News of the Day: 20 June 2021

RFE/RL: Russia’s labor minister has said workers who fail to get the COVID-19 vaccine in regions where the shot has been made compulsory could be forced to take unpaid leave. Anton Kotyakov’s comments, made on a government Telegram channel on June 20, come as Moscow, St. Petersburg, and other Russian cities introduce an array of a new measures. The most prominent new proposal aims for mandatory shots for service workers.

RFE/RL: The United States is preparing new sanctions against Russia over the poisoning of Kremlin critic Aleksei Navalny, U.S. national-security adviser Jake Sullivan has said. “We are preparing another package of sanctions to apply in this case as well,” Sullivan said on CNN on June 20. Sullivan said the sanctions will come once the United States ensures that the right entities are targeted. “When we do that, we will impose further sanctions with respect to chemical weapons,” Sullivan said.

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