Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | August 30

Russia has confirmed 6,901,152 cases of coronavirus and 182,429 deaths, according to the national coronavirus information center. Russia’s total excess fatality count since the start of the coronavirus pandemic is around 596,000. August 30: What you need to know today Russia on Monday reported 18,325 new coronavirus cases and 792 deaths. Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine offers strong protection against…

Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | August 28

Russia has confirmed 6,863,541 cases of coronavirus and 180,840 deaths, according to the national coronavirus information center. Russia’s total excess fatality count since the start of the coronavirus pandemic is around 596,000. August 28: What you need to know today Russia on Saturday reported 19,492 new coronavirus cases and 799 deaths. Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine offers strong protection against hospitalization,…

Russia’s Excess Death Toll Hits 600K

Russia recorded almost 64,000 excess fatalities in July as a brutal third wave of the coronavirus swept across the country, encountering an under-vaccinated population and overwhelmed hospitals in its path. In a report released late Friday evening, the Rosstat state statistics service said 215,000 people died in July 2021 — more than in any single…

Russian Journalists Demand End to Crackdown on Media

Several Russian media outlets on Friday published an open letter to President Vladimir Putin and other top officials demanding an end to the “state campaign” against independent journalism.  The outcry comes after Russia slapped several media outlets and individual journalists with the “foreign agent” label that requires them to carry out tedious administrative procedures and…

Kremlin ‘Condemns’ Deadly Kabul Attacks

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Friday Russia “condemns in the strongest possible terms” the twin suicide bombings — claimed by the Islamic State group — on crowds trying to flee Taliban-controlled Afghanistan. The attacks near Kabul airport on Thursday killed at least 85 people, including 13 U.S. servicemen. “Of course, it is very sad news about the…

Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | August 27

Russia has confirmed 6,844,049 cases of coronavirus and 180,041 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 27: What you need to know today Russia on Thursday reported 19,509 new coronavirus cases and 798 deaths. Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine offers strong protection…

Police Visits of Navalny Supporters’ Leaked Addresses Spread to St. Petersburg – Reports

Police visits of jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny’s supporters have spread to St. Petersburg, Russian media reported early Friday after rights activists said several hundred Moscow residents were subjected to similar visits recently. At least 1,200 Moscow-based Navalny supporters whose addresses leaked online were visited by law enforcement authorities in the past two weeks, according to…

No Non-Slavs or Excess Fun in Branded Material, Russia’s Public Services Portal Says

The Russian government’s public services portal should avoid showing non-Slavic people and excessive fun in its advertising materials, its branding book that resurfaced on social media this week recommends. Russia’s Communications Ministry admitted Thursday that the 2015 brand book was “inappropriate” and plans to issue a new set of guidelines. The “Gosuslugi” public services portal provides…

Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | August 26

Russia has confirmed 6,824,540 cases of coronavirus and 179,243 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 26: What you need to know today Russia on Thursday reported 19,630 new coronavirus cases and 820 deaths, a new record fatality count since the start of the…

Wildfires in Russia Spread to Central Regions

Russia’s central regions on Wednesday battled “extreme” wildfires fueled by an unusual heatwave that comes after forest fires linked to climate change ravaged Siberia for most of the summer.  Authorities were fighting 15 wildfires in the Urals region of Sverdlovsk, the emergencies ministry said.  The region — which lies on the border of Europe and…

Putin Vows Funds Boost to Protect Russian Forests From Fires

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday pledged hundreds of millions of dollars to protect the country’s forests, saying the nation must learn from the “unprecedented” wildfires that engulfed swathes of Siberia. Experts blame the huge fires that have ripped across Russia’s vast territory in recent years on climate change, negligence, and underfunded forestry management services.…

Russian Military Evacuates 500 From Afghanistan

The Russian military has begun evacuating 500 citizens of Russia and its regional allies from Afghanistan, the Defense Ministry announced Wednesday. In a statement carried by news agencies, Russia’s Defense Ministry said it will deploy four military transport aircraft to airlift Russians, Belarusians and Central Asian nationals as well as Ukrainians seeking to flee Afghanistan…

