RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – June 15, 2015

TODAY: Russia and China crack stolen intelligence files; Medvedev thanks West for sanctions, Peskov promises reciprocity if they are increased; Russia’s oil and gas reserves exceed all others; Nemtsova to set up fund in father’s name; Putin praises strength of Russian patriotism; military aircraft miss NATO warships by 150 meters; U.S. to station weaponry in Europe as deterrent.

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – August 7, 2014

TODAY: Nato warns of Russia threat; Putin announces plans to ban Western agricultural products, Brazil and Argentina step up to replace supplies; Putin support at new high; hacker group in spotlight; American NGO worker to be deported without clarification; strip search at World Cup city stadium. Nato has warned of an imminent Russian invasion of Ukraine, […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – May 21, 2014

TODAY: Politkovskaya killers convicted; no announcement on China gas deal; Medvedev warns against new Cold War, defends economy; global payment companies to stay in Russia; Prince compares Putin to Hitler; Moscow denies ninth consecutive Gay Pride parade. Five men have been convicted of the 2006 murder of journalist Anna Politkovskaya – four of them for […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – May 16, 2014

TODAY: Putin gives Ukraine a deadline for gas prepayment; Kiev comes back with a reduced price; Europe and U.S. poised to sharpen sanctions as Western oil companies suffer; Rogozin threatens to deactivate GPS infrastructure; interview with former U.S. ambassador McFaul; gay rights protest to go ahead despite warnings; Putin’s popularity still on the up; Snowden […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Feb 27, 2014

TODAY: Crimea’s regional parliament seized amid clashes between pro-Russians and Tatars; Russian troops flex muscles; Yanukovych spotted near Moscow?  Navalny investigators seek house arrest; police officer accused of attacking Bolotnaya detainee; Putin’s popularity high; Michael McFaul says goodbye to Russia.  In a rapidly evolving situation, it has been reported that the regional government building and parliament in […]

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

TODAY: Putin begins Sochi visit with snuggles, insists that Sochi ecology has improved as a result of construction; activists denied Olympic access; Nemtsov whistleblowing on Gazprom; cases against bloggers double; U.S. ambassador steps down; Syria opposition calls on Kremlin to restrain Assad; TNK lawsuit. President Vladimir Putin began his visit to Sochi by cuddling a […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – August 5, 2013

TODAY: U.S.-Russia tensions continue over Snowden, band barred from performing after flag insult, Senator lambasts Putin, Guantanamo row; Medvedev upbeat on Georgia; Uralkali forecasts consolidation in potash sector; New Zealand dairy ban; Putin’s health, Magnitsky’s widow, gay pride. Tensions continue between Russia and the U.S. in the wake of the Edward Snowden verdict.  American Ambassador […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – May 15, 2013

TODAY: Moscow refuses to sanction gay parade; presenter comes out on television, loses job; Putin meets with Israeli PM on Syria; nickel mine activists beaten in Voronezh Oblast; security services arrest ‘C.I.A. agent’; Medvedev calls for luxury tax; Kremlin seeks higher state dividends, may raise crude tax. Moscow authorities will not authorise a gay pride […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – March 6, 2013

TODAY: U.N. ambassador calls Chavez death ‘a tragedy’, cooperation with Venezuela to continue; dancer confesses to Bolshoi attack; Navalny blows whistle on Andrei Turchak; new charges against Browder; General Electric teams up with Sakhalin; life expectancy, ethnic minorities, Ivanov remembers Putin as a young spy.  Vitaly Churkin, Russia’s ambassador to the U.N., called the death […]

McFaul Not Keen on Visa Sanctions

In what may or may not be taken as a preview of U.S. policy toward Russia under President Barack Obama’s second term, Amb. Michael McFaul gave quite a tepid description of the Magnitsky Act to an Interfax journalist today: Q.: The U.S. State Department’s approval of the ‘Magnitsky list’ has drawn an extremely harsh reaction […]