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  • Kremlin Condemns Attempts to Justify Chechen Beheading of French Teacher

    Kremlin Condemns Attempts to Justify Chechen Beheading of French Teacher

    The Kremlin has spoken out against attempts to justify the beheading of a French teacher by a Chechen refugee following a Chechen state television segment that cast the killer in a sympathetic light. Abdulakh Anzorov, 18, was shot dead by French police on Oct. 16 after decapitating history teacher Samuel Paty, who had displayed Prophet…

  • Study Links Siberian Wildfires to Arctic Warming

    Study Links Siberian Wildfires to Arctic Warming

    Record-setting wildfires in far northeastern Russia in 2020 are linked to extreme weather changes in the warming Arctic, a report by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said Tuesday. Uncontrolled forest fires within the Arctic Circle have set records this year for both their cumulative number and the amount of CO2 emissions. The extent of…

  • Russia’s Expanded Foreign Agents Bill Passes First Reading

    Russia’s Expanded Foreign Agents Bill Passes First Reading

    Russian lawmakers on Tuesday passed in its first reading controversial draft legislation including an expansion of who can be labeled a “foreign agent” amid an unrelenting clampdown on dissent. Lawmakers in Russia’s lower-house State Duma last month tabled legislation that would give authorities sweeping powers to designate individuals as foreign agents and further limit public gatherings…

  • St. Petersburg Eyes Virus Lockdown Amid Record Deaths

    St. Petersburg Eyes Virus Lockdown Amid Record Deaths

    Russia’s second city St. Petersburg registered a record number of virus deaths on Tuesday as authorities warned of an imminent lockdown and shuttered restaurants for the New Year’s holidays. St. Petersburg — one of Russia’s most popular tourist destinations — is struggling with a major health crisis, with hospitals overwhelmed with coronavirus patients but residents flouting…

  • No Alcohol for 2 Months, Russia Tells Coronavirus Vaccine Recipients

    No Alcohol for 2 Months, Russia Tells Coronavirus Vaccine Recipients

    Recipients of Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine should abstain from alcohol for nearly two months before and after immunization, the head of Russia’s consumer safety watchdog said Tuesday. Rospotrebnadzor head Anna Popova’s instructions follow Deputy Prime Minister Tatyana Golikova’s recommendations to avoid alcohol and immunosuppressants for 42 days because the two-shot vaccine is administered with…

  • The Arctic Open Film Festival Goes Online

    The Arctic Open Film Festival Goes Online

    Held amid the Arkhangelsk region’s harsh Nordic landscapes, the annual Arctic Open is one of Russia’s least glamorous film festivals. It is also one of the few cinema events in the world dedicated to the unique culture of the Arctic peoples and intended to foster closer cooperation within the region’s artistic community.   The open air…

  • Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | Dec. 9

    Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | Dec. 9

    Russia has confirmed 2,515,009 cases of coronavirus and 44,159 deaths. Dec. 9: What you need to know today Russia confirmed 26,097 coronavirus cases and 562 deaths Tuesday. More than 50% of Russia’s medics have no plans to vaccinate against the coronavirus, according to the result of the Russian Federation Medics Network poll published by VTimes Monday. Over 21% percent…

  • In Photos: Russia Rolls Out Sputnik Vaccine

    In Photos: Russia Rolls Out Sputnik Vaccine

    Russia has launched a mass vaccination campaign against the coronavirus with its own vaccine, putting doctors, social workers and teachers in the top priority group. The Sputnik V vaccine’s developers have said the jab is 95% effective based on interim data from its Phase 3 clinical trials, which are still underway as the large-scale vaccination…

  • Putin Signs Constitutional Reforms on State Council, Secession, Russian Law

    Putin Signs Constitutional Reforms on State Council, Secession, Russian Law

    President Vladimir Putin has signed bills into law elevating a low-profile advisory body known as the State Council, criminalizing secession and prioritizing the Russian Constitution over international law. Putin approved the set of laws on Tuesday, 160 days after Russian voters overwhelmingly approved constitutional reforms that pave the way for him to extend his 20-year…

  • Russia’s Arctic Temperatures Hit New Records in December

    Russia’s Arctic Temperatures Hit New Records in December

    As climate experts sound the alarm over record temperatures in Russia’s Arctic, the Christmas season is unlikely to be much different than the preceding months. According to Russian meteorological service Roshydromet, the extraordinary Arctic heat of November was followed by temperature records in a number of places across the Russian north on the first day of…

