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  • Coronavirus Hits Hard in Russia’s Volatile Republic of Ingushetia

    Coronavirus Hits Hard in Russia’s Volatile Republic of Ingushetia

    In late March, as Russia’s coronavirus outbreak fanned out from Moscow to the country’s provinces, Abdurakhman Martazanov, chief mufti of Russia’s autonomous North Caucasus republic of Ingushetia, started to worry. Before many Russians had grasped the reality of the pandemic facing their country, Martazanov put together a set of guidelines allowing Ingushetia’s mostly Muslim population […]

  • Russia Seeks Protections for Domestic Abuse Victims During Coronavirus Lockdown

    Russia Seeks Protections for Domestic Abuse Victims During Coronavirus Lockdown

    The authors of Russia’s delayed domestic abuse law have asked the government to take emergency steps to protect victims during the coronavirus quarantine, the RBC news website reported Tuesday. Experts have warned that lockdown measures to slow the spread of Covid-19 would lead to even more abuse in Russia, where domestic violence has been decriminalized […]

  • Russian Press Names Wagner Mercenary as Likely Perpetrator in Gruesome Syria Beheading

    Russian Press Names Wagner Mercenary as Likely Perpetrator in Gruesome Syria Beheading

    This article contains graphic content that may be disturbing to some readers. One of the men filmed beheading, dismembering and setting fire to the body of a Syrian man in 2017 is a former police officer from southern Russia, the investigative Novaya Gazeta newspaper has said six months after it first reported on the torture in […]

  • Arctic Likely to See Ice-Free Summers Despite Climate Action, Study Says

    Arctic Likely to See Ice-Free Summers Despite Climate Action, Study Says

    The Arctic will likely lose its summertime ice cover by 2050 even if current levels of CO2 emissions are significantly cut, a new study published in the American Geophysical Union’s journal has warned. Climate change has reduced sea ice coverage in the Arctic Ocean in recent decades, with 2019 tying with 2012 for having the […]

  • Russia’s Coronavirus Cases Rise By 5,236, Bringing Total Closer to 60K

    Russia’s Coronavirus Cases Rise By 5,236, Bringing Total Closer to 60K

    Russia’s officially reported numbers — which are still relatively lower than those in European countries — have sparked suspicion. Experts warn that Russia’s testing capacity is hampered by bureaucracy, while officials warn that the real number of cases is likely much higher. The majority of Russia’s cases are in Moscow. Since March 30, all of […]

  • Coronavirus Hits Russian Markets | April 22

    Coronavirus Hits Russian Markets | April 22

    The Russian economy has been rocked by the coronavirus outbreak, and fears the fresh OPEC+ oil production pact between Russia and Saudi Arabia will not be enough to address a historic fall in demand. The turmoil has shocked traders around the world and resulted in sharp volatility on the Russian stock markets and swings in […]

  • Russia’s Hermitage Museum Calls for State Support as Coronavirus Craters Earnings

    Russia’s Hermitage Museum Calls for State Support as Coronavirus Craters Earnings

    The head of Russia’s renowned Hermitage Museum said on Tuesday the government should ensure the survival of museums which are struggling during a coronavirus lockdown. Since the introduction of a ban on gatherings of more than 50 people in mid-March, museums across Russia have gradually closed their doors to the public. President Vladimir Putin then declared April a […]

  • Russian Opposition Plans Online Coronavirus Lockdown Protest

    Russian Opposition Plans Online Coronavirus Lockdown Protest

    Russia’s opposition has called for an online protest next week to press the Kremlin for financial aid for people struggling under the coronavirus lockdown. During an online YouTube rally next Tuesday, Moscow councillors Yulia Galyamina, Ilya Azar and their allies also plan to seek an amnesty for prisoners and oppose President Vladimir Putin’s plan to […]

  • Experience ‘The Last Summer’ Before the War

    Experience ‘The Last Summer’ Before the War

    As we approach the 75th anniversary of the end of what is called in Russia the Great Patriotic War, how about experiencing the pre-war years through diaries, books, films, stories, archival material and other sources? Alyona Alyokhina and Anna Yevsyukova had the idea of creating a site that was a portal to that time period, […]

  • Russia Reaches Record Life Expectancy of 73.4 Years

    Russia Reaches Record Life Expectancy of 73.4 Years

    As the only remaining independent, English-language news source reporting from Russia, The Moscow Times plays a critical role in connecting Russia to the world. Editorial decisions are made entirely by journalists in our newsroom, who adhere to the highest ethical standards. We fearlessly cover issues that are often considered off-limits or taboo in Russia, from […]

