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  • Polar Crane has been Put in Operation at Kursk NPP-2 Unit 1

    A circular electric overhead travelling crane (polar crane) of 390t design load capacity has been put into operation in the reactor building of Kursk NPP-2 Unit 1 (with the Rosatom engineering division being its general designer and general contractor). This is one of the key machines of the reactor compartment belonging to the first (highest…

  • Russian Police Disrupt Recital Featuring Ukrainian Composer

    Russian Police Disrupt Recital Featuring Ukrainian Composer

    Moscow police halted a piano recital featuring a well-known Ukrainian composer’s music Wednesday after receiving an anonymous bomb threat warning. Video from the Rassvet cultural center shows two uniformed officers disrupting Russian pianist Alexei Lyubimov’s performance of Ukrainian composer Valentin Silvestrov’s song cycle “Stufen” accompanied by verses of classic Russian poets.   Lyubimov continues to play…

  • Author Rebekah Koffler Discusses ‘Putin’s Playbook’

    Author Rebekah Koffler Discusses ‘Putin’s Playbook’

    The author of “Putin’s Playbook: Russia’s Secret Plan to Defeat America” told the audience at a roundtable event at the Hollywood Foreign Press Association that the world was seeing his playbook unfold “right in front of our eyes.” A former U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency officer, Koffler, 56, said, “Putin’s ultimate goal with Ukraine is to…

  • Portrait of Wounded Ukrainian Woman Launches a Movement

    Portrait of Wounded Ukrainian Woman Launches a Movement

    “First Face of War,” a portrait of a woman badly wounded during a Russian military attack in Ukraine, has become an image that encapsulates the calamity of war.   Zhenya Gershman, a Russian-born American artist, was inspired by a photograph by Wolfgang Schwan that was taken after the 52-year-old Ukrainian teacher survived a bombing by Russian…

  • Art Impounded by Finland Released to Russia

    Art Impounded by Finland Released to Russia

    Russian art works valued at $46 million impounded by Finland last week were released and arrived in St. Petersburg today. On Monday the Russian state news agency RIA reported that three vehicles containing the art works had left Finland on April 9 and arrived in St. Petersburg. The works, which included paintings, statues and antiques, had…

  • Students of Bauman Moscow State Technical University are interested in employment in ROSATOM’s Engineering Division

    ROSATOM Engineering Division took part in employers’ exhibition ‘Career Start. Spring-2022’ which was held in Bauman Moscow State Technical University (MSTU). More than 35 leading Russian companies participated in the event. The exhibition was visited by 300+ students who had a chance to exchange contact information with employers, send their CVs, as well as to…

  • University Rector Supports ‘Liberating Ukraine from Nationalistic Dirt’

    University Rector Supports ‘Liberating Ukraine from Nationalistic Dirt’

    Northern (Arctic) Federal University (NArFU) is Russia’s largest in the north and from the campus near the city center of Arkhangelsk, rector Elena Kudryashova has signed numerous partnership agreements with universities in the Scandinavian north. In 2011, the founding father of the Barents Euro-Arctic cooperation, Thorvald Stoltenberg, was appointed Honorary Doctor at the university. Now,…

  • Construction of auxiliary reactor building of Unit 1 is completed at Rooppur NPP

    At Rooppur NPP (the People’s Republic of Bangladesh, General Designer and General Contractor – ROSATOM Engineering Division), the main concrete works for the construction of auxiliary reactor building, where process instrumentation and control devices of Unit 1 are concentrated, have been completed 8 months ahead of schedule. The facility is included in the ‘nuclear island’.…

  • Russian Cinema in Turmoil as Hollywood Pulls Out

    Russian Cinema in Turmoil as Hollywood Pulls Out

    After years spent translating Hollywood films, Russian Mila Grekova was suddenly thrown out of work after Moscow’s military intervention in Ukraine. Five Hollywood giants — Disney, Warner Bros, Universal, Sony Pictures and Paramount — have all stopped releasing new films there, leaving Russian cinemas bereft of the latest blockbusters. But it has not made Grekova…

  • The generator stator is installed in its design position at Rooppur NPP Unit 1 (Bangladesh)

    On April 5, installation of the generator stator in its design position has been completed successfully in the turbine hall of Rooppur NPP Unit 1 (ROSATOM Engineering Division being the general designer and general contractor). The works were performed by specialists of VdMU LLC branch office in the People’s Republic of Bangladesh. The generator stator…

