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24.09.21 Remains Of An-26 Aircraft’s Crew Members Found In Russia’s Khabarovsk
TASS
Law enforcement officers have found the remains of the crew of the An-26 aircraft crashed in the Khabarovsk Region, the Eastern Interregional Investigation Directorate for Transport of the Russian Investigative Committee stated on Friday. "During the inspection, the remains of the dead crew members have been found, they will be sent to expert institutions for the production of forensic medical and genomic examinations," the statement reads. Read more 
24.09.21 Five Climbers Die On Russia’s Mount Elbrus
The Moscow Times
Five climbers died after a blizzard on Mount Elbrus, Europe's highest peak, Russia's emergencies ministry said Friday. Thursday's incident struck when a group of 19 climbers was at an altitude of over 5,000 meters. Elbrus, located in Russia's North Caucasus, is the highest mountain in Europe at 5,642 meters. "Unfortunately, five people died," the emergencies ministry said. The remaining 14 were taken down to the Azau valley below and the rescue was carried out in "the most difficult conditions" with strong winds, low visibility, and sub-zero temperatures, it said. Read more 
24.09.21 Missing Ka-27 Helicopter Wreckage Found On Mount Ostraya Slope In Russia’s Kamchatka
TASS
The wreckage of the Ka-27 helicopter that went missing in Russia’s Kamchatka in the early hours of Friday has been found on the Mount Ostraya slope, an aviation service source told TASS. "The helicopter wreckage was found on the Mount Ostraya slope. There is no information about injured or dead people," the source told TASS. According to the data at hand, the helicopter wreck was found at around 950 meters above sea level. A source in the aviation services told TASS that the Ka-27 helicopter made a hard landing near Mount Ostraya. Three people are believed to have been on board. Read more 
24.09.21 Senior Russian Investigator Dies By Suicide After Campus Shooting
The Moscow Times
A senior investigator in Russia’s Perm region died by suicide days after a rare campus shooting claimed six lives and left dozens injured, Russian media reported Thursday. The body of Sergei Sarapultsev, who headed the Russian Investigative Committee’s Perm region branch, was found dead in his home. On Monday, an 18-year-old Perm State University student killed six people and wounded nearly 30 on campus in one of the worst attacks of its kind in recent history. “The Investigative Committee’s central office is carrying out a procedural check on the death of colonel of justice S.Yu. Sarapultsev,” the law enforcement body’s spokeswoman Svetlana Petrenko told the state-run TASS news agency. Read more 
24.09.21 Gamaleya Center Applies For Registration Of Its COVID Vaccine For Teenagers
TASS
Russia's Health Ministry has received from the Gamaleya Center a package of documents required for the registration of its vaccine against the novel coronavirus, which is meant especially for teenagers, the Health Minister's aide Alexei Kuznetsov told TASS on Thursday. "Russia's Health Ministry has received a package of documents from the Gamaleya National Research Center of Epidemiology and Microbiology, needed for the registration of a COVID-19 vaccine for teenagers, Gam-Covid-Vac-M. In accordance with the established procedure the documents will be scrutinized and a decision will be made whether the vaccine deserves government registration," he said. Read more 
24.09.21 Navalny Accuses Google, Apple Of Becoming Putin's 'Accomplices'
The Moscow Times
Jailed Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny accused Google and Apple Thursday of acting as the Kremlin's "accomplices" after the companies removed his voting app during the country's parliamentary election last week. "If something surprised me in the latest elections, it was not how (President Vladimir) Putin forged the results, but how obediently the almighty Big Tech turned into his accomplices," Navalny said on Twitter. Apple and Google removed the opposition-run "Smart Voting" app advising supporters on how to vote out Kremlin allies as polled opened across Russia last Friday. Read more 
24.09.21 Russia's Yandex To Launch Cloud Business In Germany, Invest $30 Mln Initially
Reuters
Russian internet firm Yandex (YNDX.O) plans to launch its cloud business in Germany in 2022, with an initial investment of $30 million, the company said ahead of its annual Yandex.Scale cloud conference on Friday. Yandex.Cloud's revenue is seen tripling to around 3 billion roubles in 2021 but, having launched in 2018, it remains one of Yandex's smaller business lines. Group revenue for 2021 is seen at between 330 and 340 billion roubles. "This is a very important step. We realise that we cannot be a significant global player on the cloud platform market by operating only in Russia," said Yandex.Cloud COO Oleg Koverznev. Read more 
23.09.21 Crew Did Not Survive Antonov An-26 Crash In Russia’s Far East
TASS
The crew of the Antonov An-26 aircraft that crashed in a nature reserve in the Khabarovsk region in Russia’s Far East did not survive, according to preliminary data, a source in the emergency services told TASS. "According to preliminary data, there are no survivors of the plane crash," the source said. The Emergencies Ministry reported earlier that the plane’s wreckage site was found during a search from a Mil Mi-8 helicopter. In total, 140 people and 35 pieces of equipment are involved in the operation. Read more 
23.09.21 Calvey Plans Further Investment In Russian Economy
Interfax
U.S. businessman Michael Calvey, founder of the Baring Vostok investment company given a suspended sentence in Russia, says he remains optimistic about investing in the Russian economy. "I am still optimistic about Russia, about prospects for investments here," Calvey said at a conference held by the American Chamber of Commerce in Russia (AmCham) in Moscow on Thursday. "Roughly 95% of our fund's portfolio today is focused on customers in Russia and Kazakhstan," he said. Calvey and some of his colleagues were indicted in a high-profile criminal case of defrauding the Vostochny Bank in 2019. None of them pleaded guilty. Read more 
23.09.21 Five Terror Suspects Taken Into Custody In Russia’s Urals
TASS
As many as 15 terrorists operating in Russia’s Sverdlovsk Region have been detained in three special operations in September, five of them have been arrested and ten others will be expelled from the country, the Federal Security Service’s regional department stated on Thursday. "As a result of three special operations carried out in September 2021, <…> fifteen terrorists have been detained. Three criminal cases were initiated against the five detainees, all of them will be taken into custody. [The court] ordered to expel ten foreigners to their country of origin and banned them from entering Russia for various long periods," the FSB’s regional department said. Read more 
23.09.21 Biggest Names Among Russia’s Election Winners
The Moscow Times
Russia held controversial parliamentary elections last weekend that were marred by claims of mass fraud in handing the ruling United Russia party a supermajority in the State Duma, Russia’s lower house of parliament. Though final results are expected Friday, election officials have counted 100% of the ballots and most winners have already been named. Here are some of the most well-known faces who won Duma, local assembly and gubernatorial races, or shook things up. Read more 
23.09.21 Russia’s Chumakov Center To Double CoviVac Jab’s Production Capacity
TASS
Russia’s Chumakov Federal Scientific Center for Research and Development of Immune-and-Biological Products has finished upgrading its equipment, which is going to boost the production capacity of the CoviVac jab, the Russian Ministry of Education and Science said on Thursday. "Overall, roughly 1.5 mln doses were put into civilian circulation, and another 2.5 mln doses are planned to be released by the end of the year. The upgrading of the manufacturing has been successful and has been finished as scheduled. We have already launched vaccine production using new equipment, which will enable the center to increase its capacity by 2-2.5 times. Therefore, we believe that in the near future, CoviVac will become much more accessible to all Russian citizens," the center’s Director General Aydar Ishmukhametov stated. Read more 
23.09.21 Russia To Resume Flights To Djibouti, Denmark, New Zealand, South Africa, Peru On Oct 5
TASS
Russia will resume flights to Djibouti, Denmark, New Zealand, South Africa and Peru starting October 5, the anti-coronavirus crisis center told reporters on Wednesday. Flights will be resumed with Djibouti between Moscow and Djibouti twice per week, with New Zealand between Moscow and Wellington twice per week, with Peru between Moscow and Lima twice per week, with South Africa between Moscow and Cape Town and between Moscow and Johannesburg twice per week on each of the routes, with Denmark between St. Petersburg and Copenhagen twice per week, according to the crisis center. Read more 
23.09.21 Russia's COVID-19 Deaths Return To Record Daily Highs
Reuters
Russia on Thursday reported 820 coronavirus-related deaths in the last 24 hours, matching an all-time one-day high that it last reached on Aug. 26. The government coronavirus task force also said it had recorded 21,438 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, taking the national case tally to 7,354,995 since the pandemic began. Read more 
22.09.21 United Russia Wins 324 Duma Seats, Communists 57, A Just Russia - For Truth 27, Liberal Democrats 21, New People 13
Interfax
The United Russia party has won 324 seats in the State Duma, according to preliminary data from the Central Election Commission. The figure includes 126 mandates on federal lists of candidates and 198 mandates on single-mandate districts. That means the party will have a constitutional majority in the lower house of parliament. The Communist Party received a combined 57 mandates, 48 of which on federal lists. The third biggest winner is A Just Russia - For Truth, with 27 mandates (19 on federal lists and eight for single-mandate districts). The Liberal Democratic Party has 21 mandates, only two of which are for single-mandate districts. New People passed the 5% threshold, having won 13 seats. Also, Civic Platform, Rodina and the Party of Growth have secured one each, as did five independents. Read more 