  • Gazprom Dobycha Astrakhan helps new hospital

    Gazprom Dobycha Astrakhan helps new hospital

    Background Gazprom Dobycha Astrakhan is a subsidiary of Gazprom focused on prospecting, exploration and development of hydrocarbon fields. The Levoberezhnaya part of the Astrakhanskoye gas and condensate field with an area of 1,360 square kilometers has been in operation since 1986. The field produces formation fluid with a high content of sulfur (25 per cent) and carbon dioxide (15 per cent). The company has around 300 wells of various use, hundreds […]

  • Exclusive: First Russian Doctor Treating Coronavirus Patients Dies From Virus, Medical Workers Say

    Exclusive: First Russian Doctor Treating Coronavirus Patients Dies From Virus, Medical Workers Say

    A Russian urologist has died from coronavirus complications after he picked up the virus treating patients in a hospital for veterans, two of his colleagues told The Moscow Times on Tuesday. He is the first doctor in Russia known to have died after treating coronavirus patients. Maxim Starinsky, 56, died on Monday at Kommunarka hospital, Moscow’s […]

  • Russian Businesses Ask for Environmental Regulation Reprieve Amid Pandemic – Kommersant

    Russian Businesses Ask for Environmental Regulation Reprieve Amid Pandemic – Kommersant

    Russian businesses have asked the government to suspend its enforcement of environmental regulations during the coronavirus pandemic, the Kommersant business daily reported Tuesday. The Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (RSPP) warned that existing regulations would lead to an “uncontrolled spread of the disease,” according to RSPP chief Alexander Shokhin’s April 15 letter to Prime […]

  • Moscow Opens New Coronavirus Hospital Built in 30 Days

    Moscow Opens New Coronavirus Hospital Built in 30 Days

    A new Moscow hospital built in a little over a month to treat coronavirus patients has admitted its first 20 patients, the Moscow mayor’s office said Tuesday as the Russian capital continues to battle an onslaught of new cases. Construction of the Demikhov city clinical hospital No. 68 some 70 kilometers southwest of the city […]

  • Ruble Slides as Oil Prices Crash | Coronavirus Hits Russian Markets

    Ruble Slides as Oil Prices Crash | Coronavirus Hits Russian Markets

    The Russian economy has been rocked by the coronavirus outbreak, and fears the fresh OPEC+ oil production pact between Russia and Saudi Arabia will not be enough to address a historic fall in demand. The turmoil has shocked traders around the world and resulted in sharp volatility on the Russian stock markets and swings in […]

  • Africa Asks Russia for Coronavirus Aid: Foreign Ministry

    Africa Asks Russia for Coronavirus Aid: Foreign Ministry

    A number of unidentified African countries have asked Russia to assist them in the fight against coronavirus, Russia’s Foreign Ministry said Tuesday. The continent has reported 23,499 cases and 1,161 deaths across 54 countries as of late Monday, according to a tally by the pan-African news outlet African Arguments. African leaders and financial institutions have […]

  • Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | April 21

    Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | April 21

    As the new coronavirus that has killed more than 170,000 people worldwide continues to spread, Russia has stepped up its measures to slow the pandemic’s spread within its borders. There have been 52,763 cases of coronavirus infections reported in Russia so far and 456 deaths. MT The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Russia as of April 21. […]

  • Yandex Offers Free Coronavirus Tests in Moscow as City Bears the Brunt of Russia’s Outbreak

    Yandex Offers Free Coronavirus Tests in Moscow as City Bears the Brunt of Russia’s Outbreak

    Russian tech giant Yandex said Monday that it will offer free coronavirus tests to everyone in Moscow as the city grapples with a rapid rise in infections. Moscow, a city of more than 12.5 million, accounts for more than half of Russia’s 52,763 coronavirus cases and 456 deaths. Yandex previously said that only Muscovites aged […]

  • FSB Stops Refugees in Barents Sea

    FSB Stops Refugees in Barents Sea

    Today marks what is likely the first-ever attempt by individuals to enter Schengen Europe via the Barents Sea. The attempt occurred on Oct. 8, 2019, but first became known to the public today as the verdict from the Pechenga District Court was announced by the Murmansk region prosecutor’s office. Three Syrian citizens boarded a small motorboat in […]

