News of the Day: 8 August 2021

RFE/RL: Two villages threatened by forest fires in northeastern Siberia’s Yakutia region are being evacuated, local authorities said on August 8 as more than 150 fires burned in the region.

The Moscow Times: Russia on Saturday reported 22,866 new coronavirus cases and 793 deaths. Russia saw more than 530,000 excess deaths between the start of the pandemic and the end of June 2021, according to official data published Friday.

The Guardian: The book convincingly argues that Navalny is the most interesting and significant figure to emerge from the post-communist period. It traces his early career as a blogger and activist to his present status, as Putin’s globally recognised arch enemy and biggest headache. [from Luke Harding’s review of Navalny: Putin’s Nemesis, Russia’s Future? by Jan Matti Dollbaum, Morvan Lallouet and Ben Noble is published by Hurst (£20)]

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