22.09.21 Apple, Google Raise New Concerns By Yanking Russian App
AP
Big Tech companies that operate around the globe have long promised to obey local laws and to protect civil rights while doing business. But when Apple and Google capitulated to Russian demands and removed a political-opposition app from their local app stores, it raised worries that two of the world’s most successful companies are more comfortable bowing to undemocratic edicts — and maintaining a steady flow of profits — than upholding the rights of their users. The app in question, called Smart Voting, was a tool for organizing opposition to Russia President Vladimir Putin ahead of elections held over the weekend. The ban levied last week by a pair of the world’s richest and most powerful companies galled supporters of free elections and free expression. Read more 
22.09.21 Russia Registers 19,706 New Cases Of Covid-19, 817 Deaths
Interfax
Russia has registered 19,706 new cases of Covid-19 and 817 related deaths in the past 24 hours, the coronavirus response headquarters said in a statement on Wednesday. "Over the past day, 19,706 Covid-19 cases were confirmed in 85 regions of Russia, including 1,662 asymptomatic cases identified proactively (8.4%)," the headquarters said. Following two days of decline in coronavirus morbidity levels, the number of cases started growing again on Wednesday. There were 19,179 new coronavirus infections in Russia on Tuesday. Morbidity has been growing in Moscow, which reported 1,991 new cases on Wednesday (as against 1,926 on Tuesday) and St. Petersburg, 1,521 cases vs 1,060 the day before. Also, the number of deaths from Covid-19 has been growing in Russia for two consecutive days: there were 817 deaths in the past 24 hours and 812 the day before. The numbers correlate to the levels of August, when Russia saw a spike in coronavirus mortality and hit the all-time high of 820 deaths on August 26. Read more 
22.09.21 Military Transport Plane Vanishes Off Radars In Eastern Russia
The Moscow Times
A military transport plane with six people on board vanished from radars in Russia’s Far Eastern Khabarovsk region, the Emergency Situations Ministry said Wednesday. The An-26 was performing a “technical flight” when its communication systems stopped sending signals 38 kilometers from the Khabarovsk city airport, the ministry said. A Federal Air Transport Agency (Rosaviatsia) helicopter and a rescue team have been dispatched to find the missing aircraft. “The search is complicated by the dark time of day and unfavorable weather conditions,” the Emergency Situations Ministry said in a statement on its website. Read more 
22.09.21 IEA Calls On Russia To Send More Gas To Europe Before Winter
The Guardian
The world’s energy watchdog has called on Russia to send more gas to Europe as the energy supply crunch bleeds across the continent, in a rare public rebuke of the Kremlin. The International Energy Agency (IEA), which advises global governments on energy policy, called out the gas-rich country for refusing to increase exports even as fierce demand has driven market prices to successive record highs, appearing to support claims that Russia is withholding supplies. “The IEA believes that Russia could do more to increase gas availability to Europe and ensure storage is filled to adequate levels in preparation for the coming winter heating season,” the Paris-based agency said. Read more 
22.09.21 Classes At Russian University To Restart Next Week After Shooting Rampage
Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty
Classes at Perm State University, the site of a shooting rampage earlier this week that left six people dead and dozens of others injured, will resume next week. Perm regional Governor Dmitry Makhonin said on September 22 that students will return to their classrooms on September 27, allowing time for police to finish their investigation into the attack. Dressed in black tactical gear and wielding a smooth-bore hunting rifle, Timur Bekmansurov walked on to the campus where he was enrolled on September 20, entered a building, and then opened fire on his fellow students, many of whom jumped from second-story windows to flee the scene. Read more 
22.09.21 At Forum, Russia, Kazakhstan, Present Asian Tilt
Forbes
Ladies and gentlemen of the Western world, we have a problem. If you thought China rising was a threat, try lumping it in with the massive, resource rich landmass north and west of Beijing– linking Russia, the former Soviet states of Central Asia, with the Asia Pacific manufacturing centers. These people are hungry for growth. They’re business savvy. They’re not debating who is more woke than the other. And they’re developing faster than the West. The region is increasingly trying to integrate into the capital, infrastructure, and manufacturing markets the Western world helped build throughout the Asia Pacific. Russian president Vladimir Putin knows it. Read more 
21.09.21 Shooting At Russian University Leaves 6 Dead, 28 Hurt
AP
A student opened fire Monday at a university in Russia, leaving six people dead and 28 hurt before being shot by police and detained, officials said. Other students and staff locked themselves in rooms during the attack and video on Russian news sites showed some students jumping out of second-story windows. Beyond saying that he was a student, Russian authorities offered no further information on his identity or a possible motive. In some footage, a black-clad helmeted figure could be seen striding on a sidewalk at Perm State University, cradling a long-barreled weapon. Russia’s Investigative Committee, the country’s top body for criminal probes, said the gunman fired a smoothbore hunting weapon. That could indicate he used a shotgun. Read more 
21.09.21 ECHR Finds Russia 'Responsible' For Killing Dissident Spy Litvinenko
The Moscow Times
The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) on Tuesday ruled that Russia was "responsible" for the 2006 killing in London of the dissident former agent Alexander Litvinenko with the radioactive substance polonium. Litvinenko died after drinking tea laced with the radioactive isotope at a London hotel in a case that has weighed on relations between Britain and Russia ever since. Before dying, Litvinenko issued a message blaming Russian President Vladimir Putin for the poisoning. "Russia was responsible for the assassination of Alexander Litvinenko in the U.K.," the Strasbourg-based court said. Read more 
21.09.21 Russia Sees 19,179 Daily Covid-19 Cases, 812 Related Deaths
Interfax
Russia has recorded 19,179 new cases of Covid-19 and 812 related deaths over the past 24 hours, the coronavirus operative response headquarters reported on Tuesday. "Russia has recorded 19,179 new confirmed coronavirus cases (Covid-19) in 85 regions over the past 24 hours, including 1,351 (7.0%) cases identified proactively without any clinical symptoms manifested," the headquarters said. For the second straight day, Russia has seen a relative decline in the number of newly-recorded daily cases, after cases grew over the past week. Tuesday saw 565 fewer cases than Monday, when 19,744 cases were reported. The city of Moscow has also seen a downward trend in this respect, with 1,926 new infections recorded on Tuesday compared to 2,469 on Monday. Daily cases in St. Petersburg went down to 1,060 on Tuesday from 1,137 on Monday. The number of newly-recorded Covid-19 cases in the Moscow region has grown to 1,101 from 1,098 on Monday and 1,004 on Sunday. Read more 
20.09.21 United Russia Gets 49.42 Of Votes With 80.1% Of Results Processed
TASS
The United Russia party secures 49.42% of the ballots in the State Duma (lower house of parliament) party lists after 80.1% of the results were processed, the Central Election Commission (CEC) data shows. According to the voting results, the Communist Party comes second with 19.28% followed by the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia (7.55%), A Just Russia - Patriots - For Truth (7.37%) and New People (5.37%). Therefore, these five parties are so far projected to win seats in the new convocation of the parliament by clearing the 5% cut-off bar. At the same time, Party of Growth gets 2.53%, Civic Platform receives 1.33% and Yabloko wins 1.1%. The remaining parties secure less than 1% of the votes. The State Duma elections were held in Russia on September 17-19. Read more 
20.09.21 Early Results In Russia Show Pro-Kremlin Party Leads
AP
Early results Sunday in Russia’s parliamentary election showed the dominant pro-Kremlin party well in the lead, but it was unclear if the party will retain the two-thirds majority of seats that allow it to change the constitution. The election is widely seen as an important part of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s efforts to cement his grip on power ahead of the 2024 presidential election, in which control of the State Duma, or parliament, will be key. Results from about 30% of the country’s polling stations gave the pro-Kremlin United Russia party 45% of the vote for the 225 deputies apportioned by party lists, according to the elections commission. Another 225 lawmakers will be chosen by individual races, and the elections commission said early results showed United Russia candidates leading in 179 of those single-constituency seats. Read more 
20.09.21 Shooting In Russian University Leaves Dead, Wounded
ABC News
A gunman opened fire in a university in the Russian city of Perm on Monday morning, leaving an unspecified number of people dead and more than 10 wounded, according to local health officials. The unidentified perpetrator used a non-lethal gun, according to the Perm State University press service. Students and staff of the university locked themselves in rooms, and the university urged those who could leave the campus to do so. Read more 
20.09.21 Russia's Forest Fire Damage Worst Since Accurate Recording Began, Greenpeace Says
Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty
Russia has lost a record amount of forest acreage to fire this year since accurate recording began two decades ago, Greenpeace said. Fires have destroyed 18.13 million hectares (45 million acres) of Russian forestry so far this year through September 16, surpassing the previous record of 18.1 million recorded in 2012, the environmental organization's Moscow office said in a post, citing the nation's latest satellite monitoring data. Russia only began using satellites to accurately monitor fires in 2001. The forest acreage destroyed by fires this year is equivalent to the size of the U.S. state of Oklahoma. Read more 