  • Russian Activists Find Ways to Protest Despite the Bans

    Russian Activists Find Ways to Protest Despite the Bans

    Despite the ban on virtually any form of protest – even standing alone on the street with a blank piece of paper will get you detained – Russians are protesting anyway. In Moscow a man in a black wool hat with his hands tied behind his back with a strip of sheeting lay in street…

  • Kyiv Hurries to Protect Statues From Russian Attack

    Kyiv Hurries to Protect Statues From Russian Attack

    Apr 04, 2022 – 05:37 pm Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, which has moved into its second month, has forced millions to flee their homes. The attacks have been targeting Ukraine’s civilian sites and pose a great threat to the country’s historical and cultural heritage. As Ukrainians show stiff military resistance, Kyiv’s residents do all they…

  • U.S. Music Awards Welcome Ukrainian President

    U.S. Music Awards Welcome Ukrainian President

    The highlight of the Grammy music awards presentation in Las Vegas on Sunday turned was the appearance of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, who in a pre-taped address told audience to spread the “truth about this war” and asked for support. “War. What could be more the antithesis of music but the silence of ruined cities…

  • Bolshoi Theater Starts Program to Support Russian Military Families

    Bolshoi Theater Starts Program to Support Russian Military Families

    Moscow’s Bolshoi Theater held a performance Saturday to support the families of Russian soldiers who died during Russia’s “military operation” in Ukraine. The performance was Aram Khachaturian’s ballet Spartacus, the story of a gladiator who led a rebellion of slaves against the Roman Empire. The Bolshoi site noted that this was the first performance of…

  • Saving the Dogs and Cats of Ukraine

    Saving the Dogs and Cats of Ukraine

    As Ukrainian citizens are forced to leave their apartments and houses to hide or flee the country, most people are bringing their cats and dogs along with them. Some of the pets settle in with their humans in cellars, bomb shelters, underground bunkers or metro stations. Others make the long trek on foot, car, or…

  • ‘The Dots Were All There. We Just Couldn’t Connect Them.’

    ‘The Dots Were All There. We Just Couldn’t Connect Them.’

    The day before Russia launched its war against Ukraine, I was in the seaside city of Sochi in southern Russia, not far from the Ukrainian border, attending an arts festival and enjoying a break from the dark and snowy Moscow winter among palm trees and verdant hillsides. Sochi is on the Black Sea, as is…

  • This Year’s ArtDocFest Ended in Moscow Before it Began

    This Year’s ArtDocFest Ended in Moscow Before it Began

    The 15th ArtDocFest, Russia’s largest festival of documentary films, ended before it began last night in Moscow. As Vitaly Mansky, a documentary filmmaker and president of the festival, was about the enter the theater for the opening, he was splashed with paint by protesters from Russian nationalist group SERB (South-East Radical Bloc). Over the years…

  • Russia Offers to Educate Depardieu on Ukraine

    Russia Offers to Educate Depardieu on Ukraine

    The Kremlin on Friday offered to “explain” Moscow’s actions in Ukraine to French actor Gerard Depardieu after he denounced Russian President Vladimir Putin’s “crazy, unacceptable excesses.” Depardieu, a long-time star in France before Peter Weir’s 1990 film “Green Card” made him a Hollywood celebrity, left France and took up Russian nationality in 2013 to protest…

  • Russia-IAEA Meeting Held in Kaliningrad

    On April 1, Kaliningrad (Russia) hosted the official meeting between Rosatom Director General Alexey Likhachev and Director General of the International Nuclear Energy Agency (IAEA) Rafael Mariano Grossi, who arrived in Kaliningrad after his visit to Ukraine. Following the meeting, Alexey Likhachev stated that the key topic of the talks was the issue of ensuring…

  • Russian Opera Cancels Performance of Diva Anna Netrebko

    Russian Opera Cancels Performance of Diva Anna Netrebko

    The Novosibirsk State Academic Opera and Ballet Theater announced on Friday that it was cancelling a performance of opera singer Anna Netrebko scheduled for June 2. The announcement cited the statement Netrebko made this week condemning Russia’s war in Ukraine. Noting her European residence, the theater concluded that the “opportunity to perform on European stages…

  • Russian Soprano Netrebko Condemns Ukraine War, Serebrennikov Leaves Country

    Russian Soprano Netrebko Condemns Ukraine War, Serebrennikov Leaves Country

    The Russian art world continues to be in political and physical flux. The Russian opera singer Anna Netrebko, whose previous support for Vladimir Putin and ambiguous statements about the war in Ukraine resulted in dozens of cancelled performances, tried to set the record straight again on Wednesday. “I expressly condemn the war on Ukraine and…

  • Is Anyone in the Market for A Yacht?

