Russia In The Time Of Coronavirus, Part II

Brian Whitmore

27 March 2020

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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.


The Power Vertical is a CEPA podcast covering the Kremlin for Kremlin watchers. All opinions are those of the guests and do not necessarily represent the position or views of the institutions they represent or the Center for European Policy Analysis. 

Intro Audio Clip: "Message from the President to the Federal Assembly" via the Kremlin under CC BY 4.0. 

Photo: "Inspection of a hospital in Kommunarka" by the Kremlin under CC BY-SA 4.0.

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