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Kremlin using intimidation to discourage Navalny's return, says ally

Oct 21 2020

MOSCOW The Kremlin is trying to intimidate opposition politician Alexei Navalny to discourage him from returning to Russia to campaign once he recovers from his poisoning, one of his close allies said.

Russian scientist behind COVID-19 vaccine defends 'wartime' roll-out

Sep 29 2020

MOSCOW Russia plans to share preliminary results of its COVID-19 vaccine trial based on the first six weeks of monitoring participants, raising the tempo in an already frenzied global race to end the pandemic. | Video

Hundreds of Belarus protesters say they were beaten by police, demand justice

Sep 07 2020

MOSCOW Artur Khomenko, an entrepreneur from Minsk, said police officers began beating him with their fists and truncheons after they detained him on the fourth night of huge protests that have weakened Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko's grip on power.

Some Russian teachers fear back-to-school shots of 'Sputnik V' COVID vaccine

Sep 01 2020

MOSCOW A small independent Russian teachers' union is urging members not to be coerced into accepting shots of the "Sputnik V" coronavirus vaccine which is to be mandatory for military personnel.

Volunteers brave risks to give Belarus protesters medical aid, food

Aug 18 2020

MINSK/MOSCOW When protests erupted after the disputed election in Belarus, Anna Koval transformed the office of the travel agency she runs in central Minsk into the headquarters of a volunteer operation helping casualties of a police crackdown.

Russian health workers' coronavirus compensation proves hard to get for some

Jun 11 2020

MOSCOW Yelena Nikonorova, a nurse in the Russian town of Belebey, took a new job on a hospital ward on April 1. Two days later, she went on sick leave. A month later, she was dead after contracting the coronavirus, her death certificate shows.

Russian prosecutors intervene after some virus bonuses to medics go awry

May 18 2020

MOSCOW Prosecutors in Russia said on Monday that they had intervened to force hospitals to pay out coronavirus bonus payments promised by President Vladimir Putin to medics, after some staff said they had not received them.

Russian coronavirus cases above 260,000 as Moscow launches antibody tests

May 15 2020

MOSCOW Russia's coronavirus case tally rose above 260,000 on Friday, cementing its status as the country with the second highest number of infections after the United States, as the city of Moscow began offering free antibody tests.

RPT-INSIGHT-Russia's ventilators: plentiful, but often old and sometimes broken

May 05 2020

* Despite scarcity, three foreign machines bought by Kremlin unit

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