Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | August 20

Russia has confirmed 6,705,523 cases of coronavirus and 174,485 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 20: What you need to know today Russia on Friday reported 20,992 new coronavirus cases and 785 pandemic deaths. Thailand will allow tourists vaccinated with Russia’s Sputnik V…

Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | August 19

Russia has confirmed 6,684,531 cases of coronavirus and 173,700 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 19: What you need to know today Russia on Thursday reported 21,058 new coronavirus cases and 791 pandemic deaths. Thailand will allow tourists vaccinated with Russia’s Sputnik…

Russia Brands Independent Monitor ‘Foreign Agent’ Ahead of Election

Russia on Wednesday declared an independent election monitor a “foreign agent,” one month before a parliamentary election in which President Vladimir Putin’s unpopular United Russia party is expected to struggle. Created in 2000, Golos had notably denounced election rigging in the 2011 parliamentary election and the 2012 presidential vote which saw Putin return to the Kremlin. …

Humanity ‘Hurtling Toward Destruction’ With Out-of-Control Consumerism, Russian Defense Chief Says

Humanity is hurtling toward its own destruction through unrestrained consumerism, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said in an interview on the anniversary of a 19th-century exploration and geography society he presides over. “I believe humanity is taking leaps and bounds toward its own destruction and the reason for that is the unrestrained desire for consumption,”…

Belarus Targets News Agency in Ongoing Crackdown

Belarus police on Wednesday searched and detained employees of an independent news agency in an escalating crackdown on the media under President Alexander Lukashenko. The ex-Soviet country has been in political turmoil since a disputed presidential election last August that sparked historic demonstrations against Lukashenko’s nearly three-decade rule.  In the wake of the protests, Belarus…

Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | August 18

Russia has confirmed 6,663,473 cases of coronavirus and 172,909 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 18: What you need to know today Russia on Wednesday reported 20,914 new coronavirus cases and 799 pandemic deaths. Thailand will allow tourists vaccinated with Russia’s Sputnik V to…

Russia Hails ‘Positive Signal’ From Taliban

Russia said Tuesday that the Taliban’s initial assurances since completing their military takeover of Afghanistan have been a “positive signal” and that the militants are behaving in a “civilized manner.” Moscow has been cautiously optimistic of the new leadership in Kabul and is seeking contact with the militants in an effort to avoid instability spilling…

North Macedonia Expels Russian Diplomat

Newly minted NATO member North Macedonia has expelled its second Russian diplomat this year, Balkan media reported and Moscow confirmed Tuesday. Citing unnamed foreign ministry sources, the Almakos news website said Monday that the Russian diplomat, an unidentified deputy military attaché, was expelled last Wednesday. According to the Balkan Insight, North Macedonia’s foreign ministry said…

Argentine Health Minister Visits Russia to Discuss Vaccine Supplies – TASS

Argentina’s health minister and presidential adviser are visiting Russia to discuss delays in the supplies of the Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine, the state-run TASS news agency reported Monday. Argentina was among the first countries to use Sputnik V but hit “critical” second-dose shortages in late spring.  Argentine presidential adviser Cecilia Nicolini said in a leaked…

Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | August 17

Russia has confirmed 6,642,559 cases of coronavirus and 172,110 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 17: What you need to know today Russia on Tuesday reported 20,958 new coronavirus cases and 805 pandemic deaths. Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin has cancelled rules requiring employers in…

Gaddafi’s Son Wanted Over Russian Mercenary War Crimes in Libya – BBC

Libya’s UN-backed government has issued an arrest warrant for toppled dictator Muammar Gaddafi’s son on charges of war crimes allegedly committed by shadowy Russian mercenaries, the BBC reported Friday. The order for Saif al-Islam Gaddafi’s arrest was made public after the British broadcaster published an investigation into possible war crimes committed by the Russian private…

Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | August 16

Russia has confirmed 6,621,601 cases of coronavirus and 171,305 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 16: What you need to know today Russia on Monday reported 20,765 new coronavirus cases and 806 pandemic deaths. Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin has cancelled rules requiring employers in…

Russia says no plan to evacuate Kabul embassy

Russia does not plan to evacuate its embassy in Kabul as Taliban fighters reached the outskirts of the Afghan capital in their blistering military takeover of the country, foreign ministry official Zamir Kabulov told Russian agencies Sunday. “No evacuation is planned,” Kabulov said, adding that he was “in direct contact” with Moscow’s ambassador in Kabul and…

Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | August 14

Russia has confirmed 6,557,068 cases of coronavirus and 169,683 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 14: What you need to know today Russia on Saturday reported 22,144 new coronavirus cases and a new pandemic record of 819 deaths. Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin has cancelled…

Russia Blames Azerbaijan for Breach of Karabakh Truce in Post-Ceasefire First

The Russian military has blamed Azerbaijan for breaching its volatile truce with Armenia for the first time since deploying its peacekeeping mission, South Caucasus media reported Friday. Moscow has deployed around 2,000 peacekeepers in and around the breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh to observe the ceasefire between the arch-enemies reached last November. Deadly clashes continued around…

Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | August 13

Russia has confirmed 6,557,068 cases of coronavirus and 168,864 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 13: What you need to know today Russia on Friday reported 22,277 new coronavirus cases and a new pandemic record of 815 deaths. Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin…