Finnish analyst: Coronovirus decentralization of power in Russia - where did Putin go?

The Russian people have difficulty understanding what Putin’s role is in the struggle of the Russian authorities against the coronavirus, writes Finnish in his study political Analyst Anders Mord on the pages of the Yle portal. Who should the Russians contact with hope for help?

Local media are trying to answer many questions, but in Russia the “fourth power” is devoid of the influence that it has in democratic countries. Only a few officials are trying to clarify the situation.

Russian health authorities do not hold any press conferences, as, however, does the government. Only the Prime Minister of the country, Mikhail Mishustin, assumes all authority over the fight against this scourge. But at the same time, he does not answer any questions, he only holds meetings with various subordinates.

Real action is being taken by Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin - it was the capital that suffered the main blow of the epidemic. Local authorities are trying to stop the spread of coronavirus, serving as an example for other regions of Russia. Sobyanin is so successful in the fight against the disease that the presidential administration is trying to moderate his ardor.

By the way, as for the president. Why did he actually withdraw from solving problems with coronavirus, having gone into the shadows? Indeed, the current crisis in Russia, without exaggeration, can be called the largest in the entire post-Yeltsin history of the Russian Federation.

Last Thursday, Putin addressed the residents of the country and announced that the regime of self-isolation in Russia should be maintained until the end of April, that is, many Russians all this time should sit without work without leaving their homes. In addition, he made it clear that the country's government bears all responsibility for combating the epidemic. Not the president, but the government, headed by Mishustin, the former head of the tax service, who took up the new post just over two months ago.

Currently, Putin is in his suburban residence on self-isolation - after all, he shook hands with the head physician of a hospital in Kommunark, who later revealed a coronavirus. The Kremlin claims that Putin is healthy.

People see that the president is not the best “crisis manager”, because he tells the people bad news and does not take upon itself the entire responsibility that runs counter to his image replicated over many years. Putin, for the same reason, does not introduce a state of emergency - after all, this could negatively affect his political image.

Vladimir Putin may lose a significant share of his people’s support this spring. To a large extent, this is due to the vote on new amendments to the Constitution, allowing the president to re-run for this post after four years. Therefore, Putin is more likely to not make unpopular decisions, delegating these powers to the government.

On Thursday, Putin said in his speech that the regions themselves must decide what measures they should take in connection with the epidemic. This is to some extent a revolutionary decision, because so far all the decrees for places have come from Moscow. What can this decentralization of power lead to in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic? Governors are now forced to act independently, but how many of them are able to make competent decisions? In addition, since many governors are appointed to their posts from the Kremlin, they are not popular with the people.

It is difficult for many Russians to understand why Putin decided to get away from the problems of the growing epidemic. If the country's leader goes into the shadows, then how will the country defeat the coronavirus?

Another social group that suffers from problems is entrepreneurs. The President in his speech said that all employees, despite self-isolation, will receive wages in April. The state will take care of state employees, but how to survive the private sector?

In reality, most likely, in April, not all employees in the private sphere will receive a salary - not all employers have money for payments. But the next day, the owners of enterprises can knock on the prosecutor's office and demand to pay off debts, and all in order to keep the official unemployment figures from falling.

More often than not, employers and employees in this regard make "compromises" - reducing salaries or shortening working hours. Another option is to “convince” the employee to quit or agree to non-payment of money in April. Then the question arises - where are the Russian trade unions? Why are they silent?

Anyway, economy Russia is on the verge of a large-scale crisis. The discussion is only about the depth of its fall - by 5 or 10 percent. Several million people in the country may lose their jobs or businesses. Now unemployment is about 5%, and some believe that by the end of the year it can reach 15%.

The economic crisis does not bode well for Finnish companies operating in Russia. This year, their number is likely to decrease.
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  1. mor7d Offline mor7d
    mor7d (mor7d) April 7 2020 12: 17
    where did Putin go

    He is in a submarine, a boat in a pool, and a pool under an oak tree.
    1. ENOTE Offline ENOTE
      ENOTE (Alex) April 7 2020 14: 36
      Oak on the seashore, onion on the island of King Guidon, which is beyond the sea-ocean ...
    2. Lieutenant Rzhevsky I April 7 2020 16: 41
      Kitchen garden, Kiev, uncle, elderberry.
  2. GRF Online GRF
    GRF April 7 2020 12: 38
    That tyranny and dictatorship is bad, now democracy and delegation of authority are not satisfied?
    Very dear West - decide ... And better - calm down and take care of yourself.

