RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – July 29, 2016

TODAY: Putin replaces nine officials with former intelligence officials in dramatic reshuffle; Interior Ministry planning to buy software to spy on social network users; state-run companies will not be permitted to take part in Bashneft privatisation; Moscow holds ‘alternative Olympics’ for banned athletes; Russian right-winger protesting against Clinton in Moscow; Yandex expands share of Internet […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – May 23, 2013

TODAY: Amnesty highlights Russia’s rights failures; Pussy Riot member on hunger strike; witness called by Navalny prosecutors backs his innocence; Rosbank CEO dismissed, assets seized; Council of Europe to expand in Russia; Putin centralising control. Amnesty International’s country-by-country annual human rights report for this year remarks that Vladimir Putin’s return to the presidency has curbed freedom […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – March 18, 2013

TODAY: Russia’s concerns not eased by news that U.S. is scrapping part of its planned missile shield; opposition activist detained and strip-searched; ongoing Kremlin crackdown draws criticism; Coordination Council announces march plans; Deripaska comments on Pussy Riot, FSB; Putin bans foreign banks from opening branches in Russia; Perepilichnyy, Litvinenko, Milonov. The new U.S. Defence Secretary, […]

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

TODAY: United Russia’s liberal platform seen as a trick; Belykh could lose his post; Medvedev ‘clinging to job’; no closure of children’s hospital in St. Petersburg; resentment in Sochi; preservationists detained; Razvozzhayev’s lawyer detained; Georgian PM pledges to rebuild ties; $1.4 billion sought by Agriculture Minister. Analysts say that United Russia’s new ‘liberal’ platform calling […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Jan 31, 2013

TODAY: Pussy Riot videos banned, Samutsevich appeal rejected; E.U. chief concerned about anti-gay law; ambassador to convey senators’ concerns over adoption ban; Putin champions multiethnic harmony; Moscow to help Cyprus with aid; low Press Freedom Index position ‘deserved’; Russia slams Israeli attack on Syria; Bolshoi dancer emigrates over threats. Internet providers will now face fines […]

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

TODAY: Coordination Council voting begins this weekend; Kirov governor investigated; Udaltsov aide arrested; Rosneft makes offer for BP’s stake in TNK-BP; Putin is against headscarves in schools; Medvedev orders review of Kyoto involvement; Magnitsky and Samutsevich take complaints to European Court. The Kremlin’s opposition is using the ‘confrontational format’ of political debate on television to […]