There are only 93 cases of the coronavirus reported for Russia (and no deaths). They have been reporting a lot less than that for a while, and 8 are reported as recovered. This is in a country of almost 147 million people.
The Russian case count from my previous posts:
17 March: 93
16 March: 63
14 March: 47
13 March: 34
11 March: 20
Muscovites do travel. I have known a number of them that have traveled to Italy (27K+ cases and counting), Germany (7K+ cases) and many other parts of Western Europe. But there are only 93 cases in Russia. Neighboring Finland has 294 cases (population 5.5 million), neighboring Estonia has 225 (population 1.3 million). Latvia, Lithuania, Belarus, Moldavia, Georgia, Azerbaijan and Armenia, all former members of the Soviet Union, are each reporting between 18 and 52 cases. Only Ukraine is not reporting a lot of cases, only 7. Some of the “stans” are reporting cases, Kazakstan with 27, Uzbekistan with 10, although the other three “stans” are not reporting anything. Russia’s neighbors to the east included Mongolia, China and North Korea. China’s most northeastern province, Heilongjiang, is reporting 482 cases. So why does Russia have so few?
According to an article written on 13 March 2020, Russia had tested as of 12 March 76,963 cases. This is a particularly industrious effort and only three counties had done better (image is above). The article is here: https://ourworldindata.org/covid-testing
So, either: 1) Russia has been very good (even outstanding) at early testing, quarantining and controlling the virus, or 2) it has just managed by luck to have so far avoided Russia, or 3) the Russian figures are grossly underreported.