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Insect horror: ‘Tornado’ of mosquitoes hits eastern Russia – ‘Didn’t dare open my window’

The flying insects were seen swarming on the peninsula of Kamchatka in the millions. Swarms of mosquitoes were so dense that people reported difficulties seeing where they were driving.

​​“I drove through the cloud of these mosquitoes for several hundred metres,” Alexei, from Ust-Kamchatsk, told the Siberian Times.

“It wasn’t a pleasant experience as I could hardly see the road.

“I didn’t dare open my windows.

“Giant pillars of mosquitoes were visible everywhere I looked.

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It is the female insects people need to look out for.

“These are male mosquitoes swarming around one of several females in order to mate – there is nothing wrong with this,” she said.

This sighting is an annual occurrence and the size of the swarms depends on weather conditions and how many mosquitoes there are, however, there appear to be more this year.

“It seems to be that there are many more this year than usual,” Alexei said.

The area is surrounded by tundra and swamps, an ideal home for the blood sucking insect.

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Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | July 19

Russia has confirmed 5,982,766 cases of coronavirus and 149,138 deaths, according to the national coronavirus information center. Russia’s total excess fatality count since the start of the coronavirus pandemic is around 483,000.

July 19: What you need to know today

  • Russia on Monday reported 24,633 new coronavirus cases and 719 deaths as the country battles the surging Delta variant.
  • Starting July 19, Moscow restaurants will no longer require a QR code proving one’s vaccination, immunity or negative test results to dine indoors, Mayor Sergei Sobyanin announced Friday.
  • Most service sector businesses in Moscow met a Friday deadline to ensure 60% of their workforce received a first dose of a coronavirus vaccine, the capital’s coronavirus taskforce said. Mayor Sergei Sobyanin announced he would give employers who fell short another week, until 22 July, to meet the requirement.
  • The Kremlin said Thursday that Moscow had no immediate plans to allow foreign coronavirus vaccines into Russia, despite the country’s sluggish vaccination rates and rising death toll in a third wave of the pandemic.
  • Russia will resume reciprocal flights with France and the Czech Republic from July 24, the country’s coronavirus information headquarters announced Wednesday.
  • Russia has overtaken France as having the world’s fourth-highest number of confirmed Covid-19 cases, according to the World Health Organization.

July 13

— The developers of Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine said on Tuesday a deal had been struck with Indian vaccine maker the Serum Institute to produce 300 million doses annually.

— Russia’s Federal Air Transport Agency has ordered that airlines test all pilots and flight attendants for coronavirus once every 72 hours, the RBC news website reported.

— The republic of Buryatia in Siberia has lifted its lockdown after becoming the first Russian region to order all non-essential shops and businesses to close from June 27.

July 9

— Russia’s Black Sea coastal resorts including Sochi will require visiting tourists to vaccinate against the coronavirus within three days of arrival starting Aug. 1, regional authorities announced Friday.

— St. Petersburg authorities will ban gatherings of more than 75 people from July 13, city officials announced. Case numbers have spiked in Russia’s second-largest city as it has hosted seven matches in the football tournament.

— Moscow’s outdoor restaurant verandas will stay open to diners who lack a QR code proving their vaccination or immunity through Aug. 1. Originally, the city planned to require QR codes to dine at verandas starting July 12.

July 7

 Starting July 7, Russians returning from overseas will be required to self-isolate until they test negative for Covid-19, consumer protection watchdog Rospotrebnadzor said. Vaccinated or recently recovered Russians are exempt from the rule.

— A senior administrator at a western Russian clinic has been detained on suspicion of selling fake coronavirus vaccine certificates, police said. Meanwhile, Moscow police announced Thursday the city’s first criminal case against a person who had allegedly purchased a fake QR code for dining indoors at the city’s restaurants. 

July 6

— The Kremlin on Tuesday said it doesn’t support closing internal borders between Russia’s regions to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

July 5

— Germany’s health agency said on Monday it would lift a ban on most travelers from five countries including Russia that have been hit by the Delta variant of Covid-19. Russia will be reclassified from Wednesday as a “high-incidence area.”

July 1

— Moscow authorities announced that all patients with acute respiratory symptoms will be required to self-isolate and take express tests for COVID-19.

— Supplies of Russia’s EpiVacCorona vaccine have run out in Moscow, city authorities said Thursday, leaving Sputnik V and Sputnik Light as the only remaining vaccine options for Muscovites after supplies of the CoviVac ran out on June 22.

June 30

— President Vladimir Putin said that he was vaccinated against the coronavirus with Russia’s Sputnik V jab, lifting the veil on a months-long secret that did little to quell Russians’ vaccine hesitancy.

— Moscow will start offering booster shots of the Sputnik V vaccine for individuals who were vaccinated more than six months ago, Mayor Sergei Sobyanin announced Thursday.

— Russia has confirmed the first Delta Plus coronavirus variant infections within its borders days after media sounded the alarm about the presence of the potentially more dangerous new strain.

June 29

— The Kremlin said that Russia no longer expects to meet its goal of vaccinating 60% of its population by the fall.

— Health Minister Mikhail Murashko said that 151,000 people in Russia are currently in hospital with the coronavirus.

— Russia’s Black Sea resort city Sochi will open its first “Covid-free” beach only accessible to those who have been vaccinated, have recovered from Covid-19 in the past six months or have negative PCR test results, its deputy mayor said Wednesday.

June 28

— Starting Monday, all restaurant and cafes in Moscow will require patrons to present an official QR code confirming their vaccination status, immunity or negative PCR test results.

June 27

— All Russian travelers, vaccinated or not, will have to present a negative PCR or rapid test result on arrival in Greece, Athens announced Sunday. Travelers from Russia will also have to undergo another test as soon as they arrive.

June 25

— Moscow authorities reimposed work-from-home restrictions Friday as the Russian capital posted a new daily record for Covid-19 deaths due to a surging outbreak of the Delta variant. In a decree published on his website, Mayor Sergei Sobyanin ordered that businesses cut their number of in-office workers by 30% from June 28. Vaccinated employees would be excluded, the decree said, adding that all workers aged over 65 as well as those with pre-existing conditions would have to work from home.

— Russia is investigating reports of the first Delta Plus coronavirus variant infections within its borders, the country’s consumer protection watchdog told the state-run RIA Novosti news agency Friday. 

June 24

— Starting July 1, the Krasnodar region — where Russia’s resort city of Sochi is located — will require all hotels and guest houses to obtain a negative PCR test or vaccination certificate from guests. Starting Aug. 1, the region will ban entry to resorts for unvaccinated vacationers. 

— Moscow authorities announced they’ll allow access to summer cafes and verandas without a QR code proving vaccination until July 12. Under-18s will also be able to enter “Covid-free” restaurants and cafes without QR codes.

June 23

— Health Minister Mikhail Murashko said that 130,000 Russians are currently hospitalized with Covid-19 and another 519,000 confirmed or suspected Covid-19 patients are under doctors’ supervision. Just 15% of Russia’s hospital beds are unoccupied, Murashko said.

— The republic of Buryatia in Siberia has become the first Russian region to announce a new coronavirus lockdown, with all non-essential shops and businesses ordered to close from June 27-July 11.

— From June 28, all Moscow cafes and restaurants will only serve customers who have been vaccinated; who have had Covid-19 in the past six months; or who present a negative Covid-19 test taken within the past 78 hours. 

