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29.11.21 Revaccination Effectively Protects Against Omicron
TASS
The revaccination provides the most reliable protection against the Omicron COVID-19 variant, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Chief Medical Advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci told US President Joe Biden at a briefing. "Dr. Fauci and members of the COVID Response Team updated the President on the latest developments related to the Omicron variant. Dr. Fauci informed the President that while it will take approximately two more weeks to have more definitive information on the transmissibility, severity, and other characteristics of the variant, he continues to believe that existing vaccines are likely to provide a degree of protection against severe cases of COVID. Dr. Fauci also reiterated that boosters for fully vaccinated individuals provide the strongest available protection from COVID," according to the statement published on the White House website on Monday. Read more 
29.11.21 Russian Language Added To Central African Republic University Curriculum
The Moscow Times
Central African Republic universities will require students to study the Russian language, CAR media has reported as Bangui and Moscow continue to pursue activated military and economic cooperation. President Faustin-Archange Touadéra ordered universities to make Russian compulsory instead of Spanish as soon as next year, the Corbeau News Centrafrique news website reported Friday. Students will study Russian from the first year of undergraduate studies until the first and second year of postgraduate studies, which the outlet reports is longer than Spanish and Chinese language studies. Read more 
28.11.21 Omicron Strain Of Novel Coronavirus Has Not Been Registered In Russia At Present
TASS
The omicron variant of the novel coronavirus has not been registered in Russia at present, Head of the Scientific Group for the Development of New Methods for Diagnosing Human Diseases at the Central Research Institute of Epidemiology of Rospotrebnadzor, Kamil Khafizov, reported on Sunday. "As of Sunday, the Omicron variant has not been detected. At the same time, intensive work has been underway to sequence the coronavirus genome, including from patients who have recently visited foreign countries." On Friday, the World Health Organization (WHO) designated the B.1.1.529 variant as a "Variant of Concern" and assigned it the Greek letter Omicron. It also said that the new variant has "a large number of mutations, some of which are concerning." Read more 
28.11.21 Russia Has Registered 33,548 New Confirmed COVID-19
TASS
Russia has registered 33,548 new confirmed COVID-19 infections over the past 24 hours, with the total number of infections reaching 9,570,373 cases, the anti-coronavirus crisis center told reporters on Sunday. According to the crisis center, the relative increase of new infections is at the level of 0.35%. In the past 24-hour period, 2,072 new cases were uncovered in St. Petersburg, 2,046 - in the Moscow Region, 974 - in the Samara Region, 754 - in the Voronezh Region, and 719 - in the Nizhny Novgorod Region. Read more 
28.11.21 Ludwig Wins Odd World Cup Luge Race On A Warm Day In Russia
AP
Johannes Ludwig of Germany handled unseasonably warm conditions and won his second consecutive men’s World Cup luge race of the season Sunday. Felix Loch of Germany was second, and Roman Repilov of Russia was third. Temperatures were in the mid-50s Fahrenheit (13 degrees Celsius) at race time and the ice quality deteriorated throughout the day, getting softer and slower with each passing sled. The longer that sliders had to wait for their run, the worse the track was. Ludwig was only 20th in the first heat, which oddly provided him with a big advantage because of the conditions. That meant the leaders from the first heat — in this case, Kristers Aparjods of Latvia, Dominik Fischnaller of Italy and Riks Kristens Rozitis of Latvia — would be the last three sleds down the track in the second heat, with luge always using a reverse order of finish for that final run. Read more 
27.11.21 Bodies Of Five Miners Killed At Siberian Coalmine Pulled To Surface
TASS
The bodies of five other miners killed in the accident at the Listvyazhnaya coalmine in the Russian Siberian region of Kemerovo have been lifted to the surface, the Russian Emergencies Ministry told TASS on Saturday. "In the course of search and rescue operations at the Listvyazhnaya coalmine, the mine rescuers discovered five dead miners. Their bodies have been pulled to the surface," the spokesperson said. Thus, the bodies of eleven miners, including three rescuers, have been removed from the mine after the accident. Read more 
27.11.21 Record-breaker Valieva Wins Rostelecom Cup Figure Skating
AP
Kamila Valieva headed a Russian women’s podium sweep at the figure skating Rostelecom Cup on Saturday to underline her status as favorite for the Olympic gold medal in Beijing. The 15-year-old Valieva landed three quadruple jumps, two of them in combinations, to Ravel’s “Bolero” and scored 185.29 points in the free skate for a 272.71 total. Her short program, free skate and overall scores at the competition were all world records. Valieva won by a crushing margin of 43 points from Elizaveta Tuktamysheva, the 2015 world champion who doesn’t perform quad jumps but has stayed in contention with consistently strong triple jumps and presentation skills. Read more 
27.11.21 Russia: Survivor Found After Siberia Mine Disaster Kills More Than 50
The Independent