20.09.21 Russia Registers 19,744 New Covid-19 Cases, 778 Deaths
Interfax
Russia has registered 19,744 new cases of Covid-19 and 778 related deaths in the past 24 hours, the coronavirus response headquarters said in a statement on Monday. "Over the past day, 19,744 Covid-19 cases were confirmed in 85 regions of Russia, including 1,465 asymptomatic cases identified proactively (7.4%)," the headquarters said. Daily coronavirus morbidity is down by 430 cases: Russia reported 20,174 coronavirus infections on Sunday. In the past 24 hours, 778 patients have died from Covid-19 across Russia, with the most deaths recorded in Moscow (48), St. Petersburg (37), and the Sverdlovsk region (36). Meanwhile, 11,992 patients have been discharged from hospitals upon recovery. According to the headquarters, Moscow reported 2,469 new cases of Covid-19 on Monday, as compared to 2,376 on Sunday, as well as 1,223 recoveries in the past 24 hours. Read more 
19.09.21 Voter Turnout In Russia's Parliamentary Elections Equals 31.51% As Of 8:00 Pm
TASS
Overall voter turnout in Russia's parliamentary elections was 31.51% as of 8:00 pm Moscow time on Saturday, the press service of the Central Election Commission (CEC) reported. "As of 8:00 pm on Russian territory excluding the distance electronic voting 31.51% of voters have cast their votes," the press service said. Elections to the 8th Russian State Duma (lower house) are scheduled for September 19, 2021, known as Single Voting Day. The balloting process will span across three days - September 17, 18, and 19. In addition to the State Duma elections, voters will go to the polls to cast ballots for the heads of nine Russian regions (in another three regions local legislatures will elect top executive officials) and in elections for 39 regional parliaments. Read more 
19.09.21 Communists, Observers Report Violations In Russian Election
AP
The head of Russia’s Communist Party, the country’s second-largest political party, is alleging widespread violations in the election for a new national parliament in which his party is widely expected to gain seats. Late Saturday, a YouTube video in which associates of imprisoned opposition leader Alexei Navalny recommended whom to vote for in order to undermine the dominant United Russia party was blocked in Russia. The video remained accessible through non-Russian servers. Communist Party chief Gennady Zyuganov said Saturday — the second of three days of voting in the election — that police and the national elections commission must respond to reports of “a number of absolutely egregious facts” including ballot-stuffing in several regions. Read more 
19.09.21 France And Russia Plan Talks To Take Fizz Out Of Champagne Dispute
Reuters
France and Russia have agreed to talks to resolve a dispute over a new Russian law that forces French champagne makers to label their bottles as sparkling wine, the French agriculture ministry said on Saturday. Since July, all foreign suppliers to Russia must use the description "sparkling wine" on the back of bottles. Only local producers can use the label "shampanskoye" -- the Russian equivalent of champagne. The law outraged French champagne producers, who halted shipments to Russia, and led the French government to threaten action at the World Trade Organisation. Read more 
18.09.21 Russia Reports Over 20,000 New Daily COVID-19 Cases
TASS
The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Russia grew by 20,329 in the past 24 hours reaching 7,254,754. The number of new daily cases surpassed 20,000 for the first time since August 22, the anti-coronavirus crisis center told reporters on Saturday. The relative growth rate stands at 0.28%. Another 1,791 cases were confirmed in St. Petersburg, 915 in the Moscow Region, 505 in the Sverdlovsk Region, while the Voronezh and Samara regions reported 488 new cases each. Currently, 572,065 people in Russia are still undergoing treatment. Read more 
18.09.21 In Russian Far East City, Discontent Smolders Amid Election
AP
The handful of demonstrators gathering each evening in Khabarovsk are a shadow of the masses who took part in an unusually sustained wave of protests last year in the Russian Far Eastern city, but they are a chronic reminder of the political tensions that persist. The demonstrators have been demanding the release of the region’s popular former governor, Sergei Furgal, who was arrested last year on charges of being involved in killings. Now, his Kremlin-appointed replacement, Mikhail Degtyaryov, is on the ballot for governor in the three days of regional voting that concludes Sunday. The regional election is taking place at the same time that Russians are voting for members of the State Duma, the national parliament. The race for governor is being closely watched to gauge how much anger remains in the region, located seven time zones and 6,100 kilometers (3,800 miles) east of Moscow. Read more 
18.09.21 Soviet Chess Champion Sues Netflix Over ‘sexist’ Queen’s Gambit
The Guardian
The female Soviet chess champion Nona Gaprindashvili is suing Netflix for $5m for a line in its hit series The Queen’s Gambit that claimed she “never played men”, calling the assertion “grossly sexist and belittling”. The lawsuit, filed on Thursday in the federal district court in Los Angeles, attempts to set the record straight in the fictional account of Beth Harmon, played by Anya Taylor-Joy, who travels to Moscow for a series of chess matches against Soviet champions. Harmon is portrayed as a complex character plagued by addiction struggles. But her Soviet opponents, including one loosely based on the champion Boris Spassky, are more two-dimensional. Read more 
17.09.21 Russia Registers 19,905 New Cases Of Covid-19, 791 Deaths
Interfax
Russia has registered 19,905 new cases of Covid-19 and 791 deaths in the past 24 hours, the coronavirus response headquarters said in a statement on Friday. "Over the past day, 19,905 Covid-19 cases were confirmed in 85 regions of Russia, including 1,693 asymptomatic cases identified proactively (8.5%)," the headquarters said. The daily coronavirus morbidity increased again in Russia on Friday - the number of new infections exceeded 19,000 for the first time in September the day before. Russia reported 19,594 new cases of Covid-19 on Thursday, or the largest number since August 25. The majority of new infections, 2,537, were reported by Moscow, as against 2,479 cases, the largest number since August 13, recorded on Thursday. There were 1,738 new cases in St. Petersburg and 837 in the Moscow region. Both of them have also seen an increase in Covid-19 numbers - there were 1,653 new infections in St. Petersburg and 768 in the Moscow region on Thursday. Read more 
17.09.21 Russians Head To The Polls Amid Anger Over Economy And Covid
The Guardian
Russians will head to the polls beginning Friday for parliamentary elections that could serve as a platform for popular anger over the economy, a crackdown on dissent and the government response to the coronavirus pandemic. But the ruling party United Russia is likely to find a way to maintain a stranglehold on its control of the State Duma. While stifling political opposition and independent media, the Kremlin is trying to solve a simple maths problem: how can it prop up the numbers of United Russia, which is polling at near-historic lows, without provoking the kind of protests that broke out over widespread incidents of crude voter fraud in 2011. Before the vote, which will be held over three days, there has been increasing support for the Communist party, while other opposition behind Alexei Navalny, the jailed Kremlin critic, has sought to consolidate through a “smart voting” effort that mainly identified Communist candidates as the strongest challengers. Read more 
17.09.21 Apple, Google Delete Navalny App On Day Of Russian Parliamentary Vote
The Moscow Times
Apple and Google have deleted jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny’s apps from their online stores after Russian authorities threatened jail time for their employees, Navalny’s aides said Friday. The move comes as voting gets underway in parliamentary elections overshadowed by an unprecedented crackdown on the opposition. The Navalny app contained recommendations for its supporters to cast their ballots in favor of challengers to incumbents from the pro-Putin ruling United Russia party during the Sept. 17-19 poll. Apple has also disabled its Private Relay feature, which hides a user’s IP address, within Russia, internet monitors said. Read more 
16.09.21 Russia Reports 19,594 Daily COVID-19 Cases
TASS
The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Russia grew by 19,594 in the past 24 hours, this is the highest number since August 26, the anti-coronavirus crisis center told reporters on Thursday. The relative growth rate stands at 0.27%. St. Petersburg reported 1,653 daily COVID-19 cases, the Moscow Region - 768, the Sverdlovsk Region - 508, the Voronezh Region - 481 and the Samara Region - 477. Currently, 566,287 people in Russia are still undergoing treatment. Read more 
16.09.21 Russia Votes In Parliament Election Without Main Opposition
AP
After a few weeks of desultory campaigning but months of relentless official moves to shut down significant opposition, Russia is holding three days of voting this weekend in a parliamentary election that is unlikely to change the country’s political complexion. There’s no expectation that United Russia, the party devoted to President Vladimir Putin, will lose its dominance of the State Duma, the elected lower house of parliament. The main questions to be answered are whether the party will retain its current two-thirds majority that allows it to amend the constitution; whether anemic turnout will dull the party’s prestige; and whether imprisoned opposition leader Alexei Navalny’s Smart Voting initiative proves to be a viable strategy against it. Read more 
15.09.21 Russia Records Another 18,841 Coronavirus Cases
TASS
