Russian President Vladimir Putin, wearing a protective suit, visits a hospital for coronavirus patients in Kommunarka, outside Moscow. Photo: AP

Coronavirus pandemic puts Russia’s strongman Putin to the test

  • Covid-19 has created obstacles for Vladimir Putin’s bid to consolidate power, extend time in office
  • Constitutional referendum was set to be held this week, but was postponed because of the growing number of cases in Russia
Topic |   Coronavirus pandemic
Russian President Vladimir Putin, wearing a protective suit, visits a hospital for coronavirus patients in Kommunarka, outside Moscow. Photo: AP
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