Russia Sets New Daily Covid Death Record

Russia confirmed a new record number of coronavirus deaths for a second consecutive day Wednesday as the country with Europe’s highest official Covid-19 death toll counts down the days until nationwide restrictions come into force. According to government figures, 1,123 people have died from Covid-19 over the last 24 hours.  Wednesday’s increase brings the official…

Russia’s Green Energy Transition Will Cost $1.2T – Kremlin Economic Aide

Russia’s transition to renewable energy could cost its economy roughly $1.2 trillion by 2050, a top Kremlin economic aide told the Kommersant business daily ahead of the landmark COP26 climate summit. The 90-trillion-ruble price tag comes from a draft energy transition plan recently presented by the Economic Development Ministry.  “Our entire so-called intensive scenario in…

Russia’s Covid Deaths Hit New Record High Ahead of Nationwide Restrictions

Updated to add the nationwide mandatory vaccination announcement. Russia reported a record high number of coronavirus deaths Tuesday as Europe’s hardest-hit country braces for nationwide restrictions this week. Russia has repeatedly set new all-time highs for Covid-19 deaths over the past month and is currently reporting the second-highest number of daily fatalities in the world…

Russia Sentences Jehovah’s Witnesses to Lengthy Prison Terms

Russian courts have handed lengthy prison sentences to Jehovah’s Witnesses for organizing “extremist” activities over the past week in some of the harshest verdicts given to the religious group’s members yet. Russia outlawed the nonconformist Christian denomination in 2017, subjecting thousands of worshippers to criminal prosecution, harassment and intimidation. Russia’s Investigative Committee, which probes major crimes,…

Russia Urges West to Engage With Taliban

Russia on Monday urged Western countries to engage with the Taliban and for the European Union to re-open its embassy in Afghanistan, warning that the country was at risk of descending further into drug trafficking and terrorism. The call came after Moscow last week hosted members of the Islamist regime for international talks, and the Taliban…

Episode #1 The Crackdown

Alexei Navalny’s new home is around 100 kilometres from Moscow, at the end of a muddy path, on the outskirts of the small town of Pokrov. A year after his poisoning, the main opponent to Vladimir Putin lives in a high-security prison. His anti-corruption foundation is banned. Many of his allies are in exile, independent…

Russia Reports Record Covid Deaths and Cases

Russia on Saturday reported a record 1,075 Covid deaths in 24 hours as Europe’s hardest hit country with dramatically low vaccination rates braces for nationwide curbs from next week. Despite multiple pleas from President Vladimir Putin and the availability of the home-grown Sputnik V vaccine, only 36% of Russians are fully vaccinated.  According to fresh…

Russian Vote Monitor Named ‘Foreign Agent’ After $3 Donation From Armenian

Golos, an independent vote-monitoring movement, was named a “foreign agent” by Russia’s Justice Ministry in August after receiving a $3 contribution from an Armenian citizen, the movement’s co-chairman Grigory Melkonyants said on Facebook.  A Russian court denied Golos’ challenge against being designated a “foreign agent,” explaining that the grounds for the vote-monitoring organization being added…

Russia to Lobby for Sanctions Relief on Climate Projects at COP26 – Bloomberg

Russia plans to lobby for sanctions relief on state-run energy giants that invest in green projects at next month’s landmark UN climate summit, Bloomberg reported Thursday. Ruslan Edelgeriyev, President Vladimir Putin’s climate envoy, accused Western states of double standards for urging Russia “to reduce methane leakages and yet we have Gazprom under sanctions” for the…

Russia’s Daily Coronavirus Deaths, Cases Reach New All-Time High

Russia registered its highest number of one-day coronavirus deaths and infections since the start of the pandemic Thursday as scientists warn of a potentially more infectious variant of the deadly Delta strain further overwhelming hospitals. The government’s coronavirus information center reported 1,036 fatalities and 36,339 cases over the past 24 hours. Russia has repeatedly broken…

Four Russians Detained in Turkey on Military Espionage Charges

Four Russians, one Ukrainian and one Uzbek citizen were detained in Turkey on suspicion of preparing armed attacks against Chechen dissidents, Reuters reported, citing Turkish broadcaster TRT Haber on Thursday. The Istanbul Prosecutor General’s Office detained six suspects on Oct. 8 while they were allegedly preparing a joint operation against Chechen dissidents in Turkey. They had…

4 Russians Detained in Turkey on Military Espionage Charges

Four Russians, one Ukrainian and one Uzbek citizen were allegedly detained in Turkey on suspicion of preparing armed attacks against Chechen dissidents, Reuters reported, citing Turkish broadcaster TRT Haber on Thursday. Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesman Tanju Bilgich told the state-run RIA Novosti news agency that he has no information regarding the arrest of four Russian citizens allegedly…

New Delta Variant May Raise Infection Rates in Russia

Russia has detected a new sub-variant of the Delta strain of the coronavirus, which risks compounding the country’s spiraling infections and deaths, a senior Russian government scientist warned Thursday. The AY.4.2 sub-variant is more contagious than its predecessor, according to Kamil Khafizov, who heads the state consumer protection watchdog Rospotrebnadzor’s scientific group for new methods…

Navalny Wins EU’s Sakharov Human Rights Award

The European Parliament on Wednesday awarded jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny its Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought. The award, named after Soviet dissident Andrei Sakharov, recognizes individuals who have made an “outstanding contribution to protecting freedom of thought,” and is “the highest tribute paid by the EU to human rights work.” Navalny is currently…

Russia Sets Another Coronavirus Fatality Record

Russia set a new record number of daily coronavirus fatalities Wednesday as federal authorities contemplate a nationwide non-working week to fight surging hospitalizations and deaths during an unrelenting fourth wave of the pandemic. The government’s coronavirus task force reported an all-time high of 1,028 Covid-19 deaths over the last 24 hours. Russia has repeatedly broken…