JRL NEWSWATCH: “Russia prepares new restrictions amid persistent virus surge” – AP

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Russian authorities said they were preparing new restrictions aimed at curbing the unrelenting Covid-19 surge engulfing Russia in recent weeks […]

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JRL NEWSWATCH: “In Russia, 83% of COVID hospital beds are filled amid surge” – AP

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“… [Russian] Deputy Prime Minister Tatyana Golikova [said] … 82.8% of 301,500 hospital beds reserved for coronavirus patients [in Russia] were filled as of Tuesday morning. …  Russia’s autumn surge in infections and deaths comes amid low vaccination rates, lax public attitudes toward taking precautions and the government’s reluctance to toughen restrictions. … [State-run] Rosstat, … tally[ing] coronavirus-linked deaths retroactively, […]

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RUSSIALINK: “Some 53% of Russian adult population vaccinated for Covid-19 – health minister” – Interfax

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MOSCOW. Nov 10 (Interfax) – Over 62 million Russians have received their first shot of a Covid-19 vaccine, Russian Health Minister Mikhail Murashko said. “More than 62 million persons have received their first shot of a vaccine to date, but we need to remember that […] the spreading of a new variant requires booster shots to ensure a high level […]

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JRL NEWSWATCH: “Russia ends workplace shutdown but COVID numbers stay high” – Reuters/ Tom Balmforth

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A nationwide workplace shutdown was lifted across most Russian regions, even though the numbers of new COVID-19 cases and deaths are hovering near record daily highs […]

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JRL NEWSWATCH: “In Russia, COVID-19 surge shows no signs of abating” – AP

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“Daily coronavirus cases and deaths in Russia remained at their highest numbers … [M]ore regions announced … [extensions of] existing restrictions in an effort to tame the country’s unrelenting surge of infections. Russia’s state coronavirus task force reported 40,443 new confirmed cases from a day earlier. … the fifth time in seven days … [with] more than 40,000 infections. … […]

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JRL NEWSWATCH: “Russia’s excess mortality soars since start of pandemic” – Financial Times

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“FT analysis shows an additional 753,000 people have died during the pandemic compared with historical trends.” “… The figure, used by demographers to measure the real impact of pandemics, covers … [the time frame up] to the end of September. … calculated … comparing total mortality figures collected by … Rosstat since the emergence of Covid 19, with historical trends. […]

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JRL NEWSWATCH: “Russia warns of strain on doctors as virus spreads” – AFP

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“Russian authorities said … that doctors were under ‘extraordinary’ strain due to surging coronavirus cases in Europe’s worst-hit country, with Moscow shuttered during a nationwide holiday to curb infections. … Russia is one of the worst-hit countries in the world and a devastating wave this autumn has seen infections and deaths reach new records, with more than 1,000 fatalities per […]

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RUSSIALINK: “Half of Russians Are Unafraid of Catching Covid Despite Record Deaths – Poll” – Moscow Times

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The country with Europe’s highest Covid-19 death toll has been beset by a fourth wave of the pandemic that has seen record infections and deaths, with over 1,000 fatalities per day since Oct. 19 […]

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JRL NEWSWATCH: “‘We have to survive’: some businesses flout Moscow COVID-19 lockdown” – Reuters

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“Some businesses flouted the Russian capital’s new lockdown measures … saying they needed to make ends meet amid a lack of state support, as nationwide deaths from COVID-19 hit a new record daily high blamed on slow vaccination take-up. … Moscow residents are allowed to leave their homes freely, unlike last year’s sweeping lockdown, but the new measures point to […]

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JRL NEWSWATCH: “Russia’s COVID-19 cases hit record as some regions impose curbs” – Reuters

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“Russia reported its highest single-day COVID-19 case tally … as some regions imposed a workplace shutdown to combat a surge in infections and deaths. … Six regions, including … Samara and Perm … east of Moscow, [reportedly] began … non-working days on Monday …. Thursday, Moscow will introduce its tightest lockdown measures since June 2020, with only essential shops like […]

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RUSSIALINK: “Russia Hikes Rates as Economists Warn of Triple Threat to Economy” – Moscow Times

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The Russian economy faces a surge in coronavirus cases, partial lockdowns and spiraling inflation […]

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RUSSIALINK: “Amid Coronavirus Surge and New Lockdowns, Some Russians Shrug; Conspiracy theories and fatalism are hampering a faltering vaccination push” – Moscow Times

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(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – Felix Light – Oct. 21, 2021) For three weeks now, Russia has been setting records for daily deaths from the coronavirus. But even with more than 1,000 Russians dying daily and the Moscow mayor announcing a week-long lockdown in the city, on the capital’s streets panic is hard to detect. “I just got the vaccination, […]

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JRL NEWSWATCH: “Russia Starts Census Amid Pandemic, Demographic Crisis” – AFP