    Is Anyone in the Market for A Yacht?

    On March 3, a week after Russia invaded Ukraine, the U.S. and other governments around the world introduced harsh sanctions against Russian officials and the oligarchs who benefited from the regime in Moscow. The White House announced that governments “all over the world will work to identify and freeze the assets Russian elites and their…

  • Vessel with the next batch of equipment has set off for Rooppur NPP (Bangladesh)

    The cargo ship with the next batch of the equipment for Rooppur NPP (in the People’s Republic of Bangladesh, its General Designer and General Contractor being the Rosatom State Corporation Engineering Division) has left the port of St-Petersburg. The equipment for NPP units 1 and 2 including 1300 various items is on board. The total…

  • The Feminist Face of Russian Protests

    The Feminist Face of Russian Protests

    On Feb. 23, Daria Serenko, a Moscow political activist, was finally released from a fifteen-day jail sentence.  Daria had been arrested for an Instagram post she had made in 2021 that featured “extremist” symbols associated with anti-corruption firebrand Alexei Navalny. She was exhausted. Her only wish was to get some sleep. The next day when…

  • In Russia Little Picketers Protest the War

    In Russia Little Picketers Protest the War

    In St. Petersburg there is a new kind of protest that so far has not been stopped by the authorities. Participants make tiny protesters out of clay, paper, wire or other craft material. Most of them hold placards against the war in Ukraine. After they are made, their creators – all anonymous – place them…

  • The Firefighters of AKKUYU NUCLEAR JSC were Awarded for Their Professionalism

    26 March 2022, Buyukeceli, Turkey. – The Office for the Prevention and Response to Emergency Situations (AFAD) of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Turkey awarded the firefighters of AKKUYU NUCLEAR JSC with the Certificates of Appreciation for their participation in extinguishing the forest fires in the summer of 2021 in the…

  • Olympic Star Oksana Baiul Launches Program to Help Ukrainian Refugees

    Olympic Star Oksana Baiul Launches Program to Help Ukrainian Refugees

    Hollywood —Ukrainian Olympic gold medalist Oksana Baiul says she still cannot believe what is happening in her home country. In an emotionally charged roundtable session before the Hollywood Foreign Press Association the skating star said when “Putin announced the invasion I couldn’t believe it.”  “I speak to people [in Ukraine] frequently and what Russian soldiers…

  • Official statement from ROSATOM

    Our comments in relation to the appearance of a video message on 25 March 2022 on Energoatom’s website featuring employees from JSC Atomspetstrans who are being held at the Rovno NPP are as follows. A special shipment that was delivered to the Rovno NPP was accompanied by employees of one of the enterprises of the…

  • Sanctions, Politics Leave Works of Art and Russian Art World in Limbo

    Sanctions, Politics Leave Works of Art and Russian Art World in Limbo

    International sanctions against Russia, the devaluation of the ruble and politics at the governmental and individual level have left works of art stranded and are causing museums to frantically revise exhibition schedules that had been set years ago. The Morozov collection of late 19th and early 20th century European and Russian art, so valuable that…

  • ROSATOM official commentary about Russian specialists at the Rovno NPP

    The Communications Department of ROSATOM confirmed that on 23 February, four employees of the central branch of Atomspetstrans JSC – Vladimir Lapin, Ilgiz Khusnetdinov, Ivan Kryachko and Vladislav Shishkin – delivered goods to the Rovno NPP in accordance with contractual obligations. Since then, the Russian specialists have been unable to return to Russia. Through the…

  • Hollywood Stars Stand Up for Ukraine

    Hollywood Stars Stand Up for Ukraine

    Since Putin unleashed Russia’s war on Ukraine on Feb. 24, a number of Hollywood celebrities have publicly condemned Russia’s actions. Through Instagram posts, heartfelt speeches or raising funds for Ukrainian victims, Hollywood celebs seem to have come together to help the war-torn country.  Here are just some of the celebrities who raised their voices to…

