Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin is a Russian politician and former intelligence officer serving as President of Russia since 2012, previously holding the position from 2000 until 2008. In between his presidential terms he was also the Prime Minister of Russia under his close associate Dmitry Medvedev.
Moscow coronavirus lockdown was strictly and long. The End was quick and almost total.
And all over The City , with then at last The Sun shone, crowds of people flooding have been Back To the parks, bars and restaurant terraces, shake off The Weeks of hiding indoors from infection than an unpleasant Memory .the cafes are back in business and these Muscovites have been explained precautions
Officially Covid-19, "in retreat". But with More Than 600,000 cases, the country widely recognized, some fear such statements are aimed at paving The Way for Vladimir Putin 's political priorities, in a Parade , and a vote on the extension of his reign.As veterans braved virus
"The whole country had prepared all year for the victory Parade ," a retired naval officer Alexander Goncharov says, to help World War get Two veterans, The Event moved from The 9 . May by the pandemic.
He Said 28 of them, who would occupy the places closest to President Putin, spent More Than Two Weeks in a sanatorium outside Moscow in the pre-Parade quarantine with regular health checks and Covid tests.
On The Day itself, all the medals were covered. Very few wore face covers.The President goes to The Russians during The Parade on the Red Square
"If the leaders of the country are not afraid, then I am sure that The Veterans are confident. "
The statistics, which could show the approach is more cautious.
Back in April, when Mr Putin said it is too risky to in the press with The 9 . May, events, Russia the discovery of some 3,500 Covid cases per day. Currently, the figure is twice as high, although in Moscow the rate of infection decreases.
For this great anniversary, The President Putin had wanted to demonstrated was the leader of the world, which highlights next to him on the bleachers, his assertion of modern Russia as global as its military arsenal before.
The pandemic put paid to that.
The handful of heads of state-who has made it to Moscow, mainly from former Soviet republics. Their ranks were depleted Even further when two of the Kyrgyz delegation tested positive Covid-19, forcing The President to skip The Parade .
The Public , although, refused, instructions from home on the television: mass events are banned here.
to observe Many stood on bridges and walkways, tanks roll through the City Centre . The mandatory face mask rule, ignore them crowded together behind police barriers to snap photos.
no one the masses came to break. This event was always intended as a Patriotic boost; a feel-good day after a hard couple of months and a reminder of what Vladimir Putin is.
In a recent interview, an infectious diseases specialist in Orel, southwest of Moscow, had a solemn warning about this vote.
"Let whoever wants to vote, vote,. But it is not more hospital beds," Viktoria Adoneva said a local newspaper. "It will definitely [increase in cases]; but we have nowhere to put them. "the question, for many Russians, whether the Declaration of The Virus "on the retreat" was timed to allow the vote to go ahead
If your words caused a national scandal, she claimed, she would have been distorted, but other voices.
"I think this vote will only help The Virus ," warns Dr. Anton, a doctor in Moscow who does not want last name to me.
"the picture which you pay when creating: the decline of the patient, The End of the restrictions, The Parade - it is everything wonderful, as it is not a problem. But there are problems," says Anton.< p > weekly poll
Vladimir Putin himself argues that the reform of the Constitution, the run he allowed, once again, is a vote for stability, as disturbing speculation about who victories would have him in 2024.
Others see it as " grabbing "a" window of political opportunity", in order to ensure that he remains in power, caught between an apparent "victory" over The Virus and the economic consequences of the pandemic are fully felt.
In Moscow, those who want to attend can also vote online.
This is risky, according to election monitors, in relation to the electoral fraud, but also safer physically in a pandemic. For those who do not turn in the person, the vote was spread over a week.
"The Problem is, everyone stopped thinking about coronavirus; they think it's all over," said Dr. Anton worries.