Since Russia occupied Crimea, red tape there has been getting increasingly rampant, reports a QHA correspondent in Crimea.

“The number of deputy chief physicians has increased 2-3 fold on average. Get this – they even came up with a new position called ‘Deputy Chief Physician for Counteracting Terrorism’! In fact, this an FSS (Russia’s Federal Security Service) officer who is responsible for keeping the hospital’s personnel in check. This has been going on for almost a year, but many are not even aware of the fact that this is an official position. They also have their own lawyers at hospitals now,” says the correspondent.

While doctors in Crimea get paid salaries ranging from RUB 10-12 thousand to RUB 30 thousand, deputy chief physicians like these receive a monthly salary of RUB 150-200 thousand.