Some children in Russian capital to study online to contain coronavirus

FILE PHOTO: First graders attend a ceremony marking the start of the new school year in Moscow, Russia September 1, 2020. REUTERS/Evgenia Novozhenina

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia’s capital announced on Wednesday it would introduce online learning for many students starting on Monday in a bid to contain the novel coronavirus.

The measure would apply to students in the 6th to 11th grades for a two-week period, Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said in post on his website.

Pupils from 1st to 5th grade will return to school on that day after a two-week holiday that had been granted to prevent them from contracting the virus and taking it home, he said.

Older students would study online at home because they accounted for two-thirds of the children infected with the virus, Sobyanin said.

“The decisions that we have made today are not easy but are simply necessary taking into account both the

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Group that organized webinars where Manitoba education minister spoke has ties to Russian ‘oligarch’

Even as intelligence agencies from around the world are raising flags about Russian interference in Western democracies, Manitoba’s education minister spoke at home-schooling teleconferences last spring organized by a group whose board includes an associate of a wealthy Russian who has been the subject of sanctions by the U.S. and Canada.

Russian national Alexey Komov sits on the board of Global Home Education Exchange (GHEX), the international home-school advocacy group that hosted two webinars attended by Manitoba Education Minister Kelvin Goertzen.

Komov is better known for his work with Konstantin Malofeev, a Vladimir Putin ally and pro-family advocate who has been sanctioned by Canada and the U.S. for funding Russian aggression in Ukraine. 

GHEX says it invited almost every Canadian education minister, but Goertzen was the only one who took part.

“I’m a little bit surprised that the minister would have been involved,” said Marcus Kolga, a senior fellow with

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