Russia’s coronavirus cases rose by 18,841 to 7,194,926 in the past 24 hours, the anti-coronavirus crisis center said on Wednesday. According to the crisis center, Russia’s coronavirus growth rate was 0.26%. In particular, Moscow reported 1,838 coronavirus cases were reported in Moscow in the past day, 1,609 in St. Petersburg, 790 in the Moscow region and 502 in the Sverdlovsk region. The Samara and Voronezh regions identified 473 new coronavirus patients each. Read more 
15.09.21 Russian Feminist Runs For Duma To Take On Domestic Violence
AP
Alyona Popova’s campaign rhetoric is blunt: Unless she is elected to parliament, there won’t be much hope for a law against domestic violence in Russia. One of the country’s most ardent feminists, Popova has fought for years to lobby members of the State Duma to adopt legislation to protect women — without success. So she decided to run herself in the election in which voting begins Friday and runs through Sunday. Popova believes she has a good chance of winning and will be able to push through a domestic violence law. Analysts and recent actions by Russian authorities, however, suggest that both face an uphill battle. Read more 
14.09.21 Russia Resumes Air Travel With Spain, Iraq, Kenya And Slovakia
TASS
Russia is resuming flights with Spain, Iraq, Kenya and Slovakia on September 21, the Russian government reported via its official Telegram channel, citing the national crisis center. "Russia is resuming air travel with Spain, Iraq, Kenya and Slovakia starting from September 21," the statement reads. Moreover, flights to Egypt and Turkey from Pskov, Magadan, Murmansk and Chita will be resumed as well on September 21, the cabinet stressed. Read more 
14.09.21 Russia Registers 17,837 New Cases Of Covid-19, 781 Deaths
Interfax
Russia has registered 17,837 new cases of Covid-19 and 781 related deaths in the past 24 hours, the coronavirus response headquarters said in a statement on Tuesday. "Over the past day, 17,837 Covid-19 cases were confirmed in 85 regions of Russia, including 1,148 asymptomatic cases identified proactively (6.5%)," the headquarters said. The daily coronavirus morbidity has been fluctuating around 18,000 since the beginning of September. There were 18,178 new cases on Monday, or 341 more than on Tuesday. Read more 
14.09.21 Russia Registers 17,837 New Cases Of Covid-19, 781 Deaths
Interfax
Russia has registered 17,837 new cases of Covid-19 and 781 related deaths in the past 24 hours, the coronavirus response headquarters said in a statement on Tuesday. "Over the past day, 17,837 Covid-19 cases were confirmed in 85 regions of Russia, including 1,148 asymptomatic cases identified proactively (6.5%)," the headquarters said. The daily coronavirus morbidity has been fluctuating around 18,000 since the beginning of September. There were 18,178 new cases on Monday, or 341 more than on Tuesday. Read more 
13.09.21 Russia’s Daniil Medvedev Seeks To Overtake Djokovic To Become World No. 1
TASS
Russian tennis player Daniil Medvedev will strive to become world No. 1 in the ATP ranking, he said in an interview with Russian TV. On Sunday, Medvedev won his first Grand Slam title, defeating world No. 1 Serb Novak Djokovic 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 in the US Open final to deny him a rare achievement of a calendar Grand Slam as Djokovic earlier in 2021 won the Australian Open, the French Open and Wimbledon. The Russian also avenged his 2021 Australian Open final straight-set loss to Djokovic. "The ATP ranking is a thing where the more big tournaments you win, the bigger is your chance to reach the top position at some point. Novak won three Grand Slam tournaments this year, and I did only won, therefore, he is beyond reach this year, even mathematically. But I hope that I will be able to show good results and achieve this some time," Medvedev said. Read more 
11.09.21 Household Gas Explosion In Russia’s Yelets Kills Two
TASS
A household gas explosion in a two-story residential building in the Russian town of Yelets, Lipetsk region, killed two people, a source in the emergency services told TASS on Saturday. "The body of a child has been recovered from the rubble. The incident killed two people," the source said. According to earlier reports, the blast left six people injured, five of them were taken to the hospital. "According to preliminary reports, a gas leak caused an explosion that destroyed half of the building," the source added. Read more 
11.09.21 No Fatalities Due To Vaccination With Sputnik V Recorded
Interfax
No fatalities caused by vaccination for Covid-19 using the Sputnik V vaccine have been recorded as of yet, Gamaleya Center head Alexander Gintsburg said. "There have been no fatalities following vaccination with Sputnik V to date," Gintsburg told reporters on the sidelines of the Forum of Social Innovations in the Regions. The Russian Health Ministry has confirmed this fact with its statistics, as has the Health Ministry of Argentina, a country where about 12 million people have now been vaccinated specifically with Sputnik V, he said. Read more 
10.09.21 Russia Registers 18,341 New Cases Of Covid-19, 789 Deaths
Interfax
Russia has registered 18,341 new cases of Covid-19 and 789 related deaths in the past 24 hours, the coronavirus response headquarters said in a statement on Friday. "Over the past day, 18,341 Covid-19 cases were confirmed in 85 regions of Russia, including 1,274 asymptomatic cases identified proactively (7.0%)," the headquarters said. In the past 24 hours, 789 patients died from Covid-19 across Russia, the majority of them in Moscow (48), the Sverdlovsk region (37), and the Krasnodar Territory (34). Meanwhile, 17,121 patients have been discharged from hospitals upon recovery. According to the operative headquarters, Moscow reported 1,566 new cases of Covid-19 and 1,443 recoveries in the past 24 hours. Since the beginning of the coronavirus epidemic in Russia, it has registered a total of 7,102,625 cases of Covid-19, including 191,165 deaths and 6,357,272 recoveries. Read more 
09.09.21 Fifth Deceased Found At The Site Of Explosion In Russia’s Noginsk
TASS
The death toll from a household gas explosion in a residential building in Noginsk near Moscow has grown to five people, the Main Directorate of the Ministry of Emergency Situations in the Moscow Region told TSS. "The body of the fifth victim was found under the rubble," the source said. The emergency services clarified that they had found the child's body, the fate of two people remains unknown. A gas explosion happened in an apartment on the third floor of a nine-story residential building in Noginsk on Wednesday morning. As a result, part of the outer wall of the building and ceilings from the second to fifth floors collapsed. The epicenter of the explosion was in the apartment of a large family. Read more 
09.09.21 Russian Police Detain Journalists Rallying For Media Freedom
AP
Police in Moscow on Wednesday detained three journalists who picketed Russia’s Justice Ministry, protesting the authorities’ recent crackdown on independent media, Russia’s top independent Dozhd TV channel reported. Irina Dolinina, Alesya Marokhovskaya and Polina Uzhvak of the Vazhniye Istorii news outlet came to the ministry to protest against the recent designation of several independent media outlets, including Dozhd and Vazhniye Istorii, as “foreign agents.” The label carries strong pejorative connotations that can discredit the recipient, and implies additional government scrutiny. The three journalists demanded that authorities abolish the law allowing media and journalists to be labelled “foreign agents.” They displayed small banners reading “There are no foreign agents, there are journalists,” along with an elaborate disclaimer those designated as “foreign agents” are obliged to add to any content they produce, disclosing their status. Read more 
08.09.21 Man, Woman Killed In Gas Blast In Moscow Region, Five People Injured
TASS
A man and a woman were killed in a gas explosion in a nine-story residential building in the city of Noginsk, east of Moscow, aide of the head of the Main Investigative Directorate of the Investigative Committee of the Moscow Region Anna Tertichnaya told TASS. "Preliminarily, there are five people injured and two dead. A man and a woman were killed, they are being identified," she said. According to her, two children aged five and ten, two women aged 43 and 44, as well as a 63-year-old man were injured in the blast. Read more 
08.09.21 Russia Registers 18,024 New Cases Of Covid-19, 797 Deaths
Interfax
Russia has registered 18,024 new cases of Covid-19 and 797 deaths in the past 24 hours, the coronavirus response headquarters said in a statement on Wednesday. "Over the past day, 18,024 Covid-19 cases were confirmed in 85 regions of Russia, including 1,367 asymptomatic cases identified proactively (7.6%)," the headquarters said. For the second time this month, St. Petersburg reported the largest number of daily infections, 1,430. There were 626 infections in that city on Tuesday. St. Petersburg also ranked first by the number of daily infections, 1,312, on September 1. Following St. Petersburg is Moscow (1,269). Meanwhile, Moscow has reported the most deaths from Covid-19. Forty-eight patients died from Covid-19 in Moscow in the past 24 hours, as against 37 in St. Petersburg and 35 in the Sverdlovsk region. In all, 797 people died from Covid-19 across Russia over the past day. Read more 
08.09.21 Russian Emergencies Minister Dies In Arctic Drills
The Moscow Times
Russian Emergency Situations Minister Yevgeny Zinichev, an ally and former bodyguard of President Vladimir Putin, has died at age 55 while trying to save a prominent filmmaker during strategic drills in the Arctic, the ministry said Wednesday. “We regret to inform you that Zinichev tragically died while performing official duties saving someone's life during interdepartmental exercises to protect the Arctic zone from emergencies in Norilsk,” the ministry said in a statement carried by news agencies. In an unusually personal note to Zinichev's family published by the Kremlin, Putin said he was "shocked by the tragic news" of his death and called it “an immeasurable personal loss.” Read more 
07.09.21 Russia Registers 17,425 New Covid-19 Cases, 795 Deaths
Interfax
