Russia’s Bleak Battle

There’s no hiding the rows of ambulances forming long lines outside Moscow’s hospitals.

For weeks, Russia seemed to be dodging disaster. But now, cases are climbing, and the health system is scrambling to respond, RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty reports. The case count passed 47,000, with several hundred deaths—but the numbers are suspect, according to The Moscow Times, with questions swirling over the reliability of Russia’s testing.

Moscow is likely only in the “foothills” of the contagion’s peak, according to its mayor, RFE/RL reports. And Putin admitted: “We have many problems and nothing to brag about here,” he told regional governors. Still, a doctor treating patients in Moscow said staff are keeping their spirits up, and have plenty of PPE.

Outside Moscow, though—where hospitals have been halved during Putin’s reign—under-equipped health workers face an influx of patients.

Komi, in the remote north, is “a coronavirus petri dish for the horrors lying in wait” for the country, according to a New York Times piece that details censorship, falsified death certificates and official cover-ups aimed at safeguarding officials' jobs.

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