RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Feb 22, 2017

TODAY: Kremlin refuses to bend on Trump contact claims; new U.S. national security advisor an unfavourable choice for Russia?  Ukrainian oligarch Dmitry Firtash arrested; UK edging closer to a Magnitsky Act of its own; Russia and Libya strengthen ties in oil; Gudkov will run for Moscow mayor; Kremlin hoping to get as many voters as possible […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Nov 24, 2014

TODAY: Putin gives in-depth interview, promises not to remain president forever, shrugs off sanctions; sharp increase in capital outflows, Kudrin says ruble will continue to fall; property prices dropping. Russiaa and Abkhazia to sign partnership agreement; Browder claims kidnap threat; Ekho Moskvy drawing up staff social media regulations.  In a lengthy new interview with philosopher Nikolay […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Jan 17, 2014

TODAY: U.S. lawmakers to expand Magnitsky Act worldwide; Kremlin’s rights council wants activists to be limited; Putin promises no ideology, no discrimination; Kozak denies misuse of Sochi funds; no prison for mayor who murdered journalist; Bolotnaya Square prisoner released; Microsoft will grant access to Skype data. In what they are calling ‘a major human rights […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Dec 24, 2013

TODAY: Freed Pussy Riot members dismiss clemency move; remain staunch critics of Putin’s Russia; Khordokovsky release indicates rift within Kremlin?  Phillips’ Magnitsky sanction issue; Ukraine eurobond purchase; inventor of the world’s most famous gun dies. Nadezhda Tolokonnikova of Pussy Riot, who was released yesterday a few hours after fellow activist Maria Alyokhina, has greeted the […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – March 1, 2013

TODAY: Putin and Hollande meet, sign deals; children’s rights ombudsman lashes out at critics; Gessen detained; Iraq arms deal; top Internet companies revealed; USM sells stake in Mail.ru; Bashnefts $5 billion Dutch deal; domestic violence; wrestling. President Vladimir Putin and his French counterpart, Francois Hollande, had a ‘frank and direct’ meeting in the Kremlin yesterday, […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Jan 21, 2013

TODAY: Memorial march for Markelov and Baburova; gay protesters beaten; Ephiphany holiday; Coordinating Council plans Spring march; naval exercises thought to be a reminder about Syria; anti-Magnitsky List now 60-strong; Moscow Exchange to list itself; WTO crash course; infrastructure savings; Bolshoi attack; mine explosion. Hundreds gathered in Moscow on Saturday to commemorate the fourth anniversary […]

The Kremlin’s Criminal Treatment of Russian Orphans

No one wanted to believe that Russia would actually go through with a cruel law to make it hard for orphans to find homes, but the appetite for revenge is high.

The Magnistky Act and the Impact on U.S.-Russia Relations

Donald Rumsfeld had better cancel that ski trip to Chechnya, because Russia plans to counteract the Magnitsky Act. What will the implications be for the broader U.S.-Russia relationship?

Russia’s Conspiracy Theories over the Magnitsky Act

A good piece from Peter Rutland in the Moscow Times points out that for all the bitterness and wild conspiracy theories Russian pundits are throwing at the Magnitsky Act, there really isn’t any good reason for the US to do it besides human rights. Russian critics are convinced that the Magnitsky Act is part of […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Nov 19, 2012

TODAY: Magnitsky Bill passes in U.S. House, Foreign Ministry promises to respond; Merkel and Putin spar, sign deals; Putin accuses Pussy Riot of anti-Semitism; Moldova blocks expanded formal Russian presence; further arrests made in corruption cases; Pozner on Razvozzhayev.  Backers of the Magnitsky Bill, which would penalise Russians suspected of human rights abuses, are anticipating […]