Putin self-isolating after COVID contact

MOSCOW (AFP) – Russian President Vladimir Putin said yesterday he expected the Russian-made Sputnik V jab to protect him as he started to self-isolate after coronavirus cases were detected in his inner circle.

Putin said it will be a “natural experiment” as Russia struggles with stubbornly high coronavirus infection rates and a vaccine-sceptic population.

Putin had been due to travel to Tajikistan’s capital Dushanbe for a regional summit later this week but in a call with President Emomali Rakhmon said he would not be able to attend in person, the Kremlin said.

More details on Wednesday’s Borneo Bulletin