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31 July 2020
Dying Doctors Leave A Void As Kyrgyzstan's COVID-19 Crisis Grows
Medical staff in the Issyk-Kul region of Kyrgyzstan say they are continuing to struggle to treat COVID-19 patients and lack critical medicine, equipment, and staff. In a local hospital, most staff have been infected and several have died.
29 July 2020
Nobody's Child: Inside Ukraine's Controversial Surrogate Adoption Industry
Ukraine is one of the few countries in the world that allows commercial surrogacy. But when something goes wrong, human lives hang in the balance, and critics say the business should be stopped or at least regulated.
10 July 2020
Kazakhstan Dismisses Chinese 'Fake News' About Deadly 'Unknown Pneumonia'
Desperate relatives are waiting in line for hours for an overwhelmed Kazakh morgue to release the bodies of their loved ones, raising questions about the country's COVID-19 data. Official statistics show hundreds of deaths related to COVID-19 and more than 1,000 dead from "pneumonia." But Chinese news reports about a form of pneumonia in Kazakhstan that is deadlier than the coronavirus have been dismissed by the Kazakh Health Ministry as "fake news."
19 June 2020
In Second Wave, Consecutive Days Of Record New COVID-19 Cases Hit Ukraine
Authorities in Ukraine said lockdowns may be reimposed at a regional level after days of record new coronavirus cases. One badly hit region in western Ukraine quickly announced a return of preventive measures, including restricting road travel beyond the region, a ban on gatherings of more than 20 people, and closures of indoor cafes and restaurants.
08 June 2020
COVID-19 Torpedoes Russian Nuclear Sub Facilities
In the Soviet era, Severodvinsk was a closed city because of its defense industries. Now it's been cut off again amid an outbreak of the coronavirus at nuclear submarine factories. Since June 6, nobody has been allowed in or out except workers and special forces.
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.
25 May 2020
A Bishkek Florist's Generosity Blossoms Amid The Pandemic
Salamat Baktybek-Kyzy, 21, had been saving the profits from her florist business in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan to buy herself a prosthetic leg. But when orders collapsed amid the COVID-19 lockdown, she decided to start donating flowers for free.