Friday 28 February 2020
21 February 2020
Violence Flares In Ukraine As Evacuees Arrive From China
A convoy carrying people recently evacuated from Wuhan, China, arrived in the Ukrainian town of Novi Sanzhary, where they were due to be held in quarantine, on February 20. A crowd of locals, fearful that the evacuees would bring the coronavirus to the town, clashed with police and tried to block the buses with burning debris.
14 February 2020
Escape From Quarantine: Russian Flees After Negative Coronavirus Tests
Alla Ilyina fell sick after returning home to Russia from China and was held in isolation at a St. Petersburg hospital. But after she tested negative twice for coronavirus, she decided there was no reason to stick around.
12 February 2020
Conspiracy Theories On Russian TV Blame Donald Trump, U.S. For Coronavirus
With coronavirus cases and deaths steadily rising, Russia's pro-government TV channels appear to have sensed a prime opportunity for some conspiracy theories: The epidemic could be all the work of U.S. President Donald Trump, the Central Intelligence Agency, and U.S. philanthropist George Soros, their news reports suggest. As yet, proof is not a priority.
08 January 2020
Wheelchairs In Siberia: Disabled Activists Fight For Better Access
Navigating a Russian city in a wheelchair is incredibly difficult -- and the challenge is even greater in the middle of winter. One disability activist in the Siberian city of Tomsk says government projects intended to improve accessibility have largely failed to deliver on their promises.
07 January 2020
'If You Are Watching This...I'm Dead': Russian Doctor Documents Cancer Battle
Surgeon Andrei Pavlenko treated cancer patients in St. Petersburg, but his work took on a new dimension when he became a patient himself. In a widely viewed video diary, Pavlenko shared his experiences of going through treatment and encouraged others not to lose hope.
04 December 2019
Imported Medicine For Russia's Epileptics Still A Banned Narcotic
04 December 2019
Parents Of Russia's Epileptics Still Risk Prosecution For Frisium Purchase
This June, police detained Yelena Bogolyubova for seven hours after she picked up a package of medicine for her terminally ill 10-year-old son. Russia had banned the medication, the anti-epileptic drug Frisium, as a narcotic. Amidst an uproar, the government promised changes, but the problem still remains: Russian epileptics cannot always get the medicine they need.
27 November 2019
Russian Doctors At Center Of Children’s Transplant Controversy Ordered Reinstated
Russian Health Minister Veronika Skvortsova has ordered the reinstatement of two pediatric surgeons whose dismissals had led to public outrage and left dozens of ailing children awaiting desperately needed kidney-transplant treatment.
18 October 2019
Russian Police Detain Doctors' Union Head Outside Barricaded Clinic
Police detained the head of one of Russia's doctors' unions as she came to help colleagues barricaded inside a rural tuberculosis clinic set for closure. The protest is part of a wider battle to save dwindling rural health care services in Russia.