Mandatory Vaccination Orders Spread to Yet More Russian Regions
But remains to be seen if these have much teeth or not
After the Kremlin spoke in favor of mandatory vaccinations in Moscow, other governors eager to please the center have heard and understood the signal, and similar decrees are spreading across the provinces.
As of now 22 of Russia’s 85 federal regions have ordered mandatory vaccinations based on type of employment OR ELSE. The list (courtesy of Meduza):
I have talked about the contradictions of ordering 60% of service sector workers to get injected (here, here, here, here, and here), but if anything the orders for 60% of civil servants to vaccinate are even more comedic. Sure you can write on a piece of paper that 60% of workers in government offices must be injected, but who decides which 60% and what happens with those who do not? Let’s say that in a certain bureau only 50% are successfully bribed and pressured into getting injections. What do you do with the uninjected half? Have them draw straws to determine which of them will be fired/suspended to get the bureau over the 60% threshold? Somehow I don’t see that passing muster even in Russia’s slavishly power-appeasing courts.
I wonder how this ends and if these decisive-sounding decrees, in the end, don’t just end up advertising the impotence of the Russian state to impose itself on its people. That the authorities wisely limit themselves to targeting only a minority of the population, and even then demand only a 60% compliance rate would imply the political parasites are well aware of their weakness.
Actually, many of these decrees don’t even spell out what happens in the case of non-compliance, possibly because nothing can. These are panicked, ad-hoc orders issued for the sake of the immediate goal of appearing decisive, but without any thought given to implementation or the exit plan. They have every potential of ending up humiliating the issuers themselves which is perhaps why Putin hasn’t had the courage to issue one on a national level.