Rescuers have found a survivor in a Siberian mine where a gas leak killed more than 50 people in one of the worst disasters to hit Russia’s coal heartland since Soviet times. The disaster in the Kemerovo region killed 51 people on Thursday, including six rescuers who were sent down to try to bring out dozens of men stuck deep underground. Sergei Tsivilyov, governor of the Kemerovo region, said the survivor was found in the Listvyazhnaya mine and that he was being taken to hospital. He was a rescuer who had been presumed dead. Mr Tsivilyov said finding other survivors at this point was highly unlikely. Read more 
26.11.21 Kemerovo Region Authorities Confirm Death Of 46 Miners, 6 Rescuers In Listvyazhnaya Mine
Interfax
The authorities of the Kemerovo region have confirmed the death of 52 people as a result of Thursday's accident in the Listvyazhnaya mine. "Thirty-five missing miners have been declared dead. The overall death toll stands at 52, including 46 miners and six rescuers," according to a report published on the Telegram channel of Kemerovo Region Governor Sergei Tsivilev. Thirty-eight miners and 11 rescuers, one of whom sustained a head injury and the other ten suffered carbon monoxide poisoning, are still in hospitals, the report said. "The accident is likely to have been caused by a methane-air mixture explosion. The commission will establish the exact cause," it said. Three teams from a mine rescue unit have arrived at the Listvyazhnaya mine. Read more 
26.11.21 Russia Registers 34,690 New Covid-19 Cases, 1,235 Deaths
Interfax
Russia has registered 34,690 new cases of Covid-19 and 1,235 related deaths in the past 24 hours, the coronavirus response headquarters said in a statement on Friday. "Over the past day, 34,690 Covid-19 cases were confirmed in 85 regions of Russia, including 2,466 asymptomatic cases identified proactively (7.1 %)," the headquarters said. Russia has seen another uptick in the daily number of cases, which was more than 34,000 in the past 24 hours, as compared to about 33,000 over the past three days. There has been a 17% growth in infections in Moscow, which reported 3,929 new cases of Covid-19. There were 1,812 new cases in the Moscow region and 1,704 in St. Petersburg. Morbidity levels are continuing to decrease in both regions. Read more 
26.11.21 New Russian Module Docks With International Space Station
AP
A Russian cargo craft carrying a new docking module successfully hooked up with the International Space Station Friday after a two-day space journey. The new spherical module, named Prichal (Pier), docked with the orbiting outpost at 6:19 p.m. Moscow time (1519 GMT). It has six docking ports and will allow potential future expansion of the Russian segment of the station. The module has moored to the docking port of the new Russian Nauka (Science) laboratory module. Read more 
26.11.21 Russian Markets Tumble On Discovery Of ‘Worst Ever’ Coronavirus Strain
The Moscow Times
Russian financial markets have tumbled in a day of global market turmoil following the discovery of a new coronavirus strain, dubbed the “worst ever” by scientists. The ruble sank 2% against major currencies by Friday lunchtime in Moscow trading, hitting a seven-month low of 75.7 against the U.S. dollar and 85.2 against the euro. The sell-off caps a punishing week for Russian markets, which started with what traders have dubbed “black Monday” — a day of heavy losses prompted by fears of military confrontation between Russia and Ukraine. Read more 
25.11.21 Russia Registers 33,796 New Covid-19 Cases, 1,238 Deaths
Interfax
Russia has registered 33,796 new cases of Covid-19 and 1,238 deaths in the past 24 hours, the coronavirus response headquarters said in a statement on Thursday. "Over the past day, 33,796 Covid-19 cases were confirmed in 85 regions of Russia, including 2,340 asymptomatic cases identified proactively (6.9%)," the headquarters said. According to the headquarters, there were 3,349 new infections in Moscow, as against 2,533 the day before, as well as 1,538 new infections in St. Petersburg, and 1,483 in the Moscow region. Over the past day, 1,238 patients died from Covid-19 across Russia, mostly in Moscow (92), St. Petersburg (65), and the Moscow region (60). Read more 
25.11.21 Authorities Confirm Death Of 11 Miners In Coal Mine Accident In Russia’s Kemerovo Region
TASS
The death toll in an accident at the Listvyazhnaya coal mine in Russia’s Kemerovo region has risen to 11, regional Governor Sergei Tsivilev said in a statement on Telegram. "Another body has just been found. The death toll has risen to 11," the statement reads. The regional government said on its website that 35 people still remained in the mine. A total of 43 miners have been taken to the hospital, four are in serious condition. Read more 
25.11.21 Russian Lawmaker Stripped Of Immunity Over Elk’s Killing
AP
The lower house of Russia’s parliament on Thursday stripped a lawmaker who is critical of the Kremlin of his immunity, allowing prosecutors to press charges against him over the allegedly illegal killing of an elk during a hunting trip. Valery Rashkin, 66, first denied the accusations but later reversed course and admitted the killing. He insisted, however, that he was unaware that he was breaking the law and described the case against him as politically driven. The State Duma voted 341-55 to strip Rashkin of his immunity. Rashkin, who will retain his parliament seat pending the probe, may face a fine or a prison term of up to five years if convicted. Read more 
25.11.21 Protest At Russian Court As Future Of Rights Group Memorial Hangs In Balance
The Guardian
A Russian court has begun hearing arguments on the liquidation of International Memorial, a human rights group founded to research and inform the public about state-sponsored crimes and repression under the Soviet Union. Prosecutors have said the organisation should be shut down for violating Russia’s contentious “foreign agents” law, which the government has increasingly used to punish and close organisations it deems unfriendly. A judge ordered a recess until the middle of December, leaving the rights group’s fate uncertain but raising the possibility that it could be given a reprieve. The group has said it believes the judge’s decision will be political. Read more 
