How Putin’s lack of wide-scale COVID-19 relief is creating “growing economic frustrations” in Russia

The novel coronavirus is spreading rapidly in Russia, with at least 10,000 new coronavirus cases reported each day and and the second-highest infection rate in the world. Russian President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday Russia should not rush to lift coronavirus-related restrictions, but he has generally had a “somewhat absent or not very forceful response” to the pandemic, says Joshua Yaffa, Moscow correspondent for The New Yorker. Putin has announced a series of nonworking holidays and said that no one should lose their job as a result of the coronavirus outbreak, but has not provided wide-scale economic relief to workers or employers in Russia. The downtick in Putin’s popularity — now at 59%, the lowest it’s been in 20 years — can be attributed to “the spillover economic effects that aren’t really being dealt with in a coherent, top-down way,” Yaffa tells Democracy Now! “It’s a bit of a paradox that the Kremlin hasn’t really resolved.”

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