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  • Moscow Lifts Outdoor Mask Requirements as New Coronavirus Cases Slow

    Moscow Lifts Outdoor Mask Requirements as New Coronavirus Cases Slow

    Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin announced Thursday 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. “A mandatory mask regimen on the streets will be lifted,” Sobyanin said in his blog. Masks are still required in stores,…

  • Police Raids Target Moscow Opposition Activists Planning Constitution Rally

    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…

  • Moscow Push to Reduce UN Cross-Border Aid to Syria Fails

    Moscow Push to Reduce UN Cross-Border Aid to Syria Fails

    A Russian bid to get the United Nations to reduce cross-border humanitarian aid to war-torn Syria was voted down by the Security Council Wednesday, an official said. Authorization for the aid, which comes through two crossing points on the Turkish border — at Bab al-Salam, which leads to the Aleppo region, and Bab al-Hawa, which…

  • Russian Mining Giant Disputes $2Bln Arctic Oil Spill Fine

    Russian Mining Giant Disputes $2Bln Arctic Oil Spill Fine

    Mining giant Nornickel on Wednesday said it was contesting a fine imposed by the Russian authorities over a massive oil spill in the Arctic that sparked a state of emergency. Nornickel “disputes the amount of environmental damage caused by the diesel leak” calculated by the Russian environmental watchdog, Rosprirodnadzor, the company said in a statement. …

  • Russia’s Coronavirus Continue Steady Rise Past 700K

    Russia’s Coronavirus Continue Steady Rise Past 700K

    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…

  • Russian Governor Detained on Murder Charges

    Russian Governor Detained on Murder Charges

    A sitting Russian governor has been detained on suspicion of organizing murders in the early 2000s, investigators said early Thursday. Sergei Furgal, 50, is a former timber and scrap metal metal merchant and member of the far-right Liberal Democratic Party, which has the third-most seats in the Russian parliament. Furgal handed a rare defeat to…

  • Lithuania Bans Russia’s RT Television Channels

    Lithuania Bans Russia’s RT Television Channels

    Lithuania’s media watchdog on Wednesday banned Russian broadcaster RT, echoing a move by neighbor Latvia, after it found a key figure at the station was on an EU sanctions list. Lithuania’s LRTK media regulator said the television station previously known as Russia Today was controlled by Dmitry Kiselyov. Regarded by critics as Russia’s chief spin…

  • “Solidarity is Always the Best Answer”

    “Solidarity is Always the Best Answer”

    Oksana and her two-year-old daughter Sophia sit in a small lounge in Vnukovo airport in Moscow. They are one of several families with young children waiting together. Sophia, like the other children there, has retinoblastoma, an aggressive and rare form of retinal cancer that can render a child blind and cause death within a matter…

  • What a Growing List of ‘Instructional’ Court Cases in Russia Have in Common

    What a Growing List of ‘Instructional’ Court Cases in Russia Have in Common

    On Tuesday, the day after journalist Svetlana Prokopyeva escaped prison time for writing a column, she spent the morning walking around her home city of Pskov in northwestern Russia, enjoying her newfound freedom.  When she returned to her apartment in the early afternoon, the 40-year-old sat down to read and reply to the messages of…

  • Russia Tells U.S. to ‘Mind Own Business’ Over Media Freedom

    Russia Tells U.S. to ‘Mind Own Business’ Over Media Freedom

    Moscow has told the U.S. embassy to “mind your own business” after Washington’s diplomatic mission raised concern about curbs on media freedom in Russia. Rebecca Ross, the spokeswoman for the U.S. embassy, on Tuesday expressed concern about a clampdown on journalists in Russia. “Watching arrest after arrest of Russian journalists – it’s starting to look…

  • Russia Runs Bubonic Plague Checks on Rodents

    Russia Runs Bubonic Plague Checks on Rodents

    Russian health officials in Siberia have begun testing rodents for bubonic plague after several cases were registered in neighboring Mongolia and China. The consumer protection watchdog Rospotrebnadzor said there’s no risk of plague outbreaks spreading to Russia because of border closures and travel restrictions imposed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The World Health Organization (WHO)…

