Tuesday 2 June 2020
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.
21 May 2020
Ukrainian Prisoners Pay A Price For Less Crowded Conditions Amid COVID-19 Threat
Detainees at Kyiv's notoriously overcrowded Lukyanivska prison, parts of which are 160 years old, have been offered a way out of overcrowded cells with up to a dozen inmates and poor sanitation. But there's a catch. More spacious, refurbished cells, with fewer prisoners and modern bathrooms, come at a price.
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.
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.
12 May 2020
Workers Go Hungry As Central Asia's Largest Bazaar Stands Empty
Central Asia's largest bazaar has been closed for a month now, causing hunger and poverty for some 50,000 people in Bishkek who worked there before COVID-19 struck. Some of these people live on-site in shipping containers, while others live at an informal shantytown on a garbage dump near the giant marketplace in the Kyrgyz capital.
11 May 2020
Despite COVID-19, Ukraine’s Seasonal Workers Set Their Sights On EU Farms
Ukrainian seasonal workers supply much of the spring labor on farms in the EU. But the obstacles for bringing these workers to EU farms do not lie only with coronavirus lockdowns and fear of the virus’ transmission.