Day 626 – They’re Russian over to help us

Hmmm. This is.. interesting.


“An IL-76 of the Russian Emergencies Ministry has been loaded with Rospotrebnadzor’s (the Federal Service for Surveillance on Consumer Rights Protection and Human Wellbeing) mobile laboratory mounted on a Kamaz vehicle at Volgograd’s airport and is heading for the South African Republic. There are virologists, epidemiologists and physicians of Rospotrebnadzor and the Russian Health Ministry along with an Emergencies Ministry task force on board the IL-76,” the ministry said.


Having had the world singing the praises of our scientists for the past couple of weeks, why do we need a mobile Russian virology lab and mobile Russian virologists in Cape Town?

The flight is performed by order of Russian President Vladimir Putin, following the request of his South African counterpart Cyril Ramaphosa. On Friday night, it departed from Moscow to Volgograd, where the laboratory was loaded on the plane.

Curiouser and curiouser, Comrades.