Maskless as a symbol of power

During his latest construction site visit, maskless Moscow mayor Sergey Sobyanin was surrounded by masked builders and district representatives. It’s clear who’s in charge:

Photo by M. Mishin

The more powerful, the less masked: Russian president Vladimir Putin didn’t wear a mask even a single time during the pandemic. He can afford doing so: the few people with whom he comes into close contact are tested, quarantined, and disinfected.

Not wearing a mask around other people either means being privileged or being stupid.