RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – May 11, 2020

Today in Russia: Putin unveils new economic support measures; Russia becomes world’s third most COVID-19 infected nation, but restrictions eased; Amnesty report accuses Russia of targeting civilians in Syria; Russia’s “amazing levitating ruble”; 20 percent drop in income for Russians projected; A silent Victory Day, and how we remember the war

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

Today in Russia: COVID-19 shows no signs of slowing down; Quarantine measures could be in effect until vaccine found; 20 years of Putin: experts weigh in; Doctors falling out of windows during COVID-19; Putin accepts Trump’s offer of ventilators; Central Bank considering big rate cut; Top official handling COVID-19 reportedly demands payment for interview; Breakdown of trust between church and state; A regional airline on the brink of collapse?; Russia says 19 spy aircraft have been detected in the past week; Italy PM thanks Russia

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

Today in Russia: Moscow lockdown extended through May 31; 11,231 new cases, a new record; “The Putin regime cracks”; Unemployment surpasses 1.2 million; Russia’s oligarchs “take charge” during COVID-19; New York Times under fire not only from Russian Embassy but also journalists; virus-infected PM Mishustin attends video meeting; European Commission announces new anti-money laundering initiative; Saakashvili appointed to new post in Ukraine; Russia may have “golden opportunity” in Central Asia as US leaves Afghanistan; US closed-door interview transcripts in Russia interference probe may be released soon.

While Museveni Plays Politics, Bobi Wine is Saving Lives in Uganda

I am as proud as ever to represent Uganda’s opposition leader Bobi Wine on a pro bono basis, especially as we are watching this important East African nation face down the threat of the global pandemic. At great personal risk and sacrifice, Bobi has invigorated the political sensibilities of Uganda’s youth and leads a peaceful […]

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

Today in Russia: Fourth straight day of over 10,000 new infections, but Russia plans gradual relaxation of restrictions; Coal baron Bosov commits suicide; Culture minister infected with COVID-19; Saakashvili may head Ukraine reform council; Tax revenues fall 30% year-on-year in April; Russian economy to contract 5 percent, will tap into rainy day fund and raise debt; Levada Center poll shows Putin approval rating drops to historic low; Russia skeptical of U.S. virus origin claims.

Departures Podcast with Joshua Yaffa

Is it better to fight an authoritarian government and lose, or work with that government and survive to fight another day? In this latest episode of Departures, Bob interviews Joshua Yaffa, Moscow Correspondent for the New Yorker and author of Between Two Fires: Truth, Ambition, and Compromise in Putin’s Russia, about the mentalities of the people who brought […]