Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

Russia: Prison Doctors Ordered to Check Inmates’ Health

Posted by Info on 08/09/2011

After the death of lawyer for Hermitage Capital Sergei Magnitsky, the Justice Ministry has ordered prison doctors to check the health of prisoners being punished with solitary confinement. The decree outlines the procedures for the medical check, which is already required under the law.

The government in January compiled a list of diseases that qualify a suspect to be placed in a prison hospital rather than a cell. The diseases include severe cases of diabetes, tuberculosis, cancer, HIV and heart disease. The January list is similar to a 2004 government list of diseases that prohibit prison officials from placing a prisoner in solitary confinement.

Russia’s prison system is notorious for harsh detention conditions and abysmal health care. The Prosecutor General’s Office said in February that 4,423 people died in custody in 2010, a 9 percent year-on-year increase.
More than 90 percent of prisoners have chronic diseases, including 410,000 with HIV, tuberculosis and other life-threatening diseases.
About 260,000 prisoners are placed in disciplinary cells every year.
About 820,000 prisoners are housed in Russian prisons.


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