East StratCom disinformation claim:

The infant mortality rate in Russia has fallen recently to a rate “lower than in Europe.”

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Period/date: 8. March 2017

Debunk claim:

According to the United Nations Interagency Group for Child Mortality Estimation (IGME), the infant mortality rate in Russia – meaning the probability of a child dying between birth and exactly one year of age – was 8.2 per 1,000 live births in 2015. That was approximately three times higher than the estimated infant mortality rates of most EU countries in 2015. The World Bank estimated Russia’s infant mortality rate for 2015 at 8 per 1,000, while a majority of EU countries ranged between 2.4 and 4 per 1,000. Further debunking at Polygraph http://www.polygraph.info/a/putin-russia-infant-mortality-rate/28366829.html

Documentation for the debunk

Additional information

This information is reported by Polygraphinfo in Disinformation Review issue 62. The item is located at row number 33 in the report.

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