Nemik strikes back: the minister denounced the deputy
In December last year, within the walls of the Legislative Assembly of the Krasnoyarsk Territory, there was a scandal with a touch of anti-Semitism – deputy Irina Ivanova said that the family of Health Minister Boris Nemik lives in Israel.
The people’s chosen one was especially outraged by the fact that members of the Nemik family allow themselves public comparisons between Israeli and Russian medicine. Obviously, not in favor of the latter.
– I consider it unacceptable, and especially in the current situation. I ask the governor to pay attention to this and see if we can have such a minister? Madame Ivanova was indignant.
It seemed that Irina Ivanova’s speech, referring to the bad times of widespread spy mania and mass denunciations, would flash in the newsfeed and be forgotten – yet, as history and today’s practice show, the search for “enemies of the people” is the prerogative of the security forces, not the legislature. However, as it turned out, the lesson from history (both the twentieth century and December 2022) was, first of all, learned by Boris Nemik himself – the Minister of Health decided to master the tactics of denunciation that had returned to fashion. True, Irina Ivanova was not his target.
In February 2023, a deputy of the regional parliament, Alexander Gliskov, announced on his personal Telegram channel that he had been summoned to the commission on parliamentary ethics. The fact is that the Legislative Assembly received a complaint from the Ministry of Health. Officials accused the deputy of discretizing the work of their department.
The essence of the story is simple – the optimization of medicine in the region. In more detail, in mid-December, the Achinsk newspaper Novaya Prichulymka wrote about the upcoming optimization of the local dermatological dispensary – they planned to move the medical institution to another building. Which seems to be not bad, since the current building looks, to put it mildly, unpresentable.
However, this is where “optimization” features come into play. In the old building of the Achinsk KVD there are 15 beds in a round-the-clock hospital and 23 beds in a day hospital. And in the process of moving, it was supposed to relocate 20 beds from the day hospital to a new place, and send all “round-the-clock” patients for treatment to Krasnoyarsk.
As a result, one of the KVD employees wrote about the upcoming optimization to Alexander Gliskov and asked him for help. The deputy highlighted the situation in his telegram channel, accompanied by the thesis:
– Meanwhile, the fifth column in the regional Ministry of Health is planning another optimization (sabotage).
It was these words that became a trigger for officials and soon a complaint came to the Legislative Assembly from the Ministry of Health signed by Minister Boris Nemik, who, perhaps, had not yet left and was impressed by the December speech of Gliskov’s parliamentary colleague Irina Ivanova.
Be that as it may, on February 16, Alexander Gliskov visited the commission on parliamentary ethics.
– Members of the commission scolded me, they said that it was necessary to refrain from such terms. I replied that these terms are acceptable within the framework of a political discussion, I am not going to give up my words. I think that the leadership of the Ministry of Health is harming the industry,” the deputy shared his impressions of the visit in a conversation with NGS24.RU.
However, the most remarkable thing that Gliskov learned at the commission was that a complaint similar to that received by the Legislative Assembly was also sent to the prosecutor’s office. It turns out that Boris Nemik not only took the denunciation into service, but also improved it. If earlier stories like “Ivanova versus Nemik” and “Nemik versus Gliskov”, despite unsympathetic methods, remained habitual and even natural conflicts between the executive and legislative branches, now, with the involvement of a third party in the form of a law enforcement agency, the consequences of the scandal are difficult to predict .
Moreover, both for the deputy Gliskov, and for the minister Nemik. The latter, on a personal example, proved that denunciations are a double-edged weapon, which means that appeals to Nemik himself may fall into the same prosecutor’s office.