RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – July 30, 2015

TODAY: Russia vetoes United Nations MH17 tribunal resolution; Kremlin defends ‘undesirables’ law; Parnas leader and activists briefly detained in Novosibirsk; LGBT website founder fined;  Central Bank halting foreign currency purchases to boost reserves; loan for Belarus.

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Oct 14, 2014

TODAY: Russia and China sign 40 agreements, secure mutual favours; Kremlin to create state oil-drilling giant; Rosneft hires London firm to fight sanctions in European courts; Siluanov calculates worst-case scenario; Fedotov speaks up for Memorial; Australian PM’s comment creates tensions; Ukraine and Russia not seeing eye-to-eye on energy payments. Russia and China signed 40 agreements […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Sept 4, 2014

TODAY: Putin drafts Ukraine peace plan – not ‘ceasefire’; allegations of Russian military on the ground in Ukraine; France pulls first Mistral delivery, Australia bans uranium exports to Russia; Putin forges ties in Mongolia; Medvedev says renewal of Kiev energy talks depends on debt repayment. Early formulations of a new seven-point peace plan with Ukraine, […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – June 20, 2014

TODAY: NATO notes Russia’s resumption of military build-up on Ukraine border; Naftogaz says Gazprom seeking an end to compensation contract; Australia unveils its Russia sanctions; Moscow promoting disinformation about fracking; Novak says South Stream partners under pressure; erotic LGBT movie scenes deemed child pornography. In what NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen called ‘a very regrettable […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – March 7, 2014

TODAY: Crimea to join Russia, U.S. announces Russia sanctions, E.U. and Australia consider following suit; Putin appeals to U.S. for continued good relations, NATO suspends military relations with Russia; VTsIOM announces healthy support for Russian invasion of Ukraine; bill would prosecute media for publishing anti-Russian material; For Human Rights suspended; Pussy Riot members attacked. Following […]

The New Cartelisation

Remember a few years ago when Russia was having fun talking about a natural-gas OPEC?  It was largely derided at the time considering wildly different nature of the trade of this commodity (not the same spot market as oil), and then wholly forgotten when the shale boom crashed prices. But it would be a mistake […]