Russia heads to polls as 3-day parliamentary elections kick off

Russians head to the polls Friday for a three-day parliamentary election that is unlikely to see the ruling United Russia party lose its majority despite a steep fall in ratings over the biggest crackdown on the Kremlin's critics in years. The vote is a test of President Vladimir Putin's grip on

Dozens of COVID-19 cases among staff led to self-isolation: Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday that dozens of people in his entourage tested positive for the coronavirus before he went into self-isolation earlier this week. The Russian leader, who announced in March he had been vaccinated, started self-isolating on Tuesday after bein

Russia’s Vladimir Putin to self-isolate due to COVID-19 cases among inner circle

Russian President Vladimir Putin is going into self-isolation because of coronavirus cases in his inner circle, the Kremlin said Tuesday, adding that he tested negative for COVID-19.The announcement came in the Kremlin’s readout of Putin’s phone call with Tajikistan’s president.

Moscow reopens flights to several more countries from Sept. 21

Russian passengers will be finally able to fly to Spain, Iraq, Kenya and Slovakia again from Sept. 21, as Russia looks to ease some of the travel measures it had imposed in response to COVID-19. Moscow also said on Monday that the country will increase the number of airports with flights to Turkey

Russian minister dies during Arctic training exercise -RIA

Russia’s Emergencies Minister Yevgeny Zinichev died during a training exercise in the Arctic, the RIA news agency cited the ministry as saying on Wednesday.The 55-year-old official, who had headed the high-profile emergencies ministry since 2018, died while saving someone’s life, it sa

Russia accused of fabricating case against Crimean Tatar leader

Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) on Tuesday accused Ukrainian military intelligence of organizing an attack on a gas pipeline in Russian-annexed Crimea, while critics say that Moscow is using the incident to justify the recent illegal detention of a Crimean Tatar leader. The FSB said the M

Russia says vital to help formation of inclusive Afghan government

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov called on Friday for faster efforts to help facilitate the formation of an inclusive government in Afghanistan following an attack at Kabul airport. Lavrov was speaking at a news conference in Rome following talks.

Russia reports record coronavirus deaths third day in a row

Russia on Saturday recorded its highest daily coronavirus death toll for a third day running, as the country continues to struggle with the Delta variant amid sluggish vaccination rates.A government tally showed 819 fatalities over the past 24 hours and 22,144 new cases.Russia, the fourth worst-hi

Nine Russian coronavirus patients die after oxygen malfunction

Nine coronavirus patients died in a Russian hospital in the southern city of Vladikavkaz after an oxygen pipe burst underground, cutting supply to an intensive care ward, Russian news agencies reported on Monday.“Nine patients with coronavirus died due to a lack of oxygen,” the TASS ne

Russia reports 23,239 new COVID-19 cases, 727 related deaths

 Russia reported 23,239 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, including 2,629 in Moscow, taking the official national tally since the pandemic began to 6,149,780.The government coronavirus task force said 727 people had died of coronavirus-linked causes in the past 24 hours, pushing the national deat

Russia backs ASEAN plan on tackling Myanmar crisis

Russia strongly supports the Southeast Asian diplomatic effort to end the crisis in Myanmar and has conveyed similar messages to the country’s military leadership, its foreign minister said on Tuesday.The five-point consensus agreed by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) bloc

Russian plane with 28 on board crashed into sea

There are no survivors after a plane carrying 28 people crashed in the far east of Russia on Tuesday, Russian news agencies cited rescue officials as saying.The Antonov An-26 twin-engined turboprop was en route from the regional capital Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky to Palana, a village in the north of

Putin says he received Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine against COVID-19

 President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday he had received Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine against COVID-19 earlier this year after previously declining to disclose which vaccine he had taken. Putin, 68, received two vaccine shots against COVID-19 in March and April, the Kremlin has said.

Moscow coronavirus deaths hit record as Russian COVID-19 case surge continues

 Russia on Friday reported a record number of deaths linked to COVID-19 in Moscow, amid a surge in infections that authorities blame on the Delta variant and the slow progress of a vaccination program.Officials have scrambled to compel people to get inoculated amid tepid demand for the vaccin

Russia reports 17,906 new COVID-19 cases, 466 deaths

Russia on Saturday reported 17,906 new COVID-19 cases, including a record 9,120 in Moscow, pushing the national infection tally up to 5,299,215 since the pandemic began.The government coronavirus task force confirmed 466 coronavirus-related deaths in the past 24 hours, raising the death toll to 12

Russian COVID-19 Cases Spike 47% In a Week

Russia’s national coronavirus taskforce on Saturday reported that the country’s tally of daily new infections has risen by nearly 50% over the past week and more than doubled in Moscow. It said there were 13,510 infections recorded in the previous day, sharply higher than the 9,163 re

Russia reports 9,289 new COVID-19 cases, 401 deaths

Russia reported 9,289 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday, including 3,241 in Moscow, taking the official national tally since the pandemic began to 5,053,748.The government coronavirus task force said 401 people had died of coronavirus-linked causes in the past 24 hours, pushing the national death tol

Russia orders evacuation of citizens from Gaza

President Vladimir Putin yesterday ordered the voluntary evacuation of Russian citizens from the occupied Gaza Strip. According to RT, Putin instructed the Russian Foreign Ministry to envisage a "possible" evacuation of any citizens or personnel trapped by the Israeli military offensive