia, and the Flow of Information: A Bit of China Envy?

On May 11, the Financial Times published a report alleging that Russia’s coronavirus deaths are understated by as much as 70 percent after investigating the statistics in Moscow and St Petersburg. The New York Times published a similar story the same day, and the fiercely independent Latvia-based Russian-language outlet Meduza followed up on May 14 […]

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

Today in Russia: Another day of over 10,000 new cases; Lavrov latest to blast allegations of miscounting COVID-19 deaths, communications watchdog wants FT report blocked; Lavrov says no proof Russian hackers behind Bundestag hack; Rosneft posts 156 billion ruble loss but Sechin gets big help from Putin; Challenges cutting oil output; Cyrpus a “petri dish of Western worries”; Doctors dying on the front lines; Russian Premier League to resume matches on June 21; Moscow government bought the largest mask manufacturer; Siberian ambulance crews vow hunger strike over unpaid virus bonuses; Vedomosti power struggle shows “Kremlin’s widening influence”; How Russians are extradited from London