Ilya Pitalev, Rossiya Segodnya (Sputnik) Agency, Russian Federation
At the beginning of the 2020, the world faced the greatest crisis in modern history. The COVID-19 pandemic had also landed on Russia’s doorstep. In the spring, a lockdown was announced in the country. This year, Russians had to trudge through a difficult period of loss and despair. But thanks to the selfless efforts of doctors on the front lines in the fight against the virus and the scientists who created the vaccine, the nation’s residents are meeting next year with hope and faith that Russia will overcome one of the greatest challenges in its history.