  • Ukraine Detains Alleged Russian Separatist Agent

    Ukraine Detains Alleged Russian Separatist Agent

    Ukraine’s security service said it has detained an alleged Russian agent in Kiev suspected of overseeing separatist forces in eastern Ukraine. The SBU security service identified the suspect as Ukrainian citizen Andrei Nikolayevich, whose last name was only given as the initial K. He is alleged to be a “freelance representative” for the GRU Russian…

  • Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | July 8

    Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | July 8

    Russia has confirmed 700,792 cases of coronavirus and 10,667 deaths. July 8: 3 things you need to know today Federal transport authorities have found more than 500 violations of anti-coronavirus measures at Russian airports in June, the Kommersant business daily reported. Russia’s Federal Air Transport Agency, Rosaviatsia, has extended Russia’s ban on international flights until Aug. 1 due…

  • Russia’s Coronavirus Cases Pass 700K

    Russia’s Coronavirus Cases Pass 700K

    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, China Veto UN Extension of Cross-Border Aid in Syria

    Russia, China Veto UN Extension of Cross-Border Aid in Syria

    Russia and China on Tuesday vetoed a UN Security Council resolution that would have extended authorization for cross-border humanitarian aid in Syria for a year, though Moscow swiftly proposed a more limited extension. Germany and Belgium, two of the council’s non-permanent members, had drafted the resolution, which would have allowed aid to continue to pass through…

  • Russia Seeks 15 Years Jail for Gulag Historian

    Russia Seeks 15 Years Jail for Gulag Historian

    Russian prosecutors demanded Tuesday that a respected Gulag historian be sentenced to 15 years in prison over alleged sexual assault in a case his allies say has been trumped up to silence him. Yury Dmitriyev, 64, spent decades locating and exhuming mass graves of people killed under Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin’s rule.  Rights groups and…

  • Siberia Swelters in the Age of Climate Change

    Siberia Swelters in the Age of Climate Change

    Siberia’s unprecedented heat wave will continue through July, experts have warned, increasing the risk of forest fires and permafrost damage and highlighting the effects of climate change. Forecasts show that five Siberian regions, including one in the Arctic, will experience temperatures of 37 degrees Celsius in early July. This follows The Siberian town of Verkhoyansk…

  • Russia Detains Ex-Defense Reporter for Treason

    Russia Detains Ex-Defense Reporter for Treason

    A high-profile Russian journalist who became an adviser to the head of the space agency was detained Tuesday on charges of treason for allegedly divulging state military secrets, the country’s security service said. Ivan Safronov, 30, worked for business outlets Kommersant and Vedomosti and was one of Russia’s most high profile and respected journalists reporting…

  • Gazprom Gazoraspredeleniye Tambov taking enhanced measures for coronavirus prevention

    Gazprom Gazoraspredeleniye Tambov taking enhanced measures for coronavirus prevention

    News from projects and regions July 7, 2020, 17:30 Gas workers of the Tambov Region are implementing a set of measures aimed at preventing the spread of the coronavirus infection. On July 1, 2020, Gazprom Gazoraspredeleniye Tambov started testing personnel for the virus and its antibodies. Among the first individuals to take the tests are the employees who are involved in continuous production…

  • The keel has been laid down for the nuclear icebreaker Rossija in the Far East

    The first metal to build the superpower nuclear icebreaker Lider (Project 10510) was cut on July 6 at the shipyard in Bolshoi Kamen, Maritime Territory. The governmental customer of the icebreaker of ROSATOM, the developer is FSUE Atomflot. SSK Zvezda is the sole contractor for this contract. As per the contract, the vessel is planned…

  • Russia Will Impose Counter-Sanctions on U.K. – Kremlin

    Russia Will Impose Counter-Sanctions on U.K. – Kremlin

    Moscow will apply counter-sanctions against Britain, the Kremlin said Tuesday, after London blacklisted Russian officials for their alleged involvement in the death of lawyer Sergei Magnitsky. “We can only regret such unfriendly measures,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters. “Obviously the principle of reciprocity will be applied,” he added, without elaborating. The 25 Russians included…

