Government to Help Russians Stranded Abroad amid Pandemic

The Russian government has asked the Finance Ministry to allocate funds to support Russian citizens having no opportunity to return from overseas, Vestnik Kavkaza reports.

“The Russian Finance Ministry is going to support the allocation of budget assignments of the federal budget for 2020 to the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs to support Russian citizens having no opportunity to return to the Russian Federation, requiring material assistance and not having housing in the country of stay,” the document says.

The Foreign Ministry is also instructed “to provide material assistance” to mentioned Russian nationals.

Russia completely closed the international passenger air traffic earlier, leaving only the possibility for charters to bring Russians back home.

Russian lawmakers on Tuesday swiftly passed legislation imposing severe punishment — including up to five years in prison — for people convicted of spreading false information about the coronavirus.

If a person were found guilty of inadvertently causing a person’s death or other grave consequences by spreading “intentionally false” information about life-threatening circumstances, he would face a fine of up to 2 million rubles ($25,000) or up to five years in prison, according to the new law.