Putin Says Ukraine Is Controlled by Western Leaders

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday questioned the point of meeting with Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelenskiy, claiming his country was effectively run by leaders in Washington and European capitals. “What’s the use of meeting with Zelenskiy when he has given full control of his country to outside management?” Putin said during an annual televised phone-in…

Russia Launches Cargo Ship to Space Station

Russia on Wednesday successfully launched an unmanned space freighter carrying supplies to the International Space Station from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The Soyuz rocket carrying the Progress spacecraft launched at 02:27 am Moscow time (2327 GMT) from the Kazakh steppes and reached its target orbit, the Roscosmos space agency said in a statement. Docking…

Russia Confirms First Delta Plus Variant Cases

Russia has confirmed the first Delta Plus coronavirus variant infections within its borders days after media sounded the alarm about the presence of the potentially more dangerous new strain. Consumer protection watchdog Rospotrebnadzor said Friday it was looking into an influenza research expert’s remarks to a St. Petersburg-based newspaper that the first case of infection…

Russia Won’t Hit 60% Vaccination Target By Autumn, Kremlin Says as Virus Surges

Russia will not meet its widely publicized goal of reaching herd immunity against coronavirus through vaccination by this fall, the Kremlin said Tuesday as the country struggles against the highly infectious Delta variant, record-breaking deaths and a lagging vaccine uptake. President Vladimir Putin’s office made the admission after the independent Dozhd broadcaster reported that the…

Russia Breaks Daily Coronavirus Fatality Record

Russia has reported the highest number of coronavirus deaths in a single day since the start of the pandemic amid the country’s Delta variant-driven third wave and introduction of mandatory vaccination to prop up sluggish take-up. Russia’s Covid-19 task force which tallies deaths nationwide recorded 652 Covid deaths on Tuesday, beating the previous mortality record…

Western Schools Teach Children That Jesus Was Bisexual, Russian Foreign Minister Says

Updated at 4:12 p.m. on June 29 to add Zakharova’s statement. Some western schoolchildren are taught that Jesus Christ was bisexual and non-binary, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov wrote in a sweeping critique of liberal democracies Monday. Lavrov made the unsupported claim as an example of the “boundlessly permissive” United States and Europe imposing a…

Czech Republic Asks Russia to Pay for 2014 Arms Blast

Authorities in the Czech Republic have asked Russia to pay compensation for damages caused by a deadly 2014 arms depot explosion, the Czech Foreign Ministry said Monday.  Czech Deputy Foreign Minister Martin Smolek delivered the compensation claim to Russia’s Ambassador to Prague Alexander Zmeyevskiy, the Czech Foreign Ministry said.   The ministry’s statement did not specify…

Russia, China Extend Treaty, Hail Ties

The leaders of China and Russia on Monday announced the extension of a 20-year-old friendship treaty, hailing increasingly close ties and the “stabilizing role” of their relationship. The Kremlin published a joint statement from Russia and China to mark two decades since the treaty was signed, as Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping held a televised meeting by video link.…

Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | June 25

Russia has confirmed 5,409,088 cases of coronavirus and 132,064 deaths, according to the national coronavirus information center. Russia’s total excess fatality count since the start of the coronavirus pandemic is around 475,000. June 25: What you need to know today Russia on Friday confirmed 20,393 new coronavirus cases, the highest number since January, and 601 deaths. Moscow recorded 7,916 cases…

Russian Military Helicopter Crash Kills 3

A Russian military helicopter on a training flight crashed on Thursday evening near St. Petersburg, killing three people, local authorities said. The Mi-8, which belonged to the Russian National Guard (Rosgvardia), was carrying three crew members who were all killed in the crash, according to a spokesperson quoted by the local online news site Fontanka.…

Russia’s Southern Resorts to Close to Unvaccinated Tourists

Russia’s Black Sea coastal resorts including popular holiday destination Sochi will no longer accept tourists who haven’t been vaccinated against the coronavirus starting later this summer, Krasnodar region Governor Veniamin Kondratyev announced Thursday.  The restrictions come as Moscow and St. Petersburg battle surging Covid-19 infections and deaths driven by the highly infectious Delta variant and…

EU Imposes New Sanctions on Belarus

The European Union on Thursday imposed sanctions on key sectors of the Belarus economy, ratcheting up pressure on the regime of President Alexander Lukashenko after the forced landing of an airliner. The new package looks to hit key sources of revenue for the authorities in Minsk by restricting trade in potash fertilizer, petroleum and tobacco…

Rights Activists Dispute Russia’s UN Report on Navalny Protests

Russian human rights activists have criticized the country’s official report to the United Nations regarding its detentions of protesters at this winter’s nationwide pro-Navalny protests, the Kommersant business daily reported Wednesday.  Tens of thousands of Russians protested nationwide in January and February to call for Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny’s release after he was detained upon…

Russia Warns of ‘Explosive’ Virus Surge

Russia warned on Wednesday of an “explosive” spread of the Delta coronavirus variant in the country that was made worse by a sluggish vaccination campaign leading to rapidly rising infections and deaths. Citing increases in cases of coronavirus in all Russian regions, Deputy Prime Minister Tatiana Golikova called for stronger restrictive measures and speeding up…

France Adds Russia to Covid Red List

France on Wednesday added Russia to its list of countries from which non-essential travel is banned, as concern grows over a spike of cases in Moscow due to the Delta variant. Namibia and the Seychelles are also being added to the “red” list, government spokesman Gabriel Attal told reporters. Russia, and especially Moscow, have been…