Russian doctor who questioned the numbers of viruses arrested

MOSCOW: Russian authorities detained the leader of an independent doctors' union, an outspoken critic of someone who has dismissed the country's low official figures for Covid-19 infections as lies.

Anastasia Vasilieva, the chief of police, was detained by police on Thursday and held overnight while traveling from Moscow to an impoverished rural town to deliver masks, gloves and other supplies to a hospital, said a colleague who was traveling with her.

The arrest of Vasilieva, an eye specialist who has been highly critical of Russia's response to the pandemic, added fuel to already widespread skepticism, particularly among critics of the Kremlin, about the accuracy of official figures showing relatively few cases of the virus in Russia.