  • Colleagues Rally Behind Russian Former Journalist Detained for Treason

    Colleagues Rally Behind Russian Former Journalist Detained for Treason

    Allegations that former journalist Ivan Safronov passed state secrets to foreign intelligence strain credulity, his colleagues told The Moscow Times after he was detained on suspicion of state treason. Special agents detained Safronov outside his apartment earlier Tuesday, only two months after he left his decade-long journalism career to become an adviser to Russia’s space…

  • Russian Independent Magazine Editor Detained after Police Raid

    Russian Independent Magazine Editor Detained after Police Raid

    A prominent Russian journalist and chief editor of the independent news magazine Holod Media has been detained after authorities searched her apartment in Moscow, human rights lawyer Pavel Chikov said Tuesday.  Earlier in the day, authorities in Moscow detained the adviser to Russia’s space chief and former Kommersant and Vedomosti journalist Ivan Safronov on suspicion…

  • Adviser to Russia’s Space Chief and Ex-Journalist Detained for Treason

    Adviser to Russia’s Space Chief and Ex-Journalist Detained for Treason

    Authorities in Moscow have detained the adviser to Russia’s space chief and former journalist Ivan Safronov on suspicion of state treason, Russia’s space agency Roscosmos said Tuesday. Safronov’s detention comes two months after he became Roscosmos chief Dmitry Rogozin’s adviser. Until May, Safronov had been writing for the independent Kommersant and Vedomosti business dailies for…

  • Off and On the Trans-Siberian: The Lacemaker

    Off and On the Trans-Siberian: The Lacemaker

    Anna, 33, calls herself “an extinct dinosaur in a modern society”. Indeed, it’s almost like she travelled here by time machine. Her job is a well-respected profession in 18th century: lacemaker. She lives with her husband in patriarchy, meaning that she obeys him all the time, thinks that her life mission is to be next…

  • Magnum Photographs at St. Petersburg Manege Exhibition Hall

    Magnum Photographs at St. Petersburg Manege Exhibition Hall

    Underground passengers engrossed in reading and chess players in a summer park, overcrowded beaches and demanding ballet rehearsals, a huge line to the Mausoleum and a divorcing couple in a court room, desperately trying to avoid each other’s eyes — these are just a few of the images in the new exhibition at the Manege…

  • Most Russian Doctors Mistrust Official Coronavirus Data – Poll

    Most Russian Doctors Mistrust Official Coronavirus Data – Poll

    Around half of Russia’s doctors believe that official statistics undercount the number of coronavirus cases in the country while one in 10 say the numbers are too high, the Vedomosti business newspaper reported Tuesday. The survey’s results follow questions over Russia’s relatively low Covid-19 death toll among the hardest-hit countries as authorities doubled fatalities for…

  • Russian Village Quarantines With Anti-Coronavirus Trench

    Russian Village Quarantines With Anti-Coronavirus Trench

    A Siberian village has surrounded itself with trenches to prevent the spread of the coronavirus after officials said an infected shaman caused an outbreak among the local population. The village of Shuluta in the republic of Buryatia had registered 37 cases of Covid-19 among its 390 residents as of Saturday, with a quarter of the…

  • Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | July 7

    Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | July 7

    Russia has confirmed 694,230 cases of coronavirus and 10,494 deaths. July 7: 3 things you need to know today Federal transport authorities have found more than 500 violations of anti-coronavirus measures at Russian airports in June, the Kommersant business daily reported. Russia’s Federal Air Transport Agency, Rosaviatsia, has extended Russia’s ban on international flights until Aug. 1 due to…

  • Russia’s Coronavirus Cases Approach 700K

    Russia’s Coronavirus Cases Approach 700K

    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 Warns Against Marmot Hunting Amid Plague Scare

    Russia Warns Against Marmot Hunting Amid Plague Scare

    Russian health officials have stepped up border controls and are warning residents in Western Siberia not to hunt and eat marmots after neighboring Mongolia and China reported three cases of bubonic plague, the state-run TASS news agency reported Monday. Mongolia last week quarantined its western region of Khovd near the border with Russia after identifying…

