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.
TODAY: Ukrainian film-maker sentenced to 20 years in prison; early release of Defence Ministry official jailed for embezzlement raises outcry; MAKS-2015 air show offers opportunities for major defence deals; Economy Ministry slashes GDP forecast; Western detergents deemed unsanitary; Lyudmila Alekseyeva honoured with prize nomination.
TODAY: Dutch flowers up in flames in apparent response to MH17 inquiry; Putin calls meeting over escalating Ukraine violence; ruble tumbles; Probusinessbank loses license; Kremlin establishes human rights prize, activists suspicious; rise in HIV rates; Lavrov’s foul mouth makes headlines.
The sentencing this week of a 23-year-old student actor and a 26-year-old theatre producer to serve two and a half years in prison marks yet another low point in the slow motion car crash that is Thai politics under the military junta. Patiwat (“Bank”) Saraiyaem and Porntip (“Golf”) Mankong could hardly be considered any sort […]
TODAY: Lavrov meets fellow diplomats to discuss Ukraine; Latvia and EU see signs of change on Russian side; Merkel says no end to sanctions until Minsk agreement reinstated; give Ukraine $50 billion, says Soros; Medvedev decree bans transgender people from driving; earthquakes, volcanoes, and avalanches in the Far East.
TODAY: Russia threatens Ukraine in wake of more fighting; Merkel and Putin meet in Brazil; Italy blocking sanctions? Putin ends Latin American tour celebrating various new deals; activist Novodvorskaya dies. The Foreign Ministry responded to an incidence of shelling across the border from Ukraine into Russia – which led to the death of one Russian […]
TODAY: Ukraine tensions mount as army clashes with pro-federalists in Kramatorsk; 11 dead; Putin lambasts Kiev’s actions; U.S. sees clear Russian involvement in the standoff. The financial cost of keeping Crimea; zero economic growth on the horizon; slumping stocks. ‘The country is on the threshold of a civil war‘: Prime Minister Medvedev’s Facebook comment on […]
TODAY: Death toll continues to mount in Kiev; Lavrov berates West for meddling; Pussy Riot whipped in Sochi performance; the costs of hosting the Olympics; credit rating drop and ruble free fall; blogging crackdown. A tentative ‘truce’ reached between Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych and opposition leaders in Kiev was quickly broken when nine protesters were shot dead in the space […]
TODAY: Central banker cries ‘stagflation’; Foreign Ministry slams EU society and economy; OECD slams Russian business climate; proposed law would allow police to search without warrant; Rosneft losing Yukos cases; Navalny asset seizure was lawful, says court; PhosAgro gets Japan loan. According to a top Russian central banker, the country is facing a mix of […]
In a disturbing imitation of Soviet practices, one of the Bolotnaya Square protesters, Mikhail Kosenko, was recently sentenced by a court to be committed against his will for punitive psychiatric care, with the clear message being sent to any other young people in Russia feeling rebellious: dissent is “crazy.”