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In Russia, COVID-19 Border Closures Risk Cutting Off Its Public Works

MIN READMar 19, 2020 | 19:21 GMT

The Goptivka checkpoint, near Kharkiv on the Ukrainian-Russian border, on March 16, 2020.

The Goptivka checkpoint, near Kharkiv on the Ukrainian-Russian border, on March 16, 2020.

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As Russia starts to see its number of COVID-19 patients rise, it has started to impose more stringent measures to contain the virus and limit the fallout. As elsewhere, some measures to slow down the disease will have major economic impacts. Russia closed its border to foreigners on March 18, and will stop processing requests for work visas. While this will surely stem the potential flow of COVID-19 carriers into Russia, it will also likely hit its construction sector, which heavily depends on migrant labor. And this, in turn, could upend Moscow's long-term plans for Russia's economy....

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