  • U.S. Adds Russia to Religious Freedom Violators Watchlist

    U.S. Adds Russia to Religious Freedom Violators Watchlist

    The United States has added Russia to its special watchlist of countries that have engaged in or tolerated “severe violations” of religious freedom, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement Monday.  Russia appears on the U.S. watchlist alongside Comoros, Cuba and Nicaragua.  It’s not the first time the U.S. has raised concerns over…

  • Rosneft Commences Industrial Use of Unique In-House Hydrotreatment Catalyst

    Rosneft Oil Company has commenced the industrial use of an in-house hydrotreatment catalyst.

  • Putin, Merkel Discuss Navalny’s Poisoning – Berlin

    Putin, Merkel Discuss Navalny’s Poisoning – Berlin

    Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel discussed the poisoning of Russia’s main opposition figure Alexei Navalny in a phone conversation Monday, a German cabinet representative told the state-run TASS news agency.  Navalny has recovered in Berlin after being poisoned with what Western governments say was the deadly Soviet-era nerve agent Novichok in…

  • Non-Priority Groups Vaccinated for Coronavirus in Moscow – Reports

    Non-Priority Groups Vaccinated for Coronavirus in Moscow – Reports

    Moscow clinics are distributing coronavirus vaccines to anyone who registers without giving priority to high-risk groups in contradiction to officials’ orders, the Meduza news website reported Tuesday. Moscow kick-started Russia’s nationwide vaccination drive over the weekend, with Mayor Sergei Sobyanin reporting that 2,000 volunteers have so far received the first of two Sputnik V jabs…

  • Russian Sentenced to Jail in France for Money Laundering

    Russian Sentenced to Jail in France for Money Laundering

    A French court on Monday sentenced a Russian to five years in prison for money laundering, but cleared him of an original charge of defrauding nearly 200 people using ransomware. Prosecutors had said that Alexander Vinnik sent emails to his targets masquerading as invoices, whose attached document, when opened, activated malware that shut down the…

  • Russia Bolsters Military Forces in Baltic Exclave Amid NATO Fears

    Russia Bolsters Military Forces in Baltic Exclave Amid NATO Fears

    Russia is looking to expand its military power in Kaliningrad by adding a new division that includes motorized rifle, artillery and tank regiments amid NATO buildup along the border with Russia’s Baltic exclave, a naval admiral said Monday. Admiral Alexander Nosatov, the commander of Russia’s Baltic Fleet, accused the Western military bloc of deploying an…

  • Turkey Court Orders Release of Russian Reporters – Official

    Turkey Court Orders Release of Russian Reporters – Official

    A Turkish court on Monday ordered the release of two Russian journalists detained in Istanbul after they were accused of filming near a facility manufacturing drones without authorization, an official said. Journalist Alexei Petrushko and cameraman Ivan Malyshkin from Kremlin-friendly NTV channel were arrested by police in Istanbul on Thursday morning. A Turkish foreign ministry…

  • Estonia Builds Barbed Wire Fence on Russian Border – Reports

    Estonia Builds Barbed Wire Fence on Russian Border – Reports

    Estonia has installed a barbed-wire fence along an 8-kilometer section of its border with Russia in the first installment of its three-year border infrastructure project, media in the Baltic country reported Monday. Estonia began construction of border infrastructure stretching 23.5 kilometers from the Estonian-Latvian-Russian meeting point to the Luhamaa border crossing further north in July. In…

  • Novokuibyshevsk Refinery Implements Pilot Project of Smart Safety Helmets

    Specialists of the Novokuibyshevsk refinery, an enterprise of Rosneft Oil Company’s Samara refining complex, jointly with Rostelecom PJSC have performed pilot tests for the introduction of smart safety helmets–pieces of digital personal protective equipment–at the sites.

