RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Dec 24, 2013

TODAY: Freed Pussy Riot members dismiss clemency move; remain staunch critics of Putin’s Russia; Khordokovsky release indicates rift within Kremlin?  Phillips’ Magnitsky sanction issue; Ukraine eurobond purchase; inventor of the world’s most famous gun dies. Nadezhda Tolokonnikova of Pussy Riot, who was released yesterday a few hours after fellow activist Maria Alyokhina, has greeted the […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Dec 19, 2013

TODAY: Putin’s annual Q&A underway; says Ukraine deal ‘brotherly’; mayoral elections to stay. HRW complains over Sochi intimidation. Amnesty for Pussy Riot seen as PR move; Bolotnaya protestors will remain behind bars; Ground Forces commander fired; missile dispute. More than 1,300 journalists have been accredited for President Putin’s ninth annual marathon news conference, where he […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Dec 13, 2013

TODAY: Putin’s state of the nation address emphasises Russia as bastion of conservative values; criticizes the West; realistic on economic woes. Three bank licenses revoked; Prokhorov snaps up copper mine; EU calls for Magnitsky sanctions. In a ceremony ‘full of pomp and circumstance‘, punctuated 34 times by applause, Vladimir Putin used his annual state of the […]

The Madness of Dissent

In a disturbing imitation of Soviet practices, one of the Bolotnaya Square protesters, Mikhail Kosenko, was recently sentenced by a court to be committed against his will for punitive psychiatric care, with the clear message being sent to any other young people in Russia feeling rebellious: dissent is “crazy.”

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Oct 4, 2013

TODAY: Greenpeace activists charged with piracy; Putin announces plans to resuscitate Arctic military base. EU regulators may charge Gazprom; Kasparov wins ECHR backing; the plight of Sochi migrant workers; mob attack on Russian embassy in Libya. All 30 Greenpeace activists arrested when protesting against Arctic oil drilling have now been charged with piracy, despite an admission […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – March 29, 2013

TODAY: Washington likens NGO searches to witch hunt; Putin defends raids, but suggests caution; Lev Ponomaryov faces charges; President attempts reinvigoration of All-Russia People’s Front. Surprise naval exercises in Black Sea; military hardware delivered to Venezuela; suspicions remain over Berezovsky’s death.  Vladimir Putin has described the latest spate of raids on NGOs as ‘routine measures‘, whilst noting that […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – March 27, 2013

TODAY: Germany warns Moscow on NGO raids; senator quits in citizenship scandal; urban election transparency. Berezovsky remembered; teenage Russian orphan claims abuse at hands of American adoptive parents; Hermitage Russia fund to close. BRICS meeting sees deals on nuclear and helicopters; development bank in the works. Another branch of the Memorial rights organization in Moscow has […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – March 19, 2013

TODAY: Proposed Cyprus bank levy prompts criticism from Putin; President’s judo partner going for gold (of a kind) at Sochi Olympics; economic growth looking sluggish. Max Shatto’s parents will not face charges in adopted son’s death; Foreign Ministry concerned about Washington’s missile defence system; hate crimes report; Ultra Orthodox group take on Yabloko and Darwin.  A […]

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

TODAY: Opposition leader confined to home; 9 coalminers trapped after pit collapse; 271 arrested in St Petersburg security sweep; Lavrov criticizes ‘demonstrative’ Magnitsky Act; Putin praises Russia’s diplomats, leads global gold rush; Moscow and Astana end Cosmodrome tussle; bad news for Sukhoi Superjet; Gazprom pledges major savings for European consumers. On the approval of a […]

Corruption Campaign Stalls

There have been numerous question marks about the viability of Vladimir Putin’s anti-corruption drive, which seems to have taken center stage in policy terms over recent weeks.  Many observers have noted, with good reason, that the President’s vows to weed out graft must seem factitious, given that he remains one of the primary beneficiaries of […]