Staunton, May 29 – One of the groups behind attacks on Western vaccines has close ties to Vladimir Putin and the ruling United Russia Party, a new investigation has found, the latest indication that the Russian government and not some independent operation is behind these attacks (idelreal.org/a/31277284.html).
Today, the Russian authorities reported registering 9289 new cases of infection and 401 new deaths from the coronavirus as the pandemic ebbed and flowed across Russia. Particularly hard hit were the two capitals, which together with their environs, accounted for half of the cases (t.me/COVID2019_official/2992 and regnum.ru/news/society/3277253.html).
Under pressure from Moscow, regional governments are expanding their efforts to vaccinate people, including opening vaccination centers in places like zoos and dacha settlements to reach people whom they had earlier missed (newsib.net/novosti/novosibircev-nachali-vakcinirovat-na-dachax-i-v-zooparke.html).
Moscow and Tashkent announced an agreement under which Uzbek pharmaceutical companies will begin producing the Russian Sputnik-5 vaccine (ria.ru/20210528/uzbekistan-1734639393.html).
One new development in the pandemic in Russia is this: As overall numbers have fallen in certain areas, people are focusing on specific cases of infection and death more than they did and raising questions about both the healthcare system and the official reports about losses (sovsekretno.ru/articles/khronika-pikiruyushchego-kovida/ and newizv.ru/news/science/29-05-2021/posledstviya-vaktsinatsii-chto-stoit-za-zagadochnymi-smertyami-uchenyh).