In the coming months, Russia may start mass protests over the quarantine, imposed in connection with the epidemic of the coronavirus. This was stated in interview to the edition “Business Online” the head of the Russian research organization “Levada-center” Lev Gudkov.
In particular, answering the question of how long the Russians are willing to follow a policy of self-isolation, the sociologist said, “the limit of patience is the fact that 70% of Russians have no savings. They are some product inventory, Berezanka small amounts, can stretch a month, two tops. A month and a half we can see specific forms of protest, the people take to the streets or other excesses associated with the forced self-isolation”.
However, Gudkov added that “it is too early”.
“People are just troubled and confused. Irritation builds up, but it still has no way out,” he said.
According to Gudkov, now in the Russian society prevails “complete uncertainty”.
In Russia, according to data on the morning of 8 may, was 187 thousand cases of infection with coronavirus, of which 1.7 million died, 26.6 thousand recovered. More than half of all cases (98.5 thousand) and deaths (about 1.1 million) is in Moscow.