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RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – June 21, 2021

Today in Russia: New US sanctions connected to Navalny; Belarus might face “Venezuela sanctions” as EU looks to hit Minsk where it hurts; Blowout in Armenian elections; Looming COVID-19 disaster, vaccine mandates, and vaccine skeptics

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – June 17, 2021

Today in Russia: “Overcoming mistrust” the name of the game at Biden-Putin meeting; US and Russian ambassadors will return to their posts; Sputnik V’s EU approval delayed; You can have Navalny back when you admit he’s a spy! Mandatory vaccination coming to some corners of Russia (nevermind what Peskov said); Prigozhin’s next target: Mediazona and its editor, prospective foreign agent; All overseas bank transfers to be verified

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – June 15, 2021

oday in Russia: Biden-Putin meeting – don’t expect any breakthroughs; Dozhd banned from Kremlin press pool for Navalny protest coverage; Corona back with a vengeance; Kremlin unhappy with vaccination progress; Central Bank governor says banking secrecy should not be turned into a “sieve”; Mordashov to heed Putin’s call for more corporate help for state spending; Biden frets about “best friends” Xi and Putin working together;

Departures Podcast with Jing Sun, author of ‘Red Chamber, World Dream: Actors, Audience, and Agendas in Chinese Foreign Policy and Beyond’

Since Xi Jingping rose to power in 2012, China has embarked on a new phase of expanding their role as a global superpower. Gone are the days of the charm offensive and the peaceful rise, here come the ‘wolf warriors.’ Xi’s “Chinese Dream” has been pitched by state propaganda as a visionary plan for a […]

Departures Podcast with Marie Favereau, author of ‘The Horde’

In the 13th and 14th centuries, the Mongol horde exercised control over an unfathomably large empire, spanning thousands of miles from Europe to Russia, Central Asia, and the Middle East. History has often not looked kindly upon these nomadic civilizations, which has led to some major blindspots regarding astonishing achievements, explosive growth in trade, commerce, […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – June 7, 2021

Today in Russia: Open Skies comes to a close; Biden’s big trip to Europe, the Putin-Biden finale, and some hurt feelings in Kyiv; Blinken makes headlines in Russia re Nord Stream 2; Nordgold’s London (re-)listing; Moscow to restrict food exports amid soaring prices; The new face of Russia’s political machine; Nur Sultan says don’t play politics at EUEA