The COVID-19 pandemic has tested the preparedness of Russia’s public health system to respond to a nationwide crisis, and the ability of its broader welfare state to cushion the population against the economic impacts. This essay puts these developments in the context of recent reforms of the health care and welfare systems, showing how they affected the population’s vulnerability to the pandemic’s health and economic shocks, and the government’s ability to manage both.
Can Russia’s Health and Welfare Systems Handle the Pandemic?
Linda J. Cook is a professor emerita of political science and Slavic studies at Brown University and an academic supervisor at the International Laboratory for Social Integration Research, National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow.
(Cook's research for this article was supported by HSE’s Basic Research Program and the Russian Academic Excellence Project 5–100.)
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Linda J. Cook, Judy Twigg; Can Russia’s Health and Welfare Systems Handle the Pandemic?. Current History 21 September 2020; 119 (819): 251–257. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/curh.2020.119.819.251
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