It appears that Russian officials admitted on Monday that the the country has undercounted the true number of deaths they have suffered due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The revelation that seems to allude to this being the case comes from statements made by Deputy Prime Minister Tatiana Gloikova. The statement comes just after Russian President Vladimir Putin gloated over the summer months that Russia was handling the pandemic far better than other Western nations.
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RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty (RFE/RL), which is a U.S. taxpayer-funded independent organization that reports on news in countries that do not have a free press, reported:
The Rosstat statistics agency said on December 28 that the number of deaths from all causes recorded between January and November had risen by 229,700 compared to the previous year.
“More than 81 percent of this increase in mortality over this period is due to COVID,” Deputy Prime Minister Tatiana Golikova said. The percentage increase would mean that more than 186,000 Russians have died from COVID-19, whereas recorded figures stand at around 54,500 deaths and more than 3 million infections.
Golikova added that death rates in November-December were higher than other periods due to the “autumn/winter period, when the spread of COVID-19 is increasing in combination with other diseases.”
If this is true, Russia’s actual death rate from the COVID-19 pandemic is more than three times higher than the numbers first reported by the country. This would then give Russia the third highest death rate in the world.
Russia isn’t the only country being accused of fudging the number of deaths they had due to this illness. Apparently, Iran China, and North Korea have also been doing the same thing.
Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe firmly seems to believe that the Chinese Communist Party allowed this virus to spread across the globe because of how easily transmissible it was.
“It was an intelligence briefing to the American people about our greatest national security threat, China, how they’re threatening us economically, militarily, technologically,” Ratcliffe said. “And you just highlighted one of the ways that shows how China is a threat. And that’s this COVID-19 pandemic that the Chinese Communist Party, when they knew about its transmissibility, allowed it to go from China to the rest of the world.”
“They intentionally and deliberately downplayed it in their country, pressured World Health Organizations, and allowed it to spread to the rest of the world. And that didn’t just have the effect of wrecking the global economy. It didn’t just have the effect of killing millions of people, including hundreds of thousands of Americans. It also had grave political consequences,” the director said to host Maria Bartiromo. “Here in the United States, the pandemic influenced a lot about how people voted, but also how they had to vote. As a result of the pandemic, we saw state legislatures as little as 90 days before the election adopting new voting procedures. Essentially, we had universal mail-in balloting across this country in a way that we hadn’t seen before.”
This is definitely not a good look for Russia, but it’s also not all that crazy to think they would do something like this.
Russia is desperate to maintain some sort of place of power on the geopolitical stage. If they admitted how badly they got hit by the coronavirus, this could, in their eyes make them look weak.