(FreedomBeacon.com)- Russia has finally admitted that their death roll reports weren’t all that accurate and that the figure could be as much as three times higher than what they initially reported. The country joins China in being totally unreliable when it comes to reporting data that might make them look bad.
If Russia’s death toll really is three times higher than currently reported, it would give the nation the third-largest number of fatalities from COVID-19.
The figures that initially came from Russia have long been questioned by public health officials. President Vladimir Putin has repeatedly claimed that is country was doing a better job at handling the virus than Western nations, citing the unusually low numbers.
But Deputy Prime Minister of Russia, Tatiana Golikova, said on Monday that the death toll was likely to be somewhere around 186,000, and not 55,000.
That’s one hell of a discrepancy.
Last week we estimated 180,000 excess deaths in Russia as of end of October.
Yesterday Russian deputy PM acknowledged 186,000 are believed to have died from Covid, rather than the 55,000 previously reported.
— John Burn-Murdoch (@jburnmurdoch) December 29, 2020
The shocking revelation was made after Russia’s statistics agency, Rosstat, confirmed that deaths between January 2020 and November 2020 ahs risen by 229,700 compared to the last year. And, much of that increase was a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Agence France-Presse reported that “more than 81 percent of this increase in mortality over this period is due to COVID.”
Had Russia not revised these COVID death numbers, the massive rise in deaths over last year would have been pretty hard to explain.
So far, Russia has only admitted some 3.1 million COVID-19 infections out of a total population of 144 million. While it’s entirely likely that the spread of the virus in Russia has been slower given that the country is extremely large with a scattered population, the numbers are hard to believe.
Roughly a month ago, Putin said that he would not be taking the Russia-made Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine, but he has since reversed that decision and announced he would be receiving it.