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.