Russia has registered 17,425 new cases of Covid-19 and 795 deaths in the past 24 hours, the coronavirus response headquarters said in a statement on Tuesday. "Over the past day, 17,425 Covid-19 cases were confirmed in 85 regions of Russia, including 1,240 asymptomatic cases identified proactively (7.1%)," the headquarters said. Over the past day, 795 patients have died from Covid-19 across Russia, as compared to 790 on Monday. The most deaths were registered in Moscow (45), St. Petersburg (37), and the Sverdlovsk region (34). Across Russia, 17,243 patients have recovered from Covid-19 in the past 24 hours. According to the headquarters, Moscow has seen 1,187 new cases of Covid-19 and 1,441 recoveries over the past day. There were 880 new cases in the Moscow region, as well as 626 in St. Petersburg. Read more 
06.09.21 Nord Stream 2 Construction To Finish This Week
TASS
The construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline will be completed this week, and the project will be launched in the upcoming days, the former head of the Austrian OMV Rainer Seele told TASS. "Matthias Warnig (Nord Stream AG Managing Director (CEO)) said that without a doubt pipe laying will be completed this week," Seele said. He added that the first portion of gas via Nord Stream 2 will be pumped this year. "I heard from Alexey Miller that gas will go through this pipeline this year," said Seele. When it will take place will depend on when the pipeline certification is completed, Seele said. The fact that a deal on Nord Stream 2 was reached between Germany and the United States is a guarantee that the project will be implemented in the coming days, Seele said. Read more 
05.09.21 Team RPC Wins Ten Medals Of 2020 Summer Paralympic Games In Tokyo After Day 11
TASS
The team of Para athletes from Russia finished in the 3rd place of the overall medals standings after Day 11 of the 2020 Summer Paralympic Games in the Japanese capital of Tokyo on Saturday, winning two gold, three silver and five bronze medals. As of today, the Russian national team of Para athletes in Tokyo - participating as Team RPC (the Russian Paralympic Committee) due to international sanctions against Russian sports - boasts 36 gold, 32 silver and 49 bronze medals. Team RPC is currently 3rd in the overall medal count following China (93-56-50) and Team Great Britain (41-38-43) of the medal standings. The US is in 4th place (35-36-30) of the medal standings. The gold was coined by archers Margarita Sidorenko and Kirill Smirnov (mixed event) and track and field athlete Dmitry Safronov (men's 200m T35 running event). Read more 
04.09.21 Roskomnadzor Restricts Operations Of 6 VPN Services Violating Russian Laws
Interfax
Russian telecoms watchdog Roskomnadzor has restricted the operations in Russia of six VPN services, including ExpressVPN, Nord VPN, and IPVanish VPN, which are regularly listed among the world's best VPN services, for violations of Russian laws. "On September 2, in accordance with the rules for centralized regulation of the general use communications network endorsed by Russian government resolution No. 127, dated February 12, 2020, a decision was adopted to block another six VPN services violating Russian legislation (Hola!VPN, ExpressVPN, KeepSolid VPN Unlimited, Nord VPN, Speedify VPN, IPVanish VPN)," Roskomnadzor said in a statement shared with Interfax. "The use of block bypass services results in the retention of access to banned information and resources and creates an environment for unlawful activities, including those related to the spread of drugs and child pornography, extremism, and incitement to suicide," it said. This year, ExpressVPN and Nord VPN were the editor's choice in several relevant foreign publications, among them TechRadar and CNET. Read more 
04.09.21 Russia Reports 18,780 New Coronavirus Cases
TASS
The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Russia increased by 18,780 per day to 6,993,954, the federal operational headquarters for the fight against coronavirus told reporters on Saturday. In relative terms, the number of cases increased by 0.27%. In particular, 1,494 cases were detected per day in St. Petersburg, 756 - in the Moscow region, 512 - in the Sverdlovsk region, 479 - in the Rostov region, 462 - in the Perm region and the Voronezh region. Currently, 552,072 people are continuing treatment in Russia. Read more 
04.09.21 Russia Names 4 More Independent Media Outlets ‘Foreign Agents’
The Moscow Times
Russia has named four more media outlets as “foreign agents” amid what critics call a widening clampdown on independent journalism. "On Sept. 3, the Justice Ministry of Russia entered the following legal entities into the register of foreign media performing the functions of a foreign agent: Altair 2021 LLC, Vega 2021 LLC, Editor-in-Chief 2021 LLC and Romashki Monolit LLC,” the Justice Ministry announced in a statement Friday. Each of these outlets were created by Russian journalists who had earlier been named “foreign agents” themselves: former Open Media journalists Maxim Glikin (Altair 2021 LLC) and Ilya Rozhdestvensky (Vega 2021 LLC); former Open Media editor-in-chief Yulia Yarosh (Editor-in-chief 2021 LLC); and former Proekt journalists Yulia Lukyanova, Sonya Groysman, Maria Zheleznova, Olga Churakova and Pyotr Manyakhin (Romashki Monolit LLC). Read more 
04.09.21 Russian Sprinter Safronov Takes Gold, New World Record In Men’s 200m Final
TASS
Russian sprinter Dmitry Safronov has won gold at the 2020 Summer Paralympic Games in Tokyo in the men’s 200-meter running T35 classification event, setting a new World Record. Safronov covered the distance in 23.00 seconds, breaking the previous World Record of Ukraine’s Igor Tsvetov by 0.04 seconds. Tsvetov took the silver with the result of 23.25 seconds, while Safronov’s teammate Artyom Kalashyan packed the bronze with the time of 23.75 seconds. Safronov, 25, won gold on August 30 at the 2020 Summer Paralympic Games in Tokyo in the men’s 100-meter running T35 classification event, also setting a new World Record. Read more 
04.09.21 Russia Prepares For Duma Vote Under Shadow Of Crackdown On Dissent
The Moscow Times
With less than three weeks to go before much-hyped elections to Russia’s national parliament, the State Duma, there is virtually no campaigning to be seen. Covid restrictions — and spiralling case numbers — have largely precluded traditional campaigning, while election debates are relegated to state TV’s graveyard slot as polls show interest in politics at a seventeen-year low. For experts, the phantom campaign is a sign that the Russian authorities have everything under control. “Everything is going very smoothly for the Kremlin,” said Andrei Kolesnikov, head of the Russian Domestic Politics and Political Institutions Program at the Carnegie Moscow Center think tank. Read more 
03.09.21 MH17 Investigations Team Appeals To Russians For Information
AP
The international team investigating the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine seven years ago appealed Thursday for Russians in the city of Kursk to come forward with information about the deployment of the missile that investigators say downed the plane, killing all 298 people on board.The call for witnesses included an emotional video featuring the parents of one of the victims, 29-year-old Australian Victor Oreshkin. His mother, Vera Oreshkin, called her son a “gift from God.” “This tragedy has blown a hole in my heart and it will never be filled. Ever,” she says in the video. The appeal comes days before the resumption on Monday of the trial of three Russians and a Ukrainian charged with multiple murder for their alleged role in shooting down on July 17, 2014, the Boeing 777 that was flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur. Read more 
03.09.21 Russia Registers 18,856 New Covid-19 Cases, 799 Deaths
Interfax
Russia has registered 18,856 new cases of Covid-19 and 799 related deaths in the past 24 hours, the coronavirus response headquarters said in a statement on Friday. "Over the past day, 18,856 Covid-19 cases were confirmed in 85 regions of Russia, including 1,336 asymptomatic cases identified proactively (7.1%)," the headquarters said. There were 799 deaths from Covid-19 in the past 24 hours, with the most deaths recorded in Moscow (50), St. Petersburg (38), and the Krasnodar Territory (34). Across the country, 18,690 patients were discharged from hospitals upon recovery. According to the headquarters, Moscow has reported 1,633 new cases of Covid-19 and 1,556 recoveries over the past day. There were 1,437 new infections recorded in St. Petersburg and 681 in the Moscow region. Since the beginning of the coronavirus epidemic in Russia, it has registered a total of 6,975,174 cases of Covid-19, including 185,611 deaths and 6,236,738 recoveries. Read more 
03.09.21 Russia Urges Apple, Google To Remove Navalny App From Stores
AP
Russia’s state communications watchdog warned Apple and Google on Thursday that they could face fines if they fail to remove an app created by allies of jailed Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny from their stores. The agency, Roskomnadzor, warned Apple and Google that their failure to remove Navalny’s app could be interpreted as interference in Russian elections. Navalny’s app promotes his Smart Voting strategy — a project designed to support candidates who are most likely to defeat those from the Kremlin’s main United Russia party. Russian opposition supporters, independent media and human rights activists have face increased government pressure in the run-up to the Sept. 19 parliamentary election. Navalny’s allies have linked the crackdown to the Kremlin’s effort to steamroll the opposition and try to preserve a dominant position for United Russia. Read more 
03.09.21 Russian Ultra-Nationalist Who Campaigned Against Sushi Ad’s Black Model Arrested
The Moscow Times
The leader of a Russian ultra-nationalist hate group has been arrested, one of the group’s administrators wrote on its Telegram channel. Vladislav Pozdnyakov, founder of the “Male State” — an anti-women, anti-liberal social media group — launched a campaign of threats and abuse against a sushi company last week for running an advert featuring a black model. Under pressure from Pozdnyakov’s online army, who threatened the business and published contact information of the white female models who appeared in the advert, the sushi chain issued a public apology and took the ad down. Read more 
02.09.21 Over 1.8 Mln Doses Of EpiVacCorona Vaccine Released Into Civil Circulation
TASS
