LDPR recalled soviet experience of allocation of students to jobs after finishing the university

2021-08-17

Pre-elective populism gaining momentum.

Deputy to the State Duma (the lower house of the Federal Assembly of Russia) from LDPR (official liberal opposition party) Yaroslav Nilov suggested to retrieve the system of “allocation” for students of medical and pedagogical universities. On the eve of elections parliamentary parties try to outdo each other with populist initiatives referring to soviet stability and standards of living. However, copying of soviet experience on the reality of Russian capitalism will only deceive naïve  expectations of electorate.

Deputy Head of the LDPR faction in the State Duma, Chairman of the Committee on Labor, Social Policy and Veterans Affairs Yaroslav Nilov has told journalists that the system of employment by allocation should be returned back for students of medical and pedagogical universities that studying with the federal budget money.  

“If a person starts studying with the budget money on a preferential program, then we should consider obligatory allocation after finishing the program. Benefits are provided upon admission, free tuition is provided, while the obligation is the employment by distribution… It is practical to apply a compulsory distribution system, stimulating them [graduates] by solving social and everyday issues … Then we will solve the problem with the shortage of staff”

But what exactly “social and everyday issues” the state should help with, Nilov reasonably hasn’t specified.

Let’s recall what the employment with allocation was like under socialism:

  • Education was free-for-all for students, i.e. it was paid from the federal budget.
  • Employment was guaranteed. The period of obligatory work after distribution was 3 years.
  • A graduate obtained direction (appointment), scholarship and funding for travelling to the work place together with a diploma.
  • A graduate working by distribution had a special legal status of a “young specialist”. He could only be fired with the approval of the relevant ministry.
  • Young specialists had the right to receive an extraordinary housing. Accommodation was also free for the recipient. If there was no separate apartment at that time, the specialist was provided with a place in the hostel for free.
  • Young specialists received other social benefits, for example, when placing children in kindergartens.
  • And, of course, even the smallest salary of a Soviet graduate in terms of its purchasing power was much higher than the actual salaries of Russian doctors, of whom little remains after paying for communal services and renting housing.

What of all this is Mr. Nilov ready to offer young Russians, in addition to the obligatory three-year work? The question is rhetorical.

Do you want to realize soviet practices with all the good effects? Place them in the environment for which they are designed – socialism.

In the meantime, the Ministry of Health is solving the problem in its own way – by inviting guest workers – doctors.