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28 May 2020
A Bug Or A Feature? Russian COVID-19 Patients Complain Of Unfair Fines From Quarantine App
Thousands of Russians say an app designed to enforce quarantines imposed after a COVID-19 diagnosis doesn't work properly and is repeatedly issuing them fines for no apparent reason. A Moscow nurse who caught the coronavirus said said her fines added up to nearly $1,000.
26 May 2020
Current Time Report Sparks Investigation At Makeshift Hospital In Moscow Region
Prosecutors in Moscow say they have started an investigation after Current Time reported alleged shortages of medicines and labor violations at a makeshift hospital for coronavirus patients set up by a well-known Azerbaijani-Russian businessman Araz Agalarov.
15 May 2020
The Death Of Stalin: Unique Propaganda Footage Shows Dictator's Funeral
Largely unseen footage of the funeral and official mourning following the death of Soviet leader Josef Stalin is featured in a new documentary, State Funeral, by Ukrainian director Sergei Loznitsa. It's being shown on Current Time, the Russian-language network led by RFE/RL in cooperation with VOA. The mourning events were held at factories, on collective farms, town squares, and in meeting halls across the Soviet Union.
14 May 2020
After Deadly Fires, Russia Suspends The Use Of Ventilators Sold To The United States
Russia has suspended the use of a model of domestically-made ventilators after they were linked to hospital fires that killed COVID-19 patients in Moscow and St. Petersburg. The Aventa-M ventilators were also included in a high-profile delivery of Russian medical equipment sold to the United States last month but have not been used there.
14 May 2020
Media Rights: How Current Time’s Audience Stacks Up
2019 revealed few bright spots in the media landscape of Current Time’s broadcast zone. The Baltics still top the non-profit Reporters Without Borders’ annual ranking of press freedom in the region, but with concerns raised about Lithuanian security institutions’ newfound ability to shut down media outlets deemed to pose a national security threat. Hopes for independent media Armenia, Kazakhstan, and Ukraine have not yet been entirely met, the report found. Meanwhile, the environment for indepe
13 May 2020
Eurasia’s Coronavirus Economy: Comeback On The Way?
The COVID-19 pandemic has turned predicting the economic future into a dice roll, but data from the International Monetary Fund suggests some potential trends to watch. Their forecast: Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania, all members of the European Union, will encounter the largest reduction in economic growth, but also the biggest rebound in 2021. Ukraine will suffer more than Russia, but likely experience the same level of comeback.
08 May 2020
Russia's Coronavirus Responders: A Village Clinic With The Grit To Persevere
The Russian Urals village of Kuliga has no new hospitals, no hazmat uniforms for doctors, no high-tech equipment, and no good roads for ambulances, but, still, they are fighting the coronavirus pandemic. For physician Nadezhda Kasatkina, who has worked here for 34 years, teamwork and sheer persistence are the only ways to get through this crisis.
07 May 2020
Russia's 'Captain Tom': Stalingrad Veteran Raises Money Amid COVID-19 Battle
A 97-year-old Russian World War II veteran has been inspired by the fund-raising efforts of the UK's Captain Tom Moore during the coronavirus pandemic She is posting war stories online every day to raise money for the families of Russian medics who have died fighting COVID-19.
05 May 2020
Russian Medical Students Fill Gaps In COVID-19 Battle
Russian students say they're being threatened with expulsion from medical school if they refuse to work in hospitals as the country's health system struggles to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic. The move to recruit students comes as questions are being asked about how many medical workers have died and amid allegations that there is a lack of personal protective equipment.