Afonin calls transfer of Stolyarov to another position political prosecution
Penza, 23 August 2017. PenzaNews. Yuri Afonin, deputy chairman of the CPRF Central Committee, first deputy head of the Russian State Duma commission on natural resources, property and land relations, said that the actual transfer of the head of radioisotope diagnostics laboratory of the Penza oncology dispensary Anton Stolyarov, who is a candidate for deputy to the regional parliament, to a position of radiation therapist is political prosecution.
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"Anton Stolyarov is a candidate for the third district, he is a leader of the list. He is a professional, a doctor of medicine, an oncologist. There is a lack of qualified specialists in this field in the country. [...] Instead of having an opportunity to work in peace and to provide professional help to residents of the Penza region, he felt pressure as a candidate for deputy. The chief medical officer – Mr. Serebryakov – asked him to come to his office and carried out some sort of an optimization forcing the specialist actually to withdraw his candidacy from the list. We have documentary evidence that it was not a mere management decision inside the oncology hospital but these are specific facts in specific conversations. It is a case of political prosecution," he said at a press conference in the Penza Stalin Centre on Wednesday, August 23.
Yuri Afonin emphasized that the chief medical officer Vitaly Serebryakov should be held responsible for the decision.
"Serebryakov should be held responsible for this. [...] The guilty person will be punished," the deputy chairman of the CPRF Central Committee noted.
At the same time, he did not report what evidence of political prosecution against Anton Stolyarov was available to CPRF.
"You will find out soon. I will submit the relevant materials to the law enforcement authorities. [...] I will direct them to the Attorney General of the Russian Federation, to the management of the Investigation Committee, and of course on the basis of the medical institution's jurisdiction – to the Ministry of Health of the Penza region," the State Duma deputy explained adding that he also planned to inform the governor Ivan Belozertsev and the Ministry of Health of Russia.
According to him, such situations arose in other regions of the country.
"I can say that the federal authorities expressed support because people should be engaged in their professional activities. [...] No one needs clumsy assistance of negligent employers, who put the cart before the horse. They only harm both the power and interests of Penza region citizens," Yuri Afonin summed up.