COVID-19 and Authoritarian Regimes: China vs. Russia

Author
Yaroslav Shevchenko
Content Type
Commentary and Analysis
Institution
Foreign Policy Research Institute
Abstract
The Russian Federation and the People’s Republic of China are certainly the two most prominent authoritarian regimes in the world today, with their quasi-alliance characterized as an “axis of authoritarians” and portrayed as a major threat to the West and global liberal democracy. However, despite unmistakable similarities that exist between Xi Jinping of China and Vladimir Putin of Russia, the reality is far more complex. Their respective responses to the COVID-19 crisis shed some light on differences between the political-governance models of these two countries.
Topic
Authoritarianism, Economy, Crisis Management, COVID-19, Health Crisis
Political Geography
Russia, China, Eurasia, Asia