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RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – June 25, 2020

Today in Russia: Belarus accuses Russia of election manipulation; Head of Dozhd TV says he could vote twice on referendum; Watchdog decries “manipulative” referendum process; All sorts of election malfunctions; US official: China and Russia on “road to dystopia” if they don’t extend Iran weapons ban; Tver bans all negative news?; Russia steals from US shale oil playbook, and may end oil import ban early; Tourists heading to space in 2023; Kremlin sees rainbow flag flying at US embassy as unlawful “propaganda of untraditional sexual minorities”; Kremlin vows to support Venezuela amid US “regime change” efforts

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

Today in Russia: WWII parade; 7176 new COVID-19 cases; IMF worsens Russia’s economic outlook; Chinese returning from Russia faking COVID-19 tests; Unseen photos of Putin’s daughters; Yandex “divorces” Uber, splits from Sberbank; Russia says US not offering short-term extension of START; 150k Eastern Ukraine residents will vote in referendum

Departures Podcast with Catherine Belton

There are few other countries in the world that have wielded money and influence as well as the modern Russian state, to the point of purchasing impunity and acquiescence to their status quo. And this is not all simply because of a “master strategy” by Vladimir Putin, but instead a vast and complex system of […]

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

Today in Russia: Putin declares COVID-19 under control; Putin announces tax increase for those making over 5 million rubles and other measures in address; Front-line health workers ordered to vote in referendum; Calvey diagnosed with cancer but kept under house arrest; Russia looks to defuse China-India tensions; Arms control talks between US and Russia held without China; Russia moving closer to Mongolia; Whelan won’t appeal, will angle for prisoner swap; Toy protesters not tolerated by Russian authorities, face investigation

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

Today in Russia: 7,600 new COVID-19 cases; US pressing China as nuclear talks resume; Putin might run again (but he’s not quite so sure despite changing constitution to do so); Anti-fascist activists jailed; Nordic militaries “rekindle” alliances as Russia encroaches; Trump loses fourth NSC Russia director; Mail.ru ready for Moscow Exchange listing; Police Lt Colonel suspected of passing secrets to Ukrainian intel service; Two reasons for Telegram unblocking; “The end of the road for Vedomosti”; Putin’s defense in the…National Interest?; The Kremlin on Bolton’s analysis; Budget carrier Pobeda denied state aid

Departures Podcast with Sarah Kendzior

For experts who spend their careers studying modern authoritarianism, it has only recently become prudent to apply their analytical skillset to talking about political developments in the United States. Journalist and author Sarah Kendzior, who stood out in 2015 as one of the lone voices warning that Donald Trump was going to win the presidency, […]