RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – April 8, 2013

TODAY: NGO crackdown protesters welcome Putin to Germany, Merkel calls on Russia to give NGOs a chance; protesters rally against May 6 arrests; Kudrin report says authorities hamper development; Magnitsky lawyer asks to be removed from ‘illegal’ case; Russia wants Shatto’s brother returned. President Vladimir Putin was greeted by ‘several hundred protesters’ on his arrival […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – April 2, 2013

TODAY: Prokhorov calls for Zhukovsky revote; Kozak dismisses Greenpeace complaints about Sochi waste; NGO raids storm continues; sources dispute nature of Berezovsky’s death; Udaltsov house arrest extended. Billionaire businessman and politician Mikhail Prokhorov is demanding a revote of the Zhukovsky mayoral elections after a candidate from his Civic Platform party lost amid allegations of vote […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – March 12, 2013

TODAY: Magnitsky trial postponed again; state struggles to pin down Gazprom spending; lawmaker denies accusations about luxury property; Nabiullina may take charge of central bank; Sochi Olympics to highlight treatment of disabled population; Texas stands by Shatto ruling. The trial of dead lawyer Sergei Magnitsky was postponed on its first scheduled day yesterday, partly because […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – March 7, 2013

TODAY: Putin praises Chavez legacy, ministers say that contracts will not be affected; Gorbachev criticises Kremlin ‘thieves’; Georgian wine imports to resume; Russian-speakers fighting in Syria; Chinese and Czech investments; Udaltsov house arrest upheld; journalist’s bravery commended. President Vladimir Putin praised the legacy of ‘close friend’ Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, calling him ‘an unorthodox and strong […]

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 – Feb 28, 2013

TODAY: New accusations against Navalny’s credentials, Lebedev drops him from Aeroflot board nominees; Kerry comment amuses media; congressman says visa denial was ‘retaliation’; Pekhtin whistleblower Zayakin; Putin wants military upgrade; brain drain myth; Litvinenko’s body to be examined in secret. The Investigative Committee says that anti-corruption activist and opposition leader Alexei Navalny is not a real […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Feb 17, 2013

TODAY: Lavrov meets Kerry; Shatto lawyer denies murder; Putin wants adoption obstacles removed; Ukraine seeking central European gas; Kremlin defends central bank independence; Lavrov defends anti-gay bill and Russian values. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov met with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry yesterday, leading to ‘constructive’ talks about the Syrian crisis, and a promise from […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Feb 25, 2013

TODAY: Udaltsov pays fine in coins; Mitvol home searched; Lomakin leaves United Russia; public smoking ban signed by Putin; Kerry to meet Lavrov; Shatto adoption row continues; Ukraine will not pay Gazprom fine; Rosneft to complete TNK-BP deal early; Rogozin on arms procurement; Chelyabinsk meteor fever. Supporters of opposition activist Sergei Udaltsov, who is currently […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Feb 22, 2013

TODAY: Pussy Riot anniversary; Belkovsky stands by criticism of church; more Duma deputies to resign? Officials back down over Shatto death; Bastrykin calls for financial police; U.S. singles out Russia for cybercrime; Cuba debts partially written off. Yesterday was the first anniversary of Pussy Riot’s public performance of their Punk Prayer in a Moscow Orthodox […]

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

TODAY: Details of Shatto’s death contradict Russian official’s comments, boy’s biological mother calls for return of her other son; St. Petersburg bans public gatherings; Russia ready to broker talks to save Syria; Amnesty looks at free speech since Pussy Riot; Brazil bilateral trade could reach $10 billion; Russia to push for Olympic wrestling to stay. […]