Publication: Monitor Volume: 1 Issue: 108

Russia’s Health Ministry has announced that it will soon put on the market an "autonomous electronic stimulator" which, it says, strengthens the human immune system and suppresses various diseases. The stimulator is a small microprocessor implanted in a capsule, which is swallowed like an ordinary tablet. The ministry says that the stimulator has proven to be an effective treatment for "endocrinological, oncological, gynecological, and nervous diseases." (20)

What the ministry does not mention is that the stimulator was invented by the Fourth Main Administration of the former USSR Ministry of Health, responsible for the treatment of Kremlin and senior government officials. Whether due to the stimulator or not, many of former Soviet bosses, who indeed used the stimulator, have enjoyed enviable longevity.

1. Interfax, Oct. 5

2. Die Welt, October 6

3. Interfax, October 5

4. Izvestiya, October 3

5. Itar-Tass, October 5; Izvestiya, Segodnya, October 6

6. Public TV, Itar-Tass, October 4

7. Nezavisimaya gazeta, October 5

8. Russian TV, Itar-Tass, October 5

9. Itar-Tass, Interfax, October 5

10. Interfax, Oct. 3

11. Itar-Tass and Interfax, October 4 and 5

12. Cited by Basapress, October 5

13. Interfax-Ukraine, October 5

14. Interfax-Ukraine, October 5

15. Itar-Tass, Interfax, October 4 and 5; Argumenty i Fakty, no. 40

16. Itar-Tass, October 6

17. Interfax, October 5

18. Interfax, September 26, October 4

19. Itar-Tass, October 6

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