Category Archives: Russia

USA | Trump called Russia’s coronavirus aid to U.S. ‘very nice.’ Putin may use it as a propaganda coup


Robyn Dixon

MOSCOW — When Russia announced it was sending the world’s biggest cargo plane, an Antonov-124, to the United States loaded with medical aid, President Trump called it “very nice.”

But others wonder if the real beneficiary is the Kremlin, leveraging a chance for some pandemic propaganda.

USA | Patients with heart attacks, strokes and even appendicitis vanish from hospitals


Lenny Bernstein and

Frances Stead Sellers

Soon after he repurposed his 60-bed cardiac unit to accommodate covid-19 patients, Mount Sinai cardiovascular surgeon John Puskas was stumped: With nearly all the beds now occupied by victims of the novel coronavirus, where had all the heart patients gone? Even those left almost speechless by crushing chest pain weren’t coming through the ER.

USA | Not Just a Crisis: Coronavirus Is a Test for Putin’s Security State

The outbreak offers an opportunity to examine the capabilities of Russia’s expanding surveillance apparatus, and gives Vladimir Putin a chance to prove his indispensability.

By Anton Troianovski

USA | Putin’s Long War Against American Science

A decade of health disinformation promoted by President Vladimir Putin of Russia has sown wide confusion, hurt major institutions and encouraged the spread of deadly illnesses.

On Feb. 3, soon after the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus to be a global health emergency, an obscure Twitter account in Moscow began retweeting an American blog. It said the pathogen was a germ weapon designed to incapacitate and kill. The headline called the evidence “irrefutable” even though top scientists had already debunked that claim and declared the novel virus to be natural.

USA | How the Coronavirus Is Testing Putin’s Leadership—and the System He Created

Many of Russia’s official reactions are similar to those in the United States.

By Stephen F. Cohen

Russia is on the front line of the coronavirus crisis in that it shares a very long territorial border with China/Asia. Nonetheless, many of its official reactions are similar to those in the United States.