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Putin’s ‘Lockdown Lite’ as Moscow Stops Millions From Dining Out

  • Russia looks to Israel example to boost inoculation numbers
  • QR code needed to enter bars, restaurants in Russian capital
A waiter serves customers outside at a cafe in Moscow.

A waiter serves customers outside at a cafe in Moscow.

Photographer: Photographer: Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg

As the Covid-19 pandemic rears up again in Russia, President Vladimir Putin is following Israel’s example as Moscow stops millions of residents from entering bars and restaurants without proof of vaccination or recovery from the illness.

But mindful of hostility to the vaccines in Russia ahead of key elections, he’s steering away from making the shots mandatory nationwide.