On January 30, the Russian government closed its border with China that runs for 4,300 km. This did not go without prompting protests from Beijing.
At the same time, it was justified since China was at that point the main, if not the unique, focus of the epidemic. Any other attitude would not have been understood by the Russian public, for whom the danger of a Chinese invasion in the Russian Far East is a national phobia. In February and early March, additional measures restricting access to foreigners – first Chinese, then Iranians followed by other nationalities – were adopted by the authorities, but without closing the door on a million of Russians returning from holidays in Europe and elsewhere, of which many were carriers of the virus.