  • Concreting of walls of accident localization area is completed at Kursk NPP 2 Unit 2

    Concreting of walls of accident localization area has been completed from elevation +8.140 to +14.450 in the reactor building of Kursk NPP 2 Unit 2 (general designer and general contractor is ROSATOM Engineering Division). The works were performed by Kursk Branch of Trest RosSEM LLC (part of ROSATOM Engineering Division). In less than 24 hours,…

  • Russian Artist Creates a Bloody Portrait of Putin to Protest War

    Russian Artist Creates a Bloody Portrait of Putin to Protest War

    Andrei Molodkin, a Russian conceptual artist famous for using human blood and crude oil in his bold mixed-media installations, spoke out against Russia’s invasion of Ukraine through the medium he knows best.  Molodkin created a portrait of Russian President Vladimir Putin using real blood as a graphic condemnation of Putin’s regime and Russia’s “special military…

  • In Photos: Moscow Residents Feel Consequences of Ukraine War

    In Photos: Moscow Residents Feel Consequences of Ukraine War

    Despite the city’s rapidly changing landscape and rising prices, many Muscovites go about their day as usual, enjoying warmer weather, local restaurants and events. While many Hollywood studios suspended releases of their films in Russia, Moscow residents can see Russian and other foreign films in local cinemas. Muscovites can still also enjoy the city’s vibrant…

  • Russian Actress Criticizes Famous Father’s Support of Ukraine War

    Russian Actress Criticizes Famous Father’s Support of Ukraine War

    A Russian actress has criticized her well-known actor father’s support for the war against Ukraine, in a high-profile example of how the war has split many Russian families. Vladimir Mashkov spoke at Friday’s massive rally marking the eighth anniversary of Russia’s annexation of Crimea and supporting Russia’s “special military operation” in Ukraine.  “We are Russian…

  • ROSATOM will use the experience of professional skills championships’ winners in the NPP design

    ROSATOM has launched educational program for the “Engineering Design” competency on the basis of the Engineering Design (Atomenergoproekt JSC ICC “Engineering Design”, part of the ROSATOM Engineering Division) industry competence center. The training course is intended for specialists of the Joint Design Institute of Atomenergoproekt JSC (JDI) involved in the design of nuclear power facilities.…

  • Actress and Activist Chulpan Khamatova Has Left Russia

    Actress and Activist Chulpan Khamatova Has Left Russia

    The Russian stage and screen actress Chulpan Khamatova told Ekaterina Gordeyeva in an interview released on Monday that she would not be going back to Russia. Khamatova, who heads the Gift of Life charity foundation, was abroad when Russia began its attack on Ukraine. “For the first few days I didn’t know what to do,”…

  • Russian Movie Theaters Trade Hollywood for Bollywood

    Russian Movie Theaters Trade Hollywood for Bollywood

    Russian movie theaters are about to be hit with another financial challenge after the coronavirus closed theaters for months. This time they are likely to lose their most profitable films: Hollywood blockbusters. Instead, as Cinema Park, Formula Kino, Premier Hall, Karo, Kinomax, and Cinema Star told the newspaper Vedomosti, they will show domestic fare, films…

  • Russian Rock Star Zemfira Releases Anti-War Music Video

    Russian Rock Star Zemfira Releases Anti-War Music Video

    Zemfira, one of Russia’s leading rock artists, has released an anti-war music video amid her country’s invasion of neighboring Ukraine. The iconic musician on Friday deleted all her existing videos from YouTube, replacing them with a new clip for her 2017 song “Don’t Shoot.” The video contains footage from Russia’s military campaign in Ukraine as…

  • Writer Yuz Aleshkovsky, Dead at Age 92

    Writer Yuz Aleshkovsky, Dead at Age 92

    The writer, poet, and playwright Yuz Aleshkovsky died March 21 at the age of 92 in Tampa, Florida. Aleshkovsky, who full name was Iosif, grew up in Moscow until he and his family were evacuated to Siberia during WWII. When he came of age he served in the Soviet Navy, but was charged with a…