  • Russian Jets Buzz U.S., NATO Aircraft Over Baltic and Mediterranean

    Russian Jets Buzz U.S., NATO Aircraft Over Baltic and Mediterranean

    Russian jets have been involved in several flybys with U.S. and NATO aircraft over the Mediterranean and Baltic seas in recent days. The series of interceptions end a pause of at least six months in Russian and U.S. aircraft buzzing each other in Europe and the Mediterranean. A Russian Su-35 fighter intercepted the U.S. Navy’s […]

  • Russia’s Coronavirus Cases Rise By 5,642 Overnight

    Russia’s Coronavirus Cases Rise By 5,642 Overnight

    Russia’s officially reported numbers — which are still relatively lower than those in European countries — have sparked suspicion. Experts warn that Russia’s testing capacity is hampered by bureaucracy, while officials warn that the real number of cases is likely much higher. The majority of Russia’s cases are in Moscow. Since March 30, all of […]

  • Luxury Moscow Clinic Becomes Coronavirus ‘Battleground’

    Luxury Moscow Clinic Becomes Coronavirus ‘Battleground’

    A small elderly woman lies curled up in bedsheets with an oxygen tube in her nose, coughing as doctors cocooned in white suits care for her.   In a nearby bed, an elderly man is on a ventilator. In another a woman in her 50s lies on her belly to improve her oxygen saturation.   news Russian […]

  • Moscow Court Cuts Jail Term for Activist Kotov

    Moscow Court Cuts Jail Term for Activist Kotov

    The Moscow City Court has ruled to reduce activist Konstantin Kotov’s four-year jail sentence for “multiple beaches” of  Russia’s protest law to 18 months, while also ruling that the guilty verdict was lawful, the RBC news website reported Monday, citing the court’s press-service. The hearing was reportedly conducted without visitors and journalists because of coronavirus […]

  • Spend the Week in Moscow via Mos-kino

    Spend the Week in Moscow via Mos-kino

    Mos-kino has upped their game this week to present an entire week of films, lectures, talks, excursions and videos about Moscow, from an online excursion with Airat Bagautdinov, the founder of the excellent Moscow From the Eyes of an Engineer tours, to short films about the city and videos of and by some of our […]

  • 1 in 5 Russians Advocate ‘Eliminating’ LGBT Community – Poll

    1 in 5 Russians Advocate ‘Eliminating’ LGBT Community – Poll

    Almost one in five Russians believe that LGBT people should be “eliminated,” according to the results of a new independent Levada Center poll. The figures showed 18% of respondents giving the response, marking a slight softening in attitudes toward members of the LGBT community since 2015, when 21% advocated their “elimination.” Similarly, 32% said this […]

  • In Samara Region, Major Repairs of Central City Hospital’s Polyclinic and ICU made with the support of Rosneft

    With the support of Rosneft, a polyclinic for 330 visits per day and Intensive care unit (ICU) of the central city hospital were opened in Syzran after major repairs

  • Russia to Quarantine Troops Rehearsing for Postponed WWII Parade on Coronavirus Concerns

    Russia to Quarantine Troops Rehearsing for Postponed WWII Parade on Coronavirus Concerns

    The Russian military will quarantine everyone involved in rehearsals for Russia’s postponed Victory Day Parade, the Defense Ministry said Monday following reports that some participants have tested positive for the coronavirus. President Vladimir Putin postponed the landmark parade to mark the 75th anniversary of Soviet victory in World War II until later in 2020 as […]

  • Hundreds Rally Against Coronavirus Lockdown in Southern Russia

    Hundreds Rally Against Coronavirus Lockdown in Southern Russia

    As the only remaining independent, English-language news source reporting from Russia, The Moscow Times plays a critical role in connecting Russia to the world. Editorial decisions are made entirely by journalists in our newsroom, who adhere to the highest ethical standards. We fearlessly cover issues that are often considered off-limits or taboo in Russia, from […]

  • Stop Visiting Crimea During Coronavirus Outbreak, Leader Tells Russians

    Stop Visiting Crimea During Coronavirus Outbreak, Leader Tells Russians

    Russians should stop coming to Crimea during the coronavirus pandemic, its Moscow-backed leader said Monday after a surge in traffic to the annexed peninsula this weekend. Crimea, which Russia seized from Ukraine in 2014, banned all hotels and guest houses from hosting tourists without negative Covid-19 test results until June 1. Still, regional authorities noted […]

