RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Jan 8, 2014

TODAY: ECHR made 120 rulings against Russia last year; Novaya Gazeta journalist fears for life; activists appeal to Apple over Yevroset homophobia; Russia blames Greenpeace over Senegal spat; Sharapova takes influential sportswoman crown; Olympics hockey team named. The European Court for Human Rights made 120 rulings against the Russian authorities last year for violations of the European […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Jan 6, 2014

TODAY: Putin eases protest restrictions for Olympics, tests sports facilities, makes promises for this year’s G8 presidency; watchdog calls for release of imprisoned journalists; Khodorkovsky arrives in Switzerland; U.S. to ease up on Magnitsky List; interview with Olga Golodets. President Vladimir Putin has loosened restrictions on demonstrations during the upcoming Sochi Winter Olympics, a move […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Dec 31, 2013

TODAY: Heightened security follows Volgograd blasts; Putin lowers conservation status of nature reserves; Khodorkovsky granted Swiss visa, calls for decimation; Ukraine’s gas price is no deal; Gazprom announces new all-time EU delivery peak. In the wake of the weekend’s double terrorist attack in Volgograd that has thus far caused 33 deaths and wounded 100 people, President […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Dec 30, 2013

TODAY: Double terror attack hits Volgograd, sparking fears of Olympic terror; Moscow will seek to freeze Khodorkovsky compensation; Putin’s 2013 victories; Rosneft’s Morgan Stanley buy; theatre employees threatened over Pussy Riot screening; VKontakte sued; drugs bill seeks to punish NGOs. One day after a bomb attack killed 16 people in Volgograd’s central railway station, a second […]

Broken Promises in Ravaged Sochi

There was a heartbreaking, albeit unsurprising, article in The Independent this weekend about the collapse of Russia’s Zero Waste Pledge for the Sochi Olympics.  You may remember that part of Russia’s initial bid for the Olympics back in 2007 was predicated on an outlandish pledge to leave behind ‘an incredible environmental legacy for future generations‘?  Well, it […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Dec 2, 2013

TODAY: Putin’s Ukraine success challenged by hundreds of thousands of protesters in Kiev; Sochi stadium incomplete, residents talk of environmental damage; IOC President meets gay rights activists; Kudrin says 15 years to build competitive economy. News sources are talking about Vladimir Putin’s success in winning Ukraine back into his dream of a ‘Eurasian Union’, but for […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Nov 11, 2013

TODAY: Dutch royal family visit with Putin after Foreign Ministry slams the Netherlands; Putin offers condolences after Philippines storm; nationalist extradited from Serbia over murder gang; nationalism on the rise; performance artist makes graphic piece in Red Square; Olympic torch space walk; Miss Universe. Amid soured relations over the Greenpeace detentions and a clash of […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Oct 29, 2013

TODAY: Putin says gays welcome at Olympics; IOC head praises Russia’s Games prep; Georgia to move towards EU, Lavrov warns Ukraine over closer ties; Belarus extends potash investigation; Fifa calls for assurances over racism; easier to do business in Russia than China, says World Bank. In a bid to defuse tensions in the Russian gay […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Oct 22, 2013

TODAY: FSB plotting new surveillance; EU court throws out Katyn case; Netherlands files lawsuit; Belarus wants compensation from Uralkali; Putin and Singh sign agreements; gay parenting bill withdrawn, for now; gay rights protesters try new Olympics angle. The FSB has drafted plans to implement heavier electronic surveillance by forcing Internet providers to store web traffic […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Oct 10, 2013

TODAY: New charges pending for Greenpeace activists; Putin submits proposal to dissolve Supreme Arbitration Court; next year’s Olympics ‘could flop’; Netherlands apologises as Russia threatens to extend embargo; IMF says economy out of ideas; massive wealth inequality. Russian investigators are expected to press new charges against some of the 28 Greenpeace activists and two journalists […]