    The financial abyss is the deepest of all abysses, it can fall into it all your life.
    1. Monster_Fat Offline Monster_Fat
      Monster_Fat (What's the difference) April 7 2020 13: 08
      And what did you want from the former blackmailing agents and their "siloviks" who protected them, who now run Russia? They are able to: "build a vertical of personal subordination according to the criterion, devotion, kinship, acquaintance, they are able to" sell-resell "," distribute cash flows in the "necessary (for themselves) direction," accumulate profits in cash-boxes "," eliminate competitors "," to stop suckers for money "and so on. Planning, economic management? Build an effective system of public administration, self-government? Economic, financial policy in the interests of the whole people? Nope, this is not for them. Smart and independent, able to look ahead and act in the interests states, and not a handful of "friends-bros-relatives-confidants" such as Primakov, Maslyukov, Gerashchenko, who pulled the country out of the deep ass in 2008 - no, they are not needed, they are not in demand in the Kremlin now. The entire legal field around the power institutions of Russia is from of such independent, intelligent people have been cleaned up in the interests of “devoted”, “trusted” nonentities. ”The Russian authorities are now in demand for sycophants, sycophants who blow into the ears of the authorities that this the authorities also want to hear those who can quickly and creatively squeeze out their "second oil" more dough, and shove the "profit" into different nychkas and egg-boxes, and at the same time promote another HPP .... And look at Putin in the early 2000s and on the person who spoke in the last address of the "president" to the people - do you really think that this is one and the same person?
      1. Fourth Horseman Offline Fourth Horseman
        Fourth Horseman (Fourth Horseman) April 7 2020 17: 53
        Well this is how much you need to have a fool, what would such a training manual be reposted?
        1. mor7d Offline mor7d
          mor7d (mor7d) April 8 2020 10: 47
          how much dope do you have

          Just right, you just won’t say anything shorter.
        2. Observer2014 Offline Observer2014
          Observer2014 April 8 2020 21: 08
          Quote: The Fourth Horseman
          Well this is how much you need to have a fool, what would such a training manual be reposted?

          We are all attentive. Well, how much dope did you use

          Fourth Horseman

          wink laughing Can I ask a question? Thanks. And why the fourth? belay
          1. Fourth Horseman Offline Fourth Horseman
            Fourth Horseman (Fourth Horseman) April 9 2020 14: 39
            1) I do not use so much that I would sit and crush Claudia. Or is it a dumb copy-paste?
            2) Because there are three more riders.
            Read the revelations of Jon the Theologian!
            3) Emoticons are cool. And why did you pass a year?
    2. mor7d Offline mor7d
      mor7d (mor7d) April 8 2020 10: 43
      democracy and delegation of authority

      The problem is that there is no democracy and delegation of authority, but there is an escaped dictator and tyrant.
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  4. ENOTE Offline ENOTE
    ENOTE (Alex) April 7 2020 14: 48
    An analyst, of course, an analyst. But in Finland itself the unthinkable is happening. Apparently, the example of Italy did not go. The hospitals are crowded, there are no infectious hospitals (all in common), on the same floor in neighboring wards there are ARVI, tuberculosis, and joints. Ventilation does not work. They don’t put anyone in the new building - they take care (the building). Tests are done only if you are already dying. It is good that the Finns are used to keeping their distance without an order. But lack of fuss is enough.
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  6. Lieutenant Rzhevsky I April 7 2020 16: 43
    The dates of the summer are short, the brains do not have time to thaw.
  7. Lieutenant Rzhevsky I April 7 2020 16: 46
    I remember a couple of years ago Tsevropa buried Putin. What a blow to the putrefaction was then caused by his resurrection.
  8. Warrior Offline Warrior
    Warrior April 7 2020 18: 52
    I’m also wondering - what happened and what is the Finnish President doing in connection with the coronavirus pandemic?
    And why is the Finnish journalist so suddenly interested in Putin’s activities in Russia and changes to the Russian Constitution?
    Putin often speaks and meets with reporters, and it is precisely about his activities that ALL Russian citizens and EVERYTHING are aware of, as well as changes to the Constitution of Russia, which, incidentally, relate to strengthening social protection of citizens, independence of deputies and officials from foreign states, and transfer supreme power - but this is a sovereign matter only for Russians, not foreigners.
    Moreover, he writes about this negatively, assessing from himself (and he does not live in Russia), Putin’s coronavirus activity for Russians, although the epidemic in Russia and in the world has only recently begun and it is too early to give any assessments on this issue. ..
    This is a clear order of the West against Putin - which means that Putin is doing everything right.
    It would be better if the Finnish journalist wrote about what is happening to eliminate the coronavirus epidemic in Finland or in the USA, Italy, Spain, Germany, etc. - or how the constitutional rights of citizens in the USA and EU countries are respected - it would be more interesting to us ..
  9. Citizen Mѣshkov (Sergѣi) April 7 2020 19: 26
    A Finnish analyst asks, "Where has Putin gone?" Probably zeroed out.
  10. boriz Offline boriz
    boriz (boriz) April 7 2020 23: 14
    I remember that before Crimea in 2014, he also dropped out of communication, for about a week. Probably "worked with the documents" ...
    1. gore Offline gore
      gore (Alexander) April 8 2020 07: 12
      Yeah, in Finland ...
  11. boriz Offline boriz
    boriz (boriz) April 9 2020 11: 20
    This post is a classic ordering. A competing group is trying to drag President Sobyanin to the post.
    It will be all tiled throughout Russia.