Harsh Russian winter takes an early toll

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: (Published 25 November 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:1385
  1. SUE JAMESON, freelance journalist
  1. Moscow

    In Moscow 25 people have died and more than 100 others have been treated for frostbite during the first half of this month after an unusually early start to the long Russian winter. With night time temperatures plummeting to -15°C, those most at risk--homeless people and heavy drinkers--quickly succumbed to the bitter cold. According to a spokesman for the municipal health authority, all the victims so far this winter had been drinking heavily.

    At Moscow's Paveletsky railway station, which is a regular haunt for homeless …

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