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14 July 2020.  In another setback for Russia’s domination of the Arctic, Russia has had to issue another state of emergency for a second oil spill by Nornickel in three (03) months. With the world focusing increasingly on the environment, because of the Global Climate Crisis, this will become a test for Moscow.

One significant short-term effect of the global pandemic COVID19 and the way governments responded internally and with each other, will be that PPE (personal protective equipment) and foundational “active substantives” which are used in the production of medicines will be considered “critical infrastructure”.