Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | August 1

Russia has confirmed 6,288,677 cases of coronavirus and 159,352 deaths, according to the national coronavirus information center. Russia’s total excess fatality count since the start of the coronavirus pandemic is around 483,000. July 31: What you need to know today Russia on Sunday reported 22,804 new coronavirus cases and 789 deaths. Russia has approved clinical trials of a combination of its Sputnik…

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What’s On July 30 – Aug. 1

The Changing of the Kremlin Guards This Saturday at noon you can once again see the Changing of the Presidential Guards in the Kremlin after another coronavirus surge necessitated a temporary halt. Although it is not strictly a performance, the guards twirl and swing and shoot their rifles and march in perfect harmony and symmetry.…

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Russia Demands YouTube Block Navalny Channel — Ally

Russian authorities have demanded that YouTube block jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny’s popular channel that has published viral investigations into corruption and fueled anti-government protests in recent years, his senior ally said Friday.  The request comes less than a week after Russia’s internet regulator Roskomnadzor blocked 49 Navalny-linked websites and sought to ban his associates’…

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Chief Editor of ‘Undesirable’ Investigative Outlet Will Not Return to Russia – Reuters

Chief editor of the independent investigative outlet Proekt, Roman Badanin, will not return to Russia amid what critics call a Kremlin crackdown on non-state news outlets, Reuters reported Thursday. Russia’s Justice Ministry added Badanin and three other Proekt journalists to its list of “foreign agents,” while the Prosecutor General’s Office outlawed the outlet itself as…

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Russian State TV Host Couple Owns $4 Million in Moscow Real Estate, Navalny’s Allies Claim

Jailed Kremlin’s critic Alexei Navalny’s outlawed Anti-Corruption Foundation (FBK), on Thursday published an investigation on YouTube claiming that Russian state TV hosts Yevegny Popov and his wife Olga Skabeeva own Moscow real estate worth more than 300 million rubles ($4 million).  Popov, a host on Rossiya 1, is also running for a seat in Russia’s…

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Belarus NPP power unit No. 2 has proceeded to the reactor plant hot functional test

On July 27,  power unit No.2 of Belarus NPP (its General Designer and General Contractor being ROSATOM Engineering Division) has proceeded to the reactor plant hot functional test, which is the most large-scaled stage of commissioning works before the physical start-up. The permit to carry out this technological process was issued by the Gosatomnadzor of the…

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Russia to Boost Tajikistan Army Amid Afghanistan ‘Deterioration’

Russia will bolster Central Asian ally Tajikistan’s military with weapons, equipment and training amid a “deteriorating” situation in neighboring Afghanistan, Moscow’s defense minister said Wednesday on a visit to the country.  Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan will hold joint military drills next week near Tajikistan’s border with Afghanistan, where the Taliban has made huge military gains…

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Russia Blocks Navalny Mirror Site Using ‘Internet Isolation’ Tools – NGO

Russian authorities have blocked jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny’s mirror website using the tools that help telecom providers “isolate” Russia’s section of the internet, the privacy NGO Roskomsvoboda said Tuesday. Navalny rolled out the website navalny.app after authorities blocked his main website navalny.com alongside nearly 50 sites linked to him Monday because of “banned extremist…

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Police Search ‘Foreign Agent’ News Site Chief Editor’s Home

Russian law enforcement officers on Wednesday searched the home of Roman Dobrokhotov, the chief editor of the investigative news website The Insider, less than a week after it was labeled a “foreign agent.” “Apparently there’s a search at mine. The police are knocking,” Dobrokhotov tweeted early Tuesday. Following several hours of searches, during which authorities seized…

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Tally of Medals for Russian Athletes

Russian athletes are competing in the Tokyo Olympics under a neutral Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) flag due to a ban stemming from state-sponsored doping violations. Here’s a running list of medals they’ve won so far: July 27 Swimming  — Gold men’s 100 meters backstroke for Evgeny Rylov, 24.  — Silver men’s 100m backstroke for Kliment…

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Russia Bans Navalny-Linked Candidate From St. Petersburg Assembly Elections

The St. Petersburg election commission has banned the former head of jailed Kremlin’s critic Alexei Navalny’s headquarters, Irina Fatyanova, from running in elections to the city’s legislative assembly, she said on Twitter Tuesday.  According to Fatyanova, the election commission accused her of leading an extremist organization, citing a Moscow court decision to outlaw all the…

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ROSATOM launched the construction works for the Research Reactor Complex in Bolivia

July 26, 2021, El Alto, Bolivia – Luis Alberto Arce Catacora, the President of the Plurinational State of Bolivia, and Kirill Komarov, First Deputy Director General for Corporate Development and International Business of ROSATOM, took part in the ‘First Concrete’ ceremony of the Research Reactor Complex therefore setting off the construction works for the key…

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Russia Blocks 49 Navalny-Linked Websites, Allies Say

Russia’s state internet watchdog on Monday blocked 49 websites linked to jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, including his personal website where he published investigations into alleged high-level corruption that have sparked nationwide protests in recent years. Roskomnadzor’s actions come one week after it blocked the website of a prominent legal group that represented Navalny’s Anti-Corruption…

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Libya to Probe Delayed Sputnik V Deliveries – Reports

Libya has launched an official inquiry into delivery delays of Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine, according to local media reports. The war-torn country’s UN-backed government announced it will launch an investigation into the hold-ups, which are significantly undermining the country’s vaccination campaign, the Libyan Express reported. Libya received a first batch of Sputnik V vaccines in…

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Comment on statement of Yury Vitrenko, CEO of Naftogaz of Ukraine

Message to the Media July 24, 2021, 19:49 “We have familiarized ourselves with the statement of Yury Vitrenko, CEO of Naftogaz of Ukraine. We would like to point out that no one was offering Ukraine to buy Russian gas. The comment of Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee, was addressed to our partners from the EU, primarily German ones. The comment was about the volumes…

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Russia Calls Taliban ‘Rational,’ Blames Afghan Gov’t for Blocking Talks

Russia’s top diplomat commended the Taliban for being “of sound mind” and criticized the Afghan government of stalling power-sharing talks on Friday. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov becomes the latest Russian political figure to praise the militant group this week, with the Kremlin calling it a “powerful force” and Russia’s envoy for Afghanistan calling its rapid…

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Russian Investigative News Site The Insider Added to ‘Foreign Agents’ List

Russia added investigative news website The Insider to its registry of “foreign agents” Friday, a designation that risks cratering its business model. The Insider is best known for its work alongside U.K.-based Bellingcat in investigating the 2020 poisoning of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny and the 2018 poisoning of former double agent Sergei Skripal in Britain. It…

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