Putin’s speech at Victory Day events subdued by virus
Instead, as Putin stepped up to the lectern for a short nationally televised speech, he promised all of that would eventually come to fruition but at a future unspecified date — when the country isn’t grappling with a coronavirus epidemic that has unraveled plans for the most important national holiday on the Russian calendar and Putin’s personal ambitions tied to it in one fell swoop.
“We will have both our main parade on Red Square and the Immortal Regiment people’s march,” Putin said Saturday. He made no direct mention of the coronavirus during his address.
Putin’s public reemergence comes after weeks of seclusion at his Novo-Ogaryovo estate on the outskirts of Moscow, where he appeared to Russians during weekly teleconferences with governors and ministers to discuss the coronavirus. This was supposed to be an afternoon that would have him flanked by China’s Xi Jinping, France’s Emmanuel Macron and other world leaders.
But the subdued festivities come as three of the country’s cabinet ministers, including Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin, have tested …continued .
[Source: Washington Post]