Russia’s official coronavirus count faces questions amid ‘fourth wave’ surge


Russia’s official statistics showed 221,313 pandemic-related deaths by mid-October, but the independent demographer Alexey Raksha calculated that excess mortality — seen by analysts as the most reliable indicator of coronavirus deaths — has reached around 750,000. Raksha’s calculation used figures maintained by Rosstat, Russia’s statistical agency. In the meantime, reportAccording to the Moscow Times, the number was approximately 660,000



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