  • Putin’s Ex-Son-in-Law Bought $380M Stake in Petrochemicals Giant for $100 – Investigation

    Putin’s Ex-Son-in-Law Bought $380M Stake in Petrochemicals Giant for $100 – Investigation

    President Vladimir Putin’s former son-in-law purchased $380 million worth of shares in Russia’s top petrochemicals company for $100 after marrying the president’s daughter, according to a report by the iStories investigative outlet. Kirill Shamalov acquired 3.8% of petrochemicals producer Sibur through a web of offshore companies months after marrying Katerina Tikhonova in February 2013, iStories reported,…

  • Russia Urges Release of Reporters Detained in Turkey

    Russia Urges Release of Reporters Detained in Turkey

    President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman said on Monday the Kremlin hopes that two Russian journalists detained in Turkey will be released as soon as possible. Dmitry Peskov told reporters Russian diplomats were in contact with Turkish representatives to secure the release of two journalists working with Kremlin-friendly NTV channel “in the near future.” “We hope through…

  • ‘Cabaret Terezin’: Making Merry at Hell’s Gates

    ‘Cabaret Terezin’: Making Merry at Hell’s Gates

    They did their best to keep spirits up by doing what they did before it happened, by writing music, singing, and dancing. By parodying their circumstances in lighthearted tunes, they could perhaps forget for a moment the death all around them. They were the prisoners in Theresienstadt, a concentration camp in Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia, who organized…

  • Don’t Perform Exorcisms at Home, Russian Orthodox Church Warns

    Don’t Perform Exorcisms at Home, Russian Orthodox Church Warns

    The Russian Orthodox Church has warned worshippers against performing exorcisms at home, saying that casting out demons should be left to members of the clergy. Metropolitan Hilarion, who heads the church’s Department of External Relations, made the comments in reaction to a viral video showing parents attempting to expel a demon from their 10-year-old son…

  • Russia Blames ‘Revisionist’ U.S. for Disputed Islanders’ Visas

    Russia Blames ‘Revisionist’ U.S. for Disputed Islanders’ Visas

    The United States exercises World War II “revisionism” by classifying Russian visa-seekers born on a disputed island chain in the Far East as Japanese nationals, Russia’s Foreign Ministry said Sunday. Russians born on the islands of Habomai, Shikotan, Kunashiri and Etorofu have been required to name Japan as their birthplace to receive permanent residency known…

  • Putin Creates New Position for Chubais

    Putin Creates New Position for Chubais

    Anatoly Chubais has been named President Vladimir Putin’s new point man on sustainable development and coordination with international organizations after stepping down as Rusnano CEO last week.  “Anatoly Borisovich Chubais will be appointed as special representative to the President of the Russian Federation for relations with international organizations to achieve sustainable development goals,” said the…

  • Russia Suggests Domestic Travel Ban to Slow Coronavirus

    Russia Suggests Domestic Travel Ban to Slow Coronavirus

    Update: Murashko’s words on restricting travel between regions were taken out of context and he had only been discussing travel restrictions in a general sense, a Health Ministry official told the RBC news website. “The Russian Health Ministry does not propose the introduction of any additional restrictions on the movement of citizens across the territory of…

  • Belarus Opposition Rallies in Scattered Protests

    Belarus Opposition Rallies in Scattered Protests

    Opposition protesters in Belarus rallied Sunday in the latest of nearly four months of demonstrations against the re-election of President Alexander Lukashenko. Social media videos showed small groups of protesters gathered in courtyards as others marched through the capital Minsk with the opposition red and white flags. In contrast to mass Sunday protests that have…

  • Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | Dec. 7

    Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | Dec. 7

    Russia has confirmed 2,460,770 cases of coronavirus and 43,141 deaths. Dec. 7: What you need to know today Russia confirmed a new record of 29,039 coronavirus cases and 457 deaths Sunday. The maximum price of Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine will be set at 1,942 rubles ($26), the state-run Interfax news agency reported Saturday, citing a top health official. Russian…

  • U.S. Calls for ‘Moratorium’ on Nord Stream 2 Pipeline — Report

    U.S. Calls for ‘Moratorium’ on Nord Stream 2 Pipeline — Report

    The United States is asking Germany and the EU to halt construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline linking Russia to Europe, which Washington sees as a “political tool” of the Kremlin, a top envoy said in a German newspaper interview on Saturday. “Now is the time for Germany and the EU to impose…

  • Moscow Starts Inoculating Vulnerable Workers Against Coronavirus

    Moscow Starts Inoculating Vulnerable Workers Against Coronavirus

    Moscow on Saturday began vaccinating workers at high risk of becoming infected with the coronavirus at newly opened clinics across the city.  Health officials said they had opened 70 coronavirus vaccine centers in the Russian capital that would initially offer jabs for health, education and social workers.  “Citizens from the main risk groups who in…

  • Explore the Wonders of “Red Sands” With Caroline Eden

    Explore the Wonders of “Red Sands” With Caroline Eden

    Caroline Eden has made a name for herself by exploring roads less traveled, such as the Black Sea littoral, the subject of her eponymous previous book. In “Red Sands: Reportage and Recipes Through Central Asia, from Hinterland to Heartland,” she trains her considerable skills as a keen observer and evocative writer on the Central Asian…

  • Who’s Afraid of Jennifer Psaki?