  • Moscow Woman Dies on Street Bench After Negative Coronavirus Test

    Moscow Woman Dies on Street Bench After Negative Coronavirus Test

    Authorities in Moscow are reportedly investigating the death of a woman on a bench outside her home on the day she was discharged after testing negative for the coronavirus. Surveillance footage shared by Russia’s REN TV broadcaster showed the woman it identified as Yelena Chuklova, 48, moving around in pain on the bench as social […]

  • Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | April 20

    Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | April 20

    As the new coronavirus that has killed more than 160,000 people worldwide continues to spread, Russia has stepped up its measures to slow the pandemic’s spread within its borders. There have been 47,121 cases of coronavirus infections reported in Russia so far and 405 deaths. MT The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Russia as of April 20. […]

  • Coronavirus Hits Russian Markets | April 20

    Coronavirus Hits Russian Markets | April 20

    The Russian economy has been rocked by the coronavirus outbreak, and the breakdown of the OPEC+ oil production pact between Russia and Saudi Arabia. The turmoil has shocked traders around the world and resulted in sharp volatility on the Russian stock markets and swings in the value of the ruble. The latest on the markets, […]

  • Russia’s Coronavirus Cases Rise By Over 4,000

    Russia’s Coronavirus Cases Rise By Over 4,000

    Russia’s officially reported numbers — which are still relatively lower than those in European countries — have sparked suspicion. Experts warn that Russia’s testing capacity is hampered by bureaucracy, while officials warn that the real number of cases is likely much higher. The majority of Russia’s cases are in Moscow. Since March 30, all of […]

  • Russia Marks Orthodox Easter Under Coronavirus Lockdown

    Russia Marks Orthodox Easter Under Coronavirus Lockdown

    As the only remaining independent, English-language news source reporting from Russia, The Moscow Times plays a critical role in connecting Russia to the world. Editorial decisions are made entirely by journalists in our newsroom, who adhere to the highest ethical standards. We fearlessly cover issues that are often considered off-limits or taboo in Russia, from […]

  • Coronavirus Hits Russian Psychiatric Hospital

    Coronavirus Hits Russian Psychiatric Hospital

    Dozens of patients and staff have been infected with the coronavirus at a psychiatric hospital in Russia’s northwestern Arkhangelsk region, leading to a sharp rise in local cases, Interfax reported Sunday, citing regional authorities. The Arkhangelsk state clinical psychiatric hospital was placed under quarantine Saturday when one of its employees was found to be infected. […]

  • Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | April 19

    Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | April 19

    As the new coronavirus that has killed more than 160,000 people worldwide continues to spread, Russia has stepped up its measures to slow the pandemic’s spread within its borders. There have been 42,853 cases of coronavirus infections reported in Russia so far and 361 deaths. MT The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Russia as of April […]

  • Russia’s Coronavirus Cases Spike By Over 6,000 in 8th Consecutive One-Day Record

    Russia’s Coronavirus Cases Spike By Over 6,000 in 8th Consecutive One-Day Record

    Russia’s officially reported numbers — which are still relatively lower than those in European countries — have sparked suspicion. Experts warn that Russia’s testing capacity is hampered by bureaucracy, while officials warn that the real number of cases is likely much higher. The majority of Russia’s cases are in Moscow. Since March 30, all of […]

  • Quarantine Easter Egg Salad

    Quarantine Easter Egg Salad

    Easter looms as I write this, and I’m wondering if the Russian Orthodox Church is going to embrace technology and hold massive Zoom sessions for the traditional blessing ritual. I will certainly miss the actual event, which draws photographers and foodies alike to it like moths to a searchlight. I love watching the faithful bring […]

  • Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | April 18

    Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | April 18

    As the new coronavirus that has killed more than 150,000 people worldwide continues to spread, Russia has stepped up its measures to slow the pandemic’s spread within its borders. There have been 36,793 cases of coronavirus infections reported in Russia so far and 313 deaths. MT The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Russia as of April 18. […]

  • Russia’s Coronavirus Cases Jump 4,785 in 7th Consecutive One-Day Record

    Russia’s Coronavirus Cases Jump 4,785 in 7th Consecutive One-Day Record

    Russia’s officially reported numbers — which are still relatively lower than those in European countries — have sparked suspicion. Experts warn that Russia’s testing capacity is hampered by bureaucracy, while officials warn that the real number of cases is likely much higher. The majority of Russia’s cases are in Moscow. Since March 30, all of […]

