After criticism, Russia expands stats on virus-linked deaths

  • FILE - In this file photo taken on Sunday, May 10, 2020, Grave diggers wearing personal protective suits carry a coffin while burying a COVID-19 victim in the special purpose for coronavirus victims section of a cemetery in Kolpino, outside St.Petersburg, Russia. The Russian government on Friday May 29, 2020, released updated coronavirus statistics to include deaths of those who tested positive but died of other causes.(AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky, File)

MOSCOW — The Russian government on Friday presented more detailed mortality figures for last month that include more deaths linked with the coronavirus, in a bid to dispel suspicions from some Russian and Western experts that authorities were trying to lower the toll for political reasons.

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