24.11.21 Sputnik M Coronavirus Vaccine For Teens Registered In Russia
Interfax
The Russian Health Ministry has registered the Sputnik M coronavirus vaccine for children aged 12-17, the press service for the Health Ministry said on Wednesday. "The Russian Health Ministry has made the decision to register the Gam-COVID-Vac M vaccine for the prevention of the novel coronavirus infection among teens between the ages of 12 and 17 inclusively following all necessary clinical trials, during which Gam-COVID-Vac M showed high safety and efficacy, and on the basis of the positive conclusion of experts," the ministry said in a statement seen by Interfax. The Gam-COVID-Vac M (Sputnik M) vaccine is based on the same platform as the original Sputnik V vaccine and is administered twice, with each shot 21 days apart. Read more 
24.11.21 Russia Registers 33,558 New Cases Of Covid-19, 1,240 Deaths
Interfax
Russia has registered 33,558 new cases of Covid-19 and 1,240 deaths in the past 24 hours, the coronavirus response headquarters said in a statement on Wednesday. "Over the past day, 33,558 Covid-19 cases were confirmed in 85 regions of Russia, including 2,194 asymptomatic cases identified proactively (6.5%)," the headquarters said. According to the headquarters, there were 2,533 new cases of Covid-19 in Moscow, 1,842 in the Moscow region, and 1,387 in St. Petersburg. In the past 24 hours, 1,240 patients died from Covid-19 across Russia, mostly, in Moscow (93), St. Petersburg (73), and the Moscow region (56). Since the beginning of the coronavirus epidemic in Russia, it has registered a total of 9,434,393 cases of Covid-19, including 267,819 deaths and 8,126,376 recoveries, including 36,682 persons discharged from hospital over the past day, 5,393 of them in Moscow. Read more 
24.11.21 Rapper Morgenshtern Leaves Russia After Top Investigator's Drug Dealing Claims
The Moscow Times
Popular rapper Morgenshtern has left Russia after the country’s top investigator accused him of drug dealing, the Ura.ru news website reported Wednesday. Alisher Valeyev, who goes by the stage name Morgenshtern, reportedly boarded a train from the western Russian border city of Smolensk to Minsk, the capital of neighboring Belarus, with his wife and bodyguards. Earlier Tuesday, Investigative Committee chief Alexander Bastrykin claimed that “blogger Morgenshtern essentially sells drugs on social media.” Read more 
23.11.21 Russia Registers 33,996 New Covid-19 Cases, Lowest Number Since Oct 19, And 1,243 Deaths
Interfax
Russia has registered 33,996 new cases of Covid-19, which is the lowest number since October 19, and 1,243 related deaths in the past 24 hours, the coronavirus response headquarters said in a statement on Tuesday. "Over the past day, 33,996 Covid-19 cases were confirmed in 85 regions of Russia, including 2,024 asymptomatic cases identified proactively (6.0%)," the headquarters said. The number of new cases of Covid-19 corresponds roughly to the number of cases recorded on October 19, when 33,740 cases of Covid-19 were reported before the morbidity curve began to rise. According to the headquarters, there were 2,749 new cases of Covid-19 in Moscow, 1,871 in the Moscow region, 1,529 in the Samara region, and 1,060 in St. Petersburg. Over the past day, 1,243 people have died from Covid-19 across Russia, with 96 dying in Moscow, 76 in St. Petersburg, and 70 in the Krasnodar Territory. Read more 
23.11.21 US Announces More Sanctions Over Russian Gas Pipeline
AP
The State Department sought Monday to keep up pressure on Russia over that country’s U.S.-opposed Nord Stream 2 pipeline, sanctioning what the U.S. said was a Russia-linked company and ship working on the project. The U.S. has unsuccessfully tried to slow or stop the construction of Nord Stream 2, which would carry Russian gas to Germany, fearing the added leverage that the energy project will give Russia in Europe. Russian-controlled gas giant Gazprom owns the pipeline with investment from several European companies. The United States reached a deal with Germany, a key NATO ally, last summer to allow the pipeline’s completion without imposing U.S. sanctions on German interests involved in the project. Read more 
22.11.21 Russia Registers 35,681 New Covid-19 Cases, Lowest Number Since Oct 24, 1,241 Deaths
Interfax
Russia has registered 35,681 new cases of Covid-19, which is the lowest number since October 24, and 1,241 related deaths in the past 24 hours, the coronavirus response headquarters said in a statement on Monday. "Over the past day, 35,681 Covid-19 cases were confirmed in 85 regions of Russia, including 2,319 asymptomatic cases identified proactively (6.5%)," the headquarters said. The number of daily infections is down to the level of October 24, when Russia saw 35,660 new cases of Covid-19 before the coronavirus morbidity curve began to rise on a daily basis. There is a downward trend at present, but the authorities say it is too early to talk about stabilization. According to the headquarters, Moscow has seen 2,786 new infections in the past 24 hours, which is almost 20% lower than Sunday. There are 2,215 new cases in St. Petersburg and 1,784 in the Moscow region. Over the past day, 1,241 patients have died from Covid-19 across Russia, with the most deaths registered in Moscow (94), St. Petersburg (77), and the Moscow region (68). Read more 
21.11.21 Russia's COVID-19 Cases Climbed By 36,970
TASS
