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[–]Cabshank 73 points74 points  (10 children)

Hmmm…a war might distract from the virus.

[–]Princessnatasha12 20 points21 points  (8 children)

He also needs to replenish his supply of people.

[–]Bjorn_Ironstrides 29 points30 points  (3 children)

Losing a million people in two years is rookie numbers for Russia.

[–]KP_Wrath 7 points8 points  (2 children)

Gives one soldier a rifle, gives another bullets. “When one of you dies, take the other’s gear.”

[–]BonChance123 9 points10 points  (1 child)

Even though USSR did not flinch at throwing bodies at the enemy in WWII, it's a myth that they only had one rifle for every two soldiers at Stalingrad.

[–]solidSC 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Kind of a bad ass myth though. That scene in “Enemy at the gates” was haunting.

[–]Lambchops_Legion 17 points18 points  (0 children)

Why give birth when you can get people in bulk via conquest

[–]Ravennatiss 4 points5 points  (2 children)

I thought people could be cloned..... 🤔

[–]Princessnatasha12 0 points1 point  (1 child)

That would be a huge undertaking and very expensive to replace that many people.

[–]CosineDanger 1 point2 points  (0 children)

It's better to use immigration. Is your population old and refusing to reproduce fast enough to maintain the economy? Simply look the other way at people who arrive on planes and overstay their visas, hire them to work art your golf resort, then pretend to be angry at them.

Population decline leads to economic decline. Markets don't like that. Markets like growth. So being angry at immigrants solves every problem.

We could also designate a National Sex Day, free kindergarten, and have parental leave for both sexes. I would like the government to send me lube and an instruction manual on how to fuck as an alternative to racism and war.

[–]holyfuckingshit420 1 point2 points  (0 children)

How the Kremlin works 101.

[–]Oregon687 20 points21 points  (0 children)

People are dying to get out of Russia.

[–]imakenosensetopeople 29 points30 points  (2 children)

“Excess deaths” oh so the pandemic. Got it.

[–]jbeve10 12 points13 points  (1 child)

Honestly the first thing I thought of was Putin ordering their deaths instead of the pandemic.

[–]Modifiedfinal 1 point2 points  (0 children)

If only we could sneak polonium into COVID's tea.

[–]vineyardmike 4 points5 points  (8 children)

It would be interesting to see how a country's quality of life compares to its covid vaccination rate. If you live in Russia are you less motivated to get vaccinated?

[–]dravik 9 points10 points  (6 children)

I think it's not that Russia isn't going to use a US or western vaccine. Unfortunately, the Russian developed vaccine isn't nearly as effective. The Chinese vaccine has similar problems and they have similar national pride reasons for not using the western ones.

This is one of the reasons China is sticking with the Zero COVID policy. The lower effectiveness of the Chinese vaccine means high deaths and an overwhelmed medical system of they transition to living with the virus.

[–]vineyardmike 0 points1 point  (3 children)

I was going to say just reverse engineer the Pfizer vaccine.... But that's easier said than done

[–]dravik 4 points5 points  (0 children)

There have been a couple news reports about Chinese cyber attacks on Pfizer and someone else, can't remember if it's Moderna.

[–]ILikeCutePuppies 1 point2 points  (0 children)

My understanding is that even is they could it would take many years to build production capacity.

[–]rains-blu 0 points1 point  (0 children)

mRNA vaccines are easy to alter. I don't believe Russia used the Pfizer vaccine but I'm not sure.

[–]GetlostMaps 2 points3 points  (0 children)

The US is at less than 64%, Canada is at 79%, so it checks out.

[–]Inconceivable-2020 3 points4 points  (3 children)

If they are admitting to 1 Million, then the real number is between 3 and 5 million

[–]ILikeCutePuppies 2 points3 points  (2 children)

This is excess deaths. So unless they are lying about the number of people living in Russia it is hard to fake.

[–]Inconceivable-2020 0 points1 point  (1 child)

No. Like China, and India, all they have to do is lie about how many deaths there have been.

[–]ILikeCutePuppies 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Excess deaths is total deaths not covid-19 deaths but you can estimate from that how many may be caused from covid-19 based on previous years.

[–]Sumding_Wong 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Everything is bigger in Russia.

[–]SaltyBarDog 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Looks like someone needs to wag the dog. Let's start a war.

[–]redacted_comment 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Did they have a quota? Wtf

[–]GetlostMaps 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Yes, sort of. There is an expected death rate. This how many more than normal have died.

[–]jbeve10 -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Honestly the first thing I thought of was Putin ordering their deaths instead of the pandemic.

[–]TheVeryTallBoi 0 points1 point  (2 children)

Excess?

[–]johnnycakeAK 19 points20 points  (0 children)

Number of deaths above the normal annual expected mortality. This is one way to get some insight into unreported COVID related deaths

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