Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | August 18

Russia has confirmed 6,663,473 cases of coronavirus and 172,909 deaths, according to the national coronavirus information center. Russia’s total excess fatality count since the start of the coronavirus pandemic is around 531,000. August 18: What you need to know today Russia on Wednesday reported 20,914 new coronavirus cases and 799 pandemic deaths. Thailand will allow tourists vaccinated with Russia’s Sputnik V to…

Russia Hails ‘Positive Signal’ From Taliban

Russia said Tuesday that the Taliban’s initial assurances since completing their military takeover of Afghanistan have been a “positive signal” and that the militants are behaving in a “civilized manner.” Moscow has been cautiously optimistic of the new leadership in Kabul and is seeking contact with the militants in an effort to avoid instability spilling…

North Macedonia Expels Russian Diplomat

Newly minted NATO member North Macedonia has expelled its second Russian diplomat this year, Balkan media reported and Moscow confirmed Tuesday. Citing unnamed foreign ministry sources, the Almakos news website said Monday that the Russian diplomat, an unidentified deputy military attaché, was expelled last Wednesday. According to the Balkan Insight, North Macedonia’s foreign ministry said…

Argentine Health Minister Visits Russia to Discuss Vaccine Supplies – TASS

Argentina’s health minister and presidential adviser are visiting Russia to discuss delays in the supplies of the Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine, the state-run TASS news agency reported Monday. Argentina was among the first countries to use Sputnik V but hit “critical” second-dose shortages in late spring.  Argentine presidential adviser Cecilia Nicolini said in a leaked…

Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | August 17

Russia has confirmed 6,642,559 cases of coronavirus and 172,110 deaths, according to the national coronavirus information center. Russia’s total excess fatality count since the start of the coronavirus pandemic is around 531,000. August 17: What you need to know today Russia on Tuesday reported 20,958 new coronavirus cases and 805 pandemic deaths. Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin has cancelled rules requiring employers in…

Gaddafi’s Son Wanted Over Russian Mercenary War Crimes in Libya – BBC

Libya’s UN-backed government has issued an arrest warrant for toppled dictator Muammar Gaddafi’s son on charges of war crimes allegedly committed by shadowy Russian mercenaries, the BBC reported Friday. The order for Saif al-Islam Gaddafi’s arrest was made public after the British broadcaster published an investigation into possible war crimes committed by the Russian private…

Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | August 16

Russia has confirmed 6,621,601 cases of coronavirus and 171,305 deaths, according to the national coronavirus information center. Russia’s total excess fatality count since the start of the coronavirus pandemic is around 531,000. August 16: What you need to know today Russia on Monday reported 20,765 new coronavirus cases and 806 pandemic deaths. Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin has cancelled rules requiring employers in…

Russia says no plan to evacuate Kabul embassy

Russia does not plan to evacuate its embassy in Kabul as Taliban fighters reached the outskirts of the Afghan capital in their blistering military takeover of the country, foreign ministry official Zamir Kabulov told Russian agencies Sunday. “No evacuation is planned,” Kabulov said, adding that he was “in direct contact” with Moscow’s ambassador in Kabul and…

Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | August 14

Russia has confirmed 6,557,068 cases of coronavirus and 169,683 deaths, according to the national coronavirus information center. Russia’s total excess fatality count since the start of the coronavirus pandemic is around 531,000. August 14: What you need to know today Russia on Saturday reported 22,144 new coronavirus cases and a new pandemic record of 819 deaths. Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin has cancelled…

Keep Cool With Herby Adjika Cucumber Salad

Food-related news in Russia caused a chuckle this week thanks to the story of Ksenia Ovchinnikova, a devout Orthodox Christian who is suing McDonald’s in Omsk because, she alleges, their advertisements for mouthwatering hamburgers caused her to break the rigid Lenten Fast. Ovchinnikova is asking for compensation for moral damages and the afront to her…

Russia Blames Azerbaijan for Breach of Karabakh Truce in Post-Ceasefire First

The Russian military has blamed Azerbaijan for breaching its volatile truce with Armenia for the first time since deploying its peacekeeping mission, South Caucasus media reported Friday. Moscow has deployed around 2,000 peacekeepers in and around the breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh to observe the ceasefire between the arch-enemies reached last November. Deadly clashes continued around…

Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | August 13

Russia has confirmed 6,557,068 cases of coronavirus and 168,864 deaths, according to the national coronavirus information center. Russia’s total excess fatality count since the start of the coronavirus pandemic is around 531,000. August 13: What you need to know today Russia on Friday reported 22,277 new coronavirus cases and a new pandemic record of 815 deaths. Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin…

Emissions from Russian Permafrost Could Spike Tenfold if Leaders Ignore UN Climate Report Warning

Russia’s permafrost could deteriorate fast and spark an accelerating loop of warming if world leaders don’t heed UN climate scientists’ call to drastically cut global carbon emissions, an expert told The Moscow Times. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report published Monday shows unequivocally that climate change is progressing more quickly than feared —…

Belarus-EU Migrant Crisis Spreads to Russia With New Border Detentions – Reports

The Belarus-EU migrant crisis has spread to Minsk’s close ally Russia as border guards were reported to have detained several people from the Middle East attempting to illegally cross into the country Tuesday. The European Union has accused Belarus strongman Alexander Lukashenko of deliberately encouraging new unauthorized arrivals of mainly Iraqi migrants in retaliation for…