Political Scientist Valery Solovey: Epidemiological Situation in Moscow is Very Dangerous

Political Scientist Valery Solovey: Epidemiological Situation in Moscow is Very Dangerous

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Valery Solovey, a popular political analyst, said that Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin should have introduced a pass control in Moscow three weeks ago. At present, politics is being involved.

The coronavirus infection outbreak is not slowing down in the country. A new “record” was set: a total of 3,338 cases were documented in the last 24 hours. Most of them – 1,774 cases – were recorded in Moscow.

Moscow remains at the top of the list of the most COVID-2019-infected cities in Russia. A total of 14,800 cases of in the Russian capital have been, which is more than 50% of the total number of cases in the country (24,500.) It is obvious that the situation is getting worse, and restrictive measures have failed to produce the desired effect.

Against this background, Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin has decided to introduce the system of electronic passes in the Russian capital. He explained it by necessity to curtail the outbreak.

“It means additional restrictions and inconveniences,” said Sobyanin. “However, when it comes to people’s lives, there is no choice.”

Many experts agree that the epidemiological situation is quite dangerous in Moscow. However, these measures should have been taken much earlier. Thus, the popular political scientist Valery Solovey said that Sergei Sobyanin should have introduced pass control procedures in Moscow three weeks ago. At present, politics is being involved.

In terms of political strategy, it is very important for Moscow Mayor not to lose the fight against the coronavirus in Moscow. However, his current actions do not seem well-judged.

“Epidemiological situation in Moscow is very dangerous,” said Valery Solovey. “Moscow Mayor Sergey Sobyanin should have introduced pass control procedures three weeks ago. Then it should have been admitted that when crossing the borders, the coronavirus does not lose its deadly properties. People and businesses should have been provided with money and pass control should have been introduced.

These are the measures that are taken in other countries: 80 % of salaries are being paid, tax exemption is granted, and risk groups are provided with masks, sanitizers and food rations if necessary. Otherwise, why do we need these huge financial reserves? The state must be responsible for the safety of its residents. That is its basic function. Today, we are told: “You are responsible for yourselves. If you get sick, it is your fault. You shouldn't have broken the self-isolation order.

“Simultaneously, Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin is very afraid of being held responsible for this. If his policy fails, then he will be held accountable for it. I do not know how they will get out of this situation.

“I do not really believe in the organizational or technical possibilities of taking Moscow under control with the current measures. In order to do this, we need to introduce troops in quite large numbers and put patrols almost everywhere. At present, all this looks like a profanation. I believe it will remain a profanation – police officers will be walking around and just collecting fines.”

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