In Russia, the number of participants and veterans of the Great Patriotic War during the pandemic decreased by 26 percent – over a year and a half, their number decreased from 1.21 million in April to 896,806 in October 2021. The fact that during the pandemic every fourth veteran died, the Ministry of Labor said, report “Vedomosti”.
The department said that the reduction of participants and veterans of the war has accelerated by about one and a half times. In two years, the number of direct participants and invalids of the Great Patriotic War fell to 31.4 thousand people – before the pandemic there were 55.55 thousand, the Ministry of Labor added.
As of 2021, there are 865.3 thousand WWII veterans left in Russia. Among them, more than 458 thousand are home front workers, 255 thousand are widows of invalids and war veterans, 76 thousand are former underage prisoners of concentration camps. In addition, more than 74 thousand Russians survived the blockade of Leningrad, more than one thousand people were residents of besieged Sevastopol and 54 people were adult prisoners of fascism.
According to Rosstat, for people over 85 in Russia in 2019, the age-specific mortality rate was 164 per 1000 people, in 2020 —190. Demographer Aleksey Raksha believes that in 2021 the indicator may reach 209.
Earlier, at the age of 105, the oldest veteran of the Great Patriotic War in Russia, Timofey Marzoev, died. He took part in the liberation of the Caucasus, in battles in Ukraine, Moldova, Romania, Bulgaria, Yugoslavia. He met the victory while in Austria.
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