TODAY IN RUSSIA: 55% blame Putin for Russia’s problems. Butina pleads guilty to conspiracy. Chelyabinsk locals boycott Rossiya-1. EU extends existing Russia sanctions. Smolensk hospital swaps bandages for adhesive tape.
TODAY: Putin defends Ponomaryov jailing by referencing gilets jaunes, praises public opinion; school officials regulating students’ appearances; new Bill seeks to target “disrespectful” online material; Russia considering more permanent deployment in Venezuela; Kremlin says US Nord Stream comments are unfair competition.
TODAY: Mourners, including Putin, attend funeral of Lyudmila Alexeyeva. Putin unveils Solzhenitsyn statue. HRW says “gay propaganda” law destroying youth. Half of Russian women say they are at risk of domestic violence. National Guard chief sues Navalny. Putin says he never heard of Butina until now. Watchdog fines Google. Total expands Yamal.
TODAY: US angry after Russian bombers sent to Venezuela, continues to slam Nord Stream 2. EU sanctions 9 individuals over Ukraine elections, Poroshenko cancels friendship with Russia. US delaying Rusal sanctions. VTB and Norilsk discuss growth plans. FAS investigating National Guard food supply contracts. Butina to plead guilty on NRA infiltration charges.
TODAY: Human rights giant Lyudmila Alexeyeva dies at 91. Hundreds protest against regional authorities in Tatarstan. Ponomaryov sentenced reduced. Navalny’s new voting initiative site blocked by ISPs. Russia is number 2 in global arms sales, largely thanks to its own purchases. Russia stalls at climate conference. France investigating Russian influence on Yellow Vests. Putin’s “daughter” […]
TODAY: OPEC fails to real output cut agreement. Ukraine appeals to OSCE to act against Russia. Trump losing Kremlin support. Venezuela wins $6bn in Russian investment. Medvedev says pension reform decision hardest of the decade. St Petersburg Soviet commemoration plaques declared illegal. MPs demand EU-wide Magnitsky Act.