RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – May 30, 2017

TODAY: Putin has ‘frank’ discussion with new French President; Macron lambasts Russian media ‘falsehoods’; Kremlin promises muscular response to expulsion of diplomats from Moldova; Usmanov’s battle with Navalny takes on new direction; anti-corruption rallies planned for June; Kremlin sends anti-protest message through pop; Yandex offices in Ukraine subject to raid.

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

TODAY: Rights advocates harassed in attempts to attend NYC conference; Russia to limit foreign ownership of media; military production thriving. Ceasefire in Ukraine holding; Russia concerned about U.S. airstrikes in Syria without Assad approval; Japan extends sanctions; Rotenburg’s Italian properties seized. Five rights advocates have reportedly been prevented from leaving Russia to attend a UN-organized World Conference on Indigenous Peoples […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – August 22, 2014

TODAY: House arrest for Ukrainian star painters; transmission tower in Ukrainian makeover; Foreign Ministry vows it will send aid trucks in; Putin plans to expand influence of Russian media abroad. Avoiding Western food harder than it looks; prices rise; Russia seizes Japanese whaling ship.  A Russian court has ordered that the four Muscovites who hung the Ukrainian […]

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

TODAY: Putin’s annual Q+A expected to focus on Ukraine; Kiev’s attempts to regain control of Donetsk thwarted; 3 dead at Mariupol base; little expected from talks scheduled for today. The West’s financial leverage; Turkey approves South Stream; the art of protesting under fire.    President Putin’s annual live Q+A session which takes place today is expected […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – March 5, 2014

TODAY: Ukraine fears quieten as Putin rules out force; describes events in Kiev as coup d’etat; ICBM tested.; President’s motives considered. Journalists covering Crimea story intimidated; Professor sacked over critical article; final days of Dozhd; Navalny receives new accessory.  President Vladimir Putin has spoken publicly about events in Ukraine for the first time since ousted […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Dec 11, 2013

TODAY: Anti-corruption head accused of plagiarism; sources respond to news of RIA Novosti’s imminent demise; hasty budget forecasts risk reserves, says IMF; Medvedev continues South Stream row; Yanukovych won’t budge on Russia; Sochi to have protest zones. Oleg Plokhoi, the head of the Kremlin’s brand new anti-corruption group, stands accused of plagiarism and of cheating […]

Journalists as an Endangered Species in Russia

But real journalism is not only a well-performed job. It is also a public service. And the service works, if it is in demand. Thus, only society can provide real support and protection for journalists.

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Oct 3, 2012

TODAY: Council of Europe chides Russia on rights and freedom; Pussy Riot painters investigated; analyzing the upcoming Coordinating Council elections. Russia-Georgia relations poised to change after surprise election results?  U.S. reset needs an update, says Lavrov; oil output reaches new post-Soviet high. Russia’s Investigative Committee has opened an investigation into a pro-Pussy Riot art exhibition […]

Speaking Freely About Medvedev’s Presidency

The state Duma has been busy of late debating a handful of bills designed to curtail the work of civil society and the opposition.  The new bill on NGO nomenclature and the bill on Internet extremism, both poised as potential tools for suppressing opposition activities, have received considerable attention.  Yesterday the Other Russia flagged up […]

Video: Kissinger Sees Putin as a US Partner

Henry Kissinger tells CNN that Vladimir Putin is not necessarily anti-Western, but rather a Russian patriot who feels humiliated by the 1990s.  Not sure I can find the link right now, but didn’t Russia or a Russia front hire Kissinger associates way back when?