The 20th-Century History Behind Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine — smithsonianmag.com

During WWII, Ukrainian nationalists saw the Nazis as liberators from Soviet oppression. Now, Russia is using that chapter to paint Ukraine as a Nazi nation

The 20th-Century History Behind Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine — Latest articles | smithsonianmag.com

Proof I don’t just read medical stuff.

Russia’s coronavirus vaccine elicits immune responses in Phase-1/2 trials — Science Chronicle

Russia’s Sputnik V vaccines for novel coronavirus have been found to be safe for a period of 42 days and capable of inducing antibody responses in all the 42 participants within 21 days. But the Phase-1/2 trials were open, not randomised, did not have a control group, and included totally 76 participants.

According to the authors, the unpublished data of animal studies show “robust humoral and cellular immune responses were elicited in non-human primates, providing protection from SARS-CoV-2 infection”. They also write that the vaccine showed “100% protectivity in a lethal model of SARS-CoV-2 challenge in immunosuppressed hamsters”. No antibody-dependent enhancement of infection was seen in vaccinated animals.

Russia’s coronavirus vaccine is safe, elicits immune responses in Phase-1/2 trials — Science Chronicle

Safe? 76 humans and an undisclosed number of hamsters.

Why am I not impressed?

Alcohol and Cause Specific Mortality in Russia

Alcohol and cause-specific mortality in Russia: a retrospective case–control study of 48 557 adult deaths : The Lancet

Alcohol-attributable mortality varies by year; in several recent years, alcohol was a cause of more than half of all Russian deaths at ages 15—54 years. Alcohol accounts for most of the large fluctuations in Russian mortality, and alcohol and tobacco account for the large difference in adult mortality between Russia and western Europe.