Sumary of ‘You reap what you sow’: Russians party despite record Covid figures:
- deathsSeveral regions reintroduced QR codes for access to public places last week as well as mandatory vaccination for certain groups, but Moscow and St Petersburg – home to by far the biggest clusters of infections – have so far opted against new measures.
- For many like Draganova, talk of new restrictions brings back painful memories of March 2020, when Russia went into a full lockdown for more than two months.
- Small and medium-sized businesses ewere disproportionally hit because the authorities provided little support to private firms, preferring to spend their resources on state employees seen as the core of the Kremlin’s support.
- Photograph: Vyacheslav Prokofyev/TASSWhen Moscow did briefly introduce QR codes this summer, it quickly abandoned the programme after business owners complained of reduced revenues.
- But it is not only the economy that has led Russians to seemingly accept life alongside Covid-19.Polls show that 55% say they are unafraid of contracting the virus, and experts argue the Kremlin’s contradictory messaging has sown confusion and suspicion among the population.