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MARCH 2021

Moscow Authorities Introduce Digital Tracking To Curb COVID-19, But Citizens Can Go As They Please


Moscow Authorities Introduce Digital Tracking To Curb COVID-19, But Citizens Can Go As They Please

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In relation to the presumed resurgence of COVID-19, the authorities of Moscow are continuing on their self-styled crusade in reintroducing mass hysteria, and further digital monitoring and surveillance.

On October 14th, at a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Deputy Prime Minister Tatyana Golikova called the situation with the spread of the coronavirus tense, but “under control.”

This wasn’t positively regarded by some Russian media.

“However, the statistics of the operational headquarters testifies to the opposite – the situation is clearly out of control of the authorities: the number of new cases per day increased from 9.9 thousand on October 3 to a record 14.2 thousand on October 14.

At the same time, according to the mathematical model of Sberbank, at the peak of November 8 or 12, the number of new cases of the disease should have been in the range of 14-18 thousand. But even mathematical models cannot keep up with reality.”

Golikova’s colleague, Industry Minister Denis Manturov, spoke more carefully when answering the question whether retail stores and catering establishments would be closed in the near future.

“Not yet,” the minister said, explaining that this would not be required on one condition – if there isn’t a too great number of sick. But the increase in the incidence is noted in 38 regions, in another 29 the situation is unstable, and in 8, including Moscow, the increase is at high levels, according to Russian outlets.

A different assessment of what is happening on the part of the two government officials is allegedly due to the rumor that the Kremlin and the White House are considering the possibility of a partial lockdown from November 2.

Alternatively, it can be extended until the end of winter if there is no way to reach the plateau for a long time.

The quarantine will be gradually extended – that is, the terms will be increased from time to time in order to avoid an open protest from the Russian citizens.

The main lobbyist for re-quarantine is Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin and the so-called ‘liberal’ part of the Russian ellites, who are s striving to finally turn Moscow into a sort of “digital concentration camp.” The Moscow mayor is opposed by business and even his subordinates, for example, Deputy Mayor Maxim Liksutov.

However, Sobyanin can once again achieve the introduction of QR codes in Moscow and do it without closing any businesses.

So, for example, when visiting a restaurant, a person will need to register at the entrance. This will then allow the authorities to track down everyone who visited the establishment and isolate them.

Let’s look some more in the situation with the QR codes, the Moscow Mayor wants to introduce the system, but doesn’t want to close any businesses down.

So the plan is to simply track all citizens, but then undertake no actual measures in limiting the spread of COVID-19, simply tracking individuals and isolating them if a case is established.

On October 15, Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin signed a decree according to which from October 19, it will be possible to enter dance clubs, nightclubs, bars and other entertainment establishments that work at night only by registering your mobile phone number. If one of the visitors is then found to have a coronavirus, then everyone who was with him in the institution will be notified and offered to take a COVID-19 test promptly.

At the press conference, first deputy chief of staff of the mayor Alexei Nemeryuk noted that at the first stage, the visitor registration system could be extended to about 500 establishments. According to him, in the future, the authorities will look at how it will work in order to decide whether to expand the number of such points.

As the official noted, the system will work in nightclubs, bars, concert venues, restaurants open after midnight, but will not affect night cinemas. Nemeryuk clarified that allegedly the authorities will not collect any personal data other than a phone number. The fine for establishments for the lack of a QR code will be from 300 thousand to 500 thousand rubles, he added.

So far, in the entirety of Russia, 1.4 million cases of COVID-19 have been established, out of which approximately 300,000 are still infected, 23,700 have died.

In Moscow alone, the total number sits at 353,000, with 270,00 already recovered, and 5,850 who have died.

Currently, it does appear like Sobyanin and his surrounding are going to be successful in introducing the system, and a lot of money will be made – from fines, fees and what not.




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