In the aftermath, annus horribilis and Putin’s most difficult year for Russia is likely to continue to this day.
As Covid-19 spread around the world, Russia was briefly at the forefront. It borders China, which Putin said was due to strong early steps to stop the spread of the disease.
But that approach is not merely outright deceptive. Shortly after the government announced a nationwide ban that would begin on March 28, it became clear that the country was in the throes of a public health crisis.
The government has postponed a referendum on constitutional changes.
Doubts about the Kremlin’s effective response to the epidemic and the plight of the Russian people are growing.
Russia’s economic situation is deteriorating. The main export is the country, which has reduced the temptation to coronavirus, which is exacerbated by falling oil prices.
Such deep economic pressures could undermine the political agenda of the ruling United Russia party by uncovering weaknesses in the social compact crisis that has devolved power for two decades.
Putin’s political stability is a simple deal between him and his countrymen. Accept limited political competition for bargains due to stability and rising living standards. But as the epidemic spread, that agreement broke down.
Lukashenko, who has ruled since 1994, has refused to step down. His security forces brutally arrested thousands of Belarusians. The Kremlin is facing a dilemma for citizens of its close allies who refuse to cooperate with a pseudo-Russian democracy. :
The Kremlin is campaigning nationwide. A nationwide referendum was held to ensure constitutional changes, with the help of the state holiday and the campaign that formed a large part of the country’s large state sector. Manpower
Navalny is leading a campaign called “intelligent voting”, an attempt to get voters to vote in local elections, which have the best chance of defeating United Russia candidates.
Russian doctors initially said the opposition leader was too ill to travel, and the Kremlin critic was eventually treated in Berlin.
The Kremlin has denied any attempt at Navalny, and Russian state television has misrepresented several conspiracy theories to explain the assassination attempt.
The Russian government, however, was quick to criticize international leaders. German Chancellor Angela Merkel said: “At the moment there are very serious questions that only the Russian government can answer.”
Navalny’s toxicity shattered many of the goodwill that Russia was trying to build internationally during the flu epidemic.
The Russian government has also focused on efforts to develop a coronavirus vaccine. It has become a matter of national dignity.
The war between Nagorno-Karabakh between Armenia and Azerbaijan further tested the Russian government’s crisis management capabilities in 2020.
Although the short but bloody attacks ended with the deployment of Russian peacekeepers to Nagorno-Karabakh, the ceasefire agreement also showed Turkey’s regional influence. After the Soviet era, Russia was no longer the only essential force.
Kremlin science is an inaccurate science. But as 2020 draws to a close, I want to know if Putin is reconsidering his plans to run for president until 2036.
The bill does not mean dismissal from the Russian presidency. In the end, Putin wants to keep his choices open.
But for some observers, the bill is reminiscent of former Russian President Boris Yeltsin’s handover of power to Putin on New Year’s Eve 1999. One of Putin’s first actions was to sign Yeltsin’s immunity.
At the end of this active and difficult year, Russian observers will be watching Putin for New Year’s Eve.