News of the Day: 22 May 2021

RFE/RL: Russian police detained two people at a meeting of opposition figures and municipal deputies in the city of Nizhny Novgorod, in the latest crackdown on Kremlin critics ahead of elections later this year. Yulia Galyamina, an opposition leader from Moscow, and Vitaly Bovar, a municipal deputy from St. Petersburg, were both detained on May 22. Police broke up the meeting at a hotel soon after it started, citing a breach of coronavirus rules.

The Moscow Times: Russia has confirmed 4,992,554 cases of coronavirus and 118,125 deaths, according to the national coronavirus information center. Russia’s total excess fatality count since the start of the coronavirus pandemic is above 460,000.

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