swine flu

Ukraine flu panic "created for political motives"

Ukraine’s President Viktor Yushchenko has said in a public statement that although the statistical incidence in Ukraine of influenza and SARS (acute respiratory virus infection) was higher three years ago and one year ago, this year speculation and panic have been artificially created for political motives. Ukraine’s next presidential election is scheduled to be held on January 17, 2010.

One way infection

Pointing to Rospotrebnadzor, which it sardonically characterizes as “the new federal Russian law enforcement agency that combines the functions of customs service, border control and interior ministry” (the agency has existed since 2004), an editorial in ej.ru notes that its director has issued a sternly worded instruction that because of the swine flu epidemic in the U.K., groups of schoolchildren and others intent upon visiting Britain for the purpose of improving their skills in the English language will not be permitted to travel there during the month of August. Yet there is no similar restriction on British tourists visiting Russia. The editorial wonders why…