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Putin’s approval rating plummets as Russians lose patience with ‘failing’ coronavirus plan

RUSSIA’S president Vladimir Putin’s approval ratings continue to fall as he is excused of “failing” the country due to his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tatiana Stanovaya wrote in a recent report for the Carnegie Moscow Centre: “Putin’s detached initial response to the spread of the coronavirus outbreak was at least partly a result of his staff’s tendency to sanitise information and to portray events in the most optimistic light possible.

“Putin’s staff reports about its achievements, not problems.”

In the last 24 hours, the country has reported up to 10,899 infections, marking the tenth consecutive day the number has been above 10,000.

Among the infected is Mr Putin’s own spokesman Dmitry Peskov, local media reported.

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