COVID-19 Runs Rampant in Slavic Religious Communities Across the U.S.

An investigation by grantee Ruslan Gurzhiy at the Russian-language media outlet, “Slavic Sacramento,” has revealed possible reasons why Slavic communities across the U.S. have been especially vulnerable to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The unique investigation highlights the spread of the pandemic in Russian-speaking religious communities from California to New York and uncovers a culture of mistrust towards the government, resulting in the spread of conspiracy theories and misconceptions about the deadly virus.