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

TODAY: Russian ambassador to U.N. dies suddenly; tributes from colleagues pour in; Kremlin defends its decision to recognise passports from Ukraine’s separatist regions; decries Ukrainian peace plan; Trump media coverage in Russia downscaled, TV analysis says; German nationalist leader cosies up to United Russia; economy needs reform, says leading analyst; new film on Boris Nemtsov.

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

TODAY: Shaky ceasefire agreed in eastern Ukraine; positivity undermined by reports that Russia will recognise documents from rebel-held territory; Moscow behind plot to kill pro-Western leader of Montenegro, alleges new report; Senator Graham vows that Congress will punish Russia for its interference in elections; Kremlin claims to be nonplussed by lack of progress in bilateral […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Dec 23, 2016

TODAY: Putin’s annual marathon press conference takes place; focus so far on positive economic indicators; President content that Americans sympathise with his views on Trump; is unconcerned by the President-elect’s nuclear expansion statements; is Russia tampering with upcoming European elections?  Citizens will need prescriptions to access medicine containing alcohol; doping scandal continues to claim victims; Arctic oil development poses risk […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Sept 27, 2016

TODAY: Russia hits back against West’s accusations of war crimes in Syria; Iceland voices concerns over fighter jet activity; Investigative Committee chief Alexander Bastrykin tenders his resignation; ballot stuffing investigated; art gallery closes exhibition following Orthodox Church protests; economic stagnation weighs heavily on ordinary citizens. 

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – July 20, 2016

TODAY: IOC considering possibility of banning Russia from Olympic Games amid doping scandal; several investigative committee members detained by FSB; British PM irks Kremlin by describing Russia as a threat; IMF sees some stabilisation in economy. 

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – June 21, 2016

TODAY: Kremlin calls Olympics ban ‘rights abuse’; E.U. beginning to experience divisions over Russia policy?  Nemtsov murder case closed; investigators suggest money its motivation; communications records to be stored for longer under new anti-terror measures; real income plunged in May; investigation underway into death of 13 children at lake.

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – April 15, 2016

TODAY: Putin’s three-and-a half hour phone-in follows standard formula; economic and domestic questions dominate; some observers suggest the President’s performance lacked zing in comparison to other years; raids carried out on IKEA and Onexim group; Browder to be questioned over Magnitsky case; Kremlin denounces new U.S. report.

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – April 14, 2016

TODAY: Russian fighter jets buzz U.S. warship; Kremlin gearing up for Putin’s direct line; shortage of labor taking a toll on economy; Navalny requests FSB investigate allegations against him; Ukraine accuses Kremlin of faking documents; Lithuanian man jailed for spying; showcase Crimea bridge to be delayed; Freedom House lambastes Putin regime; Siberian coffee lovers praise […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Jan 26, 2016

TODAY: New figures show economy contracted the most in six years in 2015; oil prices were driving factor; industrial output, real wages also decline; Putin unexpectedly lambastes Lenin; Defense Ministry denies plan for new Syria air base; Moscow looking to develop Kuril islands, risking Japan’s ire; Lukoil recommences work in Iran; company believes Russia needs […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Dec 17, 2015

TODAY: Putin suspends free trade zone with Ukraine; Ukraine accuses Russia of looting oil rigs, halts trade with Crimea; IMF takes Kremlin side on nature of Kiev’s debt; military commander says U.S. missile defence would be penetrated by a Russian salvo; faith in TV news dwindles; high ranking official suggests Russophobia can lead to death; […]