JRL NEWSWATCH: “Putin, Russia’s Man of Action, Is Passive, Even Bored, in the Coronavirus Era” – New York Times/ Andrew Higgins

Kremlin and Saint Basil's File Photo

“The pandemic has derailed Vladimir V. Putin’s plans for a big military parade and a referendum extending his rule – and now knocked out his prime minister – as the Russian leader struggles to find his stride.”

“This was supposed to be a moment of triumph for … Putin, a celebration of his grand successes … restoring the Russian state to a place of pride in the world … consolidating his grip on power … topped off by a glorious [Red Square] military parade … May 9, the 75th anniversary of the Red Army’s victory over Nazi Germany. But the coronavirus has changed all that. … [H]aving bowed to the inevitable and canceled the parade, … Putin seems less a can-do executive than a bored monarch cooped up in a palace, checking his watch during televised video conferences with his underlings about the pandemic as his popularity ratings dip. …”

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