This article is part or a recurring pro-Kremlin narrative of the "EU in decline", "the western societies are helpless and in crisis". The underlying deceptive message is that "the weak EU is forced to talk with strong energy-exporter Russia not to kill the population".
This manipulative twist appeared in an article on Europe's energy crisis. There is no clear connection between excess winter deaths in the UK in 2014 and the rise in gas prices.
Analysing the reasons for the situation, and keeping silent about Russia's role in the current crisis (decrease in Gazprom supplies), the author of the article criticises the European energy policy, sarcastically ridiculing Green Energy, and Europe's desire to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. As a way out of the energy crisis for the Europeans, it is proposed to develop cooperation with Russia and order nuclear power plants.
Pro-Kremlin outlets paint a very black picture of dire consequences of Europe's gas shortage: factory closures, unemployment, surging prices for electricity, food, transportation, poverty, starving families and tens of thousands of elderly people frostbitten to death in unheated homes.
It is true that an estimated 43,900 excess winter deaths (EWDs) occurred in England and Wales in 2014/15; the highest number since 1999/00. But it is not true that people got frozen to death because of cold houses.
Cold weather is clearly a factor in the increased number of deaths compared to other periods of the year. Because winter weather can directly increase the occurrence of heart attacks, stroke, respiratory disease, influenza, falls/injuries and hypothermia. Exposure to extreme cold can lead to hypothermia, but this is not the main cause of excess winter deaths of 2014/2015 in the UK.
Circulatory diseases (i.e.heart attacks and strokes) account for 40% of EWDs nationally and around one-third of excess winter deaths are due to respiratory illness. Respiratory disease is known to be one of the main causes of excess winter deaths (EWDs); for example in 2014/15, respiratory diseases were listed as the underlying cause of death for 36% of all excess winter deaths, with the majority of these deaths occurring in the 75 and over age group. Pneumonia was the underlying cause in 19% of all excess winter deaths in 2014/15. More information can be found here.