— The mayor of the southern city of Krasnodar has said he will withhold bonuses and allowances from unvaccinated city administration employees if they fall ill with the coronavirus.

— Russia will resume regular air travel with the following countries from June 28: the United States, Italy, Cyprus, North Macedonia, Belgium, Bulgaria, Jordan and Ireland, Deputy Prime Minister Tatiana Golikova announced Friday. Citizens of China and Lichtenstein will also be permitted to enter the country.

— Regular flights with Turkey will resume June 22, Golikova said.

June 18

— Nearly 90% of Moscow’s new infections are the Delta variant of the coronavirus first detected in India, Mayor Sobyanin said.

— Moscow hospitals will no longer provide routine treatment to unvaccinated patients unless they require emergency care or treatment for cancer or blood diseases, officials announced. Patients with medical exemptions for vaccination will still be able to be treated.

— The Kremlin blamed “nihilism” for the lack of vaccine uptake that has helped spur a new surge in infections.

— Moscow has extended its coronavirus restrictions until June 29, Mayor Sobyanin announced. Outdoor theaters, playgrounds, food courts, children’s playrooms in malls, and zoos will remain closed through June 29. Restaurants and bars must close from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. Theaters, movie theaters, museums and other cultural venues will only be able to serve 1,000 people at a time. Fan zones, dance floors and other venues for mass events will be closed.

— At least 17 regions of Russia have reintroduced Covid-19 restrictions.

— The Leningrad region that surrounds St. Petersburg has ordered mandatory vaccination for 80% of service workers, while the Tula region has ordered mandatory vaccination for at-risk groups.

June 17

— The spread of the Delta variant, first detected in India, across Russia has “seriously increased” in the last two weeks, Russian health authorities said Thursday.

— Russia could allow pregnant women to start receiving the coronavirus vaccine within the next one to two weeks, Health Minister Mikhail Murashko said.

June 16

— Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin on Wednesday announced mandatory vaccination for service sector workers, saying the measure is necessary as the city grapples with 12,000 hospitalized Covid-19 patients and levels of illness equal to last year’s peaks.

— Sobyanin also announced that the city has overturned its ban on sitting on park benches.

— Russia has extended its moratorium on deportations of foreigners with expired visas for another three months due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to a last-minute decree President Vladimir Putin signed Tuesday.

— The developers of Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine are studying the jab’s effectiveness against the so-called “Moscow strain” of the virus, they told the state-run RIA Novosti news agency Tuesday. 

June 14

— Authorities in St. Petersburg, which is hosting a series of Euro 2020 matches, said Monday they were tightening anti-coronavirus restrictions in an effort to curb a new spike in infections. From Thursday food courts and children’s play areas in shopping malls in Russia’s second city will be closed, and no food will be sold at Euro-2020 fan zones, authorities said in a statement early Monday.

June 13

— Universities in Moscow have been advised to switch their students to remote learning by the Science and Higher Education Ministry.

— Moscow authorities announced a “non-working week” from June 15-19 in an attempt to curb the growing number of infections. After that, businesses are advised to transfer at least 30% of their unvaccinated to working from home.

— Bars, clubs and restaurants in Moscow will be closed between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. from June 13-20.

—As the city’s vaccination rate remains low, Moscow residents who receive their first dose of a coronavirus vaccine from June 14 to July 11 will be entered into a prize draw to win an automobile — with five cars a week up for grabs, Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said Sunday.

June 11

—  Moscow authorities announced Wednesday plans to reopen field hospitals and step up mask and glove enforcement as the epicenter of Russia’s outbreak reported its highest number of new cases since the start of 2021.

—  Brazil has approved Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine for import and emergency use in several states, reversing its April decision to ban imports of the jab, its developers have said 

—  Russia recorded one of its lowest monthly jumps in fatalities since the start of the coronavirus pandemic in April, according to official statistics published Friday.

June 5

— Another 1 million Muscovites will be vaccinated against coronavirus by the end of the year, Mayor Sergei Sobyanin says. So far, the city has vaccinated 1.3 million people in roughly six months.

— Serbia is starting to produce Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine, President Aleksandar Vucic said on Friday, the first European nation outside Russia and Belarus to take the step.

June 4

— Russian Federation Council Speaker Valentina Matviyenko on Wednesday ruled out compulsory Covid-19 vaccination in Russia, saying it would be a “gross violation of the law.”

— Health officials in the Omsk region in Siberia announced they will give free tickets to the Omsk State Circus to the first 1,000 people to get vaccinated against Covid-19 at the circus’ vaccination station between June 2 and July 11.

Russia will resume flights with the United Kingdom — along with regular flights to seven other countries from June 10 — but will extend travel restrictions to Turkey for another three weeks.

May 31

—Israel has prohibited its citizens and residents from traveling to Russia until at least June 13 after placing the country on a travel blacklist, the Israeli Ministry of Health said Sunday.

The Russian Direct Investment Fund said Thursday it has signed a supply agreement with the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF). 220 million doses of Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine will be delivered to UNICEF once the vaccine receives WHO Emergency Use Listing. 

May 28

— Russia’s Health Ministry’s Ethics Committee did not grant approval for phase-two and -three clinical trials of a coronavirus vaccine that combines Russia’s Sputnik V and AstraZeneca developed by Oxford University, the Pharmvestnik medical news website reported Friday

May 26 

— Russia on Wednesday has started mass vaccination of pets against the coronavirus, the state-run RIA Novosti news agency reported, citing Rosselkhoznadzor representative. Cornivac-Cov vaccine, the world’s first coronavirus vaccine for pets, is available in public and private veterinary clinics across several regions of Russia. 

— Slovakia has approved Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine, the jab’s developer confirmed Wednesday. The country is set to become the second EU member to use Sputnik V for large-scale inoculation.

May 25 

— Russia resumed flights with Iceland, Malta, Mexico, Portugal and Saudi Arabia on May 25, state-run TASS news agency reported Monday, citing Russia’s coronavirus response center. Also starting that day, Russia will increase its number of flights with South Korea, Finland and Japan.

— Regional authorities in Russia’s republic of Sakha (formerly Yakutia) have reversed their earlier decision to introduce compulsory vaccination against the coronavirus, according to information published on a government website late on Tuesday. The authorities had initially announced that vaccination would be mandatory for certain groups of citizens, and regional employers who failed to administer coronavirus vaccines to workers could face monetary penalties.

— Russia has made deals to sell more than 205 million doses of its Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine across 45 countries, Forbes Russia reported Tuesday. Over 16,3 million doses, or 8% of all orders, have been delivered abroad so far with Argentina receiving the biggest share, with 6,5 million doses, or 40% of all Russia’s vaccine exports. 

May 20 

— More than 550 people in Russia have been found to have a more contagious U.K. strain of the coronavirus, Rospotrebnazor head Anna Popova said Thursday in an interview with the Rossiya-1 television channel. Another 10 patients were confirmed to have the Indian variant of the virus, while tens of patients have been infected with the South African variant.

May 19 

— Russia’s former Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has expressed support for compulsory vaccinations Wednesday as the country grapples with slower-than-hoped-for coronavirus vaccine uptake.

May 17 

— Russia has registered cases of a rare and deadly fungal infection afflicting current and former coronavirus patients that has been on the rise in virus-stricken India, the pro-Kremlin Izvestia newspaper reported Monday.

