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Bored of Covid rules, Russians are kicking back on the Black Sea

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Nothing typically happens in Russia in August. As a rule, the final month of summer is when the big cities empty out, their inhabitants making for their dachas or to seaside resorts, leaving their worldly problems behind them. But between the poisoning of the opposition leader Alexei Navalny with the Novichok nerve agent on 20 August and widespread protests in neighbouring Belarus, this summer’s atmosphere has weighed heavier.

Russians have not been too worried about Covid-19, however. The country’s lackadaisical, two-month lockdown was lifted in June. With little appetite to return to self-isolation, and social-distancing fatigue setting in, many Russians now see the pandemic as a closed issue.

Russia’s official death rate remains low at around........

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