Putin submits bill on formation of Federation Council to State Duma

MOSCOW, October 31. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin has submitted to the State Duma (the lower house of Russia’s parliament) a bill on forming the Federation Council (the upper house), which envisages a presidential prerogative to appoint lifelong senators and…

Coronavirus infection in Russia to peak in early or mid-November — expert

MOSCOW, October 31. /TASS/. The number of novel coronavirus cases in Russia will peak in the first half of November, depending on the region, Deputy Director of Russia’s Central Research Institute of Epidemiology of the Federal Service for Surveillance on…

First group of elderly volunteers receive Sputnik V vaccine — doctor

MOSCOW, October 31. /TASS/. The first group of volunteers aged 60 and older has been vaccinated against the novel coronavirus with Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine, said Chief Researcher of Russia’s Central Clinical Hospital Nikita Lomakin, who heads the trials. ‘[The…

Parliamentary election begins in Georgia

TBILISI, October 31. /TASS/. Polling stations for a parliamentary vote opened in Georgia at 8:00 local time on Saturday (7:00 Moscow time), a TASS correspondent reported. Georgian citizens can cast their ballot until 20:00 local time (19:00 Moscow time) at…

Baku, Yerevan agree to avoid strikes on civilian areas — OSCE

VIENNA, October 31. /TASS/. During Friday’s talks in Geneva, Azerbaijan and Armenia agreed to take a series of measures to promote the ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh, such as to avoid deliberate strikes on civilian population and non-military facilities, the press service…

Russian, Japanese scientists discover how COVID-19 affects red bone marrow

MOSCOW, October 30. /TASS/. Scientists of the Far Eastern Federal University together with Russian and Japanese colleagues think that the coronavirus may attack red bone marrow, not only damaging the red blood cells but also preventing the formation of new…

WHO registers record high of over 505,000 new COVID-19 cases in one day

GENEVA, October 30. /TASS/. The number of the confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus infection worldwide has approached 44.9 mln, rising over 24 hours by more than 505,000, which is a new record high of incidence in one day. According…

WHO registers record high of over 505,000 new COVID-19 cases in one day

GENEVA, October 30. /TASS/. The number of the confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus infection worldwide has approached 44.9 mln, rising over 24 hours by more than 505,000, which is a new record high of incidence in one day. According…

Tastes of Russian consumers changed due to pandemic — VTB lender

MOSCOW, October 30. /TASS/. The coronavirus pandemic has changed consumer tastes and preferences much in Russia, Senior Vice President at the country’s second-biggest lender VTB Dmitry Snesar told a forum on Friday. “We currently evidence a certain phenomenon of an…

NAVALNY’S ALLEGED POISONINGRussian Foreign Ministry slams The Guardian’s Navalny story as anti-Russian propaganda

MOSCOW, October 30. /TASS/. The Guardian’s October 16 article on Russian blogger Alexey Navalny fits into ongoing UK media campaign against Russia, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement Friday. “The Guardian’s article is yet another product of unending anti-Russian…