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Russia preparing mass vaccination against coronavirus for October

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia’s health minister is preparing a mass vaccination campaign against the novel coronavirus for October, local news agencies reported on Saturday, after a vaccine completed clinical trials. Health Minister Mikhail Murashko said the Gamaleya Institute, a state research facility in Moscow, had completed clinical trials of the vaccine and paperwork is being […]

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Russia charges space chief's aide Ivan Safronov with treason

The former journalist is accused of passing military secrets to an unnamed NATO power. Russian security forces have arrested a former journalist who works as an aide to the head of Russia’s space agency on treason charges, accusing him of passing military secrets to an unnamed NATO power. Footage released by the FSB security service […]

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UK government failed to find out whether Russia meddled in Brexit vote: report

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s government failed to find out whether Russia meddled in the 2016 referendum on membership in the EU, a parliamentary report released on Tuesday said, saying the intelligence services should investigate and make their findings public. The long-anticipated report by parliament’s intelligence and security committee found that Russia had tried to influence […]

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India passes Russia as Covid cases continue to rise

India has recorded more than 24,000 new cases of Covid-19 in the past 24 hours, taking its total above that of Russia. The country now has the third-largest number of confirmed cases in the world, 697,413. There have been 19,693 deaths. The latest surge in numbers has also been powered by a rise in cases […]

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Russia vote: President Putin could stay in power until 2036 as Russians approve constitutional reforms

A majority of Russians have voted to approve amendments to the country’s constitution which would allow President Vladimir Putin to stay in power until 2036, despite protests in Moscow and Saint Petersburg. Election officials said that with 98% of all precincts counted, nearly 78% had voted for the constitutional amendments. The results mean that Mr […]


Bolton, Democrats urge Russia sanctions if bounty reports are true

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democrats and a leading Republican hawk on Tuesday called for U.S. President Donald Trump to consider imposing new economic sanctions on Russia if a reported Russian effort to pay the Taliban to kill U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan was confirmed. Trump has been under pressure over a New York Times report on Friday […]

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Generation Putin comes of age as Russians vote on extending his rule

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Twenty-year-old Russians Yekaterina Mikhailova and Iya Barsegyan have only ever known life under President Vladimir Putin who rose to power in 1999, before they were even born. The pair may be of the same generation, but politically they are worlds apart, a contrast that shows how the divisions created by Putin’s politics […]

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Putin raises tax for wealthy Russians ahead of vote on his rule

MOSCOW (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin raised income tax for wealthy Russians and offered new state handouts to families with children on Tuesday, days before the country votes on reforms that could keep him in power until 2036. In a televised speech to the nation, Putin, 67, said Russia’s response to the coronavirus crisis had […]

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Kremlin: Putin concerned about arrangements with U.S. amid protests – IFX

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin is concerned about how much he can trust arrangements with U.S. President Donald Trump amid protests in the United States, the Interfax news agency quoted Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov as saying on Saturday. U.S. and Russian envoys are due to discuss “mutually agreed topics related to the future […]

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Russia's Putin protected from coronavirus by disinfection tunnels

The Russian leader’s spokesman says Putin is protected from the coronavirus by disinfection tunnels for his visitors. Russian President Vladimir Putin is protected from the coronavirus by special disinfection tunnels that anyone visiting his residence outside Moscow or meeting him in the Kremlin must pass through, according to his spokesman. Dmitry Peskov said on Wednesday […]