    Who’s Afraid of Jennifer Psaki?

    This week’s news that U.S. President-elect Joe Biden had chosen Jennifer Psaki as his administration’s press secretary sparked a flurry of excitement on Russian state media and social media alike. “We are looking forward to Jen’s return,” said Vladimir Solovyev, a controversial host on the state-run Rossia 1 broadcaster and one of Russia’s main spin…

  • Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | Dec. 5

    Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | Dec. 5

    Russia has confirmed 2,402,949 cases of coronavirus and 42,176 deaths. Dec. 5: What you need to know today Russia confirmed 27,403 coronavirus cases and 569 deaths Friday. Kazakhstan will start producing Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine from Dec. 22, the country’s President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev said Friday.  Ukraine won’t be purchasing Russia’s coronavirus vaccine due to its questionable efficacy, Ukraine’s…

  • 5K Moscow Teachers, Doctors Sign Up for Coronavirus Vaccination on First Day

    5K Moscow Teachers, Doctors Sign Up for Coronavirus Vaccination on First Day

    Moscow’s teachers, doctors and social workers are signing up at a rate of 1,000 per hour for the Russian capital’s coronavirus vaccination drive that kicks off Saturday, Mayor Sergei Sobyanin has said. Online vaccination bookings for high-risk groups opened in the Russian capital Friday after President Vladimir Putin ordered large-scale nationwide immunization — hours after…

  • ROSATOM discussed how to achieve SDGs during Global Impact Conference 2020 “Energy of Impact”

    On 1-2 December the first online Global Impact Conference 2020 “Energy for Impact” was organized in partnership with ROSATOM, the Higher School of Economics and Forbes. The event brought together over 85 experts from 26 countries, representing global corporations, state institutions and NGOs. Conference participants discussed new partnerships with a view to develop human capital…

  • Russia’s Mixed Censorship Model Is a Boon for Online Activism

    Russia’s Mixed Censorship Model Is a Boon for Online Activism

    The rapid spread of mobile internet around the world over the last decade has directly contributed to falling levels of trust in government and a surge in populism, according to a recent paper by a group of Russian economists. The research shows that as 3G internet spreads, millions of people gain access to new sources…

  • Russia Suffers New Blow in $50Bln Yukos Case

    Russia Suffers New Blow in $50Bln Yukos Case

    The Netherlands’ top court ruled Friday that shareholders in dismantled oil giant Yukos can continue to pursue Russia for $50 billion (41 billion euros) in compensation pending a final judgement in a long legal saga. Russia was ordered to make the payout in 2014 by the Hague-based international Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA), but has…

  • Kazakhstan to Launch Production of Russian Vaccine

    Kazakhstan to Launch Production of Russian Vaccine

    President Vladimir Putin has called on Moscow’s allies to mass produce the country’s vaccines.  In a statement on Friday, Kazakhstan’s presidency said the country would begin producing Sputnik V from Dec. 22, with plans to begin inoculating vulnerable groups in early 2021. The developers of Sputnik V — named after the Soviet-era satellite — have…

  • Moscow Non/Fiction Book Fair Goes Online with Belarusian Nobel Prize Winner Aleksievich

    Moscow Non/Fiction Book Fair Goes Online with Belarusian Nobel Prize Winner Aleksievich

    The traditional format of the international book fair Non/Fiction was postponed until next spring due to the Covid-19 pandemic. But to keep the reading public happy, the organizers are moving their meetings with famous authors online this and next weekend. On Dec. 5,6, 12 and 13 anyone can tune in to hear discussions with such…

  • Russia Eyes ‘Prison-Free’ Cities

    Russia Eyes ‘Prison-Free’ Cities

    Russian authorities have said they want to relocate all prisons out of major cities, sparking concerns from activists that the move could violate prisoners’ rights and complicate visits by lawyers and relatives. Justice Minister Konstantin Chuichenko told state television that the mass prison relocation is part of the Federal Prison Service’s “transformation” toward “effective and…

