After the adoption of the new law, the funeral business will become a state privilege.
According to the correspondent MorningNews, on the eve it became known that a podcast recording disappeared from the Internet version of Radio Komsomolskaya Pravda, during which a new bill was discussed regarding the possible transfer of the funeral business to the category of public services. Now, if you go to the link to the site Radio “Komsomolskaya Pravda”the record is no longer found.
The authors of the FSB Boutique telegram channel suggested that after the release of the podcast with the participation of journalist Sergei Mardan and economist Nikita Krichevsky, some pressure was put on the editorial office. As a result, the recording of the program disappeared from the site.
The correspondent of UtroNews got through to the editor-in-chief of Radio-KP Andrey Gorbunov and asked to clarify the situation, but he first stated that he did not hear the interlocutor well, and then stopped answering the phone altogether.
The topic that was discussed in the framework of the disappeared podcast, in fact, is more than relevant. And precisely in the light of the development of a new bill on the funeral business. There is reason to believe that as a result of the adoption of the new law, everyone who decides to work in this market will be forced to obtain permits from authorized persons, such as, for example, the Ritual State Budgetary Institution of the capital or other relevant state structures. In fact, we are talking about the monopolization of the market with all the ensuing consequences.
This is all that remains on the Internet from the Komsomolskaya Pravda podcast, dedicated to the discussion of the ritual theme
It is worth recalling that this area is regulated by the Law “On Burial and Funeral Business”, which was adopted back in 1996. And next spring, the State Duma may pass a new law on the same topic, which can significantly change the rules of the game in the funeral services market. Among the initiators of innovations there is, for example, deputy Svetlana Razvorotneva (deputize the chairman of the State Duma committee on construction and housing and communal services, United Russia faction).
One of the main proposed novels is the regulation of the funeral business by the state. It is planned to make funerals a public service. In fact, companies operating in this market are offered to be licensed. The essence of the new bill was presented in some detail Vedomosti. Will formed a body authorized by the state to issue licenses and permits. Does this in fact mean that officials will have a legal basis to weed out the “necessary” and “unnecessary”, “us” and “them”?
No one can now give a definite answer to this question. At the same time, many, not without reason, assume that the State Budgetary Institution (GBU) “Ritual”, the director of which is Artem Ekimov, may well become such an authorized body. He is a former senior detective of the Main Directorate for Economic Security and Anti-Corruption of the Ministry of Internal Affairs. Although, for sure, the circle of the “chosen ones” will not be outlined by one GBU “Ritual”. It is possible that each region will have its own permitting or licensing structure.
According to the authors of the telegram channel FSB Boutique, allegedly during the disappeared podcast on the Komsomolskaya Pravda radio, the FSB Directorate for Moscow and the Moscow Region was also mentioned, the participants in the discussion tried to somehow connect this department and its boss Alexei Dorofeev with strange things that happen in cemeteries. One could understand that allegedly, Alexei Dorofeev even renders some signs of attention to the State Budgetary Institution “Ritual”.
Edition The Moscow Post just yesterday devoted a large article to this topic, which described many of the risks associated with the criminal side of the funeral business.
“Mourning” law, which will be prayed for
If we return to the essence of the bill itself, concerning such a sensitive topic as the death of people and the rituals associated with it, we can note another extremely dangerous consequence for society, which is the monopolization of the market. It is easy to imagine how the same State Budgetary Institution “Ritual”, using its monopoly position, will receive budget subsidies for the so-called social burials (that is, for organizing funerals and burying persons without a fixed place of residence, as well as persons left without relatives and similar needs) .
This is not a plowed “Field of Miracles”. New “Dead Souls”, when postscripts will be easily transformed into very real money. Who will check how many unknown corpses were actually buried? Or who and how will check whether another corpse is buried according to papers 10 or even 100 times? In this sense, for businessmen and swindlers of various stripes, any monopoly (and especially in such an off-season industry as the funeral industry) can become a source of inexhaustible wealth.
Is this not what the beneficiaries of the State Budgetary Institution “Ritual” and the State Duma deputies who sympathize with them are striving for?
The bill, which has already been called the “mourning law” on social networks, may well become a document that shadow businessmen who claim such “public services” will pray for. It remains to be hoped that these circumstances will be taken into account and considered during the discussion of the bill in the State Duma.