Support The Moscow Times!

Russia's September Covid Fatalities Double Government Estimate

Russia is the country hardest-hit in Europe by the pandemic. AP / TASS

Russia's Federal Statistics Agency Rosstat said Friday that 44,265 people died of coronavirus in the country in September — double the official government figure. 

That brings the agency's tally of Covid-19 deaths in Russia to nearly 450,000, the highest toll in Europe.  

Russian authorities have been accused of downplaying the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic in the country and Rosstat's figure — released late Friday — painted a far darker picture than official figures suggest. 

The number still fell short of Russia's monthly record of over 50,000 Covid fatalities in July, according to Rosstat.

An official government tally said Russia saw 24,031 deaths in September. 

Government figures only take into account fatalities where the virus was established as the primary cause of death after an autopsy. 

Rosstat, however, publishes figures under a broader definition for deaths linked to the virus. 

Russia is the country hardest-hit in Europe by the pandemic, with authorities struggling to counter widespread anti-vaccine sentiment. 

Despite pleas from President Vladimir Putin and the wide availability of the homegrown jabs, only 32% of Russians are fully vaccinated. 

Moscow shut down non-essential services for 11 days on Thursday as the country battles a record-breaking virus surge, driven by the low vaccination rates. 

Russia recorded 1,163 Covid deaths on Friday. 

Putin has ordered a nationwide paid week off starting Saturday in an effort to curb the spread of the virus. 

… we have a small favor to ask.

As you may have heard, The Moscow Times, an independent news source for over 30 years, has been unjustly branded as a "foreign agent" by the Russian government. This blatant attempt to silence our voice is a direct assault on the integrity of journalism and the values we hold dear.

We, the journalists of The Moscow Times, refuse to be silenced. Our commitment to providing accurate and unbiased reporting on Russia remains unshaken. But we need your help to continue our critical mission.

Your support, no matter how small, makes a world of difference. If you can, please support us monthly starting from just 2. It's quick to set up, and you can be confident that you're making a significant impact every month by supporting open, independent journalism. Thank you.


Read more