Slightly over 5 million doses of the EpiVacCorona vaccine have been made so far, more than 1.8 million doses have been released into circulation, deputy head of the Vector State Research Center of Virology and Biotechnology Tatiana Nepomnyashchikh told TASS on Thursday. "As of August 25, slightly over 5 million doses, 2.5 million complete sets were made, more than 1.8 million sets were released into civilian circulation," she said on the sidelines of the Eastern Economic Forum (EEF). Nepomnyashchikh explained that the lag between the number of doses that were made and released into circulation was due to the established rules for checking the vaccine for quality and safety after production. Read more 
02.09.21 David Knight Appointed As World Bank Chief Economist For Russia From Sept 1
Interfax
David Knight has been appointed as chief economist of the World Bank for Russia as of September 1, 2021. The World Bank said in a statement that before his appointment to this position, Knight had occupied the post of senior economist for Turkey, and, earlier, for Timor-Leste. Prior to this, he was based at the World Bank's office in Sydney, where he was responsible for work on economic topics in a number of countries in the East Asia and Pacific region. According to the statement, Knight managed research projects on varied topics, including macroeconomics, poverty reduction, and financial and trade management. He is the author of publications in various spheres, such as public financial management, aid effectiveness, and issues linked to balance of payments and global value chains. Before joining the World Bank in 2012, Knight worked as an economist and advisor on economic issues in the British government, holding posts in Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs, where he was responsible for matters of international taxation, property taxation, environmental taxes, and modeling using computable general equilibrium models. Read more 
02.09.21 Russian-brokered Cease-fire Takes Hold In Southern Syria
AP
A Russian-negotiated cease-fire took effect Wednesday in a volatile southern city, according to the Syrian opposition and state media. Violence in the area in recent weeks between government forces and opposition fighters had threatened to undo years of relative calm along the borders with Israel and Jordan. As part of the deal, Russian military police are deploying in Daraa al-Balad, the rebel-held old quarter of Daraa city in southern Syria. The deal also involves the disarming or expulsion of a dozen rebel fighters from the area who were considered by the Syrian government to be a threat to the cease-fire agreement, The Britain-based war monitor Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported. Read more 
02.09.21 Russian Police Detain Navalny-Linked ‘Doctors’ Alliance’ Head
The Moscow Times
Russian police have detained Anastasia Vasilyeva, the doctor-turned-activist linked to jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, near her Moscow office, her lawyer said Wednesday. "She was detained. It is not yet clear why. Perhaps they want to forcibly take her to court. Today is just a court hearing on the case of ‘sanitary standards’ violations," lawyer Dmitry Dzhulay told the state-run TASS news agency. As a defendant in the so-called “sanitary case” that saw several Navalny allies charged for calling for mass protests against his jailing in January, Vasilyeva is barred from leaving home between 10:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m.
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02.09.21 Russia's Annual Inflation Accelerates To 6.79%
Reuters
Annual inflation in Russia accelerated to 6.79% in the week to Aug. 30, a fresh five-year high, from 6.68% a week earlier, the economy ministry said on Wednesday. The data adds pressure on the central bank, which targets inflation at 4%, to raise rates for the fifth time so far this year at its next board meeting on Sept. 10. Read more 
02.09.21 Russia Registers 18,985 New Covid-19 Cases, 798 Deaths
Interfax
Russia has registered 18,985 new cases of Covid-19 and 798 deaths in the past 24 hours, the coronavirus response headquarters said on Thursday. "Over the past day, 18,985 Covid-19 cases were confirmed in 85 regions of Russia, including 1,466 asymptomatic cases identified proactively (7.7%)," the headquarters said. Over the past day, 798 patients have died from Covid-19 across Russia, most of them in Moscow (51), as well as St. Petersburg (37) and the Sverdlovsk region (34). Also, 18,669 patients were discharged from hospitals across Russia upon recovery from Covid-19.

According to the headquarters, Moscow has seen 1,864 new cases of Covid-19 and 1,686 recoveries in the past 24 hours.
Following Moscow are St. Petersburg (1,330 new infections) and the Moscow region (614). Since the beginning of the coronavirus epidemic in Russia, it has registered a total of 6,956,318 cases of Covid-19, including 184,812 deaths and 6,218,048 recoveries. Read more 
01.09.21 Aeroflot Opens Ticket Sales To Egyptian Resorts Hurghada, Sharm El Sheikh
TASS
Aeroflot has launched the sale of tickets for direct passenger flights from Moscow to the Egyptian resorts of Hurghada and Sharm el-Sheikh, the air carrier said in a press release. Flights will be operated daily from October 1. According to the schedule, Aeroflot will operate one flight from Moscow to Hurghada and Sharm el-Sheikh each day. Since August 27, Russia has tripled the number of regular flights to Egypt on the Moscow-Hurghada and Moscow-Sharm el-Sheikh routes - from 5 to 15 flights per week on each route following the decision of the federal operational headquarters for the fight against coronavirus. Read more 
01.09.21 Europe Court: Russian Probe Into Activist Murder Ineffective
AP
Europe’s top human rights court has ruled that Russian authorities failed to conduct an effective investigation into the killing of a prominent human rights activist in the Russian republic of Chechnya. Tuesday’s ruling by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) related to the July 15, 2009 murder of Natalia Estemirova, a leading rights defender in Chechnya, who was abducted and later found dead with shots to the head and chest. The ECHR noted that Russian authorities promptly opened a probe into Estemirova’s killing and identified a suspect, but emphasized that Moscow’s failure to provide full materials of the case made the court “unable to conclude that the investigation had been carried out thoroughly.” It noted some contradictions in the expert evidence led it to doubt that the investigation had been effective. Read more 
01.09.21 Team RPC Wins Gold Of 2020 Tokyo Paralympics In The Mixed 4x100m Freestyle Relay Event
TASS
The team of Russian swimmers won gold on Tuesday at the 2020 Summer Paralympic Games in Tokyo in the mixed 4x100m freestyle relay event. The gold was won by the Russian Paralympic Committee (RPC) Team of Anna Krivshina, Daria Pikalova, Ilnur Garipov and Vladimir Sotnikov with the result of 3 minutes 53.79 seconds. The silver of the mixed 4x100m freestyle relay event went to the Brazilian national team of Maria Carolina Gomes Santiago, Lucilene da Silva Sousa, Douglas Matera and Wendell Belarmino Pereira, who showed the aggregate result of 3 minutes 54.95 seconds. Read more 
01.09.21 Russia Registers 18,368 New Cases Of Covid-19, 790 Deaths
Interfax
Russia has registered 18,368 new cases of Covid-19 and 790 deaths in the past 24 hours, the coronavirus response headquarters said in a statement on Wednesday. "Over the past day, 18,368 Covid-19 cases were confirmed in 85 regions of Russia, including 1,260 asymptomatic cases identified proactively (6.9%)," the headquarters said. Once again, most Covid-19 cases (1,312) were reported from St. Petersburg. The same happened on August 18, when St. Petersburg reported 1,636 infections. Moscow ranks second with 1,229 new cases of Covid-19 seen over the past day, alongside 1,936 recoveries. Over the past day, 790 patients died from Covid-19 across Russia, as against 795 on Tuesday. Most deaths are still registered in Moscow (47), as well as in St. Petersburg (34) and the Sverdlovsk region (33). In the past 24 hours, 18,325 patients were discharged from hospitals across Russia upon their recovery from Covid-19. Read more 
01.09.21 Russia Failed To Properly Investigate Activist Estemirova's Murder, ECHR Rules
The Moscow Times
Europe’s top human rights court said it has found no evidence of Russian state involvement in the 2009 murder of human rights activist Natalia Estemirova but ruled that authorities failed to properly investigate the case. The ruling was met with criticism from Estemirova’s daughter, Lana, who called the decision “upsetting and infuriating” and pledged to continue pursuing the case. Estemirova, one of Russia’s most prominent human rights advocates and journalists, was abducted on her way to work in Grozny, the capital of Russia’s republic of Chechnya, on July 15, 2009. Her body was found in a wooded area in the neighboring republic of Ingushetia later that day with bullet wounds in her head and chest. Read more 
01.09.21 Russia's Jobless Rate Returns To 2019 Levels, Wages Rise
Reuters
Russia’s unemployment rate fell further in July, returning to levels seen in 2019, while rising retail sales and salaries indicated an economic rebound was underway, data showed on Wednesday. The Russian economy has already reached pre-pandemic size and is on track to post its strongest growth since 2011 despite the central bank’s attempt to rein in inflation with interest rate increases. Even higher rates could be required. The jobless rate declined to 4.5% in July, a level last seen in September 2019, from 4.8% a month earlier. This was accompanied by a 4.9% year-on-year increase in real wages a month earlier, in June, that exceeded a 2.4% growth forecast in a Reuters poll of analysts, Rosstat data showed. Read more 
31.08.21 No Data On New Cracks On ISS
Interfax
