The Russian president staged a traditional poll on Wednesday, which was broadcast live.
Coronavirus rose as expected to a key role after the Russian president Vladimir Putin answered people’s questions on Wednesday on a traditional Direct Line television show.
Russia is currently in the midst of a third wave of pandemic, and the so-called Indian variant of the virus is spreading rapidly. Just under an hour before the start of Putin’s program, authorities announced that a new record in daily deaths had been reached.
The situation has been exacerbated by the reluctance of Russians to take the vaccine. Only about 15 percent of Russians have received at least one dose. As the situation worsens in Moscow and nine other regions, the authorities have made vaccination compulsory for officials and certain service workers.
Putin therefore the question of whether a coronavirus vaccine is becoming universally mandatory has been answered. The rumor mill around the subject has recently intensified, although the idea of mandatory is unpopular. In opinion polls, two out of three have indicated that they do not want the vaccine.
“I have said, as you will remember, that I do not support compulsory vaccination, and I still think so,” Putin said.
However, he added that the law gives regional leaders the right to make vaccination compulsory for certain groups of people.
“The actions of our colleagues in 10 regions aim to avoid the need for a national‘ lockdown ’,” Putin said.
The message was therefore different from the beginning of the year, when Putin praised Russia’s coping with the pandemic better than many other countries at the St. Petersburg Economic Forum. However, the seriousness of the situation was not further emphasized, as Putin wanted to leave the nasty news to others.
Putin still urged people to take the vaccine. He said he himself received the Russian Sputnik V vaccine because soldiers are vaccinated with it.
“However, I am the general manager.”
The Kremlin announced earlier this year that Putin has been vaccinated. Exceptionally, it did not show a picture of the situation, nor did it tell the sign of the vaccine. It still aroused constant speculation that Putin would have received the Western vaccine.
Putin on Wednesday praised Russian vaccines and pushed the West to mention AstraZeneca and Pfizer vaccines and the “tragic situations after them”.
Russian vaccines have been regularly played by Russian rulers and state-run media. However, it has not increased the popularity of Russian vaccines, but many estimates have increased general suspicion of all vaccines.
Putin the program lasted about 3 hours and 40 minutes. The program has traditionally been carefully prepared, so the questions passed tell us what problems the Kremlin considers to be so significant at any given time that they need to be addressed.
This time, in addition to the pandemic, these included food prices and environmental and waste issues.
Putin also commented on Ukraine, accusing its president Volodymyr Zelensky placing the land in the hands of foreign powers. He also repeated his old speeches about Russians and Ukrainians as one nation.
The encounter between British and Russian warships off the Crimean coast he called the U.S. provocation. Putin also said that at some point there will come a time when he can find someone to be a qualified successor in the Russian leadership.