Staunton, August 6 – Because the orders Moscow issues about coping with the pandemic are often completely at odds with existing laws, Russian citizens are increasingly unwilling to follow their directives and suspicious about what the Putin regime intends, commentator Yevgeny Chernyshov says (nakanune.ru/articles/117265/).
Growing awareness of this gap is leading to speculation that the Kremlin isn’t really trying to fight the coronavirus but rather has declared war on covid in order to get the population mobilized so that the powers that be can use them toward some other, as yet unspecified end (gorod-812.ru/fejkovaya-zadacha-pobedit-virus-kovida/
Deaths from the coronavirus in June jumped to a national high not seen in Russia since January; and one consequence of this is that the share of Russians who are now afraid of contracting the virus has gone up by five percentage points to 46 percent over the last month (regnum.ru/news/3339290.html and levada.ru/2021/08/06/koronavirus-3/).
The pandemic continued to ebb and flow across the country, with a variety of new restrictions being imposed as news about hospitalizations and deaths has spread (regnum.ru/news/society/3337040.html, regnum.ru/news/3338684.html, regnum.ru/news/3338484.html and chitazdrav.ru/node/8468
Meanwhile, Moscow’s Kommersant newspaper published the results of a study which showed how much various Russian pharmaceutical companies have made from producing the vaccine and other medical goods on which the regime has now spent 57 billion rubles (just under one billion US dollars) (kommersant.ru/doc/4929568