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

TODAY: Lavrov in Kiev for OSCE meeting; EU Commission wants re-think on Gazprom South Stream; Lukoil Uzbek investment; rights group decries vagueness of gay law for Olympics visitors; budget hole to hit $300 billion; Samutsevich sues former lawyer; Medicare charges for diplomats. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov attended an OSCE summit in Kiev yesterday, but referred […]

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

TODAY: Russia and Egypt poised to make military deal; Gazprom increases pressure on Ukraine; Khodorkosky appeal; Politkovskaya jury dismissed; Pavlensky investigated; Tolokonnikova in hospital; emotional Putin; Beatle demands freedom for Arctic 30. Relations with Egypt are on the verge of a dramatic shift: Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov is in Cairo for high level and potentially […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Feb 22, 2013

TODAY: Pussy Riot anniversary; Belkovsky stands by criticism of church; more Duma deputies to resign? Officials back down over Shatto death; Bastrykin calls for financial police; U.S. singles out Russia for cybercrime; Cuba debts partially written off. Yesterday was the first anniversary of Pussy Riot’s public performance of their Punk Prayer in a Moscow Orthodox […]

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

TODAY: Pussy Riot videos banned, Samutsevich appeal rejected; E.U. chief concerned about anti-gay law; ambassador to convey senators’ concerns over adoption ban; Putin champions multiethnic harmony; Moscow to help Cyprus with aid; low Press Freedom Index position ‘deserved’; Russia slams Israeli attack on Syria; Bolshoi dancer emigrates over threats. Internet providers will now face fines […]

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

TODAY: Khodorkovsky to walk free in 2014; Navalny charged with fraud; Putin’s press conference addresses pending U.S. adoption measures; St. Petersburg pop stars attack homophobic legislation; Pussy Riot interview; Sobyanin’s Moscow plans; top ten Internet companies. A Moscow court has ruled that Mikhail Khodorkovsky, the former head of Yukos, can walk free in 2014, reducing […]

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 […]

Attention-Grabbing & Scandalous

Newly-released Pussy Riot member Yekaterina Samutsevich responded ambiguously to questions from a REN (Russian independent television station) interviewer about the ‘scandalous‘ nature of her group’s activities. REN: How can you participate in the group’s actions if they must be attention-grabbing and scandalous?

Samutsevich Walks Free

The Guardian has video and translations of portions of the statements read out by Pussy Riot members Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova during their appeal hearing.  The third imprisoned member, Yekaterina Samutsevich, was released and given a suspended sentence, whilst the other two will remain in prison to finish serving their two-year terms.  All three apologised […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Oct 11, 2012

TODAY: One Pussy Riot member freed; homophobic criteria for joining Moscow business program; Turkey grounds and searches Russian passenger plane; isolationist policy shows split with U.S.; Canadian pleads guilty to espionage; Goldman Sachs pulls out of MegaFon IPO. One of the three Pussy Riot activists has been released following yesterday’s appeal.  Yekaterina Samutsevich has walked […]