May 16 

— 42% of Russians refuse to get vaccinated against the coronavirus under any circumstances, the SuperJob.ru job portal said in a survey published Sunday. 

May 14

— Moscow has reported 3,818 new coronavirus cases Friday, the highest daily count since January, as Russia returned from an extended non-working period designed to prevent a third wave of the pandemic.

May 13

— Russia has confirmed the first cases of the Indian coronavirus mutation within its borders, the Kommersant business daily reported Thursday, citing the regional consumer protection watchdog.

May 12

— More than 14 million Russians — 10% of the population — have received a first dose of a coronavirus vaccine, with 10 million having received both doses, Deputy Prime Minister Tatiana Golikova said Wednesday. Kremlin Spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said the number of those vaccinated was increasing, though not as fast as the authorities would like. President Vladimir Putin said Monday that Russia had vaccinated some 21.5 million people so far. 

— The majority of Russians (62%) are still not ready to be vaccinated with their country’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine, according to a poll by the independent Levada Center published Wednesday.  

May 11

— Putin said he has tested positive for Covid-19 antibodies four weeks after receiving the second dose of one of Russia’s vaccines, with a positivity coefficient of 15.

— A Hungarian lab has confirmed that the first batch of Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine sent to Slovakia was satisfactory, Reuters reported Sunday, citing a Slovakia health ministry spokeswoman. 

— Mass prayer services for the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan, will be banned in Moscow due to the coronavirus, the Russian Spiritual Administration of Muslims said Wednesday.

May 5

— The makers of Russia’s third coronavirus vaccine CoviVak said their tests of a live polio vaccine for preventing Covid-19 have proven effective.

— The makers of Russia’s second approved coronavirus vaccine EpiVacCorona are studying third doses to boost recipients’ immune response, a senior scientist said Wednesday.

April 30

— Turkey’s Medicines and Medical Devices Agency gave emergency authorization to Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine, the jab’s developers confirmed Friday. 

— Russia has produced 17,000 doses of Cornivac-Cov vaccine, the world’s first coronavirus vaccine for pets, the RBC news website reported Friday, citing Rosselkhoznadzor press service. 

— The developer of Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine said Thursday it would sue Brazil’s health regulator Anvisa after it refused to import the jab.

—The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has completed a special investigation into how Russia conducted clinical trials for its Sputnik V vaccine as part of the jab’s application for approval in the EU.

April 29

— Moscow authorities on Thursday confirmed 3,215 new coronavirus infections — a 74% increase and the highest number of infections in Russia’s capital reported in a single day since January.

— Russia’s Far Eastern Magadan region will introduce a monetary rewards program for vaccinated residents in at-risk groups and those over 60 years old in an attempt to boost vaccination drive in the region, state-run Interfax reported Thursday. A similar monetary rewards program for over-60s will be introduced in Chukotka autonomous district. Eligible residents in Magadan region will receive 1,000 rubles ($ 13), while in Chukotka the sum will equal 2,000 rubles. 

April 28

— Russia’s central Ivanovo region will introduce entry restrictions for incoming tourists over May 1-11 nationwide holidays, according to a decree published on a government website Tuesday. All tourists arriving in the region will be required to present a negative coronavirus test result, a vaccination certificate, or a certificate stating the traveler has coronavirus antibodies. 

April 27

— Starting April 27, all passengers traveling from India to Russia’s airports will be required to take a Covid-19 test upon arrival and submit additional PCR test results within days from the arrival date, state-run TASS news agency reported Wednesday, citing Rospotrebnazor head Anna Popova.

— All Russian schools will remain closed during a countrywide non-working period over May 1-11, state-run TASS news agency reported Tuesday, citing Russia’s Ministry of Education.

April 26 

— The developer of Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine said Monday it had reached a production cooperation agreement with Turkey’s Viscoran Ilac pharmaceutical company. The Turkey-based manufacturer is expected to launch production of the jab over the coming months. 

— Russia resumed flights with Estonia on April 25, state-run Interfax news agency reported Sunday. 

— Russia has vaccinated 11.9 million people, or around 10% of its adult population, with a first dose of one of its three homemade coronavirus vaccines, Deputy Prime Minister Tatiana Golikova said Monday.

— Brazil’s health regulator on Monday denied a request from several states to import Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine, saying it did not have the data needed to verify the jab’s safety and efficacy.

April 23

— 255 people in Russia have been found to have a more contagious U.K. strain of the coronavirus, state-run TASS news agency reported Friday, citing Rospotrebnazor head Anna Popova. Another 25 patients were confirmed to have the South African variant of the virus. The mutations were discovered in more than 50 Russian regions. 

— Russia plans to resume flights with Egypt’s resort cities of Hurghada and Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi confirmed Friday. 

— President Vladimir Putin on Friday backed a proposal by the head of Russia’s health watchdog to introduce a non-working period over May 1-11 to prevent a surge in coronavirus infections.

April 22

— The World Health Organization and the European Medicines Agency will launch the second step of the approval process of Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine on May 10, Reuters reported Thursday. Inspection of Sputnik V manufacturing practices is due to be concluded in June. 

— Egyptian firm Minapharm announced Thursday it will produce 40 million doses of Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine for “global distribution,” marking the first partnership for the production of Sputnik V in the Middle East and North Africa. Rollout of the vaccine is expected later this year, Minapharm said in a joint statement with the Russian Direct Investment Fund.

— Germany is in talks with Russia to buy 30 million doses of the Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine once it is approved by the European Medicines Agency, Saxony state premier Michael Kretschmer said on Thursday.

April 20 

— Moscow will introduce a rewards program for vaccinated residents over 60 years old in a bid to boost the city’s vaccination drive, Mayor Sergei Sobyanin announced Tuesday, warning that the city’s coronavirus situation is worsening. Vaccinated residents in this age group will be eligible for discounts at regional retailers and pharmacies. 

April 19 

— Russian epidemiologists have detected two mutated strains of the coronavirus within the country but said they aren’t necessarily deadlier or more contagious, state-run Interfax reported Monday, citing Rospotrebnazor head Anna Popova.

April 15

— The developer of Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine said Wednesday its jab did not cause blood clots, a potential side effect that has disrupted rollouts in several Western countries.

— Starting April 15, Russians returning to the country by any means of transport will be required to submit a negative Covid-19 test to the authorities within three days after arriving, state consumer protection watchdog Rospotrebnadzor announced. Previously, only those arriving by air were required to submit negative test results.

— Serbia will launch production of Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine in six to ten months, Russia’s state-run TASS news agency reported Thursday, citing Serbia’s President Aleksandar Vucic.

— 820,000 residents of Moscow, or 6 percent of the capital’s total population, have received both doses of the coronavirus vaccine since the start of the mass vaccination campaign in December last year, Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said Thursday. Another 1 million have had the first vaccine dose. 

April 14 

— Moscow on Wednesday announced the start of production of its Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine in Serbia, the first European country outside Russia and Belarus to begin manufacturing the jab. 

— President Vladimir Putin announced Wednesday that he has received his second Covid-19 vaccine shot. He received his first dose on March 23.

— France’s southeastern Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region requested a pre-order of 500,000 doses of Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine, France’s RTL radio broadcaster reported Wednesday, citing regional president Renaud Muselier. The region will receive the order once the jab is approved by European regulators.

April 13

— Drug Controller General of India has authorized Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine, the jab’s developer confirmed late on Monday. India is the 60th country that has approved Russia’s vaccine. 

