Russia doubles down on omicron scam
A never-ending story
Just like everywhere else in the world, in Russia anyone with cold-like symptoms is assumed to be a filthy leper. This is why Russian authorities are peddling unproven genetic slurries, closing down businesses, and barring children from receiving routine medical care—everything possible is being done to ensure no one suffers from cold-like symptoms.
Let’s briefly survey some of the new public health measures being used to keep Russians safe from cold-like symptoms.
National Guard protects St. Petersburg eateries from untagged vermin
On the night of January 21-22, authorities in St. Petersburg carried out a series of raids on businesses that refused to comply with the city’s anti-human cattle tag regime. But how can we ensure that these infernal bars and hookah lounges remain closed, hopefully forever? It’s time to call in the Rosgvardia:
A fair amount of forces have been deployed to guard the bars. Each post contains at least two people in gray uniforms of the National Guard, sometimes accompanied by a police officer. According to local residents, a “supervisor” with a tablet comes periodically and checks the situation. In total, for 20 sealed bars—from 40 to 60 people at the same time. The shift lasts 6-8 hours. In total, it can be calculated that about 150 guardsmen were sent to fight the QR resistance.
Russia should reroute a few Battalion Tactical Groups stationed in Belarus; probably there is an insubordinate nail salon on Nevsky Prospect that needs close supervision.
St. Petersburg bans children
In order to keep everyone healthy, Russia’s second-largest city has barred under-18s from doing anything. You want to go to a fitness center? That’s very unhealthy, please sit at home and play Minecraft.
It is forbidden for minors to visit zoos, museums and organizations engaged in exhibition activities, swimming pools, fitness centers, theaters, circuses, concert halls, indoor ice rinks, facilities intended for entertainment and leisure, attractions… and funerals.
Okay, but at least children can visit the doctor for a routine check-up, right? Wrong.
St. Petersburg’s healthcare system prioritizes cold-like symptoms
Nothing says public health quite like “anyone who doesn’t have cold-like symptoms is not a priority”:
In St. Petersburg, planned medical care in polyclinics is suspended due to the spread of the omicron strain of coronavirus. This follows from the decision of the chief sanitary doctor for St. Petersburg, Natalia Bashketova, published on January 21 on the website of the regional department of Rospotrebnadzor.
Preventive medical examinations for adults in St. Petersburg and medical examinations for children have been halted. The restrictions do not apply to “patients with diseases and conditions in which the delay in the provision of medical care for a certain time may lead to a deterioration in their condition, a threat to life and health,” the decree says.
Sobyanin strikes back
By the way, what’s going on in Moscow?
Mayor Sergey Sobyanin is still dreaming of imposing the QR code yoke (cattle tags are currently needed for museums and large events). In the meantime, he has decided to deprive children of routine medical care:
Due to the increased workload on the outpatient department, we kindly ask Muscovites to postpone scheduled visits to the clinic for 2-3 weeks. In addition, we inform you that admission to other medical facilities will be temporarily limited. […]
In order to reduce the risk of infection for the most vulnerable categories of children, we have decided to close planned admissions to children’s hospitals for 3 weeks. These temporary changes do not apply to the planned hospitalization of small patients with oncological and hematological diseases for anticancer treatment, as well as for other diseases or conditions that do not allow for delay in the provision of medical care. Emergency medical care will be provided in full, without exception, to all children.
Sobyanin has also extended house arrest for old people who stubbornly refuse to get the clot-shot:
Other bad things are happening everywhere
Russia’s a big place. Judging from what’s happening in St. Petersburg and Moscow, it’s safe to assume that similarly unsavory policies are being adopted in other parts of the country.
According to Regnum, planned or routine medical care has been restricted or completely suspended in the following regions: Saint Petersburg, Kalmykia, Republic of Sakha (Yakutia), Perm region, Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug, Oryol region, Republic of Karelia, Republic of North Ossetia, Vladimir region, Republic of Khakassia, Kaliningrad region, Karachay-Cherkess Republic, Leningrad region, Mari El Republic, Arkhangelsk region, Stavropol region, Orenburg region, Komi Republic, Rostov region, and Moscow region.
And that’s just healthcare-related shenanigans. What other cold-like symptoms nonsense is going on in Russia’s lesser-known regions? One example: in Perm, the regional public health junta wants to segregate uninjected children:
Just a friendly reminder: Russia still has cold-like symptoms restrictions. Lots of them.