Russia’s COVID-19 case tally surged by 36,970 in the past 24 hours to 9,331,158, the anti-coronavirus crisis center stated on Sunday. In relative terms, the COVID-19 incidence increased by 0,4% over the past day. In particular, in the last 24 hours, some 3,438 COVID-19 cases were detected in Moscow, as many as 2,496 cases were recorded in St. Petersburg, 1,909 cases of the infection were confirmed in the Moscow Region, 1,661 - in the Samara Region, 989 - in the Krasnodar Region, 884 cases - in Crimea. Read more 
21.11.21 Russia's COVID-19 Cases Climbed By 36,970
TASS
Russia’s COVID-19 case tally surged by 36,970 in the past 24 hours to 9,331,158, the anti-coronavirus crisis center stated on Sunday. In relative terms, the COVID-19 incidence increased by 0,4% over the past day. In particular, in the last 24 hours, some 3,438 COVID-19 cases were detected in Moscow, as many as 2,496 cases were recorded in St. Petersburg, 1,909 cases of the infection were confirmed in the Moscow Region, 1,661 - in the Samara Region, 989 - in the Krasnodar Region, 884 cases - in Crimea. Read more 
20.11.21 Russia Detects 37,120 COVID-19 Cases
TASS
Russia has registered 37,120 new confirmed COVID-19 infections over the past 24 hours with the total number of infections reaching 9,294,188 cases, the anti-coronavirus crisis center told reporters on Saturday. According to the crisis center, the relative increase of new infections is at the level of 0.4%. In the past 24-hour period, 3,239 new cases were uncovered in Moscow, along with 2,637 new infections in St. Petersburg and 1,885 infections in the Moscow Region. Also, during this timeframe, 1,762 new cases were discovered in the Samara Region, 997 cases - in the Krasnodar Region, and 886 new cases were detected in the Republic of Crimea. All in all, at present, 1,038,919 patients are still undergoing treatment in Russia. Read more 
19.11.21 Russia Records Another 37,156 Coronavirus Cases
TASS
Russia's coronavirus cases rose by 37,156 to 9,257,068 in the past 24 hours, the anti-coronavirus crisis center said on Friday. Russia's coronavirus growth rate was 0.4%. In particular, 2,714 coronavirus cases were reported in St. Petersburg in the past day, 1,777 in the Moscow region, 1,764 in the Samara region, 903 in the Krasnodar region and 884 in Crimea. According to data from the crisis center, there are currently 1,039,225 active coronavirus cases in Russia. Read more 
18.11.21 Russia Registers 37,374 New Covid-19 Cases, New All-time High Of 1,251 Deaths
Interfax
Russia has registered 37,374 new cases of Covid-19 and a new all-time high of 1,251 deaths in the past 24 hours, the coronavirus response headquarters said in a statement on Thursday. "Over the past day, 37,374 Covid-19 cases were confirmed in 85 regions of Russia, including 2,617 asymptomatic cases identified proactively (7.0%)," the headquarters said. There has been an uptick in daily morbidity from the 36,626 new cases reported on Wednesday. Moscow reported 4,062 new infections on Thursday, as compared to 2,966 the day before. There were 2,645 new cases in St. Petersburg and 1,781 in the Samara region. Read more 
17.11.21 Russian Test Blamed For Space Junk Threatening Space Station
AP
A Russian weapons test created more than 1,500 pieces of space junk now threatening the seven astronauts aboard the International Space Station, according to U.S. officials who called the strike reckless and irresponsible. The State Department confirmed Monday that the debris was from an old Russian satellite destroyed by the missile. “Needless to say, I’m outraged. This is unconscionable,” NASA Administrator Bill Nelson told The Associated Press. “It’s unbelievable that the Russian government would do this test and threaten not only international astronauts, but their own cosmonauts that are on board the station” as well as the three people on China’s space station. Read more 
17.11.21 Russia Registers 36,626 New Covid-19 Cases, New All-time High Of 1,247 Deaths
Interfax
Russia has registered 36,626 new cases of Covid-19 and a new all-time high of 1,247 deaths in the past 24 hours, the coronavirus response headquarters said in a statement on Wednesday. "Over the past day, 36,626 Covid-19 cases were confirmed in 85 regions of Russia, including 2,335 asymptomatic cases identified proactively (6.4%)," the headquarters said. Russia has seen a new record of 1,247 deaths from Covid-19, with the most deaths reported from Moscow (96), St. Petersburg (84), and the Krasnodar Territory (58). Meanwhile, daily morbidity levels have been slowly decreasing in Russia over the week. There were 2,966 infections in Moscow, 2,793 in St. Petersburg (as compared to 3,131 the day before), and 1,785 in the Samara region, which surpassed the Moscow region (1,691), in the past 24 hours. Read more 
16.11.21 Israel To Accept Russian Tourists Vaccinated With Sputnik V In December
TASS
Tourists from Russia vaccinated with two doses of the Sputnik V vaccine will be able to enter Israel starting December 1, 2021, subject to a number of conditions after technical and legal entry procedure issues are resolved, according to a joint statement by Israeli health and tourism ministry and the office of the Israeli Prime Minister, issued on Monday. However, the Russian vaccine itself has been recognized by Israel starting on November 15. Read more 
16.11.21 Kremlin Denies Possible Reduction Of Gas Transit Through Belarus After Nord Stream 2 Launch
Interfax
Russian President Vladimir Putin's remark that relations with Belarus might get complicated if Belarus shuts down gas transit to Europe does not mean that gas transit through Belarus will be reduced when the Nord Stream 2 pipeline commences operation, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters. Journalists asked Peskov on Monday whether Putin's remark that a possible decision of Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko to disrupt gas transit to Europe won't be good for the development of relations with Belarus as a transit country meant that Russia would reduce transit through Belarus after the commissioning of Nord Stream 2. "No, it does not," Peskov said. Read more 
