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With Russia seeking to increase its population, the Kremlin has looked towards former Soviet nations as a source of migrants. The plan seems to have come to fruition in 2020, with 409,549 Ukrainians receiving a Russian passport.
As Washington braces for the most tense handover of power in modern history, the speaker of Russia’s parliament has called for an inquiry into a series of perceived threats to free speech, amid the fallout from the US election.
Russia is making preparations for the country's withdrawal from the 'Open Skies' Treaty, a key trust-building agreement of the late Cold War. It comes after the US unilaterally left the arrangement last November.
US Ambassador to Russia John Sullivan has turned down Moscow’s offer of a Christmas Covid jab, noting that there are already two American-made drugs on the market, but said he has something else to ask the Russian government for.
Russia’s President Vladimir Putin told the 75th session of the UN General Assembly that global trade needs to be released from illegitimate sanctions. He also decried a “lack of humanity” in international affairs in the Covid era.
In a combined effort between Russian and US scientists, a new anti-cancer substance has been discovered that could help in the fight against neuroblastomas. The disease is the most common form of cancer in babies.
US-based chemist and independence campaigner for Tatarstan Vil Mirzayanov has ‘apologized’ to Russian opposition figure Alexey Navalny, saying he considers himself indirectly responsible for his high-profile alleged poisoning.
Russian schoolchildren called the police after a “drunk” mother was filmed attempting to push a pram up a skateboarding ramp. The video shows the woman trying twice, stumbling and landing on the floor, risking injury to the baby.
Now for some bad news. If Covid-19 follows historic patterns it will likely come in three waves and normal life won't resume until the summer of next year. That's according to leading Russian virus expert Mikhail Paltsev.