Putinism Meets the Pandemic

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Russia In The Time Of Coronavirus, Part II

This was the week when COVID-19 got real in Russia. Confirmed cases surpassed 1,000—which is still suspiciously low.

In a nationally televised speech, Vladimir Putin postponed the April 22 constitutional amendment. And Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin was placed in charge of the national response.

So what happens when an authoritarian kleptocracy that has relied on subterfuge, smoke and mirrors, kabuki theater, and dramaturgy has to deal with a global health crisis that doesn't care about propaganda?

Listen to episode 65 of the Power Vertical Podcast as Brian Whitmore, Maria Snegovaya, and Donald N. Jensen explore what happens when Putinism meets a pandemic.

March 27, 2020