Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | July 15

Russia has confirmed 746,369 cases of coronavirus and 11,770 deaths. July 15: 3 things you need to know today Russia will no longer require foreigners without coronavirus to self-isolate for 14 days after arrival as the country looks to begin reopening to international travelers in the midst of the pandemic, according to a decree published Monday.  The Russian Defense…

Russia’s Coronavirus Infections Near 750K

Starting July 13, Moscow will no longer require people to wear masks outdoors as the number of new coronavirus cases has dwindled in the Russian capital in recent weeks. Moscow lifted restrictions including compulsory travel passes on June 8, a move welcomed by residents who rushed out to enjoy the streets and parks. Many other regions…

Russia Moves to Ban Gay Marriage

Russian lawmakers have swiftly moved to ban same-sex marriage in line with President Vladimir Putin’s recent changes to the Constitution. Seven senators submitted a draft bill late Tuesday to amend Russia’s Family Code and legally ban gay marriage and adoptions, including, according to its authors, by transgender people. The move comes two weeks after voters…

Spotify Expands to Russia and Eastern Europe

Music streaming giant Spotify announced Tuesday it was launching its service in Russia and 12 other countries around Eastern Europe. Spotify would become available to users immediately, according to a statement, which added that the Swedish streaming service was now accessible in 92 markets. In addition to Russia, Spotify was rolling out in Albania, Belarus, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Kazakhstan,…

Teenage Boy Dies of Plague in Mongolia

A 15-year-old boy has died from the bubonic plague in Mongolia, health authorities said Tuesday, one of a handful of cases that recently emerged in the country and neighboring China. The boy, who lived in the remote southwest province of Gobi-Altai, caught the rare bacterial illness after hunting and eating a marmot, according to the…

Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | July 14

Russia has confirmed 739,947 cases of coronavirus and 11,614 deaths. July 14: 3 things you need to know today Russia will no longer require foreigners without coronavirus to self-isolate for 14 days after arrival as the country looks to begin reopening to international travelers in the midst of the pandemic, according to a decree published Monday.  More than 200…

Russian Soldiers Injured in Syrian Patrol Blast

At least three Russian soldiers on a joint Russian-Turkish patrol in northwest Syria have been injured in a car bomb explosion, media reported and the Russian military confirmed Tuesday. Footage shared by local reporters showed the blast on a single-lane road as military vehicles passed nearby in the insurgent region of Idlib. “Three Russian soldiers…

Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | July 13

Russia has confirmed 733,699 cases of coronavirus and 11,439 deaths. July 13: 3 things you need to know today Turkish Airlines will resume flights between Turkey and six Russian cities starting Aug. 1, the airline said on its website Wednesday. According to its website, Turkish Airlines will fly to Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kazan, Krasnodar, Sochi and Rostov-on-Don. Russian authorities…

Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | July 12

Russia has confirmed 727,162 cases of coronavirus and 11,335 deaths. July 12: 3 things you need to know today Russia will begin negotiations with other countries to restart international flights from July 15, deputy prime minister Tatiana Golikova said Friday. Flights will be permitted to a specific list of countries where cases of the coronavirus do not exceed 40 per…

Russia’s Coronavirus Cases Surpass 720K

Moscow lifted restrictions including compulsory travel passes on June 8, a move welcomed by residents who rushed out to enjoy the streets and parks. Many other regions lifted lockdown restrictions ahead of a July 1 national vote despite the pandemic.    Critics have cast doubt on Russia’s low official mortality rate and accused authorities of under-reporting…

Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | July 11

Russia has confirmed 720,547 cases of coronavirus and 11,205 deaths. July 11: 3 things you need to know today Russia will begin negotiations with other countries to restart international flights from July 15, deputy prime minister Tatiana Golikova said Friday. Flights will be permitted to a specific list of countries where cases of the coronavirus do not exceed…

Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | July 10

Russia has confirmed 713,936 cases of coronavirus and 11,017 deaths. July 10: 3 things you need to know today Russia will begin negotiations with other countries to restart international flights from July 15, deputy prime minister Tatiana Golikova said Friday. Flights will be permitted to a specific list of countries where cases of the coronavirus do not exceed 40…

St. Petersburg’s June Deaths Reach Decade High

Russia’s second-largest city of St. Petersburg saw a 10-year spike in deaths in June, official data said Thursday as questions persist over relatively low coronavirus deaths compared to other hard-hit countries. St. Petersburg, which began gradually lifting Covid-19 restrictions in early June, officially confirmed 987 deaths from coronavirus last month.  A total of 7,106 people…

Russia Detains Jehovah’s Witness ‘Elders’

Four Jehovah’s Witnesses have been detained on charges of extremism in southern Russia, investigators said Thursday amid an ongoing crackdown against the religious organization. The unnamed worshippers aged between 38 and 47 were alleged to be the “elders” of a group that has continued to meet in the southern city of Astrakhan since Russia banned…

Russia’s Coronavirus Deaths Pass 11K

Moscow lifted restrictions including compulsory travel passes on June 8, a move welcomed by residents who rushed out to enjoy the streets and parks. Many other regions lifted lockdown restrictions ahead of a July 1 national vote despite the pandemic.    Critics have cast doubt on Russia’s low official mortality rate and accused authorities of under-reporting…

Russia Looks to Resume Flights to EU, China – Reports

Russian health officials have recommended restarting international flights to 13 countries, including nine members of the European Union and China, the RBC news website reported Thursday. The list compiled by Russia’s consumer protection watchdog Rospotrebnadzor includes Britain and Germany and is apparently part of phase one of resuming flights during the coronavirus pandemic. The Netherlands,…

Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | July 9

Russia has confirmed 707,301 cases of coronavirus and 10,843 deaths. July 8: 3 things you need to know today Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin announced that wearing masks will no longer be required outdoors from July 13 as the number of new coronavirus cases has dwindled in the Russian capital in recent weeks. Russia’s Federal Air Transport Agency, Rosaviatsia, has…

Police Raids Target Moscow Opposition Activists Planning Constitution Rally

Police in Moscow have raided the homes of several opposition activists and city council members planning protests against Russia’s newly adopted constitution, the opposition MBKh Media news website reported early Thursday. Authorities detained Andrei Pivovarov, a high-ranking member of exiled oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky’s Open Russia pro-democracy movement, Interfax reported later in the day. Pivovarov’s colleague…