— Moscow authorities will offer an at-home vaccination option for residents with reduced mobility starting April 13, Interfax reported Tuesday. At least 120,000 people are expected to receive the vaccine through the initiative delivered by 66 mobile teams of social workers. 

April 12

— Russia will restrict flights to and from Turkey and Tanzania from April 15 until June 1 because of rising numbers of Covid-19 cases in both countries, Deputy Prime Minister Tatyana Golikova said Monday.

— An expert panel from India’s central drug authority has recommended granting emergency approval to Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine, India’s The Economist Times business daily reported Monday. The newspaper had initially reported that India already granted emergency authorization to Sputnik V.

— Lenin’s mausoleum and the Kremlin wall necropolis will reopen to visitors on April 17, exactly five months after being shut down by the authorities in an attempt to slow the spread of the coronavirus, Interfax reported Monday.  

April 9

— Alexander Gintsburg, head of the Gamaleya Institute, has confirmed that Sputnik V is less effective against the South African variant of the virus, but claimed that the Russian-made jab still offers better protection against virus mutations than its rivals.

April 8

— The German government plans to talk to Moscow about buying doses of Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine if it is approved by the European regulator, Health Minister Jens Spahn said Thursday.

— Sputnik V’s official Twitter account on Thursday accused the Slovak Drug agency SUKL of a “disinformation campaign” against the Russian vaccine after the watchdog said the vaccines the country received differed from those reviewed by the European Medicines Agency and the medical journal The Lancet.

April 7 

— Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine appears significantly less effective in combating the South African variant of the virus, a new laboratory study of 12 cases has shown.

— Germany’s Bavaria region has signed a provisional agreement to buy around 2.5 million doses of Russia‘s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine once it is approved by European regulators, state premier Markus Soeder said Wednesday.

— The European Medicines Agency will investigate whether the developers of Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine went against global ethical and scientific standards in clinical trials, the Financial Times reported Wednesday.

April 6 

— Russian officials are believed to have been purposefully delaying approval of China’s CanSino Biologics Inc.’s coronavirus vaccine, Bloomberg reported Tuesday. The approval of the only foreign jab currently tested in Russia is delayed amid the authorities’ efforts to prioritize home-grown vaccines, unnamed sources confirmed to Bloomberg. 

April 3:

— Russia recorded almost 30,000 excess deaths during February, the country’s statistics agency announced Friday a figure which takes Russia’s total excess fatality count since the start of the coronavirus pandemic above 422,000.

— The developers of Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine said Friday that they have come up with technology that “updates” the jab to protect against new, more-contagious strains of the virus.

— Russia’s Supreme Court on Thursday has upheld the country’s nationwide mask mandate.

— Russia has approved what it says is the world’s first coronavirus vaccine for pets, the state veterinary service said Wednesday.

AFP contributed reporting.

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Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | July 18

Russia has confirmed 5,982,766 cases of coronavirus and 149,138 deaths, according to the national coronavirus information center. Russia’s total excess fatality count since the start of the coronavirus pandemic is around 483,000.

July 19: What you need to know today

  • Russia on Monday reported 24,633 new coronavirus cases and 719 deaths as the country battles the surging Delta variant.
  • Starting July 19, Moscow restaurants will no longer require a QR code proving one’s vaccination, immunity or negative test results to dine indoors, Mayor Sergei Sobyanin announced Friday.
  • Most service sector businesses in Moscow met a Friday deadline to ensure 60% of their workforce received a first dose of a coronavirus vaccine, the capital’s coronavirus taskforce said. Mayor Sergei Sobyanin announced he would give employers who fell short another week, until 22 July, to meet the requirement.
  • The Kremlin said Thursday that Moscow had no immediate plans to allow foreign coronavirus vaccines into Russia, despite the country’s sluggish vaccination rates and rising death toll in a third wave of the pandemic.
  • Russia will resume reciprocal flights with France and the Czech Republic from July 24, the country’s coronavirus information headquarters announced Wednesday.
  • Russia has overtaken France as having the world’s fourth-highest number of confirmed Covid-19 cases, according to the World Health Organization.

July 13

— The developers of Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine said on Tuesday a deal had been struck with Indian vaccine maker the Serum Institute to produce 300 million doses annually.

— Russia’s Federal Air Transport Agency has ordered that airlines test all pilots and flight attendants for coronavirus once every 72 hours, the RBC news website reported.

— The republic of Buryatia in Siberia has lifted its lockdown after becoming the first Russian region to order all non-essential shops and businesses to close from June 27.

July 9

— Russia’s Black Sea coastal resorts including Sochi will require visiting tourists to vaccinate against the coronavirus within three days of arrival starting Aug. 1, regional authorities announced Friday.

— St. Petersburg authorities will ban gatherings of more than 75 people from July 13, city officials announced. Case numbers have spiked in Russia’s second-largest city as it has hosted seven matches in the football tournament.

— Moscow’s outdoor restaurant verandas will stay open to diners who lack a QR code proving their vaccination or immunity through Aug. 1. Originally, the city planned to require QR codes to dine at verandas starting July 12.

July 7

 Starting July 7, Russians returning from overseas will be required to self-isolate until they test negative for Covid-19, consumer protection watchdog Rospotrebnadzor said. Vaccinated or recently recovered Russians are exempt from the rule.

— A senior administrator at a western Russian clinic has been detained on suspicion of selling fake coronavirus vaccine certificates, police said. Meanwhile, Moscow police announced Thursday the city’s first criminal case against a person who had allegedly purchased a fake QR code for dining indoors at the city’s restaurants. 

July 6

— The Kremlin on Tuesday said it doesn’t support closing internal borders between Russia’s regions to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

July 5

— Germany’s health agency said on Monday it would lift a ban on most travelers from five countries including Russia that have been hit by the Delta variant of Covid-19. Russia will be reclassified from Wednesday as a “high-incidence area.”

July 1

— Moscow authorities announced that all patients with acute respiratory symptoms will be required to self-isolate and take express tests for COVID-19.

— Supplies of Russia’s EpiVacCorona vaccine have run out in Moscow, city authorities said Thursday, leaving Sputnik V and Sputnik Light as the only remaining vaccine options for Muscovites after supplies of the CoviVac ran out on June 22.

June 30

— President Vladimir Putin said that he was vaccinated against the coronavirus with Russia’s Sputnik V jab, lifting the veil on a months-long secret that did little to quell Russians’ vaccine hesitancy.

— Moscow will start offering booster shots of the Sputnik V vaccine for individuals who were vaccinated more than six months ago, Mayor Sergei Sobyanin announced Thursday.

— Russia has confirmed the first Delta Plus coronavirus variant infections within its borders days after media sounded the alarm about the presence of the potentially more dangerous new strain.

June 29

— The Kremlin said that Russia no longer expects to meet its goal of vaccinating 60% of its population by the fall.

— Health Minister Mikhail Murashko said that 151,000 people in Russia are currently in hospital with the coronavirus.

— Russia’s Black Sea resort city Sochi will open its first “Covid-free” beach only accessible to those who have been vaccinated, have recovered from Covid-19 in the past six months or have negative PCR test results, its deputy mayor said Wednesday.

June 28

— Starting Monday, all restaurant and cafes in Moscow will require patrons to present an official QR code confirming their vaccination status, immunity or negative PCR test results.

