RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – April 2, 2015

TODAY: Putin launches inter-ethnic government agency; Russia keeps Norway guessing, warns NATO to stay out of Baltic states or face nuclear retaliation; Crimean opposition station taken off air; Navalny fundraiser granted U.K. asylum; Yukos and Rosneft settle all litigations; Nemtsov suspect says he was forced to confess; Kamchakta trawler sinks.

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

TODAY: Ruble hits all-time low; Khodorkovsky says stringent sanctions needed but would destabilise the West, Peskov dismisses him; Navalny ally seeking British asylum; Putin turns 62, bans nighttime gatherings; Russian nuclear threat? Orthodox Church seen as ‘soft power’ in Ukraine; Romania seizes Lukoil’s supplies. The ruble hit another new all-time low against the dollar last […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Feb 8, 2013

TODAY: Putin invites visitors to Olympics, sacks official for delays; daylight savings may be resumed to cash in on broadcasting; $4 billion in misappropriated defence funds; Ashurkov raided over Navalny case; Lebedev case upheld; new Kuril Islands row; Naftogaz won’t pay. President Vladimir Putin invited to Russia ‘all those who love sports and fair uncompromising […]

Reform and Capital: Vladimir Ashurkov

As a former Putin supporter and executive at Mikhail Fridman’s Alfa Group, and now as chief fundraiser for anti-corruption and opposition figure Alexei Navalny, Vladimir Ashurkov has a unique perspective on two very divergent views of Russia’s business climate.  He spoke to the Moscow Times about his dismissal from Alfa (a result of the company […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Oct 12, 2012

TODAY: Turkish PM says Syria-bound plane contained weapons; Iraq supports further Russian cooperation in energy and trade; Samutsevich talks to press; paranoia about foreign-funded opposition grows; Madonna lawsuit postponed; solder charged over explosion. The Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan says that a Russian passenger plane grounded en route to Syria by Turkish fighter jets was […]