‘Zombie’ Wildfires Threaten Arctic Russia, Scientists Warn

Early wildfires caused by a historically warm and snowless winter have ignited concerns of “zombie” fires re-emerging across the Russian Arctic, scientists and activists have said. European climate scientists said Wednesday that satellite images “hinted” at remnants of last year’s blazes returning to the Arctic Circle. Ground measurements across last summer’s wildfire hotspots are needed…

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Leading Russian Journalists Detained for Protesting in Support of Jailed Colleague

Several prominent Russian journalists were detained in central Moscow on Thursday for staging solo pickets in support of a fellow journalist who was jailed earlier that day. Mediazona chief editor Sergei Smirnov and Ekho Moskvy journalists Tatyana Felgenhauer and Alexander Plyushchev had been protesting the arrest of popular journalist and activist Ilya Azar. Azar was…

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Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | May 28

There have been 379,051 cases of coronavirus infections reported in Russia so far and 4,142 deaths. May 28: 3 things you need to know today Russia confirmed 8,371 new coronavirus infections Thursday, bringing the country’s official number of cases to 379,051. Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin has ordered to lift some of Moscow’s coronavirus restrictions starting June 1. All non-food shops and…

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Russia to Stop Counting Asymptomatic Coronavirus Cases, Deaths – Health Ministry

Russia will no longer include asymptomatic coronavirus patients in its daily count of new infections and deaths, the Health Ministry said Wednesday. Russia has confirmed 379,051 coronavirus infections as of Thursday, the world’s third-highest number of cases. Its official death toll of 4,142 is one of the lowest among countries with similarly high cases. More…

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‘It’s All Bullsh*t,’ Russia’s Coronavirus Information Chief Says of Virus Fears

Russia’s head of coronavirus information has suggested that global anxiety over the pandemic is misplaced, his latest controversial comment after saying that the infection would kill as many people as it needs to. Doctor and television presenter Alexander Myasnikov was appointed in April to his new role of informing Russians about coronavirus treatment and prevention…

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Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | May 27

There have been 370,680 cases of coronavirus infections reported in Russia so far and 3,968 deaths. May 27: 3 things you need to know today Russia confirmed 8,338 new coronavirus infections Wednesday, bringing the country’s official number of cases to 370,680. Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin has proposed lifting some of Moscow’s coronavirus restrictions starting June 1. In a televised videoconference with President…

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Bike Sales Spike in Movement-Starved Russia

Russia’s bicycle sales have spiked by 6,000% so far this month as Russians gradually emerge from self-isolation after more than six weeks of nationwide coronavirus lockdown, the online retail giant Wildberries told state media Wednesday. Overall, Russia’s largest online retailer said sporting goods sales jumped sixfold on May 1-24 compared with the same period in…

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Families of Ex-Chechen Separatist Fighters Blast Russian Paper for ‘Lies’

Hundreds of relatives of former Chechen separatist fighters have signed an open letter accusing the investigative Novaya Gazeta newspaper of lying about their alienation from society. State television in Russia’s republic of Chechnya on Monday published the scathing reaction to research into the lives of separatists’ widows and children across the North Caucasus. The research,…

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Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | May 26

There have been 362,342 cases of coronavirus infections reported in Russia so far and 3,807 deaths. May 26: 3 things you need to know today Russia confirmed 8,915 new coronavirus infections Tuesday, bringing the country’s official number of cases to 362,342. President Vladimir Putin has ordered the Russian military to hold its landmark parade marking the 75th anniversary of the Soviet victory…

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Russian Footballer Pogrebnyak Hospitalized With Coronavirus

Russia’s veteran international striker Pavel Pogrebnyak has been hospitalized with the coronavirus, his wife and lifestyle guru Maria Shatalova said Monday. Pogrebnyak’s current team, FC Ural Yekaterinburg, had said that the 36-year-old had mild Covid-19 symptoms and was “feeling good” when it announced Friday that he fell ill.  Shatalova said earlier that she believes her…

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Siberia in Midst of Freak Heat Wave