June 27

— All Russian travelers, vaccinated or not, will have to present a negative PCR or rapid test result on arrival in Greece, Athens announced Sunday. Travelers from Russia will also have to undergo another test as soon as they arrive.

June 25

— Moscow authorities reimposed work-from-home restrictions Friday as the Russian capital posted a new daily record for Covid-19 deaths due to a surging outbreak of the Delta variant. In a decree published on his website, Mayor Sergei Sobyanin ordered that businesses cut their number of in-office workers by 30% from June 28. Vaccinated employees would be excluded, the decree said, adding that all workers aged over 65 as well as those with pre-existing conditions would have to work from home.

— Russia is investigating reports of the first Delta Plus coronavirus variant infections within its borders, the country’s consumer protection watchdog told the state-run RIA Novosti news agency Friday. 

June 24

— Starting July 1, the Krasnodar region — where Russia’s resort city of Sochi is located — will require all hotels and guest houses to obtain a negative PCR test or vaccination certificate from guests. Starting Aug. 1, the region will ban entry to resorts for unvaccinated vacationers. 

— Moscow authorities announced they’ll allow access to summer cafes and verandas without a QR code proving vaccination until July 12. Under-18s will also be able to enter “Covid-free” restaurants and cafes without QR codes.

June 23

— Health Minister Mikhail Murashko said that 130,000 Russians are currently hospitalized with Covid-19 and another 519,000 confirmed or suspected Covid-19 patients are under doctors’ supervision. Just 15% of Russia’s hospital beds are unoccupied, Murashko said.

— The republic of Buryatia in Siberia has become the first Russian region to announce a new coronavirus lockdown, with all non-essential shops and businesses ordered to close from June 27-July 11.

— From June 28, all Moscow cafes and restaurants will only serve customers who have been vaccinated; who have had Covid-19 in the past six months; or who present a negative Covid-19 test taken within the past 78 hours. 

— The mayor of the southern city of Krasnodar has said he will withhold bonuses and allowances from unvaccinated city administration employees if they fall ill with the coronavirus.

— Russia will resume regular air travel with the following countries from June 28: the United States, Italy, Cyprus, North Macedonia, Belgium, Bulgaria, Jordan and Ireland, Deputy Prime Minister Tatiana Golikova announced Friday. Citizens of China and Lichtenstein will also be permitted to enter the country.

— Regular flights with Turkey will resume June 22, Golikova said.

June 18

— Nearly 90% of Moscow’s new infections are the Delta variant of the coronavirus first detected in India, Mayor Sobyanin said.

— Moscow hospitals will no longer provide routine treatment to unvaccinated patients unless they require emergency care or treatment for cancer or blood diseases, officials announced. Patients with medical exemptions for vaccination will still be able to be treated.

— The Kremlin blamed “nihilism” for the lack of vaccine uptake that has helped spur a new surge in infections.

— Moscow has extended its coronavirus restrictions until June 29, Mayor Sobyanin announced. Outdoor theaters, playgrounds, food courts, children’s playrooms in malls, and zoos will remain closed through June 29. Restaurants and bars must close from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. Theaters, movie theaters, museums and other cultural venues will only be able to serve 1,000 people at a time. Fan zones, dance floors and other venues for mass events will be closed.

— At least 17 regions of Russia have reintroduced Covid-19 restrictions.

— The Leningrad region that surrounds St. Petersburg has ordered mandatory vaccination for 80% of service workers, while the Tula region has ordered mandatory vaccination for at-risk groups.

June 17

— The spread of the Delta variant, first detected in India, across Russia has “seriously increased” in the last two weeks, Russian health authorities said Thursday.

— Russia could allow pregnant women to start receiving the coronavirus vaccine within the next one to two weeks, Health Minister Mikhail Murashko said.

June 16

— Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin on Wednesday announced mandatory vaccination for service sector workers, saying the measure is necessary as the city grapples with 12,000 hospitalized Covid-19 patients and levels of illness equal to last year’s peaks.

— Sobyanin also announced that the city has overturned its ban on sitting on park benches.

— Russia has extended its moratorium on deportations of foreigners with expired visas for another three months due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to a last-minute decree President Vladimir Putin signed Tuesday.

— The developers of Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine are studying the jab’s effectiveness against the so-called “Moscow strain” of the virus, they told the state-run RIA Novosti news agency Tuesday. 

June 14

— Authorities in St. Petersburg, which is hosting a series of Euro 2020 matches, said Monday they were tightening anti-coronavirus restrictions in an effort to curb a new spike in infections. From Thursday food courts and children’s play areas in shopping malls in Russia’s second city will be closed, and no food will be sold at Euro-2020 fan zones, authorities said in a statement early Monday.

June 13

— Universities in Moscow have been advised to switch their students to remote learning by the Science and Higher Education Ministry.

— Moscow authorities announced a “non-working week” from June 15-19 in an attempt to curb the growing number of infections. After that, businesses are advised to transfer at least 30% of their unvaccinated to working from home.

— Bars, clubs and restaurants in Moscow will be closed between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. from June 13-20.

—As the city’s vaccination rate remains low, Moscow residents who receive their first dose of a coronavirus vaccine from June 14 to July 11 will be entered into a prize draw to win an automobile — with five cars a week up for grabs, Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said Sunday.

June 11

—  Moscow authorities announced Wednesday plans to reopen field hospitals and step up mask and glove enforcement as the epicenter of Russia’s outbreak reported its highest number of new cases since the start of 2021.

—  Brazil has approved Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine for import and emergency use in several states, reversing its April decision to ban imports of the jab, its developers have said 

—  Russia recorded one of its lowest monthly jumps in fatalities since the start of the coronavirus pandemic in April, according to official statistics published Friday.

June 5

— Another 1 million Muscovites will be vaccinated against coronavirus by the end of the year, Mayor Sergei Sobyanin says. So far, the city has vaccinated 1.3 million people in roughly six months.

— Serbia is starting to produce Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine, President Aleksandar Vucic said on Friday, the first European nation outside Russia and Belarus to take the step.

June 4

— Russian Federation Council Speaker Valentina Matviyenko on Wednesday ruled out compulsory Covid-19 vaccination in Russia, saying it would be a “gross violation of the law.”

— Health officials in the Omsk region in Siberia announced they will give free tickets to the Omsk State Circus to the first 1,000 people to get vaccinated against Covid-19 at the circus’ vaccination station between June 2 and July 11.

Russia will resume flights with the United Kingdom — along with regular flights to seven other countries from June 10 — but will extend travel restrictions to Turkey for another three weeks.

May 31

—Israel has prohibited its citizens and residents from traveling to Russia until at least June 13 after placing the country on a travel blacklist, the Israeli Ministry of Health said Sunday.

The Russian Direct Investment Fund said Thursday it has signed a supply agreement with the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF). 220 million doses of Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine will be delivered to UNICEF once the vaccine receives WHO Emergency Use Listing. 

May 28

— Russia’s Health Ministry’s Ethics Committee did not grant approval for phase-two and -three clinical trials of a coronavirus vaccine that combines Russia’s Sputnik V and AstraZeneca developed by Oxford University, the Pharmvestnik medical news website reported Friday

May 26 

— Russia on Wednesday has started mass vaccination of pets against the coronavirus, the state-run RIA Novosti news agency reported, citing Rosselkhoznadzor representative. Cornivac-Cov vaccine, the world’s first coronavirus vaccine for pets, is available in public and private veterinary clinics across several regions of Russia. 

