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Russia Ditches Putin Mosaic in Army Church

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Half of Moscow’s Critical Coronavirus Patients Tested Negative, Mayor Says

Half of Moscow’s coronavirus patients in serious condition have tested negative for the virus, Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said Thursday amid questions over the accuracy of Russia’s tests. His revelation follows a directive for Russian doctors to diagnose Covid-19 without tests after a widely reported study placed their accuracy at around 70%. Moscow’s health department reportedly…

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NATO to Ramp Up Georgia’s Security Against ‘Aggressive’ Russia: Official

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Russian PM Mishustin Diagnosed With Coronavirus

Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin has been diagnosed with coronavirus, he said during a video meeting with President Vladimir Putin broadcast on the state-run Rossiya 24 television channel Thursday. Mishustin, 54, who was appointed prime minister in January, has played a leading role in Russia’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. He is now self-isolating in the hospital…

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Putin’s Virus Response Earns Lower Marks Than Local Leaders’: Poll

More Russians approve of local officials’ coronavirus response efforts than they do of President Vladimir Putin and the federal government’s response to the pandemic, according to a newly published independent survey. In a public address over the pandemic early this month, Putin largely delegated decisionmaking authority to regional leaders due to regional differences in infection rates.…

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Gazprom Transgaz Saint Petersburg financing development of COVID-19 drug

Background Gazprom Transgaz Saint Petersburg, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Gazprom, is engaged in natural gas transmission in nine regions of northwestern Russia, as well as natural gas transit to the CIS and Europe. The company operates over 10,000 kilometers of gas trunklines, transporting more than 137 billion cubic meters of gas every year. The company’s production capacities are comprised of 32 compressor stations, 192 gas compressor units, and 241 gas distribution stations. Gazprom Transgaz…

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Members of Gazprom Management Committee donate personal funds to fight spread of coronavirus

The Gazprom Management Committee held a meeting.

The Members of the Management Committee resolved to make a donation in the amount of their respective monthly salaries in order to help fight the spread of the new coronavirus.

The funds were donated to the Botkin Clinical Infectious Diseases Hospital, a state budgetary healthcare institution in St. Petersburg.

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