At the Mendeleev Bar, the bouncers took our temperatures and then handed us face masks. We wore them as we entered. But ­inside, everyone except for the staff had shed their masks and crammed in for what they feared could be their last big night out.

“People are more afraid of a second lockdown than they are of the coronavirus,” said Kirill Khaustev, a bartender at Mendeleev.

That morning, Russia had announced more than 12,000 new coronavirus cases in the past day — a record increase for the country with the world’s fourth-largest number of cases. Then, on Tuesday, Russia set a record for daily deaths from the coronavirus with 244. On Wednesday, it was 239 deaths linked to the virus and 14,200 new cases.

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