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Russia accuses West of Navalny hysteria, Kremlin backs tough protest policing
World

Russia accuses West of Navalny hysteria, Kremlin backs tough protest policing

  • Russia accused the West on Wednesday of descending into hysteria over the jailing of opposition politician Alexei Navalny, and the Kremlin said police had been right to use force to break up protests over his imprisonment.
  • Navalny’s supporters tried to gather to show support during the ruling and then took to the streets afterwards to protest it, prompting authorities to shut down some central metro stations and detain more than 1,400 people.
Published 04 Feb, 2021 12:30am
Russia can make the internet autonomous, but wants to avoid the "double-edged sword"
World

Russia can make the internet autonomous, but wants to avoid the "double-edged sword"

  • Russia has the technological capabilities to ensure that the autonomous operation of the Russian segment of the Internet, but would remain hesitant to expand their reach to such extremes.
  • Medvedev conceded that the Russian equivalent to the isolated segment of the internet is only a backup plan, in the extreme case if Russia is disconnected from the globally interconnected system as a whole.
Updated 03 Feb, 2021 12:11pm
Russia's Sputnik V vaccine 92% effective in fighting COVID-19
World

Russia's Sputnik V vaccine 92% effective in fighting COVID-19

  • Experts said the Phase III trial results meant the world had another effective weapon to fight the deadly pandemic and justified to some extent Moscow’s decision to roll out the vaccine before final data had been released.
  • The results were based on data from 19,866 volunteers, of whom a quarter received a placebo, the researchers, led by the Gamaleya Institute’s Denis Logunov, said in The Lancet.
Published 02 Feb, 2021 07:51pm