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The Coronavirus Test for Russia


The coronavirus crisis was not the kind of challenge the Russian government was expecting. While Russia was preparing for threats, real or imagined, from geopolitical rivals and internal opponents, the pandemic struck and has now paralyzed the system of personalized power. Russia, like the rest of the world, failed the coronavirus test. But the particular qualities of Russia’s failure have their own logic that will complicate Russia’s exit from the crisis.Escaping from ResponsibilityThe Russian case presents a rare phenomenon: a state accustomed to surviving by means of mobilization and militarism has suddenly demonstrated that it can’t function in an emergency …read more

Source:: The American Interest

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