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The 14 Craziest Things Russia's Top Doctor Ever Said

Gennady Onishchenko was fired on Wednesday. His words of wisdom will be missed.

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This is Gennady Onishchenko. Until he was let go on Wednesday, he spent many days giving Russians health advice. Officially, his title was head of the Federal Consumer Protection Service.


2. Nor is he fond of mice: "Today, unfortunately, humanity remains in a struggle with this animal, since the mouse is much older than the human. When our ancestors walked on four legs, mice were already corporate animals.”

4. "You all know that one gram of nicotine kills a horse. We have a humane country, and it is people, not horses, who are being killed.”

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7. He's also notorious for inventing culinary crises to cover political spats. On Moldovan wine: "It presents absolutely no interest and, apparently, can only be used for other goals. You can paint fences ... with this solution containing alcohol.”


10. Echoing the beliefs of millions of Russians, he once said: “Excessive air conditioning and cold drinks negatively affect health. There’s a danger of getting a cold, and in the case of air conditioning, also an infection."

11. He's expounded numerous times on the dangers of protesting: "If the weather report is right, I categorically forbid you from going to these protests. No tea or hot drinks will save you and can even play a negative role."

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