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A coronavirus patient arrives for treatment at a hospital in Kommunarka outside Moscow.  Photograph: Alexander Nemenov/AFP/Getty

Moscow has rejected a recommendation from Russian health authorities to impose a curfew on bars, restaurants and nightclubs, in a bid to protect the (...)

A zookeeper feeding penguins at a closed zoo in Prague. The Czech government has shut zoos and indoor sports venues for two weeks to slow the spread of coronavirus. Photograph: Getty Images

The Czech Republic is introducing new restrictions and Slovakia is mobilising troops to help fight the spread of coronavirus as alarm grows across cen(...)

A man wearing a face mask uses a newspaper to protect himself from the rain in central Moscow on Thursday. Photograph:   Dimitar Dilkoff/AFP via Getty Images

Russian authorities recommended people stay at home this weekend and urged them to take more safety precautions as the number of new coronavirus case(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel meeting with Belarusian opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya at the Chancellery in Berlin. Photograph: Jesco Denzel/EPA

Belarusian opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya has discussed the political upheaval in her country with German chancellor Angela Merkel, as Russi(...)

People drink outside a bar in the French capital, Paris, on Saturday. Bars in the  French capital are to close next week. Photograph: Christophe Archambault/AFP/Getty

All bars in Paris are to close from Tuesday after the French capital was put on maximum sanitary alert in its continuing bid to curb Covid-19, accordi(...)

  Alexander Lukashenko during a presidential  inauguration ceremony at the Palace of Independence in Minsk, Belarus. Protests continued on Sunday amid allegations from the opposition that the recent  election was   rigged. Photograph: Maxim Guchek/EPA

Tens of thousands of Belarusians have joined another round of protests against the country’s autocratic leader, Alexander Lukashenko, as Russia and th(...)

  People wearing   face masks walk on the Red Square in Moscow. The city   reported 1,560 new coronavirus cases on Friday and Russia registered 7,212 new infections – the highest such daily figures in three months. Photograph: Sergei Ilnitsky/EPA

Moscow’s mayor has urged its older residents not to leave home and called on firms to allow staff to work remotely, in a bid to blunt a sharp rise in (...)

Russian opposition activist Alexei Navalny: Fell ill on a flight back to Moscow from Siberia on August 20th. Photograph: Sergei Ilnitsky/EPA

Angela Merkel has demanded an explanation from the Kremlin after stating that Alexei Navalny, the Russian opposition activist, was poisoned with the c(...)

Russian opposition activist Alexei Navalny. A survey in June found Navalny was Russia’s second most ‘inspirational’ politician, after the president. File photograph: Pavel Golovkin/AP Photo

Alexei Navalny’s visit to Siberia last week went like most of the trips he has taken across the country to galvanise anger against Russian president V(...)

Alexei Navalny speaks to supporters in Ivanovo, Russia, in April 2017. Photograph: James Hill/New York Times

Russian police are conducting a preliminary investigation into the apparent poisoning of opposition leader Alexei Navalny following pressure from west(...)

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