Sputnik V Gives Strong Protection Against Delta Hospitalization — Study

Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine offers strong protection against hospitalization, according to scientists who have conducted the first independent real-world study of the jab’s effectiveness in combating severe infections. Scientists at a group of Russian universities found the vaccine was 81% effective in preventing hospitalization among people who had contracted a symptomatic Covid-19 infection. The…

Wildfires Near Russia’s Nuclear Research Center Spark State of Emergency

Russian authorities have declared an interregional state of emergency as tough-to-contain forest fires threaten the country’s top-secret nuclear weapons research center, Interfax reported Tuesday, citing the emergencies ministry.  Wildfires have raged in the Nizhny Novgorod region and the neighboring republic of Mordovia, both roughly 500 kilometers east of Moscow, since early August. The fires have…

Russia Says Gifts, Conferences Fair Game for ‘Foreign Agent’ Label Against Media

Russia’s Justice Ministry has said that gifts from relatives and participation in international conferences are fair game for a media outlet to be labeled a “foreign agent,” a member of the presidential human rights council said Monday. Eva Merkacheva’s account of the Justice Ministry briefing appeared after the ministry added the independent Dozhd broadcaster and…

Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | August 24

Russia has confirmed 6,785,374 cases of coronavirus and 177,614 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 24: What you need to know today Russia on Tuesday reported 18,833 new coronavirus cases and 794 pandemic deaths. Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine offers strong protection against…

Kremlin Says Not Behind ‘Foreign Agent’ Labels Given to Independent Media

The Kremlin was not behind Russia’s labeling of two leading independent media outlets as “foreign agents,” its spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Monday.  On Friday, the Justice Ministry added the Dozhd broadcaster and investigative site Important Stories (iStories), as well as six journalists from iStories, to its registry of “foreign agents.” Kremlin critics say the designations…

Putin Announces $7Bln Pre-Election Handouts

Russian President Vladimir Putin has called for one-off cash payments to be awarded to Russia’s pensioners and military service personnel in a highly anticipated pre-election move. Speaking at a meeting with delegates of the ruling United Russia party, the president called on his lawmakers to pass legislation for a 10,000 ruble ($135) payment to pensioners,…

Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | August 23

Russia has confirmed 6,766,541 cases of coronavirus and 176,820 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 23: What you need to know today Russia on Monday reported 19,454 new coronavirus cases and 776 pandemic deaths. Thailand will allow tourists vaccinated with Russia’s…

Russian Rocket Launches 34 New UK Satellites

A Russian Soyuz rocket has blasted into space carrying 34 new satellites from British operator Oneweb, which aims to provide broadband internet everywhere in the world. The rocket operated by Europe’s Arianespace took off successfully at 22:13 GMT Saturday from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, the Roscosmos space agency said in a statement. It was…

Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | August 22

Russia has confirmed 6,747,087 cases of coronavirus and 176,044 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 22: What you need to know today Russia on Sunday reported 20,564 new coronavirus cases and 762 pandemic deaths. Thailand will allow tourists vaccinated with Russia’s Sputnik…

Russian Police Detain Journalists Protesting ‘Foreign Agent’ Crackdown

Russian police Saturday detained a handful of journalists in central Moscow protesting against the government’s crackdown on independent media outlets. At least nine people, most journalists from independent outlets, including TV Dozhd, The Bell, Takie Dela and Romb, were detained Saturday afternoon in Moscow, the independent Meduza website reported.  The protesters were staging solo pickets…

Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | August 21

Russia has confirmed 6,726,523 cases of coronavirus and 175,282 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 21: What you need to know today Russia on Saturday reported 21,000 new coronavirus cases and 797 pandemic deaths. Thailand will allow tourists vaccinated with Russia’s Sputnik V…