NSDC Secretary allowed Medvedchuk to be exchanged for Ukrainians convicted in Russia

Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) of Ukraine Oleksiy Danilov did not rule out that Kiev could offer Moscow to exchange the head of the political council of the Opposition Platform – For Life party Viktor Medvedchuk for Ukrainians convicted in Russia. Mr. Medvedchuk is accused of treason and attempted theft of national resources in Crimea; he was placed under house arrest until July 9.

“This decision is made by the President of Ukraine. I think that if there is such an opportunity, we will willingly do it, “Mr. Danilov answered on the air of the Ukraine 24 TV channel when asked about the possibility of exchanging Viktor Medvedchuk for” Ukrainian patriots who are being held in Russian prisons. “

Viktor Medvedchuk and his fellow party member Taras Kozak, who was also charged with treason and attempted theft of national resources in Crimea, face up to 15 years in prison. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky linked the arrest of Mr Medvedchuk to the fight against the oligarchs in Ukraine. Russian President Vladimir Putin said that a “cleaning of the political field” is taking place in Ukraine.

Read more about the position of the President of Russia – in the material of “Kommersant” “Vladimir Putin showed bearishness.”


Coronavirus for growth – Society – Kommersant

The number of cases of coronavirus infection detected per day in Russia on Friday became the maximum in several months. In the capital, the maximum was registered since January 17, in the country as a whole – since March 20. Rospotrebnadzor assures that such fluctuations “are, in principle, natural at the stage of stabilization of the epidemic process.” The infectious disease specialists, with whom Kommersant spoke, disagree on whether what is happening can be considered a sign of the “third wave” of the epidemic. However, doctors consider seasonal surges in the incidence of coronavirus “inevitable” – and are worried about the increase in deaths and the reluctance of Russians to get vaccinated.

In Russia, on May 14, 9,462 infected with coronavirus were identified, it follows from the data of the federal operational headquarters. This is 12.9% more than the day before, when 8380 new cases were recorded. The number of infected people exceeded 9 thousand for the first time since May 1 and peaked in the second half of March. The spread of coronavirus, TASS reports, referring to its own calculations, has been above unity for five days in a row – so many people on average infect one infected person before they are isolated.

In Moscow, 3818 infected were detected per day. This is the maximum value since mid-January and is 37% more than on Thursday (then 2787 infected were recorded). Anastasia Rakova, Deputy Mayor of Moscow for Social Development, called the epidemic situation in the capital “tense”.

«The incidence figures are not encouraging, but we must understand that the coronavirus will not go anywhere tomorrow and such periodic increases or decreases in the incidence are possible, ”Ms Rakova said on Friday.

The number of people infected after the May holidays is also growing in St. Petersburg and the Moscow region, which, along with Moscow, remain the main centers of the epidemic in the country. On Friday, another 739 people were infected in St. Petersburg. The incidence rate, therefore, is 13.5 cases per day per 100 thousand citizens – this is the maximum since March 31. According to the Interdepartmental City Coordination Council for Countering the Spread of Coronavirus, the number of new cases of COVID-19 in medical organizations increased by 34.63% over the week. In addition, the rate of daily hospitalization of adult patients with covid-associated conditions increased by 29.06%. The total number of active patients with infection over the past week increased by 1.19%. In the Moscow region, 918 new cases of infection were detected. The incidence rate in the region is slightly more than 8.3 cases per 100 thousand people, which reaches March values.

The increase in the number of infected people is associated with the ignorance of prevention measures by citizens, said Natalya Pshenichnaya, deputy director of the Central Research Institute of Epidemiology of Rospotrebnadzor. At the same time, Ms Pshenichnaya clarified that such daily fluctuations – now a slight rise, then a decrease – “are in principle natural at the stage of stabilization of the epidemic process”, which, according to her, we are now.

Ilya Akinfiev, an infectious disease doctor, doctor of medical sciences, notes that the increase in the incidence began on April 10-15. “At the moment it is impossible to talk about” the beginning of the third wave “, since we saw growth already in mid-April, when the number of respiratory cases and people with confirmed COVID-19 began to increase,” he told Kommersant. Mr. Akinfiev recalled that in this regard, on the instructions of President Vladimir Putin, the May holidays were extended. By reducing the passenger traffic in public transport, the expert believes, it was possible to avoid the peak of the incidence.

The one-day surge, the doctor believes, may be due to the fact that people returned from overseas vacations and more laboratory tests were carried out.

To talk about the third wave, adds Ilya Akinfiev, it will be necessary to analyze the incidence statistics within five to seven days.

One cannot judge by one day, agrees the infectious disease specialist, the head physician of the Leader-Medicine medical center Evgeny Timakov. According to him, the increase in deaths is “more alarming”. “The mortality rate from coronavirus has always been around 2%. We see this in the autumn, in the spring wave of morbidity. That is, until January, according to statistics, 2–2.5% of those identified were dying. Normal average mortality. Now we see a mortality rate of 4%. This hardly means that they began to treat twice as badly with new protocols. Probably, they simply do not record people who are sick. That is, there are at least twice as many patients, ”believes Mr. Timakov.

Note, on January 14, for 24.7 thousand new cases, there were 570 deaths, on May 14 for 9.4 thousand cases – 393 deaths. Evgeny Timakov admits that the so-called third wave of morbidity could have begun in Russia a month ago. “Now we see its continuation and see a lot of alarm calls: it is alarming that we have identified an Indian strain of coronavirus infection, that British and South African variants are circulating. And it worries that the population is not actively vaccinating, although this is the only way to stop the spread of the infection, ”concluded Mr. Timakov. Earlier, Kommersant talked about a fresh study by VTsIOM and ANO National Priorities (working on the Stopkoronavirus.rf project), according to which 38% of Russians are not going to get vaccinated, and 28%, in principle, do not trust coronavirus vaccines. At the same time, according to official data cited by Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin, over 24 million Russians have already gone through various stages of vaccination against COVID-19.

Ilya Akinfiev adds that after the third wave closer to September-October the fourth will inevitably come and the incidence will grow with each spring-autumn exacerbation of respiratory infections. However, the expert emphasizes, one should take it calmly: “We saw already in the second wave that the number of cases was less than in the first. This is due to the fact that the immune layer increases due to people who have had an infection or are vaccinated. ” Mr. Akinfiev suggested that with each surge in the incidence “the peak will subside and decrease,” and in addition, he assured that the Russian health care system has been ready to provide assistance to patients with coronavirus for six months already.