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Exploring the Impact of COVID-19 on Russia

Updated: Sep 19, 2023

Despite its large population and extensive land border with China, Russia has had remarkably low numbers of reported cases of COVID-19. Einat Elazari from Wikistrat interviewed Keir Giles, senior consulting fellow of the Russia and Eurasia programme at Chatham House, to discuss the Russian response to this global pandemic and the implications the virus will have on the economic and political future of Russia.

Keir Giles runs the Conflict Studies Research Centre, a small group of subject matter experts that was originally formed as the UK Ministry of Defence’s “red team” explaining the USSR. Mr. Giles is the Senior Consulting Fellow for the Russia and Eurasia Programme at Chatham House (the Royal Institute for International Affairs), and the author of “Moscow Rules: What Drives Russia to Confront the West”, describing the historical cycle of relations between Russia and the West and how to break out of it.

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