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Past articles by Isabelle:

Russian labs race to find a covid-19 vaccine by fall, but concerns raised about fast-track methods

Reseachers have taken test doses and military members are part of experiments. → Read More

Arctic fuel spill prompts Russia’s Putin to declare emergency and slam slow response

Putin declared a state of emergency in the Siberian city of Norilsk over the 20,000-ton spill. → Read More

On the Black Sea, Georgia rebrands as a holiday haven from the pandemic

With fewer than 800 confirmed cases, Georgia tests “new reality” of tourism with select nations on the guest list. → Read More

Belarus just ordered U.S. oil for the first time. It was a message to Russia.

Moscow and Minsk used to be close allies, but some cracks have emerged. → Read More

Ukraine’s Zelensky pulled back into U.S. political fray after leaked Biden audio

The Ukrainian leader called on law enforcement to investigate conversations between Biden and then-President Petro Poroshenko and said they might be perceived “as high treason.” → Read More

Wildfires ravaged Siberia last year. This spring, the blazes are starting even bigger.

People venturing out to the forest during the coronavirus lockdown may have played a role. → Read More

Putin’s speech at Victory Day events subdued by the coronavirus

The Russian president promised a Red Square military parade at a future date. The country’s confirmed coronavirus case total is now nearly 200,000. → Read More

Three Russian doctors have fallen from hospital windows in two weeks, amid reports of dire conditions

Russia’s confirmed coronavirus cases have topped 165,000, with more than 1,500 deaths. More than 100 of those reportedly are medical professionals. → Read More

Coronavirus is spreading rapidly in Belarus, but its leader still denies there is a problem

Belarus has one of the fastest-rising infection rates in Eastern Europe. People are taking measures on their own. → Read More

Bolshoi in the kitchen: Russian ballet is also working from home during lockdown

With Russia's storied ballet venues closed, dancers are transforming their homes into spaces to perform and practice. → Read More

Russia’s state-backed media uses the pandemic to spin anti-Western views. They are not alone.

An Oxford University study examined common themes in English-language media in Russia, Turkey, Iran and China. → Read More

Russia seeks to hold espionage trial of American Paul Whelan even with Moscow on lockdown

Whelan, a former Marine detained since December 2018, has denied the allegations and his family has raised speculation of a prison swap. → Read More

Coronavirus is testing the limits of Russia's surveillance state

Moscow held back on requiring digital bar codes to leave home, but other regions are pushing ahead with mobile tracking. → Read More

Ukraine's Zelensky replaces prime minister in second government shake-up in a month

Oleksiy Honcharuk, who appeared to criticize Zelensky in a leaked recording in January, is out after just six months on the job. → Read More

Russia’s Putin and Turkey’s Erdogan head for talks with major Syria rift between them

The two leaders will meet in Moscow on Thursday amid escalating tensions in Syria’s Idlib province. → Read More

Russia’s Arctic winter is now missing its biggest fans: Chinese tourists

The land of the Northern Lights, and the rest of Russia, is off-limits to Chinese visitors under the Kremlin’s super-strict coronavirus precautions. → Read More

Russia ordered to pay $50 billion to former owners of oil giant Yukos

Moscow will appeal the decision to the Dutch Supreme Court, setting up a final showdown in a 15-year saga involving Kremlin-critic Mikhail Khodorkovsky. → Read More

Russia’s anti-doping chief wants ‘clean’ overhaul after Olympic ban. He’s had death threats in reply.

Yuri Ganus faces an uphill fight in a country where the anti-doping punishments are widely deemed an anti-Russian plot. → Read More

McDonald’s made its Soviet debut 30 years ago. Its golden arches were a gateway to Western influence.

The chain’s arrival in 1990, at the height of perestroika economic reform, signaled Russia’s warming relations with the West. → Read More

The Kremlin has its hands in the Internet around the world. It’s also trying to control cyberspace at home.

Activists fear a new “sovereign Internet” law could sharply boost Russian censorship efforts. → Read More