Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | Dec. 2

Russia has confirmed 2,347,401 cases of coronavirus and 41,053 deaths. Dec. 2: What you need to know today Russia confirmed 25,345 new coronavirus cases and a new record of 589 coronavirus deaths. Russia’s Accounts Chamber Chairman and famed liberal economist Alexei Kudrin was diagnosed with coronavirus, said the message published on his social media Monday.  Russia’s food retailers have…

Blame Climate Change for Historically Warm Fall in Russia’s Biggest Cities, Experts Say

Global climate change is behind this year’s extraordinarily warm autumn in Moscow and St. Petersburg, experts interviewed by The Moscow Times said.  Russia’s two largest cities experienced the warmest autumn temperatures of their recorded histories in 2020, official weather services reported Tuesday.  And it’s only the beginning, experts say.  Over the next 10 years, Russia…

What’s Next for Nagorno-Karabakh?

The Azerbaijani takeover of Lachin, the last of three districts handed back by Armenia under a deal to stop fighting over Nagorno-Karabakh, ends the first stage of a Russian-brokered peace process. But the decades-old dispute over Karabakh, an ethnic Armenian region that broke away from Azerbaijan during a war in the 1990s, is far from…

Authorities Probe Navalny’s Coronavirus Interview for ‘Extremism’

Russian authorities are probing opposition figure Alexei Navalny’s comments during the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic for inciting extremism, news agencies quoted law enforcement sources as saying Tuesday. Moscow investigators are reportedly examining whether Navalny’s April 27 interview with the liberal Ekho Moskvy radio station contained calls for a violent overthrow of the Russian…

Turkey, Russia Seal Deal for Karabakh ‘Peacekeeping Center’

Turkey and Russia have agreed to monitor a truce over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region from a joint peacekeeping center, Ankara’s defense ministry said on Tuesday. The deal comes after days of talks between Turkish and Russian officials about how the two regional powers would jointly implement a Moscow-brokered ceasefire signed this month between Armenia and Azerbaijan. Technical…

Putin Moves to Ban Dual-National Officials

President Vladimir Putin has taken steps toward banning Russian government officials with access to state secrets from holding foreign passports as part of his recent changes to the Constitution. Putin on Monday submitted a bill to Russia’s lower house of parliament that would amend the Labor Code to ban military and civil servants with access to…

Moscow Sees Warmest Fall on Record

Fall 2020 in Moscow will be declared the warmest on record for the capital, according to Russia’s state weather service. The average temperature in Moscow for September, October and November was 3.2 degrees Celsius, which is 4.4 C above normal. “This autumn in Moscow will be the warmest ever,” the state-run TASS news agency quoted…

Russia’s Sputnik V Coronavirus Vaccine ‘Reasonably Effective’ – British Experts

Russia’s highly touted Sputnik V vaccine is “reasonably effective” at preventing the coronavirus based on preliminary results from its mass trials but questions over its data still remain, British vaccine experts told Canada’s CBC News broadcaster Saturday. Sputnik V’s developers announced the vaccine’s 95% efficacy last week, citing data obtained 21 days after volunteers received the second…

Pull Russian Troops Out of Moldova, New President Says

Russia should withdraw its peacekeeping force from the self-proclaimed Transnistria republic, Moldova’s pro-European president-elect said Monday. Maia Sandu, who defeated Moldova’s pro-Russian incumbent earlier in November on a platform of balancing the ex-Soviet country’s ties between Moscow and the West, said the Russian troops should be replaced by civilian observers from Europe. Russia deploys around…

Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | Nov. 30

Russia has confirmed 2,295,654 cases of coronavirus and 39,895 deaths. Nov. 30: What you need to know today Russia confirmed 26,338 new coronavirus cases and 368 deaths. Universities in Moscow and St. Petersburg will switch students to remote learning until early February to prevent the spread of coronavirus, Science and Higher Education Minister Valery Falkov said Monday. Nov. 27…

St. Petersburg Developer’s Stepson Run Over by Military Vehicle at Birthday Party

The stepson of a St. Petersburg construction mogul was run over and killed by an armored vehicle at a military re-enactment celebrating his stepbrother’s birthday, media reported Sunday. The armored personnel carrier allegedly started moving with Andrei Kozhevin, 38, lying in its path after the driver “thought” he received a takeoff signal, according to the Life Shot tabloid. Kozhevin…