16.11.21 Macron, Putin Discuss Deescalating Belarus Border Tensions
AP
French President Emmanuel Macron and Russian leader Vladimir Putin talked on the phone Monday about the need for de-escalating the tensions around the growing migrant pressure on the European Union’s borders with Belarus, Marcon’s office said. In the almost two-hour talk, they also agreed upon the “need for a humanitarian effort for the migrants” but did not announce any concrete steps, according to the Elysee statement. The EU says Moscow has a role in building the migration pressure and could actively help in easing it. Read more 
16.11.21 Russia Resumes Flights With More Countries Amid COVID Surge
The Independent
Russia said Tuesday that it will resume allowing air travel to Argentina Bangladesh Brazil Costa Rica and Mongolia starting Dec. 1. The government coronavirus task force said Russia will also lift the remaining restrictions on flights to Cuba, Mexico and Qatar, and increase the number of flights to Italy, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan and Vietnam as of Dec. 1. In all, Russia so far has resumed flights with over 60 countries. The announcement comes as Russia's daily coronavirus cases and COVID-19 deaths remain at record highs and less than 40% of the country's population of 146 million has been fully vaccinated. The task force on Tuesday reported 36,818 new confirmed cases and 1,240 deaths, the latter only one fewer than the record daily death toll. Read more 
15.11.21 Russia Detects 38,420 Daily COVID-19 Cases
TASS
Russia has registered 38,420 new confirmed COVID-19 infections over the past 24 hours with the total number of infections reaching 9,109,094 cases, the anti-coronavirus crisis center told reporters on Monday. According to the crisis center, the relative increase of new infections is at the level of 0.42%. In the past 24-hour period, 2,968 new cases were uncovered in St. Petersburg, along with 2,666 new infections in the Moscow Region. Also, during this timeframe, 1,789 new cases were discovered in the Samara Region, 860 cases - in the Republic of Crimea, and 779 new cases were detected in the Nizhny Novgorod Region. Read more 
15.11.21 ISS Successfully Flies Past Space Debris
Interfax
The International Space Station (ISS) has successfully flown past a piece of space debris, and the crew will soon be allowed to return to the station, the NASA mission control center said. "All ISS pressures are stable. We are discussing back-out options," a Mission Control Center operator told the crew in a conversation aired by NASA. Earlier on Monday, the ISS crew moved to the Soyuz and Crew Dragon spaceships due to a threat of collision with space debris. Roscosmos said, citing the NASA Mission Control Center, that the ISS would soon "enter a corridor of possible collision with space debris." NASA said that the risk of collision was "miniscule," Roscosmos noted. "The guidelines say that the crew should stay on a ship at the approach moment in the event of the ISS' approach by a potentially dangerous object," it said. Read more 
15.11.21 How Can Foreigners In Russia Get A QR Covid Pass?
The Moscow Times
As Russia continues to grapple with a devastating fourth wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, its regions have implemented a digital health pass system to control entry to public areas. The scannable QR code passes prove that one has been vaccinated within the past 12 months, has recently recovered from Covid-19 or recently tested negative for the virus. With federal lawmakers set to vote on a nationwide mandate requiring these passes to enter public transit and airplanes, restaurants and bars, non-essential shops and other public spaces, getting a QR code is becoming increasingly urgent. Read more 
15.11.21 Russia Puts Prominent Pussy Riot Member On Wanted List
AP
Russian authorities on Monday added Pyotr Verzilov, a prominent member of the protest group Pussy Riot, to the government’s wanted list, in the latest step to turn up the pressure on opposition activists and independent media. Verzilov, a publisher of independent news site Mediazona, was labelled “foreign agent” along with the media outlet and its chief editor Sergei Smirnov in September. The designation comes with additional government scrutiny and carries strong pejorative connotations that can discredit the recipient. His name appeared on the Russian Interior Ministry’s wanted list due to his failure to report his Canadian citizenship to authorities, according to his lawyer Leonid Solovyov. Read more 
13.11.21 Bills On Use Of QR Codes In Public Places, On Trains, Planes Submitted To State Duma
Interfax
Bills regulating the use of QR codes in public places and on trains and planes have been submitted to the State Duma; no QR code will be required to visit drugstores, grocery stores or to buy goods of first necessity, the Russian government press service said. "The government has submitted the bills on the use of QR codes in public places and on several means of transport. The suggested solutions are an emergency measure amid the difficult coronavirus situation," the government press service said in a statement on Friday. The draft bill titled 'On Amending the Federal Law On the Sanitary-Epidemiological Well-Being of the Population' implies that only people with QR codes proving the fact of vaccination or a document certifying that the person has recovered from coronavirus infection or has a medical exemption from vaccination will be permitted to attend public events and visit cultural sites or cultural establishments, cafes, restaurants and retail facilities. Read more 
