RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Jan 23, 2017

TODAY: Trump presidency welcomed by enthusiastic Russians; OPEC optimistic about supply cuts following compliance agreements; Gazprom owns over a third of EU gas market; changes to domestic violence laws cause outcry among women’s rights advocates; journalist expelled from PEN for anti-Kremlin actions; Medvedev re-elected head of United Russia, says get used to sanctions.

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

TODAY: U.S. extends sanctions to include banking executives and man dubbed Putin’s ‘chef’; Moscow vows a response; Turkey’s Foreign Minister blames Gulen movement for assassination of Russian ambassador; Gazprom to lose stake in Turkey’s largest private gas importer; Kudrin advocates privatisation in energy sphere; abused opposition activist facing lawsuit; Siberia sick of prisoners.

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Aug 29, 2016

TODAY: Crimea flare-up glitch in economic recovery; state lender Sberbank breaks records; another privatization put on hold; heads roll in Investigative Committee; whole new Internet planned for state officials; migrant workers perish in warehouse fire; no major advances in Syria peace talks; the perils of whistleblowing. 

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – June 7, 2016

TODAY: Kremlin concerned about Germany’s perception of Russia; Lavrov responds to NATO’s Finland drills; Lukoil reports massive drop in first-quarter profits, though oil prices are rebounding; Central Bank to finally cut main policy rate? Facebook and Yandex considering partnership; some Interior Ministry officials being investigated for corruption thanks to Panama Papers.

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

TODAY: Compensation claim filed against Putin over MH17 crash; Russian woman granted asylum in Lithuania after breaking protest laws; economy out of recession for six months now, says economy minister; Syria seeking more Russian rebuilding support; United Russia holds advance voting with 9m turnout; Russia to fund additional drugs testing.

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – May 12, 2016

TODAY: US to switch on missile defence shield despite Russia’s protestations; Georgia provokes Russia with military exercises; Navalny probed again, criminal case launched against RBC; EBRD puts freeze on loans to Russia; final power line laid to Crimea; Putin plays hockey, falls. 

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

TODAY: NATO to raise issue of dangerous military stunts with Russia later today; Constitutional Court rejects its first ECHR ruling; Medvedev says economic reform is necessary but not about to happen; Anti-Corruption Foundation candidates withdraw in protest against pre-election violations; HIV NGO labeled ‘foreign agent’; Putin and Poroshenko reach deal on Savchenko. 

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – April 12, 2016

TODAY: Navalny plans lawsuit over state-sponsored TV exposé; Open Russia questions purpose of Putin’s national guard; France freezes Roscosmos assets over Yukos; South Ossetia to hold a constitutional referendum that could pave the way for Russia integration; Rosneft overtakes Gazprom as Russia’s most valuable company; Serbia pays unusual tribute to Putin.

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

TODAY: Investigative Committee launches investigation into opposition activist; new evidence from Lesin autopsy introduces possibility of foul play; Moscow sees ‘provocations’ in meldonium ban; London embassy says Russia has no interest in Brexit verdict; UNHCR office in Moscow closing; Turkey expanding into Syria, complains Kremlin; middles classes turning to protest over economic woes? 

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Mar 7, 2016

TODAY: Yavlinsky says he will be next President; Putin’s approval ratings analysed and carefully monitored; Russians approve of Syria campaign, as explained by state television; Putin in Syria peace conference with EU leaders; ruble gains against dollar on oil price rise; Gazprom looking to bypass Ukraine; Georgia doesn’t want Gazprom’s gas; toddler murder sparks outrage  […]