  • Watch ‘Yevgeny Onegin’ on Stage in Novosibirsk

    Watch ‘Yevgeny Onegin’ on Stage in Novosibirsk

    Timofei Kulyabin is one of Russia’s most celebrated young theater directors, and his version of Alexander Pushkin’s verse “Yevgeny Onegin” has been equally celebrated – with sell-out performaces and two Golden Mask Awards, Russia’s highest theater prize.  Kulyabin’s “Onegin” is set in today’s world – albeit a very sparsely inhabited and decorated world – and […]

  • ROSATOM has started sterilising medical kits for COVID-19 testing

    Moscow, 16 April 2020 – Sterion JSC, a JSC Rusatom Healthcare subsidiary created by ROSATOM alongside a private investor, has started sterilising transport swabs for COVID-19 diagnostics as part of a contract with Hem Ltd.  Sterilisation is achieved by means of targeting the medical kits, pre-loaded onto a conveyor belt, with a beam of accelerated […]

  • Russia Passes Dual Citizenship Law, Hoping to Add 10M Citizens

    Russia Passes Dual Citizenship Law, Hoping to Add 10M Citizens

    Russian lawmakers from both houses of parliament have passed legislation Friday allowing dual Russian citizenship for foreigners, sending it to President Vladimir Putin’s desk less than two weeks after introducing it. Lawmakers have described the amendments to Russia’s citizenship law, which among other steps strike down a requirement to renounce one’s existing citizenship, as “revolutionary.” […]

  • Take a Virtual Journey to Russia’s Undiscovered Gems

    Take a Virtual Journey to Russia’s Undiscovered Gems

    With flights grounded, buses delayed and strolling heavily discouraged, it’s a difficult time for adventurers. For now, however, you can enjoy this virtual tour of some of Russia’s most stunning vistas, perhaps inspiring you to hit the road when quarantine measures are lifted. Located in every corner of Russia, with location names that reflect countless […]

  • New Russian Governors Oppose Controversial Shiyes Landfill in Their Backyard

    New Russian Governors Oppose Controversial Shiyes Landfill in Their Backyard

    Two newly appointed leaders in northern Russia have said they oppose a controversial landfill whose construction set off nationwide protests against shipping Moscow’s waste to poorer regions over a year ago. Opposition to construction of the Shiyes landfill in the Arkhangelsk region as a destination for Moscow’s trash grew from a local issue in 2018 […]

  • Russia Prepares to Mark Orthodox Easter Under Coronavirus Lockdown

    Russia Prepares to Mark Orthodox Easter Under Coronavirus Lockdown

    Millions of Russians will celebrate Orthodox Easter this Sunday amid the coronavirus pandemic that has infected more than 32,000 people and shut down all large gatherings nationwide. Despite strict lockdowns in most regions, the Russian Orthodox Church has largely resisted government recommendations to close places of worship to the public throughout the Holy Week and […]

  • Russia Approves Unproven Malaria Drug to Treat Coronavirus

    Russia Approves Unproven Malaria Drug to Treat Coronavirus

    The Russian government has authorized hospitals to treat coronavirus patients with the untested malaria drug hydroxychloroquine, which studies have linked to potentially deadly side effects. Thursday’s decree instructs Russia’s national medical cardiology research center to distribute 68,600 packs of hydroxychloroquine donated by a Shanghai pharmaceutical company to hospitals across Russia for free. More than a […]

  • Nobel Literature Laureate Alexievich Backs 5G Coronavirus Conspiracy Theory

    Nobel Literature Laureate Alexievich Backs 5G Coronavirus Conspiracy Theory

    Svetlana Alexievich, the Belarussian winner of the 2015 Nobel Prize in Literature, has suggested that there might be a link between wireless 5G technology and the deadly coronavirus pandemic. Though no evidence exists to suggest a link between 5G and Covid-19, Alexievich told the U.S.-funded Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty’s Belarussian service that “scientists aren’t fully […]

  • Russia’s Aeroflot Cancels International Flight Sales Until August

    Russia’s Aeroflot Cancels International Flight Sales Until August

    Aeroflot has suspended ticket sales for all international flights departing before August, as Russia’s coronavirus cases continue to rise at one of the fastest rates in the world. A message on the ticket search portal of Aeroflot’s website says there are no available flights for any international routes until August 1. The state-backed airline said […]

  • Small-Town Russian Libraries Fight Coronavirus Creatively

    Small-Town Russian Libraries Fight Coronavirus Creatively

    Go to the library, flip through the books, smell the paper, choose a book… That pleasure is denied to us now since libraries, like other cultural institutions in Russia, have been closed and can only work online. An online regime is tough for libraries everywhere, but especially hard for libraries located in towns and villages, […]