  • Brazil becomes Karelsky Okatysh’s latest export market with the start of iro ore pellet deliveries

    Brazil becomes Karelsky Okatysh’s latest export market with the start of iro ore pellet deliveries

    July 7, 2020 Karelsky Okatysh, a division of PAO Severstal and Russia’s leading iron ore mining and processing plant, has delivered iron ore pellets to Brazil for the first time in its history. The shipment of more than 100,000 tons is for Brazil’s largest fully integrated steel producer – Companhia Siderurgica Nacional (CSN). Maxim Vorobyov,…

  • Gazprom Mezhregiongaz Tver opens new customer reception area

    Gazprom Mezhregiongaz Tver opens new customer reception area

    News from projects and regions July 6, 2020, 20:00 Today, Gazprom Mezhregiongaz Tver opened a new customer reception area, which was set up with due account of the coronavirus prevention measures. The new subdivision (located at 7 Dvor Proletarki St., Office 106) complies with social distancing requirements in its operations. Operators and customers communicate at a safe distance across wide tables; the gas company’s specialists…

  • Russia Demands $2Bln From Mining Giant Over Arctic Oil Spill

    Russia Demands $2Bln From Mining Giant Over Arctic Oil Spill

    Russian authorities have demanded mining giant Nornickel make a “voluntary” $2 billion contribution to cover the environmental damage caused by the Arctic’s biggest ever oil spill. In a statement issued Monday, Russia’s environmental agency Rosprirodnadzor assessed the cost of the spillage of 21,000 tons of diesel at 148 billion rubles ($2.1 billion). The agency added…

  • Gazprom Dobycha Yamburg renders assistance to intensive care unit of Novy Urengoy Central City Hospital

    Gazprom Dobycha Yamburg renders assistance to intensive care unit of Novy Urengoy Central City Hospital

    Background Gazprom Dobycha Yamburg is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Gazprom. It operates in the Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Area. The company is focused on gas and gas condensate production Gazprom Dobycha Yamburg holds licenses for the development and production of hydrocarbons from the Yamburgskoye and Zapolyarnoye fields and is preparing for commercial production the Severo-Kamennomyssky, Kamennomysskoye-Sea, Obsky, Chugoryakhinsky, Tazovsko-Zapolyarny and Yuzhno-Parusovy subsurface areas, and, as part of joint ventures, the Parusovy, Severo-Parusovy…

  • Putin Cannot Yet Clarify When EU Borders Will Be Opened to Russians

    Putin Cannot Yet Clarify When EU Borders Will Be Opened to Russians

    It is unclear when EU countries will reopen their borders to Russian tourists, President Vladimir Putin said Monday during a meeting with the head of Russia’s flagship airline Aeroflot. “It is not clear what our partners will do in many countries of the world, including in Europe, they cannot understand each other yet. And it…

  • U.K. Designates 25 Russian Individuals in New Rights Sanctions

    U.K. Designates 25 Russian Individuals in New Rights Sanctions

    Britain on Monday identified 49 individuals and organizations to be sanctioned under a new regime targeting people who violate human rights, 25 of them Russian and 20 Saudis. The Russians are targeted for involvement in the death of lawyer Sergei Magnitsky and the Saudis for the death of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi, the Foreign Office…

  • Zvezda Shipyard Launches Construction of the World’s Most Powerful Nuclear Icebreaker

    The Zvezda Shipbuilding Complex has launched the construction of the flagship nuclear icebreaker of the Leader project.

