Russia: Authorities' initial containment efforts focus on Chinese citizens


Russian authorities are using surveillance cameras, facial recognition systems, and geolocation to enforce a two-week quarantine regime affecting 2,500 people. Chinese citizens are banned from entering Russia; Russians and citizens of other countries who arrive from China are required to go through two weeks of quarantine. Police raid hotels to find Chinese citizens who arrived before border controls began, and bus drivers have been ordered to call their dispatchers if they see Chinese citizens on board. Human rights defenders are concerned that the Chinese are the objects of discrimination, and that using facial recognition to track them is against both Russian and international law.