  • Dozens of Russian Cadets Involved With WWII Parade Rehearsals Infected With Coronavirus: Reports

    Dozens of Russian Cadets Involved With WWII Parade Rehearsals Infected With Coronavirus: Reports

    Nearly 50 cadets and instructors involved in rehearsals for Russia’s now-postponed Victory Day parade have been infected with the coronavirus, the Baza Telegram channel reported Friday. Rear Adm. Anatoly Minakov, the head of St. Petersburg’s elite Nakhimov Naval School, confirmed to local media that he’s been hospitalized in Moscow with a fever awaiting test results.  […]

  • Soyuz Crew Lands Back on Earth Transformed by Pandemic

    Soyuz Crew Lands Back on Earth Transformed by Pandemic

    Two NASA astronauts and a Russian cosmonaut on Friday made a safe return from the International Space Station to find the planet transformed by the coronavirus pandemic. Andrew Morgan, Jessica Meir and Oleg Skripochka touched down in central Kazakhstan at 05:16 a.m. GMT in the first returning mission since the World Health Organization declared Covid-19 […]

  • Coronavirus Hits Russian Markets | April 17

    Coronavirus Hits Russian Markets | April 17

    The Russian economy has been rocked by the coronavirus outbreak, and the breakdown of the OPEC+ oil production pact between Russia and Saudi Arabia. The turmoil has shocked traders around the world and resulted in sharp volatility on the Russian stock markets and swings in the value of the ruble. The latest on the markets, […]

  • Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | April 17

    Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | April 17

    As the new coronavirus that has killed more than 145,000 people worldwide continues to spread, Russia has stepped up its measures to slow the pandemic’s spread within its borders. There have been 32,008 cases of coronavirus infections reported in Russia so far and 273 deaths. MT The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Russia as of April 17. […]

  • Russia’s Coronavirus Cases Surge By Over 4,000 in 6th Consecutive One-Day Record

    Russia’s Coronavirus Cases Surge By Over 4,000 in 6th Consecutive One-Day Record

    As the only remaining independent, English-language news source reporting from Russia, The Moscow Times plays a critical role in connecting Russia to the world. Editorial decisions are made entirely by journalists in our newsroom, who adhere to the highest ethical standards. We fearlessly cover issues that are often considered off-limits or taboo in Russia, from […]

  • Moscow to Treat Respiratory Infections as Coronavirus: Official

    Moscow to Treat Respiratory Infections as Coronavirus: Official

    Moscow, the epicenter of Russia’s coronavirus outbreak, will begin treating respiratory infections as Covid-19 as the disease shows no signs of slowing down, a senior city official said Thursday. The city’s new directive comes a week after its decision to treat all pneumonia cases as potential coronavirus patients because the virus often causes pneumonia. Federal […]

  • Putin and Xi Attack Attempts to Blame China for Late Virus Response

    Putin and Xi Attack Attempts to Blame China for Late Virus Response

    Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese leader Xi Jinping on Thursday rejected as counterproductive attempts to blame Beijing for delaying informing the world about the coronavirus, the Kremlin said. Putin and Xi spoke after U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration berated China for not sharing data more quickly.  Washington is also investigating the origins of the […]

  • Putin Postpones 75th Victory Day Parade Over Coronavirus

    Putin Postpones 75th Victory Day Parade Over Coronavirus

    President Vladimir Putin on Thursday postponed a landmark military parade to mark the 75th anniversary of Soviet victory in World War II, as Russia struggles to contain the rapid spread of the coronavirus. The “risks associated with the epidemic, whose peak has not passed yet, are extremely high,” Putin said. “This does not give me […]

  • Russian Clinics Repurpose Snorkels to Fight Coronavirus

    Russian Clinics Repurpose Snorkels to Fight Coronavirus

    Russian hospitals overwhelmed by the coronavirus pandemic and running low on personal protective equipment are repurposing commercial snorkel masks to safeguard medical staff and patients, following a trend in Europe. The Russian branch of the French sports equipment company Decathlon told AFP it had “blocked” sales of 6,000 masks from dozens of shops around the […]

  • Watch ‘Zuleikha Opens Her Eyes’

    Watch ‘Zuleikha Opens Her Eyes’

    This week Rossiya1 channel has been airing the series “Zuleikha Opens Her Eyes,” based on the novel of the same name written by Guzel Yakhina and published in 2015. The book, which tells the story of a Tatar peasant woman who is exiled to Siberia after her husband is killed during a “dekulakization” campaign in […]