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

Today in Russia: Navalny accuses Putin of poisoning him, declares his intention to return to Russia, while Duma speaker says Navalny should tank Putin for saving him; Peskov accuses Navalny of working for CIA, Navalny intends to sue Peskov; What is Russia’s role in Nagorno-Karabakh dispute?; The sad story of historian Yuri Dmitriev; Moscow says 1/3 of companies’ employees should work from home as COVID-19 spikes again; 8945 new COVID-19 cases in Russia; Putin’s impenetrable quarantine bubble; Russian takes on Biden-Trump debate debacle; The ruble beholden to American elections; Russia inks another updated double taxation agreement; Lavrov on Russia-Germany relationship

Departures Podcast with Ian Buruma

FDR and Churchill. Kennedy and Macmillan. Reagan and Thatcher. Bush and Blair. Trump and Johnson. The so-called “special relationship” enjoyed between the United States and the United Kingdom in the past 75 years since the end of World War II, often guided by the personalities of the respective individual leaders, has come to define so […]

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

Today in Russia: Putin declares ‘truly allied’ relations with Belarus; COVID-19 cases skyrocketing, but renewed lockdown is unlikely; Armenia-Azerbaijan fighting; What Russia doesn’t get about Germany; Furgal trial; Why Rosneft has failed to get off EU sanctions list and probably shot itself in the foot

Letter to President of Cameroon Paul Biya on Mass Arrests of Protesters and Violations of Human Rights

Robert Amsterdam has published the following open letter to the President of Cameroon Paul Biya following the documented arbitrary arrests of 593 people. In an attempt to suppress the political activism of the opposition Cameroon Renaissance Movement, the regime has also moved against two associates of Professor Kamto who were not even actively participating in […]

Departures Podcast with Andrei Soldatov

assassinations of prominent dissidents, including the nuclear poisoning of Alexander Litvinenko in London, Sergei Skripal in Salisburg, the most recent poisoning of Alexei Navalny presumably in Siberia followed by his recovery in Germany, have come to shape global perceptions of Russia – perhaps based in fear, but also characterized by instability. Andrei Soldatov, one of […]

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

Today in Russia: Michael Calvey’s chance at release looks dim as authorities fear embarrassment of about-face; EU to Lukashenko: “so-called president”; Lukashenko’s closed-door inauguration leads to more clashes; Russia reports highest COVID-19 spike since July; TikTok admits it deleted Russian LGBT videos at Russian government request; Prigozhin’s Central African interests also sanctioned by US; US Amb Sullivan on Navalny and critical staff shortage; Russian counterpart responds to FinCEN leak