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Moscow Mayor Sergey Sobyanin at a press conference

Russia in the time of Covid: Schrodinger’s Putin and bulldogs with masks (Part 2)

In Russia, the Covid-19 outbreak has undone years of centralization by the Kremlin. Regional governors had to be granted powers that Moscow may not be able to take back once the pandemic ends. The crisis has also exacerbated friction between the church and the government, while dropping oil prices have sent income levels into a tailspin – meaning the upcoming referendum will take place in unprecedentedly tense circumstances.

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