13.11.21 Is Russia Brewing A Confrontation Over Belarus, Ukraine?
Forbes
To the north and east of Paris lie two of the great medieval cities of France, Amiens and Reims, both possessed of spellbinding cathedrals that have played a central role in the history, and especially, the monarchy of France. The cathedral of Reims sticks in my mind because the marathon/semi-marathon of Reims starts directly in front of it and the early morning view through the stained-glass windows is as inspiring as any sporting setting. Read more 
12.11.21 Russia Moves To Close Respected Rights Group Memorial
The Moscow Times
Russian prosecutors are moving to shutter the country's most respected rights group Memorial, it announced Thursday, in the latest legal effort to silence independent voices critical of President Vladimir Putin. Memorial said it was notified by Russia's Supreme Court that prosecutors had filed a demand to dissolve the group over systematic violations of "foreign agent" legislation. The group is among several investigative news outlets, journalists and rights organizations to have been hit with the label in what observers have described as a historic crackdown on independent organizations. Read more 
12.11.21 Russia Tries To Shut Down A Top Human Rights Group
Forbes
Preeminent Russian human rights group Memorial announced Thursday prosecutors had filed a lawsuit to liquidate the organization under Russia’s controversial “foreign agent” law in a move they described as “politically motivated,” the latest blow to the country’s civil rights movement under the increasingly dictatorial presidency of Vladimir Putin. Read more 
11.11.21 Russia Records Another 40,759 Coronavirus Cases
TASS
Russia's coronavirus cases rose by 40,759 to 8,952,472 in the past 24 hours. Russia's coronavirus growth rate was 0.46%. In particular, 2,617 coronavirus cases were reported in the Moscow region in the past day, 1,791 in the Samara region (the highest daily number since the onset of the pandemic), 819 in Crimea, 783 in the Nizhny Novgorod region and 777 in the Voronezh region. According to data from the crisis center, there are currently 1,013,464 active coronavirus cases in Russia. Read more 
11.11.21 From Moscow With Eco-Leadership: How One Fashion Week Is Setting The Green Agenda
Forbes
Moscow doesn’t believe in trash. This could easily have been a provocative slogan for the recent edition of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Russia paraphrasing the legendary title of the Academy Award winning Soviet film Moscow Doesn’t Believe in Tears. The organizers have been quietly pushing the industry status quo on sustainability and interculturalism for years. #MBFWRussia was among the first to ban fur, embrace live streaming, champion modest fashion, and prioritize emerging talent. With strategic support from Russian Fashion Council and Fashion Fund, the seasonal event grew into the largest and most impactful fashion platform in Eastern Europe. This season post-pandemic vulnerabilities necessitated a temporary scaling down. The shows took place at the Museum of Moscow instead of the massive Manege pavilion just outside the Kremlin. The change enabled a radical re-alignment of the mission to the greater sustainable goals. Read more 
10.11.21 Russia Registers 38,058 Cases Of Covid-19, New All-time High Of 1,239 Deaths
Interfax
Russia has registered 38,058 new cases of Covid-19 and 1,239 related deaths in the past 24 hours, the coronavirus response headquarters said in a statement on Wednesday. "Over the past day, 38,058 Covid-19 cases were confirmed in 85 regions of Russia, including 3,207 asymptomatic cases identified proactively (8.4%)," the headquarters said. Russia has seen another all-time high of 1,239 deaths from Covid-19. The previous record of 1,211 deaths was reported on Tuesday. Read more 
09.11.21 Convicted U.S. Citizen Reed Goes On Hunger Strike In Russian Penal Colony
Interfax
Trevor Reed, a student from Texas who was sentenced by a Russian court to nine years in a penal colony for attacking police officers in Moscow in the summer of 2019, has gone on hunger strike in the penitentiary. "Trevor Reed went on hunger strike on November 4, 2021, in protest over being repeatedly placed in a punitive isolation ward, a practice which Reed sees as illegal, and other serious violations of his rights in the penal colony," the U.S. citizen's lawyers, Sergei Nikitenkov and Viktoria Buklova, told Interfax. Reed is serving his sentence in a penal colony in Russia's internal republic of Mordovia. On July 30, 2020, the Golovinsky District Court of Moscow sentenced Reed to nine years in a general security penal colony on charges of using violence against law enforcement officers. The court also ordered that Reed pay 100,000 rubles in moral damages to the two aggrieved police officers. Read more 
09.11.21 Convicted U.S. Citizen Reed Goes On Hunger Strike In Russian Penal Colony
Interfax
Trevor Reed, a student from Texas who was sentenced by a Russian court to nine years in a penal colony for attacking police officers in Moscow in the summer of 2019, has gone on hunger strike in the penitentiary. "Trevor Reed went on hunger strike on November 4, 2021, in protest over being repeatedly placed in a punitive isolation ward, a practice which Reed sees as illegal, and other serious violations of his rights in the penal colony," the U.S. citizen's lawyers, Sergei Nikitenkov and Viktoria Buklova, told Interfax. Reed is serving his sentence in a penal colony in Russia's internal republic of Mordovia. On July 30, 2020, the Golovinsky District Court of Moscow sentenced Reed to nine years in a general security penal colony on charges of using violence against law enforcement officers. The court also ordered that Reed pay 100,000 rubles in moral damages to the two aggrieved police officers. Read more 
