Petrov: The outbreak has reset the Kremlin's political agenda | Greene: The risks of Putin looking out of touch are very real

PONARS Eurasia
14 Apr 2020

(Gulf News) Russia has reported 2,558 new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours [April 13] versus 2,186 mnew cases the previous day. A nationwide vote on April 22 was supposed to finalize sweeping constitutional reforms that would allow him to stay in power until 2036, if he wished. But after the coronavirus spread in Russia, that plebiscite had to be postponed. [...]

"The risks of him (Putin) looking out of touch are very real," Samuel Greene, director of the Russia Institute at the King's College London, told the AP. [...]

The outbreak has completely reset the Kremlin's political agenda, said Nikolai Petrov, a senior research fellow in Chatham House's Russia and Eurasia Program. "Everything that was happening before (the outbreak) has basically been wiped out," Petrov told The Associated Press. [...]

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