Western Siberia is experiencing abnormally high May temperatures, with some areas above the Arctic Circle breaking record-highs, The Siberian Times and The Washington Post reported last week. Weather experts say temperatures in the region have been between 3 degrees Celsius and 6 degrees Celsius above average since January. The trend picks up from 2019, which…

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Russia Surpasses 350k Coronavirus Cases

The strongman leader of Russia’s southern Chechnya region, Ramzan Kadyrov, was receiving treatment for a suspected coronavirus infection, news agencies reported Thursday citing sources, though his aides did not confirm it. One of Russia’s most high-profile virus cases, Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin, returned to work this week after receiving treatment for the illness in hospital. Overall, 118,798…

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Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | May 24

As the deadly coronavirus pandemic continues to spread, Russia has gradually become the world’s second most-infected country. There have been 335,882 cases of coronavirus infections reported in Russia so far and 3,388 deaths. May 24: 3 things you need to know today 1. Russia confirmed 8,599 new coronavirus infections Sunday, bringing the country’s official number of cases to 344,481. Russia has…

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Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | May 25

There have been 353,427 cases of coronavirus infections reported in Russia so far and 3,633 deaths. May 25: 3 things you need to know today Putin congratulated Muslims across Russia on the Eid al-Fitr holiday, a feast marking the end of the month-long fast of Ramadan, calling for charitable donations “under current conditions of a spreading dangerous disease.” Authorities in Moscow…

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Russia’s Confirms 8,599 New Coronavirus Cases as Curve Flattens

The strongman leader of Russia’s southern Chechnya region, Ramzan Kadyrov, was receiving treatment for a suspected coronavirus infection, news agencies reported Thursday citing sources, though his aides did not confirm it. One of Russia’s most high-profile virus cases, Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin, returned to work this week after receiving treatment for the illness in hospital. Overall, 107,936…

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Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | May 23

As the deadly coronavirus pandemic continues to spread, Russia has gradually become the world’s second most-infected country. There have been 335,882 cases of coronavirus infections reported in Russia so far and 3,388 deaths. May 23: 3 things you need to know today 1. Russia confirmed 9,434 new coronavirus infections Friday, bringing the country’s official number of cases to 335,882. Russia has the second-highest…

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Russia’s Confirms 9,434 New Cases as Curve Flattens

The strongman leader of Russia’s southern Chechnya region, Ramzan Kadyrov, was receiving treatment for a suspected coronavirus infection, news agencies reported Thursday citing sources, though his aides did not confirm it. One of Russia’s most high-profile virus cases, Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin, returned to work this week after receiving treatment for the illness in hospital. Overall, 107,936…

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Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | May 22

As the deadly coronavirus pandemic continues to spread, Russia has gradually become the world’s second most-infected country. There have been 326,448 cases of coronavirus infections reported in Russia so far and 3,249 deaths. May 22: 3 things you need to know today 1. Russia confirmed 8,894 new coronavirus infections Friday, bringing the country’s official number of cases to 326,448. Russia has the…

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Coronavirus Conspiracy Theories Flourish in Russia’s Republic of North Ossetia

On April 20, around 2,000 protesters gathered in Freedom Square in the heart of Vladikavkaz, the sleepy capital of Russia’s mountainous North Caucasus republic of North Ossetia.  Flouting the self-isolation regime imposed weeks before to combat the tiny autonomous region’s escalating coronavirus outbreak, demonstrators reeled off their demands: an end to lockdown, emergency financial support,…

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Rosneft Reduces Fugitive Methane Emissions in Exploration and Production by 73% in 2019

Rosneft reduced fugitive methane emissions in the Upstream sector by 73% in 2019 as a result of a comprehensive programme of process improvements and methane emission reduction initiatives.

Developers Hail Self-Administered Russian Vaccine’s Success

The Russian developers of a coronavirus vaccine have developed immunity to the infection after self-administering it, Interfax reported Friday. Scientists at the Gamalei Research Center for Epidemiology and Microbiology “aren’t so much testing as protecting themselves to continue working,” its head Alexander Ginzburg told the news agency. “Everyone’s alive, healthy and happy,” Ginzburg said when…

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