RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Nov 4, 2015

TODAY: Debt to foreign lenders will be ten times bigger by 2018; Nabiullina defends floating ruble; Airbnb growing on economic uncertainty; Guriev appointed head of EBRD; Kashin turns down meet with Turchak; Putin’s popularity due to media control; Oxford University receiving donations from oligarchs.

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

TODAY: White House rejects visit from Medvedev to discuss Syria; Peskov says decision indicates that U.S. does not want to help save Syria; Vostochny Cosmodrome launch delayed; officials slam MH17 report; Guriev to join EBRD; Nabiullina tells her worst nightmare; foreign agents law harks back to Stalin era; Ukraine to join U.N. Security Council.

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – June 12, 2015

TODAY: Journalist dropped by state television network for contradicting Kremlin line; Maxim magazine could face closure after printing swear words; Medvedev says Russia will not tit-for-tat bar foreign journalists; Guriev notes government’s lack of long-term plans; 3m fall below poverty line; Putin late for Pope; E.U. votes to continue anti-Russia sanctions; Sorokin lashes out against […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Feb 25, 2015

TODAY: Rebels continue to violate ceasefire in eastern Ukraine; OSCE calls for stronger measures to help it observe fighting; Kerry says Russia is lying about troops and weapons; U.K. sending military to train Ukrainian solders; Russia threatening a new gas crisis over Ukraine pay dispute; OSCE and Amnesty slam abuse of media freedom.

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – April 3, 2014

TODAY: Nato commander warns of imminent and swift Ukraine invasion; Foreign Ministry accuses alliance of reviving Cold War; NASA bans contact with Kremlin reps; capital flight continues; Moscow ups arms deliveries to Syria; Lavrov wants international recognition for Russia’s aid donations; Russian Railways corruption scandal brewing; Putins finalise divorce. Nato military commander Philip Breedlove has […]

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

TODAY: Russia sends ship to Mediterranean, Lavrov dismisses U.S.’ chemical weapons allegations against Syria, may send delegation to Washington; Putin foresees spending cuts, meets walrus; Uralkali head sought by Belarus; Navalny rally sanctioned; Politkovskaya trial suspects sent to detention. As part of what it is calling ‘normal policy’, Russia has dispatched a military reconnaissance ship […]

More Nails in Yukos Coffin

It is interesting to watch Rosneft’s fortunes rise as those of Yukos are in freefall. Rosneft’s landmark $60 billion deal with China this week marks a history of cooperation between the two, as it was Chinese banks that loaned Rosneft the $25 billion it needed to finance its takeover of Yukos’ largest production unit in […]

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

TODAY: SPIEF continues, low economic growth and poor business climate seen to be hampering investment; opposition lawmakers blame WTO accession; Rosneft plans huge deal with China as analysts anticipate mismanagement; Sistema sells Russneft stake; Schneerson judge calls Russia ‘scofflaw’; Bolshoi attempts to move on. The St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) continues today with discussion […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – June 17, 2013

TODAY: Navalny wins PARNAS backing for Moscow mayoral race; Putin meets Cameron in London, discusses Syria; Golos fine upheld as Putin indicates willingness to change ‘foreign agent’ law; Putin denies stealing Super Bowl ring as Kraft passes off accusations as a joke; Tereshkova space anniversary.  Kremlin critic and anti-corruption campaigner, Alexei Navalny, won the PARNAS […]

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

TODAY: Kasparov says will not return to Russia; Bolotnaya Square protest; Sergei Guriev speaks about events leading to his emigration; activist fined for promoting HIV awareness; Udaltsov may run for Moscow Mayor, Sobyanin steps down; foreign assets law will not deter officials; pressure on Georgia over disputed territories; Rosneft and Gazprom granted Arctic Shelf rights; […]