Russia’s Coronavirus Schizophrenia

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Russia In The Time Of Coronavirus, Part III

Authoritarian kleptocracies, it appears, also aren't very good at dealing with a public health crisis.

Confirmed COVID-19 cases spiked in Russia in the week since our last podcast. In the past week, they have quadrupled — from just over  1,000 to 4,000 at the moment. Exponential growth, it appears, has come to Russia.

And as this pandemic gets increasingly real, Vladimir Putin and the regime he leads appear stuck between two contradictory impulses — on one hand, avoiding responsibility, retrenching, and delegating authority; and on the other, using the crisis for maximum political benefit. And this schizophrenic response is evident both at home and abroad.

Listen to the Power Vertical Podcast as Brian Whitmore, Maria Snegovaya, and Donald N. Jensen discuss the latest from Moscow.

April 3, 2020