  • Residents Near Secretive Russian Arctic Missile Test Site to Be Evacuated Ahead of ‘Military Work’

    Residents Near Secretive Russian Arctic Missile Test Site to Be Evacuated Ahead of ‘Military Work’

    Local residents of Nenoksa village on the coast of the White Sea in Russia’s Far North will be given the opportunity to evacuate their homes on Tuesday ahead of planned work at the military missile site where a deadly nuclear accident occured last summer. On Sunday, a message appeared on the local administration’s website posted…

  • Denmark Paves Way for Russia’s Nord Stream 2 Restart

    Denmark Paves Way for Russia’s Nord Stream 2 Restart

    Gazprom’s controversial Nord Stream 2 pipeline overcame another major obstacle to completion Monday, as Denmark granted permission for the pipeline to continue being laid with the use of less technologically advanced ships, potentially negating the impact of U.S. sanctions against the project. The decision could allow Russia to complete the final 120 kilometer stretch of…

  • Tanker “Nursultan Nazarbayev”

    The laying of an Aframax tanker has taken place at the Zvezda Shipbuilding Complex.

  • Russian Journalist Found Guilty of ‘Justifying Terrorism’ Avoids Jail Time

    Russian Journalist Found Guilty of ‘Justifying Terrorism’ Avoids Jail Time

    A Russian journalist avoided a prison sentence on Monday but was given a $7,000 fine for “justifying terrorism” in a controversial case that sparked an outcry at home and abroad. Svetlana Prokopyeva, who is based in the northwestern city of Pskov, was charged with publicly justifying terrorism over a column she wrote about a bombing…

  • Russia Breaks Heat Records in First Half of 2020

    Russia Breaks Heat Records in First Half of 2020

    Russia broke all recorded heat records in the first six months of the year, and the head of the country’s weather service has warned of “dangerous weather events” to come in July. “The first six months of 2020 were the warmest in the history of instrumental weather observations in Russia,” the RBC news website quoted…

  • Russian Orthodox Leader Warns Turkey Over Hagia Sophia Move

    Russian Orthodox Leader Warns Turkey Over Hagia Sophia Move

    The leader of Russia’s Orthodox Church Patriarch Kirill said on Monday he was “deeply concerned” by calls in Turkey to alter the status of the Hagia Sophia, the historic former cathedral in Istanbul. Turkey’s top court is debating whether one of the architectural wonders of the world can be redesignated as a mosque, a move…

  • Russian Experts Not Worried About Bubonic Plague Outbreak on Mongolian Border

    Russian Experts Not Worried About Bubonic Plague Outbreak on Mongolian Border

    Top infectious diseases specialist Vladislav Zhemchugov said on Monday he isn’t concerned a recent outbreak of bubonic plague in Mongolia and northern China will spread to Russia. Last week, Mongolia quarantined its western region near the border with Russia after identifying two suspected cases of the bubonic plague linked to the consumption of marmot meat.…

  • Putin’s Relative Elected as Head of Anti-Corruption Party

    Putin’s Relative Elected as Head of Anti-Corruption Party

    Russian President Vladimir Putin’s first cousin once removed was elected on Sunday to head the People Against Corruption political party, the state-run RIA Novosti news agency reported. Roman Putin, son of President Putin’s cousin Igor, said he aimed to run with the party in the upcoming regional elections in September, and then in the elections…

  • Russian Women Rally Behind Feminist ‘Political Prisoner’

    Russian Women Rally Behind Feminist ‘Political Prisoner’

    For weeks, Russian women have been posting non-sexualized photos of themselves in little or no clothing as well as artwork of tummy rolls, body hair, vaginas and breasts on social media. The online flashmob, a common form of protest in Russia, is taking place in support of Yulia Tsvetkova, a feminist and LGBT activist from…

  • Chechen Dissident Shot Dead in Austria

    Chechen Dissident Shot Dead in Austria

    Austrian police have arrested two Russians from Chechnya over the fatal shooting of a Chechen dissident, officials said on Sunday. The 43-year-old asylum seeker, a vocal critic of the Chechen Republic’s government, was found dead with gunshot wounds near the capital Vienna on Saturday. Police arrested a 47-year-old Russian from Chechnya in the city of…

  • Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | July 5

    Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | July 5

    Russia has confirmed 681,251 cases of coronavirus and 10,161 deaths. July 5: 3 things you need to know today Federal transport authorities have found more than 500 violations of anti-coronavirus measures at Russian airports in June, the Kommersant business daily reported. Russia’s Federal Air Transport Agency, Rosaviatsia, has extended Russia’s ban on international flights until Aug. 1 due to…

