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Russian hospital fire kills coronavirus patients attached to ventilators

Five people have died and 150 evacuated after blaze at St George hospital in St Petersburg

Tue 12 May 2020 09.46 BST

Russian authorities have launched a criminal investigation after two deadly fires in hospital wards treating coronavirus patients in a matter of days.

Five coronavirus patients attached to ventilators died in the early hours of Tuesday, after a fire broke out at the St George hospital in St Petersburg. More than 100 other patients on the same floor were moved to a different part of the building in time to save their lives.

 
Russian President Vladimir Putin's spokesperson said Tuesday he has tested positive for the coronavirus and is in hospital.

Dmitry Peskov told the Interfax news agency, "Yes, I've gotten sick. I'm being treated."

The announcement came just a day after Putin said Russia was successful in slowing down infections and announced easing some of the nationwide lockdown restrictions.

Two weeks ago, Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin announced he had tested positive for the virus and needed to temporarily step aside.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/russia-st-petersburg-hospital-fire-1.5565674
 
Coronavirus: Russia now has second highest virus case total

Russia has confirmed 232,000 cases of coronavirus - the second highest toll in the world after the US.

In the last 24 hours the country has reported 10,899 infections, the tenth consecutive day that number has been above 10,000.

 
Coronavirus: Russia now has second highest virus case total

Russia has confirmed 232,000 cases of coronavirus - the second highest toll in the world after the US.

In the last 24 hours the country has reported 10,899 infections, the tenth consecutive day that number has been above 10,000.

According to worldometers.info, Spain still has the second-most cases:

 
Russian hospital fire kills coronavirus patients attached to ventilators

Five people have died and 150 evacuated after blaze at St George hospital in St Petersburg

Tue 12 May 2020 09.46 BST

Russian authorities have launched a criminal investigation after two deadly fires in hospital wards treating coronavirus patients in a matter of days.

Five coronavirus patients attached to ventilators died in the early hours of Tuesday, after a fire broke out at the St George hospital in St Petersburg. More than 100 other patients on the same floor were moved to a different part of the building in time to save their lives.


I'm not going to lie....me and my Russian friend had a laugh about this in the context of a longer convo we had two days ago about Putin's Russia. He was laughing telling me about how their Russian made rubbish ventilators were blowing up. From what he understood of the situation, none of the patients died from the fires themselves.

Putin has relegated all responsibility for dealing with the plague to the governors now, which is typical. As soon as it was out of hand because of his inaction ("strong man", what happened?), he abdicates all responsibility. Typical authoritarian wanker.
 
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This is the best thing ever. The magistrate of Prague renamed the square in front of the Russian embassy after Boris Nemtsov, the murdered Russian government critic.

?

You know, so now the Russian embassy's adress is in Nemtsov Square.

Brilliant.

They've also renamed a promenade in memory of Anna Politkovskaya, the murdered Russian journalist.

Still, even with the statue removal....a small price to pay for 1968.

PS: Apparently there are streets named after Nemtsov located near the Russian embassy in Washington, Kyiv, and Vilnius as well.

Deffo gotta add Warsaw, Bratislava, Riga, Talinn, Helsinki, Baku, Sofia, etc etc ;)
 
???

This is the best thing ever. The magistrate of Prague renamed the square in front of the Russian embassy after Boris Nemtsov, the murdered Russian government critic.

?

You know, so now the Russian embassy's adress is in Nemtsov Square.

Brilliant.

They've also renamed a promenade in memory of Anna Politkovskaya, the murdered Russian journalist.

Still, even with the statue removal....a small price to pay for 1968.

PS: Apparently there are streets named after Nemtsov located near the Russian embassy in Washington, Kyiv, and Vilnius as well.

Deffo gotta add Warsaw, Bratislava, Riga, Talinn, Helsinki, Baku, Sofia, etc etc ;)

LOL - that's a brilliant troll! I'm proud of the Czechs for standing up to that bully...
 
Ramzan Kadyrov not seen publicly since reports he has coronavirus

‘Irreplaceable’ Chechen leader not seen in public for 24 hours but Russian media says he is in Moscow hospital

Fri 22 May 2020

 
Paul Whelan, ex-US marine, jailed in Russia on spying charges

Ex-US marine Paul Whelan has been sentenced to 16 years of hard labour on spying charges in Russia.

He was arrested in a hotel room in Moscow 18 months ago with a USB flash drive which security officers say contained state secrets.

The Moscow City Court found him guilty of receiving classified information.

Whelan - who is also a citizen of the UK, Canada and Ireland - denounced the closed trial as a "sham" ahead of the verdict.

 

" Centuries of Russian leaders – including the czars who ruled over the Russian Empire and the Communist Party bosses who ran the Soviet Union – have left power one of two ways: They were forced out, or they died in office. A rare exception was his predecessor, Boris Yeltsin, though many believe he was pushed into stepping aside to make way for Mr. Putin at the turn of the century. "

Mr. Putin is also believed to be obsessed with what happened to other strongmen after leaving office, particularly Serbia’s Slobodan Milosevic and Libya’s Moammar Gadhafi. Mr. Milosevic, who stepped down in the face of peaceful protests against his rule, spent his final days in The Hague, accused of war crimes for his role in the Balkan wars of the 1990s. Mr. Gadhafi was killed by rebels during a violent 2011 uprising.

Some believe that Mr. Putin’s own battles – a 2008 war against neighbouring Georgia, the 2014 annexation of Crimea and his support for separatists in eastern Ukraine, plus Russia’s military backing of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad – could leave him exposed in the same way that Mr. Milosevic was.

“If he steps aside, he could end up in The Hague. There is a chance that any successor would send him there,” said Vladislav Inozemtsev, a Russia expert at the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies. He hypothesized that a future Russian leader might be willing to hand Mr. Putin over to an international court in exchange for the lifting of Western sanctions against the country. “Russia is in such a dire position economically that it could be some sort of trade-off.”
 
“If he steps aside, he could end up in The Hague. There is a chance that any successor would send him there,” said Vladislav Inozemtsev, a Russia expert at the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies. He hypothesized that a future Russian leader might be willing to hand Mr. Putin over to an international court in exchange for the lifting of Western sanctions against the country. “Russia is in such a dire position economically that it could be some sort of trade-off.”

At least there won't be a balcony to fall off in an ICC jail. Not so sure about Dioxin, Polonium or Novichok.

AoD
 
Vladimir Putin wins Russia vote that could let him rule until 2036

Russians back amendments including constitutional mention of ‘faith in God’, pension and minimum wage boosts and a ban on gay marriage

Thu 2 Jul 2020

 

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