QAnon Gains Traction in Russia

Ever since the U.S. presidential election was called for Joe Biden, Tatiana Abdullina has been watching the twists and turns of outgoing President Donald Trump’s efforts to overturn the results from her home in Volchansk, a town of 10,000 in Russia’s Ural Mountains. The mother of four is convinced the legal manoeuvres will be successful,…

Obama Blackface Skit on Kremlin-Funded TV Sparks Outrage

A Russian late-night television sketch featuring a racist impersonation of former U.S. President Barack Obama by an actress in blackface has sparked controversy after airing on a Kremlin-funded network over the weekend. After lampooning Obama’s recently published memoir during his Saturday evening political satire show Mezhdunarodnaya Pilorama (“International Saw-Panorama”), host Tigran Keosayan segues to an…

Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | Nov. 28

Russia has confirmed 2,215,533 cases of coronavirus and 38,558 deaths. Nov. 28: What you need to know today Russia confirmed 27,100 coronavirus cases and 510 deaths on Saturday Indian pharmaceutical company Hetero will produce 100 million doses of Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine as part of the agreement with the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), its developers announced Friday.…

Moscow Reports 300% Spike in Coronavirus Deaths

Moscow reported a 300% month-on-month increase in coronavirus deaths for October, the Russian capital’s health department said late Thursday. In September, the city’s health department said Covid-19 was the direct cause of death among 543 Muscovites. As the second wave of the virus escalated in October, Moscow’s health department said coronavirus was the main cause…

Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | Nov. 26

Russia has confirmed 2,187,990 cases of coronavirus and 38,062 deaths. Nov. 26: What you need to know today Russia confirmed record-breaking numbers of 25,487 coronavirus cases and 524 deaths. Moscow has further extended measures aimed at slowing the spread of the coronavirus until Jan. 15, Mayor Sergei Sobyanin announced Thursday. The measures include a self-isolation order for residents aged…

Arctic Oil Spill: Nornickel Failures, Tank Flaws Caused Catastrophe – Report

A cocktail of design flaws, management failures and rising temperatures made the worst oil spill in Russia’s modern history — and the most damaging ever inside the Arctic circle — “inevitable,” a report commissioned by Russian metals giant Nornickel has said. The report is the work of consulting group Environmental Resources Management (ERM), which Nornickel…

Russia Sees Record Virus Infections, Deaths

Russia on Thursday registered record numbers for daily infections and deaths from the coronavirus for the second time in less than a week. Health officials reported 25,487 new infections, bringing the national total to 2,187,990 cases since the beginning of the pandemic — the fifth-highest caseload in the world. Health authorities also reported 524 deaths, raising Russia’s…

China-Bound Flight From Moscow Canceled Over 200 Identical Coronavirus Tests

A Russian airline has canceled a China-bound flight from Moscow after nearly 200 passengers provided identical negative coronavirus test results, the Chinese Embassy in Moscow said Thursday. Pegas Fly grounded the Moscow-Zhengzhou flight Wednesday when the embassy uncovered more than 190 “completely identical” serology tests, the state-run RIA Novosti news agency quoted the embassy as…

Russia to Upgrade Flamethrower Systems – Izvestia

Russia plans dramatic upgrades of its TOS-1 heavy flamethrower systems with longer-range “scorching” rockets and real-time targeting capabilities, the pro-Kremlin Izvestia newspaper reported Wednesday. Up to 100 TOS-1 “Buratino” and TOS-1A “Solntsepyok” models of the Russian Armed Forces’ Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Protection Troops will reportedly receive the upgrades “due to the growing range and…

Investigation Claims to Uncover Putin’s Extramarital Daughter

Russian President Vladimir Putin may be the father of a secretive St. Petersburg millionaire’s 17-year-old daughter, the Proekt investigative website reported Wednesday. Yelizaveta Vladimirovna Krivonogikh “bears a phenomenal resemblance to the Russian president,” Proekt reported, citing photographs it said it had obtained.  Her mother Svetlana Krivonogikh is the beneficiary of a company that owns a…