Saturday, April 4, 2020

Italy’s South Shows How Russia May be Heading toward ‘Most Powerful Shakeup Since 1917,’ Gontmakher Says

Paul Goble

            Staunton, April 1 – What is happening in Italy as a result of the coronavirus pandemic may soon happen in Russia, with tensions in “the south,” in Russia’s case most of the regions outside of Moscow (“the north’) sparking calls for attacks on supermarkets for food, even though “the south” in both countries has suffered less than “the north,” Yevgeny Gontmakher says.

            The Italian south like much of its Russian counterpart is poorer and less developed in democratic terms than the north in either country, the Russian economist says. As a result, both “norths” have been and are likely to remain relatively stable while the south in Italy now and “the south” in Russia soon will not (

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