Roscosmos has no data on surface cracks on the Russian Zarya module part of the International Space Station (ISS), Roscosmos Executive Director for Manned Space Missions Sergei Krikalev told Interfax. "I have no such information, we're continuing to work," Krikalev said, commenting on reports from earlier on Monday on the presence of nonstructural cracks on the Zarya module. "Even if there are nonstructural cracks, in that case, it can fly and work further for another 20 years," he said. Krikalev did not rule out that "some nonstructural cracks were there right from the very start, from when the metal was being rolled." In August of last year, it was reported that an air leak had been detected on the ISS. The crew managed to contain the leak in a transfer chamber of the Zvezda module. In October, the cosmonauts found the first crack, about four centimeters in size, and patched it over temporarily. After that, the fall in pressure decelerated, but the leak continued. Read more 
31.08.21 Navalny Spokeswoman Flees Russia Amid Widening Dissident Exodus
The Moscow Times
Jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny's spokeswoman, one of his last close associates remaining in the country, has fled Russia, Interfax reported Monday. Kira Yarmysh’s reported departure comes amid a growing exodus of opposition-leaning journalists and dissidents that The New York Times calls "the biggest wave of political emigration" in Russia's post-Soviet history. Kremlin critics point to what they call a widening crackdown on dissent and independent voices ahead of key elections. Interfax cited two unnamed sources as saying Yarmysh fled Russia, with one source specifying that she went to Helsinki, Finland. Neither Yarmysh nor other members of Navalny's team have confirmed or denied the reports. Read more 
31.08.21 Russia Registers 17,813 New Cases Of Covid-19, 795 Deaths
Interfax
Russia has registered 17,813 new cases of Covid-19, which is the lowest number since the end of June, as well as 795 deaths in the past 24 hours, the coronavirus response headquarters said in a statement on Tuesday. "Over the past day, 17,813 Covid-19 cases were confirmed in 85 regions of Russia, including 1,366 asymptomatic cases identified proactively (7.7%)," the headquarters said. The daily coronavirus morbidity is down to the indicators of the last ten days of June, when a new spike in infections caused by the Delta variant began. Following the July peaks, the morbidity curve is now declining. Over the past day, 795 patients died from Covid-19 across Russia, as against 792 on Monday. Most deaths are still registered in Moscow (44), which is the smallest number since the beginning of March. Following Moscow are the Krasnodar Territory (33) and the Sverdlovsk region (32). The latter also ranks third by the number of new infections, 516 cases reported over the past day. Read more 
31.08.21 Sergei Kovalev Obituary
The Guardian
Alone among Soviet dissidents of the Leonid Brezhnev years, Sergei Kovalev, who has died aged 91, went on to play a major role in the eras of Mikhail Gorbachev, Boris Yeltsin and Vladimir Putin, only to find that his outspoken support for human rights put him once again in opposition to the Russian government. Kovalev had already sacrificed a scientific career in the late 1960s to speak out against the Soviet state’s abuse of human rights and was one of the leading campaigners to be imprisoned under Brezhnev. Appointed against strong opposition as chairman of the Russian parliament’s human rights commission in 1990, and human rights ombudsman in 1994, he was forced to resign following a series of brave and damning reports from Chechnya in 1995. A quiet, almost self-effacing man, he became the hero of the internal opposition to the genocidal war. Read more 
31.08.21 Sarah Rainsford: My Last Despatch Before Russian Expulsion
BBC News
I'm writing this in the middle of the night at my kitchen table in Moscow, looking over towards the dim red stars and golden domes of the Kremlin. But by the time you read it I'll be on my way back to England, expelled from Russia as a national security threat. After more than 20 years reporting from Moscow, I still can't believe it. I suspected I was being singled out around a year ago when the Russian foreign ministry started issuing me short-term visas. Even those would be approved at the last minute. At one point I was told I'd been given my last-ever visa, before the official claimed she'd been mistaken. But on 10 August I was taken aside at passport control at Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport and told I'd been barred from Russia by the FSB security service. Read more 
31.08.21 Putin Approves ?170 Bonus For Police And Military Ahead Of Election
Euronews
Russian President Vladimir Putin has approved one-off payments for police and military officials. The decree will grant bonuses of 15,000 roubles (?170) to all army and law enforcement personnel in September, according to the Kremlin. The presidential decree said the payments were designed to protect the "social needs" of emergency workers. But critics say the move is designed to encourage the military to vote for Putin's ruling United Russia party ahead of next month's parliamentary election. Last week, a similar one-off bonus of 10,000 roubles (?110) was offered to pensioners. Russia has an estimated 42 million pensioners and at least 1.7 million police, military, and national guards. Both groups traditionally vote for United Russia, but the party is facing heightened criticism before the tense election calendar. Russian citizens have voiced anger at falling living standards in the country since 2014, coupled with a rise in consumer prices. Read more 
30.08.21 As Many As 37 Mln Russian Nationals Now Fully Vaccinated Against Coronavirus
Interfax
More than 37 million Russians have received both components of a coronavirus vaccine, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Tatyana Golikova told reporters on Friday. "As of today, the number of citizens who have received the first component of a vaccine has topped 44 million, and more than 37 million people have completed a full vaccination course," Golikova said. Currently, four vaccines, including Sputnik V and Sputnik Light, both developed by the Russian Health Ministry's Gamaleya Center, EpiVacCorona of the Vector Center controlled by the Russian consumer health watchdog Rospotrebnadzor, and CoviVac by the Russian Academy of Sciences' Chumakov Center, are being used in the mass vaccination campaign that was launched in Russia on January 18. Golikova said earlier in July that once the population have been immunized with at least the first component of a two-shot vaccine, herd immunity to Covid-19, or at least an 80% vaccination rate, should be reached by November 1. Read more 
30.08.21 Russian Government Moves To Repress Opposition In Run-up To Elections
The Guardian
The Russian government has silenced opposition voices, approved cash payouts to potential voters, and made it nearly impossible to monitor the polls as it prepares for parliamentary elections next month that the opposition has warned will be marred by fraud. United Russia, the ruling party that has supported Vladimir Putin through nearly his entire presidency, is expected to maintain a majority of the seats in the next Duma, despite state polling that shows that just 26% of Russians are ready to vote for the party – its lowest rating since 2008. Critics of the Kremlin have said that the government has little choice but to offer one-time cash gifts to make up for the lack of enthusiasm and deliver the kind of victory that the ruling party has grown used to. Meanwhile, the Communist party of the Russian Federation, an opposition party that often votes with United Russia, has risen in the polls as a likely recipient of the protest vote. Read more 
30.08.21 Russia Registers 18,325 New Cases Of Covid-19, 792 Deaths
Interfax
Russia has registered 18,325 new cases of Covid-19 and 792 related deaths in the past 24 hours, the coronavirus response headquarters said in a statement on Monday. "Over the past day, 18,325 Covid-19 cases were confirmed in 85 regions of Russia, including 1,360 asymptomatic cases identified proactively (7.4%)," the headquarters said. Over the past day, 792 patients died from Covid-19 across Russia, as against 797 on Sunday. Most deaths are still registered in Moscow (50), followed by St. Petersburg (35) and the Krasnodar Territory (32). As many as 14,180 patients recovered from Covid-19 over the past day. Since the beginning of the coronavirus epidemic in Russia, it has registered a total of 6,901,152 cases of Covid-19, including 182,429 deaths and 6,162,430 recoveries. Read more 
30.08.21 Russia Expels Belarusian Comedian For Life For ‘Insulting’ Joke
The Moscow Times
Russia has issued an expulsion order against a popular Belarusian comedian after ruling he insulted ethnic Russians in a stand-up routine. Idrak Mirzalizade had sparked controversy with a joke on a popular YouTube show this spring, where he told a story about non-Slavs facing discrimination when trying to rent apartments in Moscow. The Interior Ministry on Monday declared that the continued presence of Mirzalizade, who is Azerbaijani but holds a Belarusian passport, in Russia is “undesirable” — a label which amounts to a de facto expulsion under Russian law. Read more 
28.08.21 Russia Records Another 19, 492 Coronavirus Cases
TASS
Russia’s coronavirus cases rose by 19,492 to reach 6,863,541 in the past 24 hours, the anti-coronavirus crisis center said on Saturday. According to data from the crisis center, Russia’s coronavirus growth rate was 0.28%. In particular, St. Petersburg recorded 1,406 new cases, followed by the Moscow Region (849), the Sverdlovsk Region (525), Rostov Region (487). Read more 
28.08.21 Russian Paralympians Win 3 Gold Medals In Tokyo
Interfax
Russian Paralympians won another nine medals, including three gold, two silver, and four bronze medals at the Summer Paralympic Games in Tokyo. Gold medals were won by Valeria Shabalina in the women's 200 m freestyle S14 swimming event, Alexander Kuzyukov, Artur Yusupov, and Maxim Shaburov in men's team epee wheelchair fencing, and Albert Khinchagov in the men's shot put F37 athletics event. The silver medal winners are Darya Pikalova in the women's 100 m backstroke S12 swimming and Andrei Vdovin in the men's 100 m T37 athletics event. Read more 
28.08.21 Russia Lifts Restrictions On Flights To Dominican Republic, South Korea, Czech Republic
TASS
