Coronavirus crisis leaves Russian government rudderless

Prime ministerial stand-in faces task of managing pandemic while getting economy moving again

This week 500,000 workers at construction sites and industrial plants in Moscow will return to work, even as the city’s mayor makes wearing face masks mandatory on public transport and warns that quarantine measures will remain for at least the rest of May. “This is well known as the ‘two hares’ strategy: strengthening quarantine as much as possible and opening all the businesses,” Tatyana Stanovaya, founder of political analysis company R Politik, wrote on the Telegram messaging app. “So everyone who can’t work gets a lock on their door and cameras everywhere, and those who can are sent to the shop floor in spite of the risks.”

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