  • The most crucial assembly operation of the year started at Akkuyu NPP Unit 1

    March 21, 2022, Büyükeceli, Mersin province, Turkey – Welding of the main circulation pipeline (MCP), a key assembly operation scheduled for 2022, has started in the reactor building of Akkuyu Nuclear Power Plant Unit 1. MCP connects the main equipment of the reactor plant – reactor, steam generators, and reactor coolant pumps, thus shaping the…

  • Documentary Filmmaker Marina Goldovskaya, Dead at Age 80

    Documentary Filmmaker Marina Goldovskaya, Dead at Age 80

    The documentary filmmaker Marina Goldovskaya died in Latvia on March 20 at the age of 80. Goldovskaya made nearly one hundred documentaries, many of which were intimate portraits of her subjects. She is perhaps best known for her work during the late Soviet and early post-Soviet period that opened doors into the inner lives of…

  • Young Russians View Moscow’s Attack on Ukraine with Responsibility, Not Guilt

    Young Russians View Moscow’s Attack on Ukraine with Responsibility, Not Guilt

    Collective guilt and responsibility are major issues for young Russian people since the start of Russia’s so-called “special military operation” in Ukraine and harsh backlash from the international community.  Many began to question if  they should share responsibility for the state’s wrongdoings. The Moscow Times spoke to almost three dozen young people from Russia about…

  • Violin Becomes ‘Weapon Of Resistance’ in Ukraine Shelters

    Violin Becomes ‘Weapon Of Resistance’ in Ukraine Shelters

    From her shelter in Ukraine’s second city Kharkiv, Vera Lytovchenko has become a social media sensation with her violin performances that help her forget the war, if only for a few minutes.  Her renditions of Vivaldi and Ukrainian melodies have triggered an avalanche of messages of support from around the world and she has used…

  • Russia To Spend $2.7 Mln on Videos to ‘Maintain Public Safety’

    Russia To Spend $2.7 Mln on Videos to ‘Maintain Public Safety’

    Russia’s Education Ministry will allocate nearly $3 million to create “digital educational content,” according to a tender filed on the public procurement portal Tuesday. The 300-million-ruble tender includes the creation of at least 3,000 scripted teaching plans and a thousand videos. One of the specified goals is the “formation of Russian civil identity among students…

  • Tomsk Polytechnic University hosted a ROSATOM Career Day for international students

    On March 15, 2022, Tomsk Polytechnic University hosted a ROSATOM Career Day for international students. It gathered more than 150 students from ROSATOM partner universities from Egypt, Ghana, Bolivia, Rwanda, Nigeria and Kazakhstan. On the online platform, they were able to communicate with representatives of 12 foreign companies, national nuclear agencies and ROSATOM enterprises, meet…

  • Star Russian Dancer Quits Bolshoi Over War

    Star Russian Dancer Quits Bolshoi Over War

    Prima ballerina Olga Smirnova has quit the Bolshoi in Moscow to join the Dutch National Ballet, it was announced Wednesday, becoming the biggest star to leave Russia over the war in Ukraine. The 30-year-old’s departure from Russia’s most prestigious cultural institution carries echoes of defections during the Cold War. Smirnova, considered one of the greatest…

  • Turbine generator for Unit 1 delivered to Akkuyu NPP site (Turkey)

    The main components of Unit 1 turbine plant including stator, turbine generator rotor and low pressure (LP) cylinder, were delivered to the Eastern cargo terminal at the Akkuyu NPP construction site. The total mass of the cargo batch exceeded one thousand tons. The heaviest piece of equipment delivered was the turbine generator stator, which weights…

  • Russian Rapper Oxxxymiron Stages Anti-War Rallying Cry From Istanbul

    Russian Rapper Oxxxymiron Stages Anti-War Rallying Cry From Istanbul

    ISTANBUL – One of Russia’s biggest rappers performed a sold-out charity concert Tuesday in a show of Russians’ opposition to their country’s war in Ukraine. Some 400 Russians, many of whom fled to Turkey following the invasion, crowded into the basement club to watch Oxxxymiron perform a high-energy mix of old and new songs on…

  • Screenwriter and Writer Rustam Ibragimbekov Dead at Age 83

    Screenwriter and Writer Rustam Ibragimbekov Dead at Age 83

    The Soviet, Russian and Azerbaijan writer and screenwriter died in Moscow on March 11 after a long illness, his family reported. Born in Azerbaijan Republic, Ibragimbekov graduated from the Azerbaijan Oil and Chemistry Institute and then the main cinematography institute in Moscow. He wrote and cowrote the scripts for dozens of films, as well as…

