Don’t Vote on Putin’s Constitutional Amendments, Navalny Urges Russians

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has urged his supporters to stay home instead of voting on President Vladimir Putin’s constitutional amendments that could keep him in power until 2036. The package of constitutional changes includes an amendment that would “zero out” the number of terms served by current and former presidents. The amendment, which has…

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Russia Props Up Ruble, Oil Producers

Russia announced Thursday new measures to prop up the ruble and its oil producers, both of which have been suffering from sinking oil prices and the global panic over the coronavirus. “The government and the Central Bank will continue to take the necessary actions to ensure financial stability,” Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin said. He announced…

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Russia’s Coronavirus Count Jumps From 147 to 199 in Biggest One-Day Increase

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Russia Confirms First Coronavirus Death

Russia has confirmed its coronavirus-related death, a 79-year-old woman with pre-existing health conditions, Moscow’s coronavirus response headquarters said Thursday. Russia has registered 147 cases of coronavirus but has reported no other deaths. The unnamed 79-year-old woman was first hospitalized last week and was later moved to an isolated room in an infectious diseases hospital after testing…

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‘Putin’s Chef’ Wins $190K Catering Contract for Coronavirus Patients

Yevgeny Prigozhin, a catering magnate with close ties to President Vladimir Putin, has won a $190,000 contract to provide hospital food for Moscow’s coronavirus patients, according to information posted on the government’s online public procurement portal. The government portal says that AVK, a company owned by Prigozhin, will supply ready-made meals to the city hospital…

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Putin is Being Protected From Coronavirus Around the Clock, Says Kremlin

Russian President Vladimir Putin is being protected from coronavirus around the clock, the Kremlin said on Wednesday, saying all Kremlin staff involved in his events schedule were undergoing mandatory testing for the virus. Russia has recorded 147 cases of coronavirus so far and the authorities have temporarily barred foreigners from entering the country in an effort…

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Russia Deploying Coronavirus Disinformation to Sow Panic in West – EU Document

Russian media have deployed a “significant disinformation campaign” against the West to worsen the impact of the coronavirus, generate panic and sow distrust, according to a European Union document seen by Reuters. Pushing fake news online in English, Spanish, Italian, German and French, the Russian campaign uses contradictory, confusing and malicious reports to make it harder…

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Russia Says It Has Very Few Coronavirus Cases. The Numbers Don’t Tell the Full Story.

Russia’s official statistics indicate that the country has virtually no coronavirus within its borders.  With 116,000 tests for the coronavirus carried out and 114 returning positive, Russia’s ratio of tests to positive cases is 0.09%, the lowest among all of the countries infected by the coronavirus. The second lowest ratio is Taiwan’s 0.3% — three…

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Russian Prisoners, Students and Military Will Be Commandeered to Produce Masks

Russian prisoners, students and military personnel will produce medical masks and other equipment as the country faces down the coronavirus pandemic, the RBC news website reported Tuesday. The Federal Penitentiary Service has been ordered to have its inmates produce masks, RBC reported, citing an order from Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin that it has seen.  Russia…

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Virus Situation in Russia ‘Under Control,’ Putin Says

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday said the situation with the spreading coronavirus is “under control” in the country, after infections were “contained.” “We were able to contain mass penetration and spread” of the pandemic, the Russian president told a government meeting. “The situation is generally under control despite high risk level.” “Citizens should be…

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Russia Employs AI and Video Surveillance Against Coronavirus Disruption

Russia has launched hi-tech systems that monitor social media for “fake news” on the coronavirus and spot empty supermarket shelves, while an app will provide free telemedicine consultations, officials said Tuesday. President Vladimir Putin toured a new coronavirus information centre in Moscow that is pulling together IT resources including surveillance cameras and artificial intelligence. Russia…

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Coronavirus Roundup: Moscow

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U.S. Drops Case Against Russian Firm Accused of 2016 Election Meddling

The United States Justice Department abruptly dropped its criminal case Monday against the company controlled by a confidant of Russian President Vladimir Putin that allegedly funded the campaign to meddle in the 2016 elections. Just weeks before the trial was to begin, the Justice Department announced it was withdrawing the eight-count indictment of Concord Management…

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Kiev Intensifies Quarantine, Shuts All But Supermarkets, Pharmacies, Banks, Gas Stations

Starting from March 17 all restaurants, night clubs, gyms, beauty salons, and shopping malls will have to shut down in Kiev, the city’s mayor Vitali Klitschko announced on March 16. The decision furthers the restrictions that Ukraine imposed earlier to prevent the coronavirus spread by closing all educational institutions and banning mass events. The same…

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Russian Priests, Cossacks Negotiated Ukraine’s Surrender During Crimean Annexation – Meduza

Priests from the Russian Orthodox Church and Cossacks followed Defense Ministry orders to negotiate the Ukrainian army’s surrender during Moscow’s annexation of Crimea, the independent Meduza news website has reported ahead of the sixth anniversary of the land grab.  On Feb. 27, 2014, masked troops in unmarked uniforms seized the Crimean parliament building, leading to…

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