The sanitary-epidemiological situation in the Russian Federation remains troubling, with worsening numbers showing up in the chief health indexes, including for very young children, general mortality and life-expectancy. Gennady Onishchenko, first deputy minister of health for the Russian Federation, discussed the matter Monday at the second Congress of Russian Toxicologists, Rosbalt reported. He said the national mortality rate had risen in five years from 11.2 per thousand to 14.7 per thousand a year. In addition, he underlined, over the past three years the number of first-time diagnoses is up 15%, cases of pneumonia and bronchial asthma are up 13%, cases of complicated births are up 35% and instances of birth defects are up 23%.
Putin's official spokesman Dmitry Peskov commented on remarks in the US media about failures in launching nuclear-capable missiles in Russia
More than 5.8 million people voted for Nicholas Maduro at the presidential election in Venezuela. This is more than a quarter of registered voters. Why did those people vote for the man, who, as Western media write, took Venezuela to the brink of collapse?
It has long been understood that the West has been trying to subject Russian borders to total control. We have not seen such activity even during the Cold War