Authorities short-circuited governors with insane coronavirus bans


Last week, Vladimir Putin twice asked regional leaders to act in proportion to the epidemiological situation. “Our country is big, the situation is different everywhere,” the president suggested in his address to the Russians on April 2, “Some need tough measures, others need local, local solutions.”

The next day, at a meeting of the Security Council, he further emphasized that in the first place we are talking about an economy that is “already in a difficult position.” To cut everyone under one comb, undermining economic activity on the ground, according to the president, should not be. As an example, Putin cited the Republic of Altai, where, “thank God, there has not been a single case of coronavirus infection” and, therefore, there are no grounds for directive closing of enterprises and institutions from Moscow.

However, the regions did not seem to have heard the president. In the same Altai Republic, the self-isolation regime was introduced in full. Citizens can leave their homes only for trips to the store and pharmacy, as well as in the case of a “direct threat to life and health.” At the same time, the age limit for the elderly, forced to adhere to strict quarantine, is further reduced to 60 years.

Economic activity in the republic is limited in the same way as in those subjects of the Russian Federation where there are cases. At the entrance to the region, checkpoints are established. Just the other day, authorities completely stopped air traffic with Moscow, and Muscovites and St. Petersburg residents arriving by car will now be put in quarantine for 14 days.

It is noteworthy that the same measures were taken in Chukotka, where there is also not a single confirmed case of coronavirus. And in Tuva (zero sick!), The employees of the checkpoints got the right to test people with suspected illness, and in case of refusal to see them, to detain them with the help of police officers and bring them to administrative responsibility. In this region, for the period of self-isolation, the authorities introduced a dry law, and residents are strictly forbidden to move between settlements.

The deputy head of the republic, Ayas Oyun, said that the regime of self-isolation should very strictly apply to children. “In the event of its violation, the parents or legal representatives of the child will be brought to administrative responsibility, and even the question of deprivation of parental rights may be raised,” the official announced. We recall that before the coronavirus, Tyva was the most economically weak region of the Russian Federation: “employment in the region almost none, everyone lives on an allowance with a poverty level of 41.5% of the population, “said Deputy Prime Minister Tatyana Golikova.

However, the most stringent quarantine regime was introduced by Chechnya (16 cases). It is noteworthy that initially the authorities claimed that the “Chinese infection” would not take root in the Muslim republic, and water mixed with water and lemon would help to avoid infection. But in the end, they decided that curfews and security forces with batons would deal with the coronavirus faster and more efficiently.

As early as March 28, residents of other regions were forbidden to enter Grozny, and from April 5, the borders were closed for the Chechens themselves. “If it concerns the safety of the people, it makes no difference to me,” said Ramzan Kadyrov. Chechens are forbidden to leave their homes except for groceries and a pharmacy. Friday prayers and other meetings are suspended. Of course, these measures do not apply to security officials.

Borders tried to block in other regions. For example, the governor of Karelia (2 cases of coronavirus) Arthur Parfenchikov was about to request Moscow’s consent to this effect. However, regional authorities, according to him, may close the entrance to certain cities and settlements by their decision.

Adygea (13 patients) had to agree with Kuban (50) on joining their system of “multi-colored” passes: otherwise, people working on the other side of the border could not get to the enterprises.

However, inside the regions themselves with transport support a complete bacchanalia is also going on. The work of public transport, intercity transportation was stopped. In Ossetia, all transit vehicles must be escorted in order to “limit the contact of drivers, who may be potential carriers of infection, with local residents.” In Dagestan (30 cases), freight carriers complain that because of restrictions on entry and exit, they suffer heavy losses, and also cannot solve the problems of refueling and repairing cars.

Moreover, sometimes the residents get the impression that officials are also mocking them. That is how the post of governor of the Stavropol Territory (20 cases) Vladimir Vladimirov was perceived, in which he advised citizens not to eat raw meat and seafood to control coronavirus, as well as to refuse stroganin, hehe, blood steaks, carpaccio. “By the end of the month, people will not even have money for bread, and all thanks to your self-isolation. Then the most interesting thing will begin,” users of social networks wrote under the publication.

However, there are regions whose leadership, after the words of Vladimir Putin, took a more constructive and balanced position. For example, Astrakhan, Orenburg, Pskov, Samara and some other areas have expanded the list of enterprises that can operate from next week. These included employment services, various industries, construction, finance, companies, as well as dry cleaners, car services and car washes, newsstands, notaries, pawnshops, veterinary clinics, insurers, etc.

For example, in the Tver region (8 patients), 222 enterprises, including the car-building plant, resume work. In Tula region (39 cases of covid), beauty salons and hairdressers are opened – a prerequisite is to pre-register and stay in the room no more than 5 people at a time. Also, construction materials stores and companies selling seeds, seedlings and seedlings will start operating in the region. More than 55 largest enterprises this week will also be opened in the Yaroslavl region (6 cases). “If the experience is successful, we will expand the categories of industries and enterprises starting work,” the head of the region Dmitry Mironov promised.

The government of the Russian Federation welcomes this approach. At a meeting with deputy prime ministers on Monday, Mikhail Mishustin emphasized that additional powers were given to the regions in order to determine the “most optimal regime of restrictive measures,” rather than closing borders and obstructing carriers and trade. “Do not confuse regional powers with federal ones,” the prime minister threatened.

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