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What is wrong with the Russians? Third doctor pushed out of window after virus complaint

PortandTerminal.com, May 4, 2020

MOSCOW – What is wrong with the Russians? Not all of them of course- most are good people. But the ones who push doctors that complain about being sick with COVID-19 out of windows to their deaths? Who does that type of thing?

A Russian paramedic who complained about being forced to work despite contracting coronavirus was pushed out of a second-floor window. He remains in critical condition local media reported.

This is at least the third incident in which a Russian healthcare professional has plunged from a hospital building under mysterious circumstances in the past two weeks. The two previous doctors have died from their injuries.

Latest incident

The Moscow Times is reporting that Alexander Shulepov is in critical condition with a skull fracture after falling from the second floor of a rural hospital where he was being treated for Covid-19, the local crisis center told local newspaper Vesti Voronezh outlet Saturday.

Shulepov, 37, and his colleague filmed a video on April 22 complaining that the chief doctor of the Novaya Usman village hospital forced him to work despite the fact that he tested positive for Covid-19.

A second video appeared three days later in which Shulepov denied his initial “emotional” claims. His colleague Alexander Kosyakin reportedly faces criminal charges for spreading “fake news” about the virus, which carries a prison sentence of up to five years under a recently passed federal law.

Police have reportedly launched an inspection into Shulepov’s fall from the hospital in the Voronezh region 300 miles south of Moscow.

Two other die mysteriously in the same way

In another similar incident, Natalia Lebedeva, the chief EMS officer at a cosmonaut training center outside Moscow, plunged to her death last week from the window of a hospital room where she was placed with Covid-19 symptoms earlier last week. 

Lebedeva’s name appears alongside 71 other Russian and Belarussian doctors who have died from coronavirus-related complications in an unofficial list compiled by their colleagues mistrustful of official figures. 

News of Lebedeva’s death comes days after the chief doctor of a repurposed coronavirus hospital in Siberia fell from the hospital’s fifth-floor window following talks with health officials. Yelena Nepomnyashchaya, who allegedly opposed admitting Covid-19 patients due to protective equipment shortages and a lack of training among staff, was said to be in critical condition.

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