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

TODAY: Putin legalises unpopular court merger, opens Olympics will call for world peace; Ban Ki-moon condemns Russian homophobia; Pussy Riot distance themselves from Tolokonnikova and Alyokhina; yogurt row with U.S.; VTB and Rostelecom merge. What better time to push through an unpopular piece of legislation than the first day of the Olympic games in Sochi? […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Jan 31, 2014

TODAY: Further cable providers drop broadcaster Dozhd, watchdog investigates WWII poll; U.S. says Russia may have violated nuclear treaty; central bank pledges to defend a failing ruble; Rostelecom will sell stake to VTB; ‘gay propaganda’ law used against newspaper editor; Olympians call on Russia for tolerance. Two further cable providers have stopped broadcasting independent news […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Nov 21, 2013

TODAY: Putin meets with non-parliamentary oppositions, speaks out against homophobia; Bolotnaya Square detentions extended, further Greenpeace activists released; Alyokhina to file appeal; FSB ‘practicing’ for Olympic terror screening; lawyers protest courts’ merge; Baumgertner to be extradited. For the first time since coming to power, President Vladimir Putin met with his non-parliamentary opposition to discuss topics […]

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

TODAY: High-level talks planned with Ukraine over trade war; Navalny continues his mayoral campaign; gay rights furore continues as World Athletics Championships close; half of invested money landing in Virgin Islands; ‘worst ever’ floods affect five regions. Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has consulted with his Ukrainian counterpart and scheduled talks to address current trade problems, after […]

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

TODAY: Confusion over raid on Navalny supporters; ruble hits low; customs exit poses problems; Statoil looking to beat Gazprom with spot prices; schools close due to lack of children; bloggers target Mizulina, athletes clam up. Following a complaint from a rival, police carried out a raid on supporters of the Moscow mayoral opposition candidate Alexei […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – July 3, 2013

TODAY: Amnesty accuses Russia of unlawfully transferring wanted persons; Snowden withdraws Russian asylum request; Maduro leaves Kremlin with oil deals; Rosneft completes takeover of Itera; Mayor of Yaroslavl detained; amnesty for financial criminals to take effect next year; OSCE urges resumption of U.S.-Russia adoptions; terrorist calls for followers to stop Olympics. Amnesty International has accused […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – June 26, 2013

TODAY: Putin courts controversy in Finland, admits Snowden is at Moscow airport; PACE report on Magnitsky death released; all Bolotnaya Square defendants deny charges; a third of Russians support Khodorkovsky parole; Rosneft, Vkontakte, agriculture. President Vladimir Putin was in Finland yesterday, where he spoke on three controversial issues.  He denied that gay rights were violated […]

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

TODAY: G8 concludes with pledge for aid, call for fighting should end, call for transitional government; Harper applauds Putin ‘shift’; all of Navalny’s defense witnesses to be barred from trial; Medvedev pledges to shut down Baikal Paper Mill; Gazprom skyscraper plans scuppered; same-sex couples adoption ban moves through parliament; Olympic theft; new telecoms giant; Aeroflot […]

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

TODAY: Navalny eyes presidency; Knopfler cancels Russia concerts over NGO raids, Kremlin threatens to fine organisations; Poland says no to Gazprom pipeline; Tele2 deal analysis; Russian Railways privatisation approved; energy tie-ups; Pozner interview. Opposition leader and anti-corruption campaigner Alexei Navalny says he will run for president in 2018, and wants ‘to change the life of the country’ by […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Nov 21, 2012

TODAY: Moscow refuses repression rally; Samutsevich may request former lawyers to be stripped of licenses; one-third of Russians cannot name Kirill; Mochalov starts anti-corruption newspaper, beauty queen gives anti-corruption speech; Gazprom monopoly could be broken; retail slump. Moscow refused to grant permission for an opposition rally against ‘political repression’ on the grounds that there is […]