WASHINGTON – Russia has announced plans for a gradual easing of coronavirus restrictions after the so-called non-working period ends Monday. Officials announced the decision after discussions with President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday, despite a stream of more than 10,000 new COVID-19 cases a day in recent days. Russia now reports the world’s seventh-highest number of infections, about 166,000 on Wednesday with 1,537 reported virus-related deaths, a comparatively low rate in contrast with other countries. Many analysts have expressed doubt that the figures are realistic. “The Russian media presents this as a result of the Russian medicine, which, they claim, inherited the ‘best’ traditions of the Soviet medicine,” said Russia analyst Peter Eltsov, author of the book ‘The Long Telegram 2.0: A Neo-Kennanite Approach to Russia.’ He told VOA in an email that the official news media “also constantly thanks Putin for his allegedly remarkable and humane leadership, claiming that the U.S. has failed to counter the virus properly.” But, Eltsov said, “the Russian people are very skeptical about the threat of coronavirus and the legality of the quarantine measures introduced by the Russian government, particularly in Moscow, where people are not allowed to leave their houses, except for the most… Read full this story
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