  • Russia’s Coronavirus Cases Rise Past 680K

    Russia’s Coronavirus Cases Rise Past 680K

    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…

  • Kvas: Russia’s National Tipple

    Kvas: Russia’s National Tipple

    If there is one thing worse than Moscow in the middle of a cold snap, it’s Moscow in the middle of a heat wave.  Summer took its own sweet time coming this year, but now seems to have settled in for the duration with the relentless baking heat that is so hard to coax off…

  • Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | July 4

    Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | July 4

    Russia has confirmed 674,515 cases of coronavirus and 6,632 deaths. July 4: 3 things you need to know today Federal transport authorities have found more than 500 violations of anti-coronavirus measures at Russian airports in June, the Kommersant business daily reported. Russia’s Federal Air Transport Agency, Rosaviatsia, has extended Russia’s ban on international flights until Aug. 1 due to…

  • Russia’s Coronavirus Cases Continue Steady Rise to Approach 675K

    Russia’s Coronavirus Cases Continue Steady Rise to Approach 675K

    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…

  • Defense Lawyers Allowed to Examine MH17 Wreckage

    Defense Lawyers Allowed to Examine MH17 Wreckage

    Defense lawyers for a Russian suspect on trial over the downing of flight MH17 will be allowed to inspect the partially recovered wreck of the passenger jet, Dutch judges ruled Friday. The judges granted the request after lawyers for Oleg Pulatov, the only suspect out of four with legal representation, said they wanted to probe…

  • Putin Mocks U.S. Embassy Rainbow Flag

    Putin Mocks U.S. Embassy Rainbow Flag

    Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday mocked a rainbow LGBT pride flag hung from the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, suggesting it reflected on the orientation of the diplomats. During a televised video conference, a lawmaker told Putin that the U.S. Embassy had hung a rainbow flag on its facade for the first time to celebrate…

  • Russia Jails North Korean Poacher

    Russia Jails North Korean Poacher

    A Russian court has sentenced to four years in prison one of several North Korean poachers detained on charges of attacking Russian border guards last year, authorities said Friday. In one of several flare-ups between the allies, 18 North Korean poachers were alleged to have attacked 11 Russian border guards with “improvised items” in the…

  • Russia Touts S-500’s Ability to Destroy Hypersonic Weapons in Space

    Russia Touts S-500’s Ability to Destroy Hypersonic Weapons in Space

    Russia’s advanced S-500 air defense system is capable of destroying hypersonic weapons and satellites in near space, the head of Russia’s air and space forces has said. The S-500 Prometheus, which Russian defense officials say could enter service as soon as 2020, is touted as being capable of intercepting stealth warplanes. President Vladimir Putin has…

  • Coronavirus-Infected Moscow Election Official Administered Vote on Putin Reforms – Reports

    Coronavirus-Infected Moscow Election Official Administered Vote on Putin Reforms – Reports

    A Moscow election official infected with the coronavirus administered votes during Russia’s weeklong plebiscite on constitutional changes, the Dozhd television channel reported Thursday. The nationwide vote was postponed from its original date of April 22 and was spread out over a week due to the coronavirus pandemic. Health officials had warned that it might still…

  • Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | July 3

    Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | July 3

    Russia has confirmed 667,883 cases of coronavirus and 6,718 deaths. July 3: 3 things you need to know today Federal transport authorities have found more than 500 violations of anti-coronavirus measures at Russian airports in June, the Kommersant business daily reported. Russia’s Federal Air Transport Agency, Rosaviatsia, has extended Russia’s ban on international flights until Aug. 1 due to…

  • Fighter Nurmagomedov’s Father and Coach Dies From Coronavirus Complications

    Fighter Nurmagomedov’s Father and Coach Dies From Coronavirus Complications

    Russian Mixed Martial Arts fighter Khabib Nurmagomedov’s father has died at 57 after contracting the coronavirus, Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov announced Friday. Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov was flown to Moscow from Chechnya after catching Covid-19 in mid-May, at one point being placed in a medically induced coma. Nurmagomedov said last week that his father remained in intensive…

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