Correspondence

Covid-19 vaccine tourism in Russia, back to Fukushima and Frontex border guards in Greece

CORRESPONDENCE
CORRESPONDENCE © FRANCE 24

In our show "Correspondence", we explore how the world is coping with the twists and turns of 2021, amid the consequences of Covid-19 and beyond. FRANCE 24 brings you a selection of original reports from our correspondents and teams around the globe.

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Our reports:

>> Russia is seeing some of its citizens who live abroad rushing back to the homeland not just to visit relatives but also to get a shot of the Sputnik V Covid-19 jab. Russia's coronavirus vaccine was approved by Moscow’s health regulators back in August last year. Elena Volochine and Gulliver Cragg report.

>> One year ago, tensions were running high at the border between Greece and Turkey, with clashes between both sides as thousands of migrants tried to cross into Europe. Frontex, the EU agency for border control, was deployed at the time but its forces have been reinforced since. Our correspondents Alexia Kefalas and Nathalie Savaricas were able to meet some of them. 

>> March 11 marks the 10-year anniversary of the powerful earthquake and tsunami that triggered the Fukushima tragedy. This was the worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl and a traumatic event for Japan. Thousands of people were killed and many more were forced to flee their homes. Our correspondent Constantin Simon looks at how the country is recovering a decade later. 

>> We end in South Africa, where mafia bosses are eyeing what is being called "green gold". Domestic and foreign demand for avocados has increased massively, leading mobs to target large farms. Avocado producers are now investing in fencing as well as private security to protect their source of revenue. Our correspondents Caroline Dumay and Sam Bradpiece report. 

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