Court can set free a seriously ill inmate but there is no anyone who can take him home

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Members of the Sverdlovsk Public Monitoring Committee Larisa Zakharova and Dmitry Antonenkov have inspected the correctional facility № 2 as a part of the project «Public service for penitentiary control».

The reason was simple: a lot of relatives of convicts are worried for their close people whom were transferred into this facility. Family members cannot get any information about life of convicts.

Worriment of them is obvious and understandable. This facility is considered to be «torture chamber» in the Sverdlovsk region. Death rate is the highest; for seven months 30 convicts died there.

Defenders have visited inmates at prison hospital. No complaints or petitions found. They have visited also inmates with severe diseases. At one ward there was an inmate who was after surgery. A doctor recommended defenders not to disturb him. Having written his data, defenders went into another ward with a convict whom in summer a court was ready to set free due to his disease. But the problem was he didn’t have anyone to take him from there; relatives refused him and administration cannot just bring him out of the facility. Such people need help. We don’t know if these people are transferred into hospice or not.

We have seen a convict Ruslan Tedeyev at isolated ward of surgeon department; he was finally put on medical treatment after numerous complaints. Recently he has had a court hearing through video-conferencing where judge of the Jewish Autonomous Region satisfied his appeal upon his participation in court session where he will be able to give a testimony upon criminal case.

Let’s remind that earlier for more than a year Tedeyev couldn’t make it in court; only after human rights defenders’ interference; problem was resolved.

Members of the Sverdlovsk Public Monitoring Committee have talked to administration of the facility, taken a phone number where they can find out about this inmates. This number is needed for fast exchange of information about conditions of convict.

Human rights defenders of the Urals

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