  • Orthodox Christian Unity Broken by ‘Russian World’ Heresy

    Orthodox Christian Unity Broken by ‘Russian World’ Heresy

    Orthodox churches, clergy and congregants inside Russia and abroad are breaking with the Russian Orthodox Church and its patriarch over the war in Ukraine and the ideology of the “Russian world” that underpins it. This weekend the Russian Orthodox parish of Saint Nicholas of Myra in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, requested “a canonical dismissal” from the…

  • ROSATOM Engineering Division) has Conducted the First Supervisory Audit of the Integrated Management System

    Atomstroyexport JSC (ASE JSC) and Atomenergoproekt JSC (being part of ROSATOM Engineering Division)have undergone successfully the first supervisory audit of the integrated management system against the requirements of  ISO 9001:2015 international standards (quality management system), ISO 14001:2015 (environmental management system) and ISO 45001:2018 (Occupational Health and Safety Management System). The audit was implemented by the…

  • ROSATOM official commentary following media requests

    With regard to the incoming requests, we inform you that the management and operation of the Zaporozhskaya and Chernobyl NPPs is carried out by the Ukrainian operating personnel. A group of several Russian experts provides them consultative assistance. In the framework of providing technical support, the priority needs of plants are being determined to ensure…

  • The First Concrete has been Laid at Tianwan NPP Power Unit 8 (China)

    The ceremony of the first concrete pouring has been held in accordance with the project schedule at the Tianwan NPP power unit No. 8 (China). “Cooperation between Russia and China in the area of NPP construction has been going on for decades. We know and appreciate each other as successful partners, reliable friends and help-mates…

  • ROSATOM is again among the best employers in Russia according to the country’s biggest recruitment platform

    ROSATOM is yet again among the leaders of the “Best Employers of Russia” of 2021 rating, which was compiled by the HeadHunter recruitment platform. ROSATOM scored the first place among industrial companies in three categories: “Power Engineering, Mining and Raw Materials Processing”, “Industrial Manufacturing” and “Manufacturing and Industrial Companies.” This year, the amount of job…

  • Rusatom Overseas and Air Liquide completed a feasibility study for the construction of a hydrogen production complex on Sakhalin Island

    Rusatom Overseas and Air Liquide announced the completion of a feasibility study for the construction of a hydrogen production complex on Sakhalin Island and presented the results at a meeting with the Government of the Sakhalin Region. Based on the positive results of the feasibility study, RAOS and Air Liquide are preparing for the next…

  • Rosatomflot’s nuclear-powered icebreaker Arktika to provide first east-west escort

    On February 9, the lead universal nuclear-powered icebreaker Arktika of Atomflot FSUE began escorting vessels Engineer Trubin and Polar King from the port of Pevek. For the first time ever, the atomic ship of project 22220 will take part in the east-west escort of a convoy. Traditionally, in this sector of the Arctic the piloting…

  • Russia Hikes Rates By Another Full Percentage Point

    Russia Hikes Rates By Another Full Percentage Point

    Russia’s Central Bank raised its key rate by a full percentage point to 9.5% on Friday in its latest attempt to tame surging inflation, bringing borrowing costs to their highest level in five years.  This is the second time in a row the regulator has made the rare move of hiking the rate by a…

  • Macron’s Refusal of Russian Covid Test Behind Distanced Putin Talks

    Macron’s Refusal of Russian Covid Test Behind Distanced Putin Talks

    Russian President Vladimir Putin’s talks with French counterpart Emmanuel Macron this week was held with social distancing after the French leader declined to take a Russian-administered coronavirus test, the Kremlin said Friday. Putin and Macron spoke from opposite ends of a 13-meter table in the Kremlin on Tuesday, with the French president hoping to convince…

  • Russia Sees Record 200K Covid-19 Cases

    Russia Sees Record 200K Covid-19 Cases

    Russia reported more than 200,000 new Covid-19 infections Friday for the first time since the start of the pandemic. The country has been gripped by a surge in cases since the start of the year, fueled by the highly transmissible Omicron variant.  The country reported 203,949 new infections over the last 24 hours, Russia’s nationwide…