Russia’s Coronavirus Cases Pass 500K as Officials Shift Focus to Putin Reforms

Moscow lifted restrictions including compulsory travel passes on Tuesday, a move welcomed by residents who rushed out to enjoy the streets and parks. Many other regions are lifting lockdown restrictions as Russia is preparing to hold a July 1 national vote despite the pandemic.    President Vladimir Putin is seeking public backing for constitutional amendments that would…

Thousands of Russians Traveled Abroad in April Despite Border Closures, Canceled Flights – RBC

Several thousand Russians traveled abroad in April despite closed national borders around the world due to the coronavirus pandemic, the RBC news website reported Wednesday. Russia grounded nearly all international flights in late March to slow the coronavirus outbreak, allowing only special flights evacuating Russians from abroad and other flights authorized by the government. Many…

Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | June 10

There have been 493,657 cases of coronavirus infection reported in Russia so far and 6,358 deaths. June 10: 3 things you need to know today Moscow will end its self-isolation orders — including its digital pass system and schedule system for taking walks outside — starting June 9, Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said. The city also released a schedule of which…

Northern Russian Province Dumps Controversial Moscow Trash Landfill

Authorities in northern Russia have pulled their support for a controversial landfill after two years of nationwide protests against shipping Moscow’s waste to remote regions, though experts and activists warn it’s too early to declare victory. The Arkhangelsk region’s administration said Tuesday it has unilaterally terminated its deal with the contractor building the Shiyes landfill…

Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | June 9

There have been 485,253 cases of coronavirus infections reported in Russia so far and 6,142 deaths. June 9: 3 things you need to know today Moscow will end its self-isolation orders — including its digital pass system and schedule system for taking walks outside — on June 9, Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said. The city also released a schedule of which…

Which Coronavirus Restrictions Is Moscow Lifting?

Moscow officials announced plans to lift coronavirus restrictions starting Tuesday despite the Russian capital continuing to see about 2,000 new infections each day. The city of 12.7 million, which has been under lockdown since late March, is the epicenter of Russia’s coronavirus outbreak with more than 197,000 cases. Its new case numbers have gradually fallen from…

Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | June 8

There have been 476,658 cases of coronavirus infections reported in Russia so far and 5,971 deaths. June 8: 3 things you need to know today Moscow will end its self-isolation orders — including its digital pass system and schedule system for taking walks outside — on June 9, Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said. The city also released a schedule of which…

Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | June 6

There have been 458,689 cases of coronavirus infections reported in Russia so far and 5,725 deaths. June 6: 3 things you need to know today Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin has ordered to lift some of Moscow’s coronavirus restrictions starting June 1. All non-food shops and some service sector businesses will be able to re-open, he said. The city will…

Russian ‘Terrorists’ Training German Neo-Nazi Youth in Combat – Reports

Young right-wing extremists from Germany are receiving combat training from Russian white supremacists whom the United States has blacklisted as terrorists, Germany’s Focus news magazine reported Friday. The U.S. State Department branded the Russian Imperial Movement as a foreign terrorist organization in April, saying it runs two paramilitary training camps in St. Petersburg that have…

Russia’s Coronavirus Cases Approach 450K

New infections have been steadily dropping since mid-May when officials were reporting daily increases of around 11,000 cases. Officials say Russia’s high virus count is the result of mass testing and that a steady decline in new infections and its low fatality numbers mean the country can begin to return to normal. Yet critics have…