In an exclusive interview with CNN, Peskov said the virus had failed to create a domestic political crisis for Russian President Vladimir Putin, and that Russia’s healthcare system had saved lives despite great pressure.
The epidemic is hated, usually a sky-high rating for Putin. Independent voter Levada-Kendra noted that the Russian president’s rating dropped below 60% in April and May, a level not seen since he took office two decades ago – a drop that Peskov rejected.
“We are concerned about this epidemic and we are concerned about the impact of this epidemic on the country’s economy,” Peskov said on Tuesday. “But President Putin has said many times that he does not care about his personal rating. If you are a real politician in politics, you should not worry about your rating – because if you think about your rating, you will not be able to make responsible decisions. ”
In March, Putin said the spread of the virus through Russia was “under control.” In just a few weeks, however, Russia became infected with the world’s second-largest coronavirus – and the government was forced to postpone the referendum.
Asked what went wrong in trying to infect Russia with the virus, Peskov said, “There was nothing wrong with the coronavirus. First, we have cities with a much higher density. And those cities are the most infected in the world. The same was true of Moscow.”
He further suggested that a high number of cases in the country reflect high-level examinations. “Our country uses the highest number of tests for coronaviruses and the more you test, the more you can detect,” he said.
Peskov credits low-death people as “effective” healthcare. “Have you ever considered the possibility of making Russia’s healthcare system more efficient?” He added that the public health system “has given more people a chance to survive”.
According to official figures, more than a hundred medical workers have died so far. Healthcare workers, skeptical of official figures, have compiled their own private numbers of colleagues killed in the fight against the epidemic: more than 300 states
Peskov hoped that the 2020 US presidential election could signal the beginning of an improvement in US-Russian relations and that the coronavirus would spark global discussions about tackling future health crises. “We all have to sit back and think about the lessons of this epidemic for every single country … [and] “For the whole world,” he said.
He told CNN that day that Moscow had officially lifted its coronavirus lockdown, allowing Muscovites to walk uncontrollably outside their homes and walk around the city without an electronic pass. And while thousands of new cases continue to be recorded every day, the move toward normalcy will eventually allow the Kremlin’s plans to move forward: the government has rescheduled a referendum on constitutional changes for July 1.