RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Sept 15, 2014

TODAY: Regional elections see low turnout and reports of falsifications; extended U.S. sanctions target energy sector and raise doubts about Arctic projects; crisis fund to help sanction-affected companies on the cards; plans for railway to bypass Ukraine; Orthodox Church takes to the air waves.  United Russia candidates have reportedly shown a strong performance in the regional […]

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

TODAY: Ukraine turns its back on Europe and resumes dialog with Russia; Moldova to follow? Sechin is Russia’s highest-paid executive; further financial organisations may lose licenses; Ikea under fire over ‘homosexual propaganda’ issue; A Just Russia deputy attacked. In ‘a major victory for Russia’, Ukraine has abandoned its plans to forge closer ties with the […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – August 7, 2013

TODAY: U.S.-Russia meetings to go ahead as Obama raises spectre of Cold War; court cuts Khodorkovsky’s sentence by two months; spotlight on migrant workers; Politkovskaya witnesses to be questioned in private; dissident priest stabbed; gasoline, sulfur, rubber, construction, infrastructure. A high-level meeting between American and Russian officials will go ahead this Friday despite tensions over […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – July 23, 2013

TODAY: Legal experts sign open letter against prohibitive Duma as analysts debate Navalny release; Dutch filmmakers held under homosexual propaganda law; Investigative Committee looking into Oboronservis property sales; 100 musicians sign Pussy Riot letter of support; former Tula governor sentenced; Gazprom, PetroChina, Rosatom. Over 50 legal experts and law professors in Russia have signed an […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – March 15, 2013

TODAY: British actor grills author of anti-gay law; Gudkov promises to start new party; Navalny targets Malkin; Pushkov on Syria, Britain, and America; Putin congratulates Pope Francis; Novatek wins Arctic exploration license; Putin on wrestling; Mars exploration; Litvinenko inquest postponed. The openly gay British actor Stephen Fry has interviewed Vitaly Milonov, the author of St. […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – March 14, 2013

TODAY: Kremlin’s rights council defends Navalny; A Just Russia ejects the Gudkovs; Razvozzhayev ‘disappears’; Hague criticises Lavrov on handling of Magnitsky case, Russia warns U.K. against arming Syrian rebels; economists analyse Nabiullina nomination; energy projects pending with China and Japan; Putin proposes Soviet-style phys ed. The Kremlin’s human rights council has defended Alexei Navalny, saying […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Jan 16, 2013

TODAY: Duma debates adoption ban as adoptive families remain caught in uncertainty; Kadyrov to appear on Magnitsky List; $1 billion to Bangladesh for arms purchases; Polonsky probe ongoing; Yuriev switches to U.S. market; private energy companies could be given access to continental shelf; Russian Railways suing Apple; moon, spies, domestic violence. The Duma has returned […]

A Just Russia Adjusts

A Just Russia has played an interesting role in Russia’s shifting political landscape, buffeted by the winds of the protest movement. One of the stalwarts of the ‘managed opposition’, which many believed is designed to tow the Kremlin line, the party has also produced some firebrand oppositionists in recent times, such as Astrakhan’s famed hunger […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Oct 30, 2012

TODAY: Putin approves Gazprom’s plans to tap Asian market; internal disputes threaten A Just Russia; NYC exhibition on plight of Russia’s gay community; Lavrov discusses human rights with Lukashenko; Dagestan lawyer’s courage praised with award; Putin’s Obama vote. In a ceremony led by Vladimir Putin, Gazprom officially launched production at the Bovanenkovo field on the […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – August 28, 2012

TODAY: Taisiya Osipova jailed for eight years; Navalny’s family’s factory is raided; Chirikova, dogged by opposition, continues her bid to run for Khimki Mayor; Pussy Riot lawyer appeals conviction; Gudkov trades accusations with United Russia; unpaid Soviet bonds worth $785 billion. Taisiya Osipova, the wife of Other Russia activist Sergei Fomchenkov, has been jailed for […]