08.11.21 Russia Registers 39,400 New Covid-19 Cases, 1,190 Related Deaths
Interfax
Russia has registered 39,400 new cases of Covid-19 and 1,190 related deaths in the past 24 hours, the coronavirus response headquarters said in a statement on Monday. "Over the past day, 39,400 Covid-19 cases were confirmed in 85 regions of Russia, including 3,422 asymptomatic cases identified proactively (8.7%)," the headquarters said. Following the all-time high of 41,335 coronavirus infections reported on November 6, daily incidence has been less than 40,000 in Russia for two consecutive days. There were 39,165 infections registered on Sunday. Read more 
07.11.21 Russia Registers 39,165 New Coronavirus Cases In Past Day
TASS
Confirmed coronavirus cases in Russia grew by 39,165 in the past 24 hours to 8,795,095, the federal anti-coronavirus crisis center reported on Sunday. The coronavirus growth rate equaled 0.45%, the latest figures show. In particular, 2,551 new coronavirus cases were identified in the past day in St. Petersburg, 1,695 in the Samara Region, 796 in the Voronezh Region, 790 in the Nizhny Novgorod Region and 783 in the Republic of Crimea, the crisis center reported. Coronavirus recoveries in Russia grew by 26,806 in the past day to 7,651,978. The share of patients discharged from hospitals upon their recovery dropped to 86% of all coronavirus cases, the latest data show. Read more 
06.11.21 Russia Records All-time Daily High Of 41,335 Coronavirus Cases
TASS
Russia recorded 41,335 coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours, the highest daily number since the onset of the pandemic, the anti-coronavirus crisis center said on Saturday. The total number of cases has reached 8,755,930. According to data from the crisis center, Russia's coronavirus growth rate was 0.47%. The country's new daily coronavirus cases exceed 40,000 for the fourth day in a row. In particular, 3,138 cases were reported in St. Petersburg in the past day, 1,621 in the Samara region, 795 in the Voronezh and Nizhny Novgorod regions and 776 in Crimea. Read more 
05.11.21 Russian Diplomat Dead In Germany In ‘tragic Accident’
AP
A Russian diplomat has died in Berlin in what the Russian Embassy on Friday called a “tragic accident.” It said the incident involving the embassy employee occurred on Oct. 19, but gave no details of what happened. The Russian Embassy issued its statement after German news magazine Der Spiegel, which didn’t name sources, reported that the 35-year-old man had apparently fallen from an upper floor of the embassy building in central Berlin. It said police found his body outside the embassy and were unable to revive him. Read more 
05.11.21 Russia Expels Dutch Journalist Tom Vennink
The Guardian
Russia has expelled a Dutch reporter, his newspaper has said, as Moscow continues its crackdown on domestic and foreign journalists in the country. De Volkskrant journalist Tom Vennink said his visa was revoked and he was given three days to leave the country after difficulties renewing his journalist accreditation. The expulsion is the second of a foreign journalist in recent months, following Russia’s decision in August to ban the BBC reporter Sarah Rainsford from the country as a “security threat”. Read more 
04.11.21 Russians Spurn Sputnik Jab And Head West For Vaccines
The Guardian
When Denis Ovchinnikov read the news this summer that his Russian Sputnik V vaccine would not be recognised in Europe, he decided to take matters into his own hands and planned a trip to Belgrade. “I contacted a travel agency that sorted everything out. It was very easy. I made a little holiday out of it too, in between getting the two Pfizer shots,” Ovchinnikov, who works at a PR agency in St Petersburg, said. When Russia became the first country to register and mass-produce a vaccine at the end of 2020, President Vladimir Putin hoped it would allow the country to open up more quickly than its western rivals. But Sputnik V has struggled to get international approval, effectively barring Russians from travelling to the west, where only those with EU, US or UK-approved vaccinations are able to visit. Read more 
04.11.21 Moscow Raids Firms Violating Lockdown, As Small Businesses Call For Help
The Moscow Times
Moscow authorities have been cracking down on businesses staying open illegally during the city’s partial lockdown, as some company owners say they have no choice but to test the rules or risk going under. Officials posted clips of raids and searches of a number of premises that were reportedly violating Moscow’s shutdown earlier this week on official social media channels. In one case, state-run television channels were invited to film the inspections — a high-profile message to other businesses considering staying open during the lockdown. A number of bars, hookah lounges, a high-street cosmetics store and even a river cruise operator have been threatened with fines of up to one million rubles ($14,000) or a 90-day forced closure after they were found to have violated Moscow’s anti-coronavirus rules, police say. Read more 
03.11.21 Belarusian Cargo Plane Antonov-12 Crashes Near Irkutsk Killing Seven Crew
TASS
An Antonov-12 cargo plane belonging to Belarusia’s Grodno air carrier crashed near the village of Pivovarikha, near Irkutsk, on Wednesday. There were seven crew on board. Five bodies have been found so far. TASS has summarized what is known about the air crash at the current time. Read more 
