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 – June 2, 2017

TODAY: Putin says hacking by “patriots” a “theoretical” possibility; President’s views on Snowden aired in trailer for Oliver Stone’s Putin Interviews; SPIEF underway; optimism abounds; Gazprom and Rosneft privatisation to continue; Yandex’s new driverless car; Navalny’s march request rejected, but he can still rally the troops online. 

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – April 25, 2017

TODAY: New report finds Russian society to be most unequal in the world; Putin’s popularity slightly dented, says new poll; jailed protestor takes case to ECHR; Macron’s campaign was hacked by Russians, says En Marche team; Moscow poised to make a final push for Marine Le Pen?  Countries in central Europe have boosted military spending […]

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

TODAY: Kremlin-friendly French presidential candidate Marine LePen through to second round; Washington says it will step up investigation into Trump’s Russia ties; allegations into Medvedev corruption will not be subject to probe; OSCE monitor killed in Ukraine; Moscow denounces it as ‘provocation’; Reuters loses deal over hacking expose; who is behind anti-Navalny campaign? Navalny, of course, says […]

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.