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‘We’re expendable’: Russian doctors face hostility, mistrust

In this handout photo taken from video footage, medical workers record s video appeal to Russian President Vladimir Putin in Armavir, Russia, Saturday, May 16, 2020. Dozens of medical workers all across the country, from Siberia to southern Russia, made similar videos over the weekend, demanding the bonuses President Vladimir Putin promised them for working with coronavirus patients. Many said they had received 10 to 100 times less than was promised. (Grigory Kramchanin via AP)
In this photo taken on Monday, May 18, 2020, Dr. Irina Vaskyanina adjusts a face mask to protect against coronavirus during her interview with the Associated Press in front of a hospital in Reutov, just outside Moscow, Russia. Vaskyanina headed a department handling blood transfusions at a hospital in Reutov, outside Moscow, and spent weeks fighting for better working conditions after 40 of her colleagues got infected with the virus and dozens quit. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
In this photo taken on Saturday, May 16, 2020, Natalia Salomatova, an orderly at a hospital speaks during her interview with the Associated Press in Russia's Siberian city Chita, Russia, Saturday, May 16, 2020. Salomatova, an orderly at an infectious disease hospital in the Siberian city of Chita, says she didn't get a bonus President Vladimir Putin promised medical workers for dealing with coronavirus patients. April bonuses for her colleagues ranged from the equivalent of 41 cents to $6.86, despite the Kremlin promising around $340. (AP Photo/Konstantin Vasilyev)
Russian President Vladimir Putin takes part in a videoconference with Cabinet officials at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, May 19, 2020. Putin instructed the Cabinet to ensure payments of additional payments to medics that he has ordered. (Alexei Nikolsky, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
In this photo taken from video footage, nurses and orderlies walk to meet journalists in front of a hospital in Russia's Siberian city Chita, Russia, Saturday, May 16, 2020. Dozens of medical workers all across the country, from Siberia to southern Russia, made similar videos over the weekend, demanding the bonuses President Vladimir Putin promised them for working with coronavirus patients. Many said they had received 10 to 100 times less than was promised. (AP Photo/Konstantin Vasilyev)
In this photo taken on March 22, 2020, Dr. Yevgeniya Bogatyryova poses for a photo next to an ambulance in Korolev, just outside Moscow, Russia. Bogatyryova, a Moscow-area ambulance medic, told AP the April bonuses varied from $2 to $120. (AP Photo)
In this photo taken on April 13, 2020, and provided by Nina Rogova, Nina Rogova, a nurse at a local hospital, poses for a photo in Karabanovo, Vladimir region 200 kilometers (120 miles) east of Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, May 20, 2020. Rogova and her colleagues lived in their hospital ward for six days as it was locked down for quarantine after one of the patients tested positive for the virus. Rogova, who is now recovering after contracting the virus at work, complained about shortages of protective gear to local media and now fears for her job. (Courtesy of Nina Rogova via AP)
In this Wednesday, May 20, 2020 photo, a woman reacts as she walks past portraits of St. Petersburg's medical workers who died from coronavirus infected during their work, hanging at a unofficial memorial in front of the local health department in St.Petersburg, Russia. Russian health officials say more than 70 medical workers have died of coronavirus since the beginning of the outbreak. Health care workers believe the number to be much higher and they have compiled a list of more than 240. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)

‘We’re expendable’: Russian doctors face hostility, mistrust

In this handout photo taken from video footage, medical workers record s video appeal to Russian President Vladimir Putin in Armavir, Russia, Saturday, May 16, 2020. Dozens of medical workers all across the country, from Siberia to southern Russia, made similar videos over the weekend, demanding the bonuses President Vladimir Putin promised them for working with coronavirus patients. Many said they had received 10 to 100 times less than was promised. (Grigory Kramchanin via AP)
In this photo taken on Monday, May 18, 2020, Dr. Irina Vaskyanina adjusts a face mask to protect against coronavirus during her interview with the Associated Press in front of a hospital in Reutov, just outside Moscow, Russia. Vaskyanina headed a department handling blood transfusions at a hospital in Reutov, outside Moscow, and spent weeks fighting for better working conditions after 40 of her colleagues got infected with the virus and dozens quit. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
In this photo taken on Saturday, May 16, 2020, Natalia Salomatova, an orderly at a hospital speaks during her interview with the Associated Press in Russia's Siberian city Chita, Russia, Saturday, May 16, 2020. Salomatova, an orderly at an infectious disease hospital in the Siberian city of Chita, says she didn't get a bonus President Vladimir Putin promised medical workers for dealing with coronavirus patients. April bonuses for her colleagues ranged from the equivalent of 41 cents to $6.86, despite the Kremlin promising around $340. (AP Photo/Konstantin Vasilyev)
Russian President Vladimir Putin takes part in a videoconference with Cabinet officials at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, May 19, 2020. Putin instructed the Cabinet to ensure payments of additional payments to medics that he has ordered. (Alexei Nikolsky, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
In this photo taken from video footage, nurses and orderlies walk to meet journalists in front of a hospital in Russia's Siberian city Chita, Russia, Saturday, May 16, 2020. Dozens of medical workers all across the country, from Siberia to southern Russia, made similar videos over the weekend, demanding the bonuses President Vladimir Putin promised them for working with coronavirus patients. Many said they had received 10 to 100 times less than was promised. (AP Photo/Konstantin Vasilyev)
In this photo taken on March 22, 2020, Dr. Yevgeniya Bogatyryova poses for a photo next to an ambulance in Korolev, just outside Moscow, Russia. Bogatyryova, a Moscow-area ambulance medic, told AP the April bonuses varied from $2 to $120. (AP Photo)
In this photo taken on April 13, 2020, and provided by Nina Rogova, Nina Rogova, a nurse at a local hospital, poses for a photo in Karabanovo, Vladimir region 200 kilometers (120 miles) east of Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, May 20, 2020. Rogova and her colleagues lived in their hospital ward for six days as it was locked down for quarantine after one of the patients tested positive for the virus. Rogova, who is now recovering after contracting the virus at work, complained about shortages of protective gear to local media and now fears for her job. (Courtesy of Nina Rogova via AP)
In this Wednesday, May 20, 2020 photo, a woman reacts as she walks past portraits of St. Petersburg's medical workers who died from coronavirus infected during their work, hanging at a unofficial memorial in front of the local health department in St.Petersburg, Russia. Russian health officials say more than 70 medical workers have died of coronavirus since the beginning of the outbreak. Health care workers believe the number to be much higher and they have compiled a list of more than 240. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)
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