Putin calls in the army to help cope with Russia’s crippling coronavirus crisis as the Kremlin warns of ‘inordinately high harvest of deaths’ and tells Covid-hit citizens not to seek cures from ‘shamans’

  • The Kremlin is alarmed by an ‘inordinately high harvest of deaths’ from Covid-19
  • Vladimir Putin today announced the army may be needed to deal with the virus
  • Grim footage from Ivanovo, Russia, shows body bags dumped outside a morgue

The Kremlin is increasingly alarmed about an ‘inordinately high harvest of deaths’ from Covid-19 with warnings in the state-run media for people to stop seeking bogus cures from ‘pseudo healers and shamans’. 

Vladimir Putin has today also said that Russia may need the army’s help to help build field hospitals for Covid patients as the country battles a surge in infections which has led to a nationwide workplace shutdown. 

As deaths spiral with body bags piling up at morgues, there are fears Putin’s government is losing control of the fight against coronavirus.

A distressing video from Ivanovo shows body bags dumped on the ground outside a hospital morgue 

In remarks to Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu and other top brass, Putin said: ‘The situation in the country is very difficult.

‘More than 40,000 cases (a day). This has never happened.

‘I ask you to…continue to provide support to the civil medical service if needed. Maybe use your construction abilities because there is a need to keep building pre-fabricated medical facilities.’

As the country battles with its Covid crisis, one top doctor warned that 80 per cent of the soaring toll of seriously ill in Russia are anti-vaxxers carrying fake jab certificates who then ‘get sick and die’.

Head of the pathology department Elena Boyko said: ‘We have seen an explosive increase in the incidence and hospitalisation of patients with coronavirus’ 

Close Putin ally, ex-president Dmitry Medvedev, came close to branding vaccine-refusers enemies of the people, urging for them to be treated as second class citizens, forcing them to work from home with benefits slashed.

A distressing video from Ivanovo shows body bags dumped on the ground outside a hospital morgue, the latest in a 238,538 overall death toll, which many experts say underestimates the true grim level.

Head of the pathology department Elena Boyko said: ‘We have seen an explosive increase in the incidence and hospitalisation of patients with coronavirus.

‘The patients undergoing treatment in hospitals are now all grave, all on high doses of oxygen.’

State-run and other pro-Kremlin media have launched a campaign aimed at shocking Russians into getting jabbed after a week of official figures showing 1,000-plus daily deaths, highlighting morgue images and warning that only two in ten patients with Covid-19 in intensive care are likely to come out alive.


The video from Ivanovo shows the the latest in a 238,538 overall death toll, which many experts say underestimates the true grim level

Vesti Nedeli TV host Dmitry Kiselyov – dubbed Putin’s ‘mouthpiece’ and ‘propagandist-in-chief’ – warned of the ‘inordinately high harvest of deaths’.

His show attacked medics discouraging people from using Russian vaccines.

‘While some doctors are saving people from Covid, others are using their white gowns to spout anti-scientific heresy about jabs with impunity,’ viewers were told.

The pro-Kremlin TV outlets hit out at people turning to ‘bogus healers’ and shamans instead of virologists.

People believe fraudsters’ scams relating to magic and exorcism, warned a show on Gazprom-owned channel NTV.

Lada Ternodshorskaya, 49, from Ufa, said shooting a patient with nettle powder will cure them of the virus

One who came in for attack was Lada Ternodshorskaya, 49, from Ufa, who claims shooting at a patient with a nettle powder from a pneumatic gun will cure them of coronavirus.

The ‘patient’ has a towel covering their head, and he claimed 1,000 people paid her an undisclosed sum for this quick treatment.

Her gibberish explanation said: ‘Here is a charge, a powerful charge of power.

‘Flash, air, nettles. The nettle has healing properties.’

The ‘patient’ has a towel covering their head, and he claimed 1,000 people paid her an undisclosed sum for this quick treatment 

TV Zvezda, owned by the Russian defence ministry, warned of a number of fake healers including shamans offering their services, including one for £60 a time.

Presenter Irada Zeynalova spoke of the mass sale of fake vaccination certificates, blaming those responsible for deepening the pandemic in Russia.

The scientist behind Sputnik V vaccine Alexander Ginsburg said among the seriously ill some ’80 per cent are those who bought fake certificates’ to say they had been jabbed.

Ex-Kremlin president Dmitry Medvedev hit out at ‘ignorant and anti-vaccine propaganda’ which had prevented more than a third or so of Russians getting two jabs of vaccine.

‘Intentional illegal actions pose a clear threat to public safety,’ he said.

The aim appears to be to crank up vaccination rates.

Anti-vaxxers could be banned from offices and factories and have their state benefits slashed, he said.

TV Zvezda presenter Irada Zeynalova spoke of the mass sale of fake vaccination certificates, blaming those responsible for deepening the pandemic in Russia

Now the deputy head of the Kremlin’s security council, he said they were a ‘threat to society’, reported TASS.

Putin last month ordered a week-long nationwide workplace shutdown from October 30 that could be extended by regional authorities as they saw fit.

The Novgorod region northwest of Moscow became the first today to say it would prolong this for a second week.

Regional governor Andrei Nikitin said: ‘During that week we will tighten requirements for various workplaces. A number of organisations will be closed.’

Moscow has imposed the strictest lockdown measures in more than a year, with only essential shops like pharmacies and supermarkets allowed to remain open.

Some pubs and other businesses have ignored the curbs, however, and travel agents have reported a boom in Russians taking foreign beach breaks to escape the restrictions at home.

Vesti Nedeli TV host Dmitry Kiselyov – dubbed Putin’s ‘mouthpiece’ and ‘propagandist-in-chief’ – warned of the ‘inordinately high harvest of deaths’

Anna Popova, head of the consumer health watchdog, told a government meeting: ‘The effect of the measures will not appear immediately. It will most likely require more time.’

Russia has reported more than 8.5 million infections since the start of the pandemic and deaths hit new records on 21 days last month. 

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