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

TODAY: Heightened security follows Volgograd blasts; Putin lowers conservation status of nature reserves; Khodorkovsky granted Swiss visa, calls for decimation; Ukraine’s gas price is no deal; Gazprom announces new all-time EU delivery peak. In the wake of the weekend’s double terrorist attack in Volgograd that has thus far caused 33 deaths and wounded 100 people, President […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Dec 30, 2013

TODAY: Double terror attack hits Volgograd, sparking fears of Olympic terror; Moscow will seek to freeze Khodorkovsky compensation; Putin’s 2013 victories; Rosneft’s Morgan Stanley buy; theatre employees threatened over Pussy Riot screening; VKontakte sued; drugs bill seeks to punish NGOs. One day after a bomb attack killed 16 people in Volgograd’s central railway station, a second […]

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 18, 2013

TODAY: Yanukovych-Putin meeting results in significant loan deal; Ukraine’s opposition question the political price. New long-range missile in the works; Washington snubs gay propaganda law in Sochi Games delegation choice; Obama will not attend. Pussy Riot and Arctic 30 could go free thanks to amnesty law revision; salmon; shopping. Yesterday’s much-anticipated meeting between Vladimir Putin and […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Dec 16, 2013

TODAY: Hundreds of thousands protest in Ukraine ahead of Putin’s meeting with Yanukovych, Lavrov dismisses ‘hysteria’; Customs Union seeking non-EU partners; French President to boycott Sochi Olympics; new law would prevent Navalny from running. Ukraine’s Prime Minister Mykola Azarov says his country plans to agree on a new gas price with Russia this week when […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Dec 2, 2013

TODAY: Putin’s Ukraine success challenged by hundreds of thousands of protesters in Kiev; Sochi stadium incomplete, residents talk of environmental damage; IOC President meets gay rights activists; Kudrin says 15 years to build competitive economy. News sources are talking about Vladimir Putin’s success in winning Ukraine back into his dream of a ‘Eurasian Union’, but for […]

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

TODAY: Tymoshenko protests Ukraine decision with hunger strike; EU says won’t force Ukraine to take sides, denies Russian victory; Moldovan wine ban; Kremlin bans abortion adverts; Putin meets Pope, says will relax tax case bill; Mechel granted waiver; gay club attack; Semyon Ariya dies, aged 90. Former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko is protesting Ukraine’s […]

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

TODAY: Dutch royal family visit with Putin after Foreign Ministry slams the Netherlands; Putin offers condolences after Philippines storm; nationalist extradited from Serbia over murder gang; nationalism on the rise; performance artist makes graphic piece in Red Square; Olympic torch space walk; Miss Universe. Amid soured relations over the Greenpeace detentions and a clash of […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Nov 1, 2013

TODAY: News agency shut down over profanity; Ukraine’s shale gas plan may pollute Russian water; new Foreign Ministry row with U.S.; Greenpeace denies Sechin’s allegation; Rosneft in Arctic deal with PetroVietnam; Snowden finds job; Sochi price tag draws attention; Kudrin returns to inner sanctum. A court in Moscow has shut down the 13-year-old online news […]

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

TODAY: Putin named most powerful person, leaves enemies out of history books; 200 Kremlin officials fired over income declarations at anti-corruption meeting; Sochi waste threatening water contamination and coastal erosion; LNG exports open up; Rosneft wants Kremlin’s port stake; Omsk against Halloween. The world’s most powerful person (according to Forbes magazine at least), President Vladimir Putin, […]