RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Feb 24, 2017

TODAY: Organiser of march to commemorate murder of Boris Nemtsov receives official warning; deputy takes to usual measures to underscore parliamentarians’ apathy; Foreign Ministry’s ‘fake news’ fight lampooned; interim UN ambassador appointed; fight goes on in Syria but Russia opposes sharing burden of refugees. 

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Feb 23, 2017

TODAY: Foreign Ministry tackles ‘fake news’; Defence Ministry to work on information war too; Putin takes aim at Internet service providers; Kremlin looks to energy companies for positive spin; military theme park will build replica of Reichstag; Ildar Dadin case quashed; OSCE says ceasefire in Ukraine fragile; Russia reacts to “hawk” McMaster.

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Jan 27, 2017

TODAY: Theresa May draws inspiration from Ronald Reagan on ways of approaching relations with Russia; Kremlin’s ‘ship of shame’ escorted by British navy; Trump’s Syria safe haven plans; Washington defenceless against Russian cyber warfare, says John McCain; possibility of tide turning on adoption ban? IKEA cuts prices; Putin ally gets the gold. 

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Jan 13, 2017

TODAY: Rex Tillerson surprises with Russia-critical speech at his confirmation hearing; other nominees to Trump cabinet diverge from what was anticipated to be a pro-Russia stance; Peskov maintains upbeat tone; Moscow says Syria ceasefire in order despite apparent plans to deploy more troops; anger at U.S. deployment in Poland; yoga teacher under fire for violating […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Dec 23, 2016

TODAY: Putin’s annual marathon press conference takes place; focus so far on positive economic indicators; President content that Americans sympathise with his views on Trump; is unconcerned by the President-elect’s nuclear expansion statements; is Russia tampering with upcoming European elections?  Citizens will need prescriptions to access medicine containing alcohol; doping scandal continues to claim victims; Arctic oil development poses risk […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Dec 1, 2016

TODAY: Putin addresses nation in annual speech; stresses importance of unity; RT to receive funding boost; young technocrat named as new Economic Development Minister; an economic rather than political appointment, observers suggest; Russia daunting as a cyberpower, says Western security expert; Ukraine pledges to avoid Crimean airspace in controversial missile tests. 

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Nov 3, 2016

TODAY: Amnesty’s Moscow office closed by authorities; Reporters Without Borders lambast Putin and Kadyrov; Russia seeking extradition of Voina artist; move away from national propaganda? Yekaterinburg does or does not have an HIV epidemic; Lukoil, Rosneft and privatisation; Constitutional Court Chief hopes for a ‘post-secular’ legal framework. 

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – October 11, 2016

TODAY: Putin says Moscow will follow OPEC production freeze and oil prices leap; Sechin has other ideas; Rosneft’s giant damages claim against media outlet examined; Syrian naval base likely to be made permanent; meeting between Erdogan and Putin sees relations improve and pipeline deal sealed; Minsk and Moscow ‘agree’ on gas prices; wiretap surveillance on the increase, […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Aug 19, 2016

TODAY: Ukrainian President makes stark warning on threat from Russia; disagrees with CIS plans to send election monitors to Crimea; rights lawyer barred from leaving Russia; McCain backed NGO added to undesirable list; Sechin to sue Novaya Gazeta over super yacht claims; privatization delays imperil budget, worry analysts; Putin’s shuffling of staff an attempt to concentrate power? 

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – July 22, 2016

TODAY: CAS upholds ban on Russian athletics team; climbing ruble worries Kremlin, but Central Bank seems unlikely to intervene; Russia accused of attacking U.S. base in Syria; company chief executive jailed for spying in U.S.; Rosneft cannot have access to Bashneft privatization, says Putin.