Russia’s Coronavirus Crackdown

Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a meeting at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, March 17, 2020. (Sputnik/Mikhail Klimentyev/Kremlin via Reuters)
The Kremlin continues to downplay the pandemic, censor information, and punish those who report the truth.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE A s the coronavirus spread across the world in the early months of the year, Russia stood out for its low number of cases. The Kremlin insisted that there was no outbreak and that the few confirmed cases were of people who had arrived from other countries and were being strictly quarantined. Anyone who had been in contact with them was identified and also placed in isolation. Pundits on state TV told people there was nothing to worry about and took undisguised pleasure in discussing the havoc being caused in the EU and the United States.

All that changed in the last


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