RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Feb 21, 2018

TODAY: Foreign Ministry admits to more mercenary casualties; OPEC pact supply glut draining; activist attacked; Navalny aide jailed for 10 days; “troll factory” employee arrested; Putin says income decline is over; Russia is Ukraine’s biggest trading partner; Roskomnadzor will not block YouTube; Rusal gets first female CEO. Olympics curler denies doping.

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Dec 20, 2017

TODAY: CEC will spend $302 million on March’s election campaign; despite apparent invincibility among voters, concerns loom over Putin’s failure to appeal to youths; officials avoiding seasonal gifts after Ulyukayev bribery scandal; RT launches in France; authorities seeking access to citizen’s bank details; Tatneft continues to operate in Crimea despite sanctions; Novak in the spotlight; Memorial head Arseny […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Nov 24, 2017

TODAY: Russia positions itself at centre of Syria peace plan; next stop Afghanistan? Ksenia Sobchak under investigation for Crimea comments; Google’s plans to reduce prominence of Russian media outlets is censorship, says Kremlin; Central Bank offers Herring Under Fur Coat index; Putin’s prominence in OPEC. 

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Oct 13, 2017

TODAY: Lavrov warns Washington about lawsuits over property seizures; Russian delegation heading to UN meeting denied entry to US; did Russia use Pokemon Go to influence American minds in election? Kaspersky lab to work with Interpol; arms deal with Riyadh; new ruble banknote with contentious image; Pskov governor resigns in pre-election shakeup; trust in the […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Aug 24, 2017

TODAY: Director Serebrennikov placed under house arrest, protesters gather in his defence, one detained; engineer released from prison after 2 years for sharing social media post about Crimea; Putin praises dialogue with Vatican; Rosneft wins $2.3bln case against Sistema. Ambassador to Sudan found dead.

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Aug 17, 2017

TODAY: Ulyukayev bribe hearings begin; Moscow planning a Soviet memorial; Russian Railways will not let Crimea dispute affect its relationship with Siemens; Putin appears in public, ending rumours; report says religious freedom in Russia on par with Sudan; OPEC cuts may need to run for five years; UK LGBT author censored in Russia; Game of […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Aug 14, 2017

TODAY: Gay Pride in St Petersburg gathers a hundred activists; five years of NGO constraints; renowned theater director’s passport confiscated; women to be accepted into Air Force; Snapchat finds itself registered with Russian regulator unawares; Washington may force embassy closure on Russia; defeating forecasts, economy grows; Venezuela bust is Putin’s boon. 

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Aug 7, 2017

TODAY: ECHR deems deportation of journalist illegal; meeting between Lavrov and Tillerson sees some positives emerge, despite tensions; Kremlin apparently willing to discuss Ukraine resolution; EU extends sanctions over turbines; Stalin’s victims forgotten; Putin on holiday.

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Aug 4, 2017

TODAY: Movement in support of Novaya Gazeta journalist facing deportation gains momentum, captures Kremlin’s attention; Navalny fined for fliers as a regional HQ comes under attack; authorities quieten teacher scandal; pipeline monopoly says sanctions will not harm projects; the rise of the Russian tomato; Putin remains coy on 2018 elections. 

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – July 21, 2017

TODAY: US fines ExxonMobil $2m for violating Russia sanctions under Tillerson, company sues in response; Putin visits veteran rights activist Alekseyeva on her 90th birthday, hints at pardon for Izmestyev; anti-corruption protester sentenced to 2.5 years; Navalny debates with nationalist; Kremlin looking to restrict use of instant messengers.