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Coronavirus: A Day In The Life Of A Moscovite

NEW DELHI:  7 years in jail for breaking coronavirus quarantine rules, a Ruble 500,000($1=Rub74. 1Rub=Rs  1.03) fine for business not following a lockdown. Azmat Metov takes us through a day in the life of a citizen in this chat with StratNews Global Associate Editor Amitabh P.Revi.

106 people have died in Russia with 1,667 new cases on April 11 for a total of 13,584 infected by COVID-19. President Vladimir Putin has signed legislation imposing severe punishments. Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin has announced additional lockdown measures from April 13-19 with all nonessential business and activity suspended. Grocery stores and pharmacies are open, and only the government, hospitals, protective gear manufacturers and the defense sector continue to work. Azmat talks about the strict restrictions on those over 65 years old, how different regions are in different stages of a shutdown and how the healthcare system is expected to cope with what happens in the future. An April 22 key referendum to change the constitution which among other things would allow the President to stay in power beyond 2024 has been postponed indefinitely. Also in danger of being cancelled or put off is the biggest event of the year for Russians-May 9 Pobeda Dyen-Victory Day in World War II. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has accepted an invite, if it goes ahead that is. 

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The 'Eye' of the story not the 'I' of the story. That's Amitabh Pashupati Revi's credo from the beginning of his professional journey in 1995. From conflicts in the war zones of Afghanistan, Syria, and Iraq to nuances of international politics in the Maldives,Thailand, and South Sudan, Amitabh has reported from all the world's continents, except for Antarctica(so far). Though, he has documented the world's third pole, the Siachen Glacier!
Amitabh reports and produces documentaries on the two-front China-Pakistan threat to India. His ground reports from Arunachal Pradesh and Ladakh have received viewership in the hundreds of thousands. Amitabh has interviewed world leaders, top global analysts, and experts in India, Russia, the United States, and Australia as well. Along the way, he’s picked up the Russian language, the Ramnath Goenka Award for his reporting on the 'Islamic State' terrorist group in Iraq, the Khaled Alkhateb Award for his reporting from Palmyra, Syria, and the UN Dag Hammarskjöld Distinguished Journalist Fellowship. Last but not least, as a founder member of StratNews Global, Amitabh helps lead the reporting, editorial, production, and administration teams at StratNews Global, BharatShakti, and InterStellar on their journey ahead.