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28.11.20 Russia Hits New All-time High Of 27,543 Covid-19 Cases, 496 Deaths In Past 24 Hours
Interfax
Russia has hit another all-time high of 27,543 new Covid-19 cases (+1.3%), and has seen 496 deaths, as well as a record number of 26,682 recoveries in the past 24 hours, the coronavirus response headquarters said in a statement on Friday. Over the past day, 27,543 Covid-19 cases were confirmed in 85 regions of Russia, including 6,241 asymptomatic cases identified proactively (22.6%)," the headquarters said. The previous all-time high of 25,487 new cases was reported the day before. Meanwhile, the number of recovered patients has also been growing. The all-time high of daily recoveries, 26,682, was seen in Russia in the past 24 hours. Read more 
28.11.20 Putin Foe Navalny Urges EU To Be Ready For Russian Election
AP
Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny urged the European Union to reject the results of Russia’s parliamentary election next year if any candidates are blocked from taking part and he called Friday on the EU to impose sanctions on oligarchs close to President Vladimir Putin. Navalny, a corruption investigator and longtime foe of Putin’s, has been recovering in Germany from a poisoning attack with what experts have said was a Soviet-era nerve agent. He told EU lawmakers he thinks it’s “important that Europe not remain silent” on conditions in Russia. Navalny described next September’s election for Russia’s lower house of parliament as “an absolutely crucial event.” He said that while he and other opposition politicians expect some vote-rigging, what “is most important is the right to participate.” Navalny, who has been blocked several times from registering as a candidate, said the EU’s approach should simply be: “If everyone is allowed to participate, we can discuss it further. But if some are not allowed to participate, the results of such an election will never be recognized.” He urged the 27-nation bloc to change its approach to sanctions, saying there is little point in slapping travel bans or asset freezes over poisonings or election irregularities on military officers because they generally don’t move much outside of Russia, own real estate or hold bank accounts in Europe. Navalny said the EU should ask itself why these alleged crimes are happening. Read more 
28.11.20 Prosecutors Pull Hitler Stamps Off The Shelves In Russia’s Oryol Region
Meduza
Prosecutors in Russia’s western Oryol region have managed to get postage stamps featuring a portrait of Nazi Germany’s leader Adolf Hitler withdrawn from sale. According to the head of the Karelia-based community organization that printed the stamps, they were meant to underscore the Soviet Union’s victory over Nazi Germany in the Second World War. The Oryol Regional Prosecutor’s Office, on the other hand, concluded that the stamps violate Russia’s federal law banning the use of Nazi symbols. Read more 
28.11.20 Russia To Pay Med Students $260 For Treating Coronavirus Patients
The Moscow Times
Medical students on the front lines of Russia’s coronavirus response will receive $260 in payouts before the end of the year, news agencies quoted a senior cabinet official overseeing Russia’s virus response as saying Friday. Deputy Prime Minister Tatiana Golikova said 60,296 students “not in full-time positions but in practical training at medical organizations” will receive 10,000 rubles ($130) in November and another payment of the same amount in December. Another 5,382 vocational school students will receive 7,000 rubles ($91) for each of the two months, the state-run RIA Novosti news agency quoted Golikova as saying.
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