TODAY: Russia thought to be stepping up cyberattacks, possibly in connection with US presidential elections; Ukrainian religious leader targeted under new anti-terror laws; NATO says Russia stepping up military exercises but not breaking rules; Paralympics team now barred from 2018 Winter Olympics as well; Sechin offers Kremlin $5bn cash for control stake in Bashneft.
TODAY: Ukrainian President makes stark warning on threat from Russia; disagrees with CIS plans to send election monitors to Crimea; rights lawyer barred from leaving Russia; McCain backed NGO added to undesirable list; Sechin to sue Novaya Gazeta over super yacht claims; privatization delays imperil budget, worry analysts; Putin’s shuffling of staff an attempt to concentrate power?
TODAY: U.S. suggests Iran deployment to Syria might have flouted U.N. Security Council resolution; Russia disagrees; Iraq opens its airspace to Russian fighter jets; postponement of Bashneft privatisation will hasten the depletion of the Reserve Fund, say analysts; Kursk film facing obstacles; Stalin’s flock in Orthodox Church.
TODAY: Medvedev announces surprise postponement of widely anticipated Bashneft privatisation; HRW accuses Russia of using banned weapons in Syria; Russia now bombing Syria from Iranian base; Ukraine rhetoric seen as being more about diplomacy than warfare; Russia ordered to return 2008 Olympic gold after doping re-test.
TODAY: Entire Paralympian team banned from Rio 2016 games; petition calling for Medvedev’s resignation gains momentum; corruption measures ineffectual, says Transparency International; workers on bridge to Crimea complain of slavery-like conditions; government’s Bashneft stake valued.
TODAY: Fighting in Ukraine has reintensified in summer months; unsurprising say some, as Minsk agreements hold little appeal to Moscow; Estonia considering security buffer with Russia; companies pledging allegiance to Kremlin-friendly parties more likely to receive government contracts, says Golos; oil spills threaten ecosystem in Komi Republic; Russneft eyes government state in Bashneft.
TODAY: CAS upholds ban on Russian athletics team; climbing ruble worries Kremlin, but Central Bank seems unlikely to intervene; Russia accused of attacking U.S. base in Syria; company chief executive jailed for spying in U.S.; Rosneft cannot have access to Bashneft privatization, says Putin.
TODAY: Navalny and colleagues attacked in Anapa, blame authorities and police; Pavlensky says he was assaulted in detention; foreign agents law amended to exclude charities; Siluanov defends Kremlin’s new higher dividend policy; Bashneft dropped from list of strategically important companies; new Khodorkovsky documents submitted to Interpol; US Justice Department investigating Russian doping.
TODAY: Russia and West trade accusations over Syria; Medvedev denies that Russia is bombing Syrian civilians, calls current relations with the West a ‘new cold war’; Rosneft and Bashneft to be privatized this year; Soros predicts 2017 Kremlin bankruptcy; Kirill and Pope Francis meet at last.
TODAY: France and US accuse Russia of blocking Syria peace process; Russia tops Pentagon’s list of national security threats; Poroshenko says risk of war with Russia is high; Rosneft and Bashneft likely to be first privatisation candidates; United Russia instructs election candidates on how to navigate tricky questions; new Pussy Riot video mocks Prosecutor General.