As fighting over Nagorno-Karabakh continues into its second week, Russia faces a dilemma about how to respond to the crisis. And Turkey’s newly assertive approach is challenging Russia’s established position of regional dominance.
Russia’s September regional elections were a litmus test of United Russia’s support. While most seats were secure, it seems likely the party is headed for a ‘rebrand’, ahead of the State Duma elections in 2021.
For Russia, control of the coronavirus narrative is designed to ensure President Vladimir Putin continues to be cast as the guarantor of security, as well as to prevent mass panic that could lead to political destabilisation.