TODAY: Police agree to investigate assault on LGBT protestors in St Petersburg; Udaltsov is back on the opposition scene, but to what end? Oliver Stone attacks what he views as US Russophobia; the Armed Forces will be re-armed, asserts Putin; Ukraine expels Russian journalist; “Trump Bump” hopes over; Putin shirtless challenge.
TODAY: Kremlin to expel almost 2/3 of US diplomatic staff in Russia in response to renewed sanctions; US deems it ‘regrettable’; Russian stocks slump; Rogozin fuming over thwarted Moldova visit; upcoming Kyrgyzstan elections prey to Russian to influence? RT reporter killed in Syria; Putin passes VPN ban.
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.
TODAY: Russia’s mobilisation in Baltic States sparks Cold War comparisons; Latvia-Russia relations very poor, no sanctions relief for Moldova; Russia to drain its Sovereign Wealth Fund next year; Echo Moskvy offices searched, staff summoned for questioning; Dozhd accused of breaking extremism regulations; watchdog advises media on suicide reporting.
TODAY: MacArthur Foundation exits Russia under pressure; Chubais colleagues flee Russia; Medvedev to lead United Russia again; Russia better off with Greece part of E.U?; Rosneft requests end of Gazprom export monopoly; recession could extend into 2016; single-industry towns in danger.
TODAY: Nato defends new defence moves against Russian aggression, prepares to re-haul nuclear weapons strategy; E.U. boosting independent media to counter Kremlin propaganda; head of consumer protection group says Putin is misinformed; Duma deputy accuses U.S. of involvement in Armenian unrest; Ponomarev charged with embezzlement; Putin popularity at all-time high.
TODAY: E.U. summit begins in Riga as President speaks out against Russia; Moldovans leaning towards Russia; Putin praises Lavrov who offers military aid to Iraq; captured soldiers confess to being in Russian military; Siluanov and I.M.F. predict economic contractions; Duma moves to bring elections forward, to opposition’s disadvantage.
TODAY: Putin proposes new amnesty; Nato to cap Russia delegation amid accusations of espionage; is Moldova next? Greek trade deal ‘a wedge through Europe’; Medvedev expands Russia’s Asian horizons; Deputy PM wants to melt Arctic ice; local protests on the rise. Under a new amnesty proposed by President Vladimir Putin, designed as a celebration gesture […]
TODAY: Ukraine suspends pre-payments for gas deliveries; Gazprom ready to exempt gas supplies to rebel-held regions of Ukraine; Kiev starts pulling back heavy weapons from frontline; Khodorkovsky calls Putin a ‘naked king’; ruble having its best month since the 90s.
TODAY: Putin makes equivocal statements about war with Ukraine, tells Kiev to focus on restoring the economy; Poroshenko wants Crimea back; Estonia, Moldova and Lithuania all pressured by Ukraine conflict; Russia and U.S. clash at U.N. Security Council meeting; patriotism to inspire investment? Russia offers missile deal to Iran.