Russia finally postpones the May 9 Victory Day celebrations as reality sets in. Vladimir Putin’s approval rating craters as new COVID-19 cases increase for six consecutive days, the virus spreads to every region, and Russia now ranks 12th in the world in confirmed infections. And chaotic scenes unfold at the Moscow Metro as the capital’s digital pass system hits a snag.
Russia’s response to the unique coronavirus has left a lot to be desired, but let’s face it, they aren’t alone in that department. But in a highly personalized and highly centralized system, the consequences there could be severe and the stakes are clearly high.
Listen to episode 68 of the Power Vertical Podcast as Brian Whitmore, Maria Snegovaya, and Donald N. Jensen dissect the latest from Russia in a time of infected politics.
Read the report mentioned in this episode here.
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