Russia’s ‘Post-Truth’ Approach to the Pandemic Has Backfired

A grave digger wears a protective suit during a burial for a person who died of COVID-19, at a cemetery in Omsk, Russia, Oct. 7, 2021 (AP photo).
A grave digger wears a protective suit during a burial for a person who died of COVID-19, at a cemetery in Omsk, Russia, Oct. 7, 2021 (AP photo).
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In the early months of the coronavirus pandemic, Russian officials seemed to delight in pointing to the country’s relatively low COVID-19 death toll and highlighting what they portrayed as a disastrous response by the West. Russia developed the first coronavirus vaccine, and it reopened its economy before many others. Now, however, as global deaths due to COVID-19 reach their lowest levels in a year, the trend is going in the opposite direction in Russia. In fact, the pandemic response has all but gone off the rails, with a record number of deaths, hospitals straining to keep up and, astonishingly, less than one […]

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