“Imposing a certain mode requires not only a desire to do it, but also objective preconditions,” says Russian political scientist Pyotr Kiryan who heads of Laboratory for Comparative Social Research.
At the moment, there are no real prerequisites for the introduction of an emergency situation in Russia in the wake of the coronavirus infection pandemic. However, imposition of the appropriate regulations may completely stop all business activities in the country. This opinion was voiced by Pyotr Kiryan, a Russian political scientist who heads of Laboratory for Comparative Social Research (LCSR).
“In this case business in Russia will simply stop operating,” said Kiryan. “However, it is still barely alive. For example, there will be difficulties in managing the delivery of foodstuffs because all the control functions will be transferred to the National Guard of Russia (Rosgvardiya.) This will have a noticeable impact on the quality of lives of the Russians. Therefore, I do not believe that the current situation requires the introduction of drastic measures of this kind.”
Kiryan added that the number of COVID-19 cases dramatically varies in different Russian regions.
“Declaring a certain situation requires not only a desire to do so, but also objective preconditions,” says Kiryan. “Fortunately, apart from really active spread of the virus in the capital [Moscow], nothing of the kind has been observed in other regions so far. Therefore, there is no reason to introduce an emergency situation there.”
At the same time, he recalled that the introduction of the emergency situation gives the authorities the right to dispose of private property, including non-residential spaces and private cars.