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“… Russia’s population has been in near-constant decline since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, due to a low birth rate, an under-resourced healthcare system, and emigration. The coronavirus pandemic, which has killed at least 400,000 people in Russia according to the national statistic agency Rosstat, has seriously aggravated the problem. … This week the country set a […]

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RUSSIALINK: “Russia Reports Another Day of Record Virus Deaths” – Moscow Times

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A government tally recorded 936 Covid deaths over the past 24 hours. (Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – Oct. 8, 2021) Russia broke another one-day coronavirus death toll record Friday, as more regions reimpose restrictions aimed at slowing the spread of the virus and the Kremlin stops short of reintroducing nationwide measures. A government tally recorded 936 Covid deaths over the […]

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At Current Rate, Russia Won’t Vaccinate Half the Population until a Year from Now, Watchdog Group Says

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(Paul Goble – Window On Eurasia – Staunton, Oct. 3, 2021) Despite Moscow’s claims about first-time vaccinations, the rate of full immunization is going up so slowly that Russia won’t have managed to vaccinate 50 percent of its population in less than a year from now, according to Viktor Kabanov, who is an analyst for the Watching COVID-2019 group (novayagazeta.ru/articles/2021/10/02/proizvodstvo-ne-sovsem-chistoe). […]

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RUSSIALINK: “There can be no forcible vaccination for Covid-19 in Russia – Matviyenko” – Interfax

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MOSCOW. Oct 6 (Interfax) – Federation Council Speaker Valentina Matviyenko has said she is sure there will be no federal lockdown or forcible vaccination for Covid-19 in Russia. “I am positive there will be no federal lockdown,” Matviyenko told reporters on Wednesday. The efforts taken by the government to contain the coronavirus pandemic will allow avoiding this measure, Matviyenko said. […]

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RUSSIALINK: “Western Coronavirus Vaccines May Be Coming to Russia – Kommersant” – Moscow Times

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The move to relax import rules could potentially allow Russians to have Western coronavirus jabs … as well as Chinese vaccines […]

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RUSSIALINK: “Russian MP calls potential U.S. decision to close door on foreigners vaccinated with Sputnik V discriminatory” – Interfax

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MOSCOW. Sept 28 (Interfax) – Chairman of the seventh State Duma’s Foreign Affairs Committee Leonid Slutsky has described as discriminatory a decision which the U.S. media say is being prepared in the United States to deny entry for foreigners immunized with the Russian Covid-19 vaccine Sputnik V. “Thus, the U.S. will blatantly embark on a path of ‘vaccine discrimination.’ There […]

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Kremlin Says a New Lockdown Not Being Discussed

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(Paul Goble – Window On Eurasia – Staunton, Sept. 15, 2021) The announcement that Vladimir Putin has gone into self-isolation has sparked speculation that Russia may face a new lockdown after the elections to fight the pandemic and that the Kremlin has not been fully open about what is going on with the Russian president’s health. That has forced Putin’s […]

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JRL NEWSWATCH: “Vladimir Putin is isolating after possible exposure to the coronavirus” – New York Times

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“… Putin … said he is isolating because several members of his inner circle tested positive …. that one of the people who tested positive was a vaccinated staff member with whom he had recently interacted ‘very closely in the course of the whole day.’ … Putin has said he was vaccinated with the two-dose regimen of Russia’s Sputnik V […]

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Number of Russians Getting Vaccinated Each Day Falls by Almost Two-Thirds Since July

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(Paul Goble – Window On Eurasia – Staunton, Aug. 13, 2021) The Russian government does not release all-Russian figures on vaccinations, but the Gogov.ru portal sums up reports from the regions which do. It says that at present some 235,000 Russians are getting their shots each day, down from 600,000 daily in early July (gogov.ru/articles/covid-v-stats). On the one hand, this […]

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RUSSIALINK: “As Coronavirus Fatalities Hit a Record High, Russia’s Vaccination Campaign Falters” – Moscow Times

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With parliamentary elections looming, the Kremlin is wary of pushing Russians too hard to do something a majority are against — getting vaccinated. (Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – Jake Cordell – August 13, 2021) The pace of vaccinations across Russia has dropped by 60% in recent weeks, just as the country breaks records for the number of daily fatalities as […]

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RUSSIALINK: “Russia registers 24,702 new cases of Covid-19, all-time high of 780 deaths in past 24 hours – HQ” – Interfax

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MOSCOW. July 13 (Interfax) – Russia has registered 24,702 new cases of Covid-19 and a new all-time high of 780 deaths in the past 24 hours, the coronavirus response headquarters said in a statement on Tuesday. “Over the past day, 24,702 Covid-19 cases were confirmed in 85 regions of Russia, including 2,894 asymptomatic cases identified proactively (11.7%),” the headquarters said. […]

