After Russia had only reported a few confirmed coronavirus infections for a long time, the number of cases has been rising rapidly since the end of March 2020. At the height of the first wave of the pandemic in early May 2020, over 10,000 new infections were reported per day. The strict restrictions on individuals, businesses and retailers were relaxed in June.
The state responded to the corona crisis with far-reaching measures. In order to contain the coronavirus, President Putin declared April “off work” with continued wages. The rule was extended from April 28 to Monday May 11. A crisis fund with 300 billion rubles (about 3.6 billion euros) is intended to mitigate possible economic and social consequences of the crisis. In addition, a combination of financial incentives, compensation for losses and deregulation should help prevent an economic crisis. Further support measures were announced on April 15th. The rescue packages focus primarily on sectors of the economy that are most affected by the negative consequences of the coronavirus crisis are affected.
The capital Moscow, which was particularly affected by the pandemic, was the first region to impose a curfew at the end of March 2020 and introduced a requirement for a pass. Strict exit restrictions also applied in all other regions. On April 16, Vladimir Putin postponed the celebration of World War II victory from May 9 to June 24. After June 9, the quarantine in Moscow was gradually withdrawn. Restrictions have also been relaxed in the other regions. Domestic air travel resumed on July 1, 2020 in connection with the restart of domestic tourism. All articles, ads, and images are copyright Matt Productions Co., Ltd. or at one of our agencies and may not be published, archived or otherwise published in other print media, websites, newsletters or blogs without the express written consent of the publisher.
In mid-August, the world’s first vaccine against the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 was approved for broad use in the population in Russia. Internationally, scientists have raised serious concerns about ” Sputnik V ” because the vaccine was registered before important tests were completed.
According to official statistics, more than 1.6 million people have contracted the coronavirus in Russia since the pandemic began. Around 18,000 infections are added every day. More than 1.2 million are now considered recovered.
The North Caucasian republics stand out among the federal subjects of Russia for their above-average degree of impoverishment and dependence on the federal budget. More than 80% of the budgets of Dagestan, Ingushetia and Chechnya are financed by Moscow.
In 1991, the Muslim-dominated Chechnya announced its independence from Russia. Two Chechnya wars followed, which were marked by brutality and cruelty on both sides. Chechen rebels are increasingly relying on terrorist attacks, such as the bombings in the Moscow subway and the hostage-taking in Moscow’s Dubrovka Theater and the school in Beslan in North Ossetia. Although the war in Chechnya, the so-called ” anti-terrorist operation “, was declared over by Medvedev in April 2009, Chechnya and neighboring Ingushetia are not calm. In the North Caucasus is still expected to terrorist attacks.
Regional elections 2014
According to the Central Election Commission, more than 6,000 elections were held in Russia on the unified election day of September 14, 2014, with 63 parties participating at regional and municipal level.
According to dentistrymyth, the ruling party “United Russia” has consolidated its top position in the regional elections almost everywhere. On the Crimean peninsula, she won more than 70% of the votes, according to the election control.
In the gubernatorial elections in 30 federal subjects, all United Russia candidates and party-supported candidates were elected. The party also won all three mayoral elections in the regional capitals and obtained a majority in 14 regional parliaments and 6 city parliaments of regional capitals.
In the regional elections, with the lowering of the threshold clause from seven to five percent, developments strengthening democratic competition could be identified, but at the same time the ratio in favor of majority voting was weakened and the registration requirements tightened.
In Moscow, where the electoral system was changed to a pure majority system, United Russia and the candidates it supported won 38 out of 45 seats in the City Duma with a turnout of 21%. The electoral movement ” Golos ” reported individual violations of the election, for example the exclusion of independent election observers from polling stations and canceled election observation in the Tyumen region after threats from the police and the judiciary.