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Russia Says ‘We’re Confident,’ Will Share Legal Risks of COVID-19 Vaccine

MOSCOW/BRASILIA — Russia is so confident in its COVID-19 vaccine that it will shoulder some of the legal liability should anything go wrong, rather than requiring buyers to take on the full risk, the head of the state fund bankrolling …

Russia to Investigate Safety of Ventilators After Hospital Fire Kills Patients

Russian authorities said they would look into the safety of artificial lung ventilators being used at two hospitals after a fire broke out in St Petersburg at one of them on Tuesday (May 12) morning and killed at least four …

Trading Houses Caught in Crossfire of Russian Oil Contamination

MOSCOW/LONDON — Trading houses Vitol, Glencore and Trafigura are caught in the crossfire between Russian oil producers and Western buyers, which have refused to take contaminated Russian crude bought by the traders. At least 10 crude tankers with 1 million …

Flooding Forces 20,000 Russians From Their Homes

Flooding has forced some 20,000 people to flee their homes in Russia’s Far East since July, the country’s Emergency Situations Ministry said Monday. Three Far East regions some 5,000 kilometers (3,100 miles) east of Moscow are being evacuated, ministry spokeswoman …

Prison Terms Issued Over Fatal Russian Club Fire

A court in the Siberian city of Perm has convicted seven people in connection with a nightclub fire that killed 156, sentencing them to prison terms of four to nearly 10 years. The December 2009 fire broke out when a …

Russia Cracks Down on Illegal Building in Sochi

Russia imposed a ban on all new building in Sochi on Wednesday to fight the illegal construction of apartments and hotels in the city preparing to hold the 2014 Winter Olympics. The governor of the Krasnodar region, which includes Sochi, …

Russian Scientists Recover Meteor Fragments

Scientists have found more than 50 tiny fragments of a meteor that exploded over Russia’s Ural Mountains, and preliminary tests are turning up information about its contents. However, local residents seem more interested in the black market value of the …

Meteor Blast Impacts Russia: AIR Worldwide

According to catastrophe modeling firm AIR Worldwide, on Friday, February 15, a meteor exploded over the city of Chelyabinsk (population: 1 million) in Russia’s central Ural Mountains, injuring hundreds and causing damage to buildings in six cities. According to the …

Magnitude 6.7 Siberian Quake Causes No Damage

Russia’s Emergency Situations Ministry says that a magnitude 6.7 earthquake has hit a sparsely populated area in Eastern Siberia. There were no immediate reports of casualties or damage. The ministry said in a statement that the epicenter of Thursday’s quake …

Officials: 10 Workers Die in Russia Building Fire

A fire ripped through a new Moscow building’s underground parking lot on Saturday, killing 10 migrant workers and injuring 13 others who had been working and living there, city police said. All those who died were citizens of Tajikistan, Moscow …