— Slovakia has approved Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine, the jab’s developer confirmed Wednesday. The country is set to become the second EU member to use Sputnik V for large-scale inoculation.

May 25 

— Russia resumed flights with Iceland, Malta, Mexico, Portugal and Saudi Arabia on May 25, state-run TASS news agency reported Monday, citing Russia’s coronavirus response center. Also starting that day, Russia will increase its number of flights with South Korea, Finland and Japan.

— Regional authorities in Russia’s republic of Sakha (formerly Yakutia) have reversed their earlier decision to introduce compulsory vaccination against the coronavirus, according to information published on a government website late on Tuesday. The authorities had initially announced that vaccination would be mandatory for certain groups of citizens, and regional employers who failed to administer coronavirus vaccines to workers could face monetary penalties.

— Russia has made deals to sell more than 205 million doses of its Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine across 45 countries, Forbes Russia reported Tuesday. Over 16,3 million doses, or 8% of all orders, have been delivered abroad so far with Argentina receiving the biggest share, with 6,5 million doses, or 40% of all Russia’s vaccine exports. 

May 20 

— More than 550 people in Russia have been found to have a more contagious U.K. strain of the coronavirus, Rospotrebnazor head Anna Popova said Thursday in an interview with the Rossiya-1 television channel. Another 10 patients were confirmed to have the Indian variant of the virus, while tens of patients have been infected with the South African variant.

May 19 

— Russia’s former Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has expressed support for compulsory vaccinations Wednesday as the country grapples with slower-than-hoped-for coronavirus vaccine uptake.

May 17 

— Russia has registered cases of a rare and deadly fungal infection afflicting current and former coronavirus patients that has been on the rise in virus-stricken India, the pro-Kremlin Izvestia newspaper reported Monday.

May 16 

— 42% of Russians refuse to get vaccinated against the coronavirus under any circumstances, the SuperJob.ru job portal said in a survey published Sunday. 

May 14

— Moscow has reported 3,818 new coronavirus cases Friday, the highest daily count since January, as Russia returned from an extended non-working period designed to prevent a third wave of the pandemic.

May 13

— Russia has confirmed the first cases of the Indian coronavirus mutation within its borders, the Kommersant business daily reported Thursday, citing the regional consumer protection watchdog.

May 12

— More than 14 million Russians — 10% of the population — have received a first dose of a coronavirus vaccine, with 10 million having received both doses, Deputy Prime Minister Tatiana Golikova said Wednesday. Kremlin Spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said the number of those vaccinated was increasing, though not as fast as the authorities would like. President Vladimir Putin said Monday that Russia had vaccinated some 21.5 million people so far. 

— The majority of Russians (62%) are still not ready to be vaccinated with their country’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine, according to a poll by the independent Levada Center published Wednesday.  

May 11

— Putin said he has tested positive for Covid-19 antibodies four weeks after receiving the second dose of one of Russia’s vaccines, with a positivity coefficient of 15.

— A Hungarian lab has confirmed that the first batch of Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine sent to Slovakia was satisfactory, Reuters reported Sunday, citing a Slovakia health ministry spokeswoman. 

— Mass prayer services for the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan, will be banned in Moscow due to the coronavirus, the Russian Spiritual Administration of Muslims said Wednesday.

May 5

— The makers of Russia’s third coronavirus vaccine CoviVak said their tests of a live polio vaccine for preventing Covid-19 have proven effective.

— The makers of Russia’s second approved coronavirus vaccine EpiVacCorona are studying third doses to boost recipients’ immune response, a senior scientist said Wednesday.

April 30

— Turkey’s Medicines and Medical Devices Agency gave emergency authorization to Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine, the jab’s developers confirmed Friday. 

— Russia has produced 17,000 doses of Cornivac-Cov vaccine, the world’s first coronavirus vaccine for pets, the RBC news website reported Friday, citing Rosselkhoznadzor press service. 

— The developer of Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine said Thursday it would sue Brazil’s health regulator Anvisa after it refused to import the jab.

—The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has completed a special investigation into how Russia conducted clinical trials for its Sputnik V vaccine as part of the jab’s application for approval in the EU.

April 29

— Moscow authorities on Thursday confirmed 3,215 new coronavirus infections — a 74% increase and the highest number of infections in Russia’s capital reported in a single day since January.

— Russia’s Far Eastern Magadan region will introduce a monetary rewards program for vaccinated residents in at-risk groups and those over 60 years old in an attempt to boost vaccination drive in the region, state-run Interfax reported Thursday. A similar monetary rewards program for over-60s will be introduced in Chukotka autonomous district. Eligible residents in Magadan region will receive 1,000 rubles ($ 13), while in Chukotka the sum will equal 2,000 rubles. 

April 28

— Russia’s central Ivanovo region will introduce entry restrictions for incoming tourists over May 1-11 nationwide holidays, according to a decree published on a government website Tuesday. All tourists arriving in the region will be required to present a negative coronavirus test result, a vaccination certificate, or a certificate stating the traveler has coronavirus antibodies. 

April 27

— Starting April 27, all passengers traveling from India to Russia’s airports will be required to take a Covid-19 test upon arrival and submit additional PCR test results within days from the arrival date, state-run TASS news agency reported Wednesday, citing Rospotrebnazor head Anna Popova.

— All Russian schools will remain closed during a countrywide non-working period over May 1-11, state-run TASS news agency reported Tuesday, citing Russia’s Ministry of Education.

April 26 

— The developer of Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine said Monday it had reached a production cooperation agreement with Turkey’s Viscoran Ilac pharmaceutical company. The Turkey-based manufacturer is expected to launch production of the jab over the coming months. 

— Russia resumed flights with Estonia on April 25, state-run Interfax news agency reported Sunday. 

— Russia has vaccinated 11.9 million people, or around 10% of its adult population, with a first dose of one of its three homemade coronavirus vaccines, Deputy Prime Minister Tatiana Golikova said Monday.

— Brazil’s health regulator on Monday denied a request from several states to import Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine, saying it did not have the data needed to verify the jab’s safety and efficacy.

April 23

— 255 people in Russia have been found to have a more contagious U.K. strain of the coronavirus, state-run TASS news agency reported Friday, citing Rospotrebnazor head Anna Popova. Another 25 patients were confirmed to have the South African variant of the virus. The mutations were discovered in more than 50 Russian regions. 

— Russia plans to resume flights with Egypt’s resort cities of Hurghada and Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi confirmed Friday. 

— President Vladimir Putin on Friday backed a proposal by the head of Russia’s health watchdog to introduce a non-working period over May 1-11 to prevent a surge in coronavirus infections.

April 22

— The World Health Organization and the European Medicines Agency will launch the second step of the approval process of Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine on May 10, Reuters reported Thursday. Inspection of Sputnik V manufacturing practices is due to be concluded in June. 

— Egyptian firm Minapharm announced Thursday it will produce 40 million doses of Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine for “global distribution,” marking the first partnership for the production of Sputnik V in the Middle East and North Africa. Rollout of the vaccine is expected later this year, Minapharm said in a joint statement with the Russian Direct Investment Fund.

— Germany is in talks with Russia to buy 30 million doses of the Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine once it is approved by the European Medicines Agency, Saxony state premier Michael Kretschmer said on Thursday.