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RUSSIALINK: “‘What We Did Before Just Isn’t Working’; Delta Variant Threatens to Overwhelm Russia” – Moscow Times

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Russia has only vaccinated 13% of its population against Covid-19. With herd immunity a far-off prospect, it now faces the daunting challenge of fending off a highly infectious variant. (Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – Pjotr Sauer – June 21, 2021) Two weeks after 82-year-old Kirill Kruchkov died of Covid-19 in the Tula region, 200 kilometers south of Moscow, his family […]

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RUSSIALINK: “Russia’s Ex-PM Medvedev Backs Mandatory Vaccination” – Moscow Times

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(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – May 19, 2021) 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. Medvedev, who was demoted to deputy chief of Russia’s Security Council in a major cabinet reshuffle last year, described mandating vaccinations as a tradeoff between individual choice and protecting the […]

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RUSSIALINK: “Medvedev calls for ensuring everyone’s access to coronavirus vaccines, abandoning ‘vaccine nationalism'” – Interfax

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MOSCOW. May 19 (Interfax) – Russian Security Council Deputy Chairman Dmitry Medvedev has called on the global community to ensure access to vaccines for the novel coronavirus infection to everyone and to stop practicing “vaccine nationalism.” “It is necessary to in the near future agree on the rules for recognizing vaccines for the purpose of cross-border travel and ensure general […]

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RUSSIALINK: “Russia’s Economy Almost Hits Pre-Coronavirus Levels; GDP was down just 1% in the first quarter of 2021 compared to last year” – Moscow Times

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Russia’s economy shrank by 1% in the first quarter of 2021, the Rosstat statistics agency estimated […]

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RUSSIALINK: “Moscow Official Slams Slow Vaccination, Lax Mask-Wearing as Coronavirus Cases Double” – Moscow Times

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The spike was announced 24 hours after the Kremlin denied … report[s] that Russia is in the midst of a Covid-19 third wave […]

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RUSSIALINK: “Is Russia Entering a Third Coronavirus Wave? Despite the Kremlin denying a hidden rise in cases, figures for Moscow and reports from hospitals paint a worrying picture.” – Moscow Times

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… Russia’s coronavirus statistics have been heavily questioned since the start of the pandemic […]

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JRL NEWSWATCH: “Jailed Russian Dissident Alexei Navalny Ends Hunger Strike” – Wall Street Journal

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“Opposition leader says doctors advised him to end the hunger strike because it was threatening his life.” “… Navalny announced Friday that he would end a weekslong hunger strike after he received medical treatment and his doctors warned that continuing to refuse food could kill him. … Navalny … started his hunger strike … to protest poor treatment in prison […]

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RUSSIALINK: “Less Than 10% of People Vaccinated In Moscow, Center of Russia’s Vaccination Drive” – Moscow Times

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Latest figures continue to show the slow pace of Russia’s vaccination rollout. (Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – April 15, 2021) Around 820,000 Muscovites have received both doses of a coronavirus vaccine, Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said yesterday, with the number who have received at least one dose of Russia’s three homemade jabs having surpassed 1 million in the capital. In a […]

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RUSSIALINK: “Covid-19 may become chronic condition – Russian Academician Chuchalin” – Interfax

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Among other post-Covid symptoms, the academician listed chronic fatigue syndrome and endothelial dysfunction (vascular inflammation) in different organs of the body, including the heart and brain […]

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RUSSIALINK: “Putin Receives Second Coronavirus Vaccine Dose” – Moscow Times

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(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – April 14, 2021) President Vladimir Putin announced Wednesday that he has received his second Covid-19 vaccine shot with one of Russia’s domestically developed jabs and that he hoped Russians would follow his example. Putin, 68, received his first dose on March 23. “I want to inform you that right now, before entering this room, I […]

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Moscow Reports Coefficient of Spread of Pandemic has Fallen Below One Even in 10 Worst Regions

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(Window On Eurasia – Paul Goble – Staunton, March 27, 2021) The Russian consumer protection agency says that the coefficient of the spread of the coronavirus has fallen below one even in the 10 regions which have the highest rates of infection. That points to continuing declines because it means that each person infected is now expected to infect less […]

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RUSSIALINK: “One Year On: How Russia’s Coronavirus Lockdown Hit the Economy” – Moscow Times

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Russia avoided mass unemployment and a sharp fall in GDP but has one of the world’s highest excess death tolls […]

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JRL NEWSWATCH: “Putin felt minor side effects from COVID-19 vaccine – Ifax” – Reuters

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“… Putin said … he … experienced minor side effects from the coronavirus vaccine … Interfax … reported, citing a TV interview. [According to Putin, symptoms included] ‘… slight pain in [his] muscles[,] … [but his] temperature was normal,’ …. [with] an uncomfortable feeling on the [injection] site …. Putin did not reveal which of three Russian vaccines he [received] […]

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