03.11.21 Russia Registers 40,443 New Covid-19 Cases, New All-time High Of 1,189 Deaths
Interfax
Russia has registered 40,443 new cases of Covid-19 and a new all-time high of 1,189 deaths in the past 24 hours, the coronavirus response headquarters said in a statement on Wednesday. "Over the past day, 40,443 Covid-19 cases were confirmed in 85 regions of Russia, including 3,452 asymptomatic cases identified proactively (8.5%)," the headquarters said. Russia has seen a new all-time high of 1,189 deaths from Covid-19, compared to the 1,178 deaths reported on Tuesday. The coronavirus mortality rate began growing in Russia at the end of September, practically as soon as a new spike in coronavirus infections began. The most deaths have been reported from Moscow (95), St. Petersburg (86), and the Moscow region (53). Moscow has also reported the largest number of new infections, 6,827, compared to 5,736 on Tuesday. There were 3,269 new cases of Covid-19 in St. Petersburg and 2,744 in the Moscow region. Read more 
03.11.21 In Russia, COVID-19 Surge Shows No Signs Of Abating
AP
Daily coronavirus cases and deaths in Russia remained at their highest numbers of the pandemic Wednesday as more regions announced they were extending existing restrictions in an effort to tame the country’s unrelenting surge of infections. Russia’s state coronavirus task force reported 40,443 new confirmed cases from a day earlier. It was the fifth time in seven days that the country reported more than 40,000 infections. The task force also reported a daily record of 1,189 COVID-19 deaths. Russia is five days into a nationwide non-working period that the government introduced to curb the spread of the virus. Last month, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered many Russians to stay off work between Oct. 30 and Nov. 7. He authorized regional governments to extend the number of non-working days, if necessary. Read more 
03.11.21 Rare Forest Fire Hits Winter Tundra In Far East Russia
The Moscow Times
An unseasonably rare forest fire has engulfed the Russian tundra as the country faces significant changes from climate change, Interfax reported Wednesday. Some 360 hectares are burning despite below-zero temperatures in the Magadan region some 10,000 kilometers east of Moscow. “The tundra is usually covered with snow at this time of year, so such fires occur extremely rarely,” Interfax quoted an unnamed source as saying. Read more 
02.11.21 Russia Registers 39,008 New Cases Of Covid-19, New All-time High Of 1,178 Deaths
Interfax
Russia has registered 39,008 new cases of Covid-19, which is fewer than on Monday, and a new all-time high of 1,178 deaths in the past 24 hours, the coronavirus response headquarters said in a statement on Tuesday. "Over the past day, 39,008 Covid-19 cases were confirmed in 85 regions of Russia, including 3,136 asymptomatic cases identified proactively (8.0%)," the headquarters said. There is yet another all-time high of 1,178 deaths from Covid-19, as against 1,155 reported on Monday. Most patients died in Moscow (98), St. Petersburg (83), and the Moscow region (49). Meanwhile, the daily morbidity has reduced by 1,394 to 39,008 over the past day. Read more 
02.11.21 Russian Security Chief Meets With CIA Director In Moscow
AP
A top Russian security official met the visiting chief of the Central Intelligence Agency on Tuesday, a rare encounter amid tensions between Moscow and Washington. Nikolai Patrushev, the powerful secretary of the Kremlin’s Security Council, met CIA Director William Burns in Moscow to discuss U.S.-Russian relations, Patrushev’s office said in a statement without providing any details. Ties between the two countries have badly frayed over Russia’s interference with U.S. elections and 2014 annexation of Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula, its support for a separatist insurgency in eastern Ukraine, hacking attacks and other irritants. Read more 
01.11.21 Russia Registers 40,402 New Covid-19 Cases, 1,155 Deaths
Interfax
Russia has registered 40,402 new cases of Covid-19 and 1,155 related deaths in the past 24 hours, the coronavirus response headquarters said in a statement on Monday. "Over the past day, 40,402 Covid-19 cases were confirmed in 85 regions of Russia, including 3,619 asymptomatic cases identified proactively (9.0%)," the headquarters said. The daily coronavirus morbidity has been higher than 40,000 for three consecutive days. The morbidity levels are growing in all regions, above all in Moscow (7,103), St. Petersburg (3,250), and the Moscow region (2,860). In the past 24 hours, 1,155 patients died from Covid-19 across the country, most of them in Moscow (96), St. Petersburg (85), and the Moscow region (47). Read more 
01.11.21 Egypt Says 47 Tourists Got Food Poisoning At Red Sea Resort
AP
Egypt’s chief prosecutor has ordered the detention of three hotel workers pending an investigation into the food poisoning suffered by about 50 foreign tourists at a hotel in a popular Red Sea resort. Public Prosecutor Hamada el-Sawy said in a statement late Sunday that the workers, including the hotel’s top chef, face accusations of endangering the guests’ lives. The workers denied the accusations, the prosecutor’s statement said. The sickened tourists include 14 Estonians, 29 Russians and four from the Czech Republic. They were hospitalized after they had dinner over the weekend in the resort city of Hurghada, the statement said. Many have been discharged from hospital after their condition improved, it said. Read more 
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