April 20 

— Moscow will introduce a rewards program for vaccinated residents over 60 years old in a bid to boost the city’s vaccination drive, Mayor Sergei Sobyanin announced Tuesday, warning that the city’s coronavirus situation is worsening. Vaccinated residents in this age group will be eligible for discounts at regional retailers and pharmacies. 

April 19 

— Russian epidemiologists have detected two mutated strains of the coronavirus within the country but said they aren’t necessarily deadlier or more contagious, state-run Interfax reported Monday, citing Rospotrebnazor head Anna Popova.

April 15

— The developer of Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine said Wednesday its jab did not cause blood clots, a potential side effect that has disrupted rollouts in several Western countries.

— Starting April 15, Russians returning to the country by any means of transport will be required to submit a negative Covid-19 test to the authorities within three days after arriving, state consumer protection watchdog Rospotrebnadzor announced. Previously, only those arriving by air were required to submit negative test results.

— Serbia will launch production of Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine in six to ten months, Russia’s state-run TASS news agency reported Thursday, citing Serbia’s President Aleksandar Vucic.

— 820,000 residents of Moscow, or 6 percent of the capital’s total population, have received both doses of the coronavirus vaccine since the start of the mass vaccination campaign in December last year, Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said Thursday. Another 1 million have had the first vaccine dose. 

April 14 

— Moscow on Wednesday announced the start of production of its Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine in Serbia, the first European country outside Russia and Belarus to begin manufacturing the jab. 

— President Vladimir Putin announced Wednesday that he has received his second Covid-19 vaccine shot. He received his first dose on March 23.

— France’s southeastern Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region requested a pre-order of 500,000 doses of Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine, France’s RTL radio broadcaster reported Wednesday, citing regional president Renaud Muselier. The region will receive the order once the jab is approved by European regulators.

April 13

— Drug Controller General of India has authorized Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine, the jab’s developer confirmed late on Monday. India is the 60th country that has approved Russia’s vaccine. 

— Moscow authorities will offer an at-home vaccination option for residents with reduced mobility starting April 13, Interfax reported Tuesday. At least 120,000 people are expected to receive the vaccine through the initiative delivered by 66 mobile teams of social workers. 

April 12

— Russia will restrict flights to and from Turkey and Tanzania from April 15 until June 1 because of rising numbers of Covid-19 cases in both countries, Deputy Prime Minister Tatyana Golikova said Monday.

— An expert panel from India’s central drug authority has recommended granting emergency approval to Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine, India’s The Economist Times business daily reported Monday. The newspaper had initially reported that India already granted emergency authorization to Sputnik V.

— Lenin’s mausoleum and the Kremlin wall necropolis will reopen to visitors on April 17, exactly five months after being shut down by the authorities in an attempt to slow the spread of the coronavirus, Interfax reported Monday.  

April 9

— Alexander Gintsburg, head of the Gamaleya Institute, has confirmed that Sputnik V is less effective against the South African variant of the virus, but claimed that the Russian-made jab still offers better protection against virus mutations than its rivals.

April 8

— The German government plans to talk to Moscow about buying doses of Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine if it is approved by the European regulator, Health Minister Jens Spahn said Thursday.

— Sputnik V’s official Twitter account on Thursday accused the Slovak Drug agency SUKL of a “disinformation campaign” against the Russian vaccine after the watchdog said the vaccines the country received differed from those reviewed by the European Medicines Agency and the medical journal The Lancet.

April 7 

— Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine appears significantly less effective in combating the South African variant of the virus, a new laboratory study of 12 cases has shown.

— Germany’s Bavaria region has signed a provisional agreement to buy around 2.5 million doses of Russia‘s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine once it is approved by European regulators, state premier Markus Soeder said Wednesday.

— The European Medicines Agency will investigate whether the developers of Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine went against global ethical and scientific standards in clinical trials, the Financial Times reported Wednesday.

April 6 

— Russian officials are believed to have been purposefully delaying approval of China’s CanSino Biologics Inc.’s coronavirus vaccine, Bloomberg reported Tuesday. The approval of the only foreign jab currently tested in Russia is delayed amid the authorities’ efforts to prioritize home-grown vaccines, unnamed sources confirmed to Bloomberg. 

April 3:

— Russia recorded almost 30,000 excess deaths during February, the country’s statistics agency announced Friday a figure which takes Russia’s total excess fatality count since the start of the coronavirus pandemic above 422,000.

— The developers of Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine said Friday that they have come up with technology that “updates” the jab to protect against new, more-contagious strains of the virus.

— Russia’s Supreme Court on Thursday has upheld the country’s nationwide mask mandate.

— Russia has approved what it says is the world’s first coronavirus vaccine for pets, the state veterinary service said Wednesday.

AFP contributed reporting.

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Russia records 25,018 new daily COVID-19 cases

Russia has registered 25,018 new confirmed COVID-19 infections over the past 24 hours. The total number of infections has reached 5,958,133 cases, the anti-coronavirus crisis center told journalists on Sunday, Trend reports citing TASS.

According to the crisis center, the relative increase of new infections is at the level of 0.42%.

All in all, at present, 468,483 patients are still undergoing treatment in Russia.

The number of coronavirus patients discharged over the past 24 hours in Russia has increased by 18,886. In all, 5,341,231 patients have recovered, the anti-coronavirus crisis center said.

According to the crisis center, the total share of recoveries to date has dropped to the level of 89.6% of the total COVID-19 case tally in Russia.


The number of COVID-19 fatalities in Russia over the past 24 hours has increased by 764 compared to 787 the day before. In all, 148,419 patients died of the infection, the anti-coronavirus crisis center said.

According to the crisis center, the provisional lethality of the disease (the final one can be determined only after the end of the epidemic) has remained at the level of 2.49%.

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Russia ready to contribute to establishing peaceful life in Karabakh – MFA (UPDATE)

Details added: first version posted on 12:22

BAKU, Azerbaijan, July 9

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Russia is ready to contribute to establishing peaceful life in Karabakh, strengthening confidence between Yerevan and Baku, as well as eliminating mutual irritation factors, Spokesperson for the country’s Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova said at a briefing, Trend reports on July 9.

“The situation in the zone of responsibility of the Russian peacekeeping contingent remains relatively stable. Individual incidents are promptly resolved in cooperation with Azerbaijani and Armenian colleagues. Provocative actions against the Russian peacekeepers haven’t been recorded,” Zakharova noted.

She said the situation in certain areas on the Armenian-Azerbaijani border is due to lack of international legal registration of the border there.

“The general background, of course, exacerbates the lack of mutual trust of the parties. As a sustainable and long-term solution to this problem, we see the earliest possible start of work on the delimitation of the border between Azerbaijan and Armenia with its subsequent demarcation,” she further said.

“We are ready to provide the necessary advisory assistance, and contacts are ongoing through the foreign policy and defense ministries, as well as border services, especially, in order to de-escalate the tension,” said the spokesperson.

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New York Times Pushing the Envelope on Russia

If Wednesday morning’s passive-voice (“Russian hackers are accused of”),
evidence-free New York Times article titled “Attempted
Hack of R.N.C. and Russian Ransomware Attack Test Biden
” has a familiar
ring, look who wrote it. The senior author is David Sanger, the NYT’s
chief Washington correspondent. Based on Sanger’s unenviable record, the story
he wrote with Nicole Perlroth can be dismissed as a proverbial nothingburger
with Sanger sauce.

