Staunton, May 24 – With the coronavirus, Russia is engaged in a real not “hybrid” war, Yuliya Latynina says (echo.msk.ru/programs/code/2647323-echo/capost.media/news/obshchestvo/in-russia-only-moscow-and-the-moscow-region-came-out-on-a-plateau/).
Today, officials said, Russia registered 8599 new cases, bringing the total so far to more than 340,000; and the number of deaths – 154 – set a one-day record (club-rf.ru/news/57238
The situation beyond the ring road is dire. Vladimir Putin and his government have singled out the deteriorating state of the pandemic in Daghestan; but other predominantly Russian regions may be suffering even more. In Yaroslavl, people are so angry at official failures to help, they have appealed to Putin to fire their governor (rosbalt.ru/russia/2020/05/24/1845066.html).
In contrast to the West where medical professionals who wear masks and suffer lower infection rates. In Russian hospitals, because of a lack of masks and other protective gear, doctors and nurses are suffering disproportionately (novayagazeta.ru/articles/2020/05/24/85509-perebolevshie-sotrudniki-uzhe-vyhodyat-na-rabotu and svpressa.ru/economy/article/266129/
· Evidence is mounting that family violence among Russians under quarantine is increasing and that the prospects are that divorces will accelerate too once people can leave their homes (chaskor.ru/article/zaperty_vmeste_46172).
Russian export of oil continues to fall, down 25 percent during the first 20 days of May compared to the first 20 days of April (krizis-kopilka.ru/archives/76637