Sri Lanka approves Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine

[ad_1] COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Sri Lanka’s drug regulatory body has approved the Russian Sputnik V vaccine as the second available for use in the Indian Ocean island nation. The state minister overseeing pharmaceutical products, Channa Jayasumana, said Sri Lanka has requested doses from Russia’s Gamaleya Research Institute and was awaiting confirmation of the amount … Read more

Russia’s Navalny moved to prison as Amnesty changes his status

[ad_1] Moscow — Jailed Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny was transferred to an undisclosed penal colony this week to serve his two-and-a-half-year prison sentence. His move comes as a prominent human rights organization defends its decision to strip him of “prisoner of conscience,” insisting it didn’t cave to pressure from Moscow. Navalny’s lawyer Vadim Kobzev … Read more

Russia’s enemies fear Biden won’t fight to stop Putin’s Nord Stream 2 pipeline

[ad_1] Russia’s adversaries in central and Eastern Europe are worried President Biden isn’t willing to fight hard to stop the Russia-Germany gas pipeline Nord Stream 2 — one of Vladimir Putin’s core priorities. Why it matters: The fight is the first significant test of whether Biden’s tough rhetoric against the Russian leader will be matched … Read more

Russia’s COVID-19 vaccination drive slowly picking up speed

[ad_1] IKHALA, Russia (AP) — Maria Piparinen and other elderly residents of Ikhala were relieved when they heard that doctors were finally bringing a few doses of the coronavirus vaccine to their remote, snowy village in the Russian region of Karelia, near the border with Finland. Otherwise, the 75-year-old said she would have had to … Read more

Russia’s TikTok Generation Is Putin’s Achilles’ Heel

[ad_1] Ludovic Marin/AFP via Getty On Feb. 3, an influx of young Russians flooded my Instagram inbox and followers list. Yulia Navalnaya, the wife of imprisoned Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, had just reposted my recent Instagram story: a photo of Navalny in court, holding up his hands to form the shape of a heart, … Read more

Fake rallies in made-for-Putin videos tell Russia’s leader how popular he is

[ad_1] False Putin rallies have popped up around the country They came from all walks of life – paramedics, footballers, steelworkers and students – to march in a huge column for their leader, Vladimir Putin. At least that’s how it seemed. A slick new video showing young and old congregating under the name of the … Read more