Russia fully lifts restrictions on flights to the Dominican Republic, South Korea and the Czech Republic starting Friday. A respective decision was made by the anti-coronavirus crisis center in the middle of August. Those are the first three countries, to which Russia has fully resumed flights since restrictions were started to be imposed amid the pandemic, with the remaining countries still covered by the mechanism of flight quota arrangement. Moreover, the center has decided to increase quotas for regular flights to Egypt starting Friday. As of now no air carrier has reported additional flights opened to those countries. Flights to Prague are performed by Rossiya from St. Petersburg, and Aeroflot and Czech Airlines from Moscow. The Czech Republic remains closed for tourists as only passengers with citizenship or residence permit, or those arriving for studies or medical treatment can enter the country. Read more 
28.08.21 Russia Lifts Restrictions On Flights To Dominican Republic, South Korea, Czech Republic
TASS
Russia fully lifts restrictions on flights to the Dominican Republic, South Korea and the Czech Republic starting Friday. A respective decision was made by the anti-coronavirus crisis center in the middle of August. Those are the first three countries, to which Russia has fully resumed flights since restrictions were started to be imposed amid the pandemic, with the remaining countries still covered by the mechanism of flight quota arrangement. Moreover, the center has decided to increase quotas for regular flights to Egypt starting Friday. As of now no air carrier has reported additional flights opened to those countries. Flights to Prague are performed by Rossiya from St. Petersburg, and Aeroflot and Czech Airlines from Moscow. The Czech Republic remains closed for tourists as only passengers with citizenship or residence permit, or those arriving for studies or medical treatment can enter the country. Read more 
28.08.21 Russian Swimmer Granichka Sets 100 M Breaststroke World Record, Wins Gold
TASS
Russian swimmer Andrei Granichka won the gold medal at the Tokyo Paralympic Games in the 100m breaststroke. Granichka showed a result of 1 minute 25.13 seconds, breaking the world record. Anthony Ponce Bertrand (1.26.53) from Spain took silver - he previously held the world record. In third place was Li Junsheng (1.29.01) from China. Russian swimmer Yuri Luchkin finished fourth (1.31.34). Athletes performed in the SB5 category, which includes people with short stature, as well as those with severe limb damage or the loss of two limbs. Granichka is 24 years old, earlier he became the silver medalist of the Paralympics in Tokyo at a distance of 200 m in complex swimming. He is a two-time winner and multiple medalist of the World and European Championships, as well as a multiple Russian champion in swimming among persons with musculoskeletal disorders. He started swimming in Sevastopol at the Center for Adaptive Sports "Invasport." Read more 
28.08.21 Unwanted Record: Russia’s COVID Deaths Hit New High In July
AP
A new report from Russia’s state statistics agency shows the country recorded a record number of deaths in July of people infected with coronavirus. The report from the Rosstat agency said 50,421 people suffering from COVID-19 died during the month, sharply higher than the previous record of 44,435 in December. However, the agency said in the report that only 38,992 deaths were directly attributed to the disease. In another 5,206 deaths, the virus was assessed as likely the main cause but that more investigation would be need; in 1,449 other cases, the virus contributed to the deaths but was not the main cause. Rosstat said the other 4,844 deaths of infected people were not connected to the virus. Read more 
28.08.21 Russians Fined For Protest In Support Of Afghan Women
The Moscow Times
Russia has fined two activists for organizing a demonstration in support of Afghan women who face an uncertain future after the Taliban returned to power in the country, a court said Friday. The two activists, Artemy Pityukov and Ksenia Bezdenezhnykh, were fined 200,000 rubles ($2,670) each for "violating public order", a spokeswoman for the Presnensky district court in Moscow told AFP. The activists took part in a small-scale demonstration on Monday outside Afghanistan's embassy in Moscow. They took turns holding up posters in a "solitary picket" line, one of the last forms of protest in Russia that do not need official authorization. Read more 
28.08.21 Russia Lifts Restrictions On Flights To Dominican Republic, South Korea, Czech Republic
TASS
Russia fully lifts restrictions on flights to the Dominican Republic, South Korea and the Czech Republic starting Friday. A respective decision was made by the anti-coronavirus crisis center in the middle of August. Those are the first three countries, to which Russia has fully resumed flights since restrictions were started to be imposed amid the pandemic, with the remaining countries still covered by the mechanism of flight quota arrangement. Moreover, the center has decided to increase quotas for regular flights to Egypt starting Friday. As of now no air carrier has reported additional flights opened to those countries. Flights to Prague are performed by Rossiya from St. Petersburg, and Aeroflot and Czech Airlines from Moscow. The Czech Republic remains closed for tourists as only passengers with citizenship or residence permit, or those arriving for studies or medical treatment can enter the country. Read more 
27.08.21 Russia Reports 19,509 Daily COVID-19 Cases
TASS
The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Russia grew by 19,509 in the past 24 hours, reaching 6,844,049, the anti-coronavirus crisis center told reporters on Friday. The relative growth rate stands at 0.29%. St. Petersburg confirmed 1,395 new daily COVID-19 cases, the Moscow Region - 786, the Sverdlovsk Region - 528, the Rostov Region - 488 and the Perm Region - 480. Currently, 551,973 people in Russia are still undergoing treatment. Read more 
27.08.21 Russians Win 11 Medals At Tokyo Paralympics On Thurs
Interfax
Russian athletes won three gold, four silver, and four bronze medals at the Tokyo Paralympics on Thursday. The gold medalists are cyclist Mikhail Astashov in the 3,000m individual pursuit, swimmer Andrei Kalina in the 100m breaststroke event, and wheelchair fencer Alexander Kuzyukov in the epee individual category B event. The silver medalists are swimmers Andrei Granichka in the 200m individual medley and Artyom Isayev in the 100m breaststroke event, as well as wheelchair fencers Maxim Shaburov in the men's epee individual category A event and Viktoria Boykova in the women's epee individual category B event. Read more 
27.08.21 Russia Fines Booking.com Record ?14.9m For Alleged Market Dominance
Euronews
Russia's anti-monopoly agency has fined Booking.com a record ?14.9 million for alleged market dominance. The regulator (FAS) said the online accommodation website had abused its "dominant position" and fined the Netherlands-based company 1.3 billion rubles. Booking.com was accused of preventing Russian hotels and hostels from offering their services at lower prices on other platforms. The decision came after a complaint by a Russian NGO that defends the rights of small and medium-sized businesses, which is reputed to be close to the government. "Booking.com abused the dominant position in the Russian market for the provision of information about aggregators' services on distribution facilities," the FAS said in a statement. "For hotels, this meant that they could not set the prices for their services lower on other sales channels than on Booking.com." Read more 
26.08.21 Russian Swimmer Zhdanov Wins 2020 Paralympics Gold With New WR In Men’s 50m Breaststroke
TASS
Russian swimmer Roman Zhdanov won gold on Wednesday at the 2020 Summer Paralympic Games in Tokyo in men’s 50-meter breaststroke SB3 classification competition. Zhdanov completed the race in 46.49 seconds, setting a new World Record to bring Team RPC (the Russian Paralympic Committee) 2nd gold medal of the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics. The silver was grabbed by Spain’s Miguel Luque (49.08 seconds) and the bronze went to Takayuki Suzuki of Japan (49.32 seconds). The previous World Record of 47.49 seconds in men’s 50-meter breaststroke SB3 classification was set on September 15, 2019 by Italy’s Efrem Morelli. Read more 
26.08.21 ‘Psychological Violence’
The Guardian
Jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny has given his first interview from prison, comparing it to a Chinese labor camp and saying he is forced to watch eight hours of state television a day. Navalny, who built his political career on exposing corruption in Russia, is being held in a maximum security prison colony in Pokrov, 100km east of Moscow. He told the New York Times the days of heavy labour in Soviet gulags were over – replaced by what he called the “psychological violence” of brainwashing and propaganda. Read more 
26.08.21 All Defense Ministry Planes Return To Russia After Evacuating People From Afghanistan
TASS
Two more Russian defense ministry’s Il-76 planes with people evacuated from Afghanistan have landed at Chkalovsky airport near Moscow. Two first planes landed at Chkalovsky earlier on Thursday, Il-62 and Il-76. There were around 100 people, mostly Russian nationals of the Afghan origin, onboard the Il-76 plane. One of those evacuated told journalists he had spent five months in Afghanistan. He said he had come to that country to visit his relatives but got stuck "because of the political situation." "It is cold here. And I also have a feeling of security," he shared his impressions after the arrival in Moscow. Read more 
26.08.21 25% Of Russians Still Skeptical Of Climate Change
The Moscow Times
More than one-fourth of Russians remain skeptical of climate change despite the country being battered by intensifying natural disasters in recent years, according to a poll by the SuperJob job portal published Wednesday. Superjob polled 1,600 “economically active” Russians aged 18 and older from Aug. 17-23, two weeks after United Nations climate scientists released a landmark report that “unequivocally” linked climate change to human activity. The poll was conducted as Russia grappled with unprecedented wildfires in Siberia that experts say were exacerbated by climate change. Fifty-one percent of Russian respondents said they believe that climate change is real, a 2% increase from the last SuperJob survey in 2009. But 26% of Russians do not believe that the climate crisis is real, compared to 33% in 2009. Read more 
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