  • 1 Dead in Ukraine-Russia Border Shootout – FSB

    1 Dead in Ukraine-Russia Border Shootout – FSB

    One person has been killed in a shootout that took place after three armed men tried to illegally cross the border from Ukraine to Russia, Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) said Friday.  Russian border patrol officers opened fire on the Ukrainians after they resisted arrest at the border near Belgorod, the state-run TASS news agency…

  • First session of the Board for Sustainable Business Development, Corporate Social Responsibility and Voluntary Service of TPP of Russia was held

    On December 2, the first session of the Board for Sustainable Business Development, Corporate Social Responsibility and Voluntary Service of the Trade and Commerce Chamber of Russia (TPP of Russia) was held. The event was on-line in the frame of the international forum Global Impact Conference 2020. The Board included representatives of large businesses, governmental…

  • NovaWind JSC wins a contract for 192,5 MW capacity as part of investment project selection

    NovaWind JSC (ROSATOM division for wind power) wins a contract for 192,5 MW capacity as part of investment project selection. This project selection was final under the first RES Capacity Supply Agreement program. The VetroSGC-2 applications totalling 192,5 MW (VetroSGC-2 JSC is part of NovaWind JSC) were selected under the investment project tender for the…

  • Russia to Debut ‘Flight to Nowhere’

    Russia to Debut ‘Flight to Nowhere’

    Russia’s Pobeda low-cost airline plans to debut its own “flight to nowhere” for cooped-up passengers looking to recreate the travel experience this month, popular Pobeda pilot and flight podcast host Alexei Kochemasov has said.  Passengers will take off from Moscow’s Vnukovo International Airport, then land 1.5 hours later at… Vnukovo Airport. “We guarantee the crew’s…

  • Russian Schoolgirl’s Art Picked for J.K. Rowling’s ‘The Ickabog’

    Russian Schoolgirl’s Art Picked for J.K. Rowling’s ‘The Ickabog’

    A young Russian artist has won the illustration contest for J.K. Rowling’s first post-Harry Potter children’s book, “The Ickabog.” Artwork by Yevdokiya “Dunya” Obolenskaya, 11, is among 34 original illustrations chosen out of 42,000 submissions from around the world for Rowling’s latest book published earlier in November. “Mama had received a text message close to…

  • Pussy Riot Member Jailed for Anti-Police Brutality Protest

    Pussy Riot Member Jailed for Anti-Police Brutality Protest

    Pussy Riot member Margarita Konovalova, also known as Rita Flores, has been sentenced to 20 days in jail for staging an anti-police brutality protest near the Kremlin, the Apologia Telegram channel reported Thursday.  During the Nov. 28 protest, Pussy Riot members in traditional Russian folk costumes tied artist Farhad Israfilli-Gelman, who was wearing an OMON…

  • Popular Science Publication on Black Sea Dolphins Study Released

    A popular science edition has been prepared and published upon the results of the comprehensive Black Sea dolphins study, the first in 30 years, undertaken with support of Rosneft Oil Company.

  • 5 Questions About Russia’s Sputnik V Vaccine, Answered

    5 Questions About Russia’s Sputnik V Vaccine, Answered

    Russia is pushing ahead with its domestically produced Sputnik V vaccine as the global race for a safe and effective vaccine that can put an end to the coronavirus pandemic heats up. Hours after Pfizer-BioNTech made headlines Wednesday by winning the first official general-use vaccine approval in the western world, President Vladimir Putin ordered large-scale…

  • Russian Activists Condemn New ‘Foreign Agent’ Bill

    Russian Activists Condemn New ‘Foreign Agent’ Bill

    Russian rights activists on Thursday condemned draft legislation including a significant expansion of who can be labelled a “foreign agent” as a new clampdown on dissent. Lawmakers in Russia’s lower-house State Duma last month proposed a series of bills that would give authorities sweeping powers to designate individuals as foreign agents and further limit public…

  • Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | Dec. 3

    Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | Dec. 3

    Russia has confirmed 2,375,546 cases of coronavirus and 41,607 deaths. Dec. 3: What you need to know today Russia confirmed a new record of 28,145 coronavirus cases and 554 deaths. Moscow will start vaccinating at-risk groups against the coronavirus this weekend, Mayor Sergei Sobyanin announced Thursday. Online booking for health workers, teachers and social service workers deemed at higher risk of…

