At the end of December 2020, the “ARC” resource, having assessed the military component of the Russian invaders’ “fight” against the coronavirus, drew readers’ attention to a strange anomaly in Sevastopol. As of December 25, 2020, 6,175 cases of the COVID-19 disease were registered in Sevastopol, and 211 people died with confirmed COVID-19, which was 3.4 % (one died for 29 patients) [1]. A month and a half has passed, and according to the “press service” of the Sevastopol “government”, for several days “official statistics” register daily 90 or more cases of patients with coronavirus infection in the city, so such number is almost “frozen” at this threshold. In total, since the beginning of the pandemic in occupied Sevastopol, COVID-19 has been confirmed in 10,565 persons, of whom 425 have died.

Thus, with an increase in the number of people diagnosed with COVID-19 by about 70 %, mortality has more than doubled and continues to rise. Now the percentage of deaths from the total number of people with the detected infection is already 4.03 % (one death per 25 patients). Meanwhile, the “all-Russian indicator” on February 9, 2021 was 3,998,216 detected cases, of which 77,598 people died, which is 1.94 % (one died in 52 patients) [3].

World statistics for this period recorded 107.07 million cases and 2.338 million deaths, whose relative weight reached 2.19 % (one death per 46 patients). At the same time, this world ranking of the pandemic primarily reflects the number of patients, and its first place is occupied by the United States with 27.7 million patients and 476.4 thousand deaths (1.72 %, one death per 58 patients). Russia took fourth place in this ranking of the total number of patients [4]. Although the population in Russia is much smaller than in the United States, the mortality rate in this “fourth place” is higher than in the United States, and slightly higher than the same figure for Ukraine (1.91 %). Therefore, there is no reason to be optimistic for the Russians themselves, and especially for the Sevastopol residents.

The day before, Tatiana Golikova, Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Government, referring to preliminary data from Rosstat, said that the death rate in Russia in 2020 was 17.9 % higher than in 2019. “This excess mortality, which includes coronavirus mortality”, said Golikova, adding that the proportion of deaths from COVID-19 in 2020 of the total increase in mortality was 31 %. She was also forced to state that in Sevastopol the mortality from coronavirus is really 4.02 % [5]. It is worth to note that on February 3, 2021, the Royal Statistical Society of Britain published its own study of coronavirus mortality, which concluded that this figure in Russia as a whole is underestimated by 6.5 times, and in some regions in general – by 115 times [6].

Given the militarization of Sevastopol, the influx of colonizers and the military personnel from Russia, the concentration of such personnel in the invaders’ military units, a natural question arises – whether the civilian population of the city receives adequate assistance in a pandemic or not? After all, otherwise it is not far from a new international war crime.

1. https://arc.construction/8260?lang=ru

2. https://sev.gov.ru/info/news/

3. https://стопкоронавирус.рф/information/

4. https://index.minfin.com.ua/reference/coronavirus/geography/

5. https://pum24.ru/news/smertnost-v-rossii-za-god-vyrosla-na-pochti-18

6. https://rss.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1740-9713.01486