The article claims that Russian hackers breached a contractor for the Republican
National Committee (RNC) last week “around the same time that Russian cybercriminals
launched the largest global ransomware attack on record”. Sanger and co-author
Nicole Perlroth cannot resist editorializing in the first paragraph that the
“incidents are testing the red lines set by President Biden” at the
June 16 summit with Russian President Putin. Biden, they noted, “presented
Mr. Putin with a list of 16 critical sectors of the American economy that, if
attacked, would provoke a response”.

The NY Times does not seem to know if the RNC is included among those
16. Indeed, there is little sign that the Times actually knows what those
16 critical sectors are. No worries, the Russians nonetheless “are accused”
of activities that “test those red lines”.

The Times, and Sanger in particular, have shown themselves receptive
to parts of our government (especially the security services) as well as to
those who need an enemy to justify huge defense spending – all of whom have
a deep vested interest in painting Russia and Putin in the most dangerous colors.
It is a safe bet that this is what is going on here.

Sanger was first off the blocks in parroting former CIA Director John Brennan’s
concoction, in the misnomered “Intelligence Community Assessment”
of Jan. 6, 2017, that Putin personally directed the “hacking of the DNC
emails”. Those who rely on the NT Times do not know this yet, but
testimony taken under oath by the House Intelligence Committee on Dec. 5, 2017
revealed that no one – not the Russians, no one – hacked those emails.

That testimony was made public on May 7, 2020, 14 months ago, but the mainstream
media have suppressed it. Clearly, it does not fit the Times’s narrative.
The modus operandi of today’s NYT seems to be “only the news that
fits we print”. See: https://intelligence.house.gov/uploadedfiles/sh21.pdf.
AND New
House Documents Sow Further Doubt That Russia Hacked the DNC
.

Still, it is hard to believe how Sanger nor Perlroth (who specializes in cyber
security) can pretend to be unaware of the that House Intelligence Committee
testimony.

While for the past five years Sanger has been concentrating on the “threat”
from Russia and parroting grist from his CIA feeders, he has a long unenviable
record as mouthpiece for those asserting WMD in Iraq, to those claiming falsely
that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has used chemical weapons, to those contriving
the story
about the Russians paying bounties to the Taliban to kill U.S.
troops.

His most disreputable performance came in the months before the March 2003
attack on Iraq. For example, Sanger reported “Weapons of Mass Destruction”
as flat fact no fewer than seven times in
this article of July 29, 2002
.

Call me “quaint” or “obsolete”, but back in the day we
intelligence analysts looked closely at a source’s record before we put his/her
words into a serious report.

Ray McGovern works with Tell the Word, a publishing arm of the ecumenical
Church of the Saviour in inner-city Washington. His 27-year career as a CIA
analyst includes serving as Chief of the Soviet Foreign Policy Branch and preparer/briefer
of the President’s Daily Brief. He is co-founder of Veteran Intelligence Professionals
for Sanity (VIPS).

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Russia to respond harshly to unfriendly US steps, Lavrov says

Moscow plans to respond harshly to Washington’s possible unfriendly steps, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said in an interview with Indonesian newspaper Rakyat Merdeka, Trend reports citing TASS.

“Russian leader [Vladimir Putin] clearly stated, including in public, that the result in all directions is possible only through finding a mutually acceptable balance of interests strictly on a parity basis. No objection sounded at the talks [with US President Joe Biden in Geneva]. However, almost immediately after they were over US officials, including participants of the Geneva meeting, with redoubled force started their previous lectures: well, we “told Moscow, we clearly warned and outlined demands.” By the way, all these warnings come along with threats: if Russia “within several months” fails to accept “the rules of the game” outlined in Geneva it will be subject to new pressure,” Lavrov said.

“The attempts to hold dialogue with us from the position of force are initially doomed to failure: we will respond harshly and resolutely to unfriendly steps. There is the need for fair cooperation if Washington really wants stable and predicted relations, as it says,” Russia’s top diplomat said.


Moscow believes that the Russian-US summit was frank and business-like, but still has no illusions, Lavrov stressed. “Meanwhile, we are satisfied, that the sides, which made principled statements, showed a wish to understand each other. It should be considered that the key outcome is a modest but still a step forward towards restoring normal relations between our countries, which as we are strongly convinced, are impossible without mutual respect and taking into account each other’s interests,” Lavrov said.

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Russia sparks panic as armed fighter jets 'harassed' Dutch navy frigate in Black Sea

The Russian defence ministry said it had scrambled fighter jets and bombers to prevent the frigate from entering Russian waters, according to news agencies. The Russian military said the warplanes flew at a safe distance from the vessel and in line with international regulations.

The Netherlands’ defence ministry said the Russian actions took place over the span of five hours on June 24 and violated rights to free use of the sea.

The frigate, Evertsen, was sailing with Britain’s Carrier Strike Group, including HMS Defender, which was carrying out a patrol in the area at the time.

Defence Minister Ank Bijleveld-Schouten called the Russian action “irresponsible”.

She said in a statement: “The Evertsen has every right to sail there.

“There is no justification for this kind of aggressive act, which needlessly increases the chance of accidents.”

She indicated the Netherlands would raise the matter with Russia at the diplomatic level.

The Russia’s defence ministry said on Tuesday that it had scrambled fighter jets and bombers to prevent a Dutch frigate from entering Russian waters in the Black Sea, Interfax news agency reported.

The military said the warplanes flew at a safe distance from the vessel.

The Netherlands’ defence minister said earlier on Tuesday that Russian fighter jets armed with air-to-surface missiles had harassed a Dutch navy frigate in the Black Sea earlier this month, conducting mock attacks and jamming communication systems.

 

Abour 20 planes and helicopters of the Black Sea Fleet and the Southern Military District were involved in drills in Crimea, the Black Sea Fleet press service announced on Tuesday.

A statement said: “Crews of the Black Sea Fleet planes and helicopters and an air force formation of the Southern Military District carried out training with divisions of S-400 missile systems and Panzir missile systems to test the combat readiness of the Crimean Peninsula’s alert force and air defense systems.”

The latest incident comes a week after Russia claimed HMS Defender had been forced to retreat after a Russian ship fired warning shots and a warplane dropped bombs – with the UK denying Moscow’s version of events.

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Humans to land on Moon base by 2036 as Russia and China launch joint space venture

The shared International Lunar Reach Station (ILRS) will expect to have crew on board in 15 years time – a ground-breaking step forward. The ILRS is open to collaboration with other countries. On June 16 both China National Space Administration and Russia’s space industry, Roscosmos, released a guide for partnership.

The partnership guide stressed the importance for international cooperation.

It reads: “With the deepening of exploration, the Moon shows its great potential values in scientific research.

“Many countries have released their own plans for lunar exploration.

“International cooperation in the lunar exploration and utilization is of benefit to better promote the well-being and interests of humankind.”

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The project is unattached to the US lunar base program – the Artemis, where 12 nations have joined in the collaboration.

Just one day before Russia and China announce their lunar endeavours, Brazil became the 12th nation to join the Artemis programme.

The NASA launched programme is gearing up to get the “first woman and first person of colour” on the moon.

However, this is not their only plan as NASA is preparing for “the next giant leap” by sending astronauts to Mars.

The Biden administration has put aside over $ 6 billion in the budget to keep the Artemis program on track to send the first woman to the moon by 2024.

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