  • Moscow Announces Coronavirus Vaccination Drive

    Moscow Announces Coronavirus Vaccination Drive

    Moscow will start vaccinating at-risk groups against the coronavirus this weekend, Mayor Sergei Sobyanin announced Thursday after President Vladimir Putin ordered large-scale immunization across the country. Online booking for health workers, teachers and social service workers deemed at higher risk of severe infection will open Friday, Sobyanin wrote on his website. “The vaccination centers will…

  • RN-Krasnodarneftegaz Completes Construction of Troitsk Compressor Station

    RN-Krasnodarneftegaz, a subsidiary of Rosneft Oil Company, has completed the construction of the Troitsk Compressor Station at the Anastasievsko-Troitskaya group of fields.

  • Frenchman Leaves Inheritance to St. Petersburg’s Hermitage Cats

    Frenchman Leaves Inheritance to St. Petersburg’s Hermitage Cats

    The State Hermitage Museum’s art collection might be one of the most impressive in the world — but for some sightseers, it’s the museum’s resident cats who make the visit truly memorable. Memorable enough, even, to include them in one’s will. The cats made such an impression on French citizen Christoff Botar that he chose…

  • U.S. Rights Activist Faces Expulsion From Russia

    U.S. Rights Activist Faces Expulsion From Russia

    A U.S. human rights activist who has defended the interests of Russian citizens in Europe’s human rights court faces expulsion from Russia, she has said. Authorities informed Vanessa Kogan that she “poses a national security threat” when they rejected her fast-track citizenship application and revoked her permanent residence earlier this week, Kogan told the Ekho Moskvy…

  • Nuclear building permit for the Paks II NPP (Hungary) expected by autumn 2021

    On October 3, 2020 during the working visit to Budapest (Hungary) ROSATOM Director General Alexei Likhachev met with Hungary’s Prime Minister, Viktor Orb?n. Present on the Russian side was ROSATOM Advisor to the Director General Alexander Merten along with the Russian Federation’s Ambassador in Budapest Vladimir Sergeev, while the Hungarian side was also represented by…

  • Pay Russian Housewives For Domestic Work, United Russia Deputy Says

    Pay Russian Housewives For Domestic Work, United Russia Deputy Says

    Housewives in Russia should earn a wage for their domestic labor, State Duma deputy Oksana Pushkina has said. Pushkina’s statement in a Wednesday interview on the Komsomolskaya Pravda radio station comes amid growing calls for governments to level the financial inequities traditionally faced by women. Last month, Scotland became the first country to guarantee free…

  • Turkey Backs Crimea’s Return to Ukraine – FM

    Turkey Backs Crimea’s Return to Ukraine – FM

    Turkey is willing to support the Russia-annexed Crimean peninsula’s return to Ukraine, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Wednesday.  The statement comes amid an already uneasy relationship between Moscow and Ankara, which are traditionally partners but have recently been at odds over the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, the Syrian conflict and Libya’s civil war. In October, Turkish…

  • Over 100K At-Risk Russians Vaccinated for Coronavirus

    Over 100K At-Risk Russians Vaccinated for Coronavirus

    More than 100,000 Russians at higher risk of severe coronavirus cases have been vaccinated with the domestically made Sputnik V vaccine, Health Minister Mikhail Murashko said Wednesday. His announcement at a special session of the UN General Assembly presenting Sputnik V came as President Vladimir Putin ordered the large-scale vaccination of priority groups such as…

  • Putin Replaces Rusnano Chief Chubais Amid Reform Push

    Putin Replaces Rusnano Chief Chubais Amid Reform Push

    President Vladimir Putin named a replacement for Anatoly Chubais, the head of state nanotechnology firm Rusnano, on Wednesday, exposing a rift between the president and the former deputy prime minister whose popularity has waned in recent years. During his 12 years as Rusnano’s head Chubais, who had been an architect of Russia’s 1990s privatizations as…

  • Russia Reports Record 28K Coronavirus Cases

    Russia Reports Record 28K Coronavirus Cases

    Russia reported more than 28,000 coronavirus cases in a single day for the first time since the start of the pandemic, the latest record amid the second wave plaguing the country’s major cities and far-flung regions. Health officials reported 28,145 new infections across every Russian region Thursday, bringing the total caseload to 2,375,546. Russia has…

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