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Coronavirus live updates June 9, 2020

Moscow’s strict coronavirus lockdown turns lax overnight

The city’s walk schedules and requirements for wearing face masks outside have increasingly been ignored by residents, and Moscow authorities might have been feeling the pressure from small businesses that have been closed since late March with little government aid to sustain them.

But two key upcoming political events might have also pushed officials to lift the lockdown.

Tatiana Stanovaya, director of Moscow political think tank R. Politik, wrote on her Telegram channel that the decision was “rational not in the context of fighting the epidemic, but in the context of preparing for a military parade and a referendum.”

The latter, a week-long vote on constitutional amendments, would enable President Vladimir Putin to seek two more terms in office.

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