This is Tatyana Bykova.
She lives under house arrest in her opulent house in the Sunrise district of Rostov, which she shares with her boyfriend, a police commissioner.
Bykova was Minister of Health in the Rostov region from 2004 until her recent arrest. The charge is bribery, for an alleged million-dollar fraud related to public procurement, which allegedly caused millions of dollars to the treasury.
In 2018, a petition was posted on the Internet asking to dismiss Bykova for not updating the salaries of health workers to the official inflation rate (we are talking about 60% in five years). This fact had caused a shortage of nurses and doctors in the Rostov region, because local health workers were moving to other regions with higher salaries.
She is also accused of falsifying statistics on infant mortality for the Ministry of Health in Moscow.
From the outside you don’t realize you’re about to visit an 18th century palace!
If – as the accusations show – Bykova actually embezzled public money for regional hospitals, underpaid the entire medical staff, falsified statistics on infant mortality for the benefit of Moscow bureaucrats to remain a perfect candidate for that position,
do you think it ever crossed your mind that AIDS epidemics are a major problem in the region?
There are dozens of Bykova in other areas of Russia who should be arrested and stripped of their illicit wealth, but this is not happening. These health ministers are interested in making sure that negative reports never emerge so that they have no problems with Moscow and continue to enjoy their fantastic lifestyle.
Members of the Russian Parliament are watching Yuri Dudia’s documentary film about the AIDS epidemic in Russia, which was distributed on the Internet to avoid being censored. Millions of Russians have seen it in a few days.
This is how our government gets information about health problems in the regions: independent documentaries distributed on YouTube…