The Russian government is an avid follower of the Hermetic Cult of Hospital Capacity, the new esoteric religion that has conquered the world. The meaning of life is to protect hospital beds – this is the central tenet of the global cult.
But what kind of hospital beds are we protecting here in Russia?
The Russians are generally prohibited from visiting relatives who are languishing in the “red zones” of COVID – allegedly to ensure excellent hygiene and to prevent unnecessary virus transmissions. We say “in general” because there are creative ways to get around this rule.
For example, a man from Tomsk disguised himself as a doctor and gained access to a local hospital so that he could take care of his criminally neglected grandmother: Those
Sergei’s grandmother was admitted to the Infectious Disease Hospital with COVID-19 and pneumonia on October 21. The woman has been living on liquid food for a year, her grandson had it [vor der Einlieferung ins Krankenhaus] fed with a syringe. She suffers from Alzheimer’s disease and can no longer walk.
After a while, the man learned from a roommate that his relative was practically not cared for. He tried to find out about her condition and the care in the hospital, but nothing came of it. As a result, Sergej bought special protective suits for the “red zones” of the COVID hospitals and gained access to the department by posing as a doctor.
I went into the building and asked where this patient was and introduced myself as a therapist in another department. When I entered the station, my grandmother was covered in urine and feces. Her mouth was covered with vomit, she had an oxygen tube on her forehead, according to the resident of Tomsk.
The situation in the hospital is terrible: the women are asking for water. I felt like I was in jail. A slaughterhouse. Doctors say they are overworked, but the wards are half empty. Why are patients treated like pigs? I asked a nurse why he couldn’t change the patient’s underwear and he replied that he was too lazy.
He cared for his grandmother for several days before he was discovered. She died a few days later:
They offered me money to shut up or they would tighten the screws. I refused, the screws were tightened, my grandmother died. […]
Sergei said that he was raised by his grandmother. She survived the Great Patriotic War [Zweiter Weltkrieg], she was retired and a well deserved teacher, and he just wanted a “quiet death” for her at home.
He even documented his visits to the “red zone”, which greatly angered Russia’s benevolent health authorities:
As a punishment for exposing the sect, Sergey was released and reportedly threatened by the authorities.
The hospital in question – Medical Department No. 2 in Tomsk – has a good reputation. A report was published in July 2020: Those
[M]Trillion rubles were spent from the regional budget to the medical department [für COVID-Patienten] to refurbish. It seems that medical unit No. 2, with good financial resources, should have ensured adequate care for all patients with coronavirus. And what is in practice? […]
The windows are tightly sealed with paper, the air only penetrates through a small crack in the window from which water drips … Even for a healthy person it is very difficult to breathe in such conditions, not to mention those with a sick lungs to have…
According to some doctors, this ward has created ideal conditions for the development of pneumonia in patients. In a stuffy and humid room where the air is not ventilated normally, fungi and mold will inevitably grow …
Some might say only a single case. It is not so.
Almost identical conditions were found in a “red zone” in Nizhny Novgorod: Those
Polina Markina (last name has been changed – editor’s note) recently buried her grandmother. The last pictures of the woman were taken by her daughter in the COVID ward.
The photo shows a frail, gray-haired old woman with an oxygen mask, lying under a dirty sheet with fecal matter and brown stains.
the Photos were sent to a journalist for publication. When the city learned of the violations at the COVID ward, the hospital administration restricted access to the red zone and threatened Markina with legal action.
One woman who rescued her father from the same “red zone” told this story:
He asked him never to take him to that hospital again, asked for food. He complained that he was not fed or washed. He was emaciated, he was size 40, and begged me not to bring him here anymore. When I started changing clothes, he had a large bruise on his right thigh, his arm was bruised here, and he had a bruise on his cheek. They said he fell. My father says he was beaten and that he was injected with phenazepam so he could sleep, says Kuznetsova.
Okay, maybe two isolated cases? But that doesn’t happen anywhere else, don’t worry.
In Russia, it is common for relatives to provide bandages and other necessary items for hospitalized family members. (It was even like that when your humble Moscow correspondent was in the hospital for a week four years ago after a drugged madman stabbed him in the chest with a knife – that’s a long story.) So what happens if you don’t Visiting relatives who are unable to take care of themselves? It seems we have the answer.
Then there is the simple question of budget priorities. Unsurprisingly, a decade of neoliberal austerity measures has damaged the Russian health system:
The whole problem has nothing to do with COVID, ”says Andrei Konoval, co-chairman of the medical union. “We just wiped out the junior medical staff as a category of workers.
On the eve of the pandemic, from 2013 to 2019, their number in Russia decreased by 64% – from 687 to 265 thousand. These are data from Rosstat. The cuts were related to health care reform and the implementation of presidential decrees in May.
Even in Moscow, authorities have openly admitted that a very large number of deaths in the “red zone” are due to hospital-borne “superinfections”. We have dealt extensively with this topic here:
Outrageous gas lighting
At the end of November, chief physicians at 11 COVID hospitals across Russia signed a letter calling on so-called “vaccine skeptics” lawmakers, celebrities and activists to visit their “red zones” so they could see the horrors of the coronavirus with their own eyes .
Duma MP Yakov Sidorov responded to the invitation by inviting these saints of modern medicine to go on a trip to the Trans-Urals region.
“Our virus didn’t start with COVID, but with United Russia,” Sidorov said. “If you are a man of principle, come to us and see how hospitals, villages and pharmacies are dying here.”
Interesting side note: RT’s schizoid boss, Margarita Simonyan, is said to be the author of the letter about the “red zone”. She denies this but said it would have been an honor for her to write the letter. In other words, she definitely wrote it.
No public health expense spared
Earlier this month, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed the federal budget for 2022-24, which includes cuts in health care and social programs.
In total, the budget will “save” 640 billion rubles ($ 8.6 billion) in health care and economic and social support for citizens. The government plans to spend almost the entire amount on a significant increase in funding for law enforcement agencies.
This is a little surprising. At a time when the Russian government is adopting a radical, civilization-changing “public health” measure, … will health care spending be cut? Why exactly?
“Through the budget, we are looking for a way to help people solve problems,” said State Duma spokesman Vyacheslav Volodin at the end of November.
The decision to cut health care spending at a time like this – when society has been restructured to protect public health, no matter what the cost – is, of course, a scandal.
But if you look at the numbers, you can see that Russia doubled spending on healthcare between 2019 and 2020.
Where did all this money go? Certainly not in the “red zones” of Russia.
In fact, we cannot blame the Russian government for cutting health care spending: there are now far, far fewer elderly Russians in need of care. Twenty-six percent of Russians who survived the Great Patriotic War have died in the past year and a half – more than 310,000 people.
Compared to previous years, this is an absolute novelty.
Again: where did the money go?
How many Russians have been sacrificed on the altar of public health?
You don’t want to know.