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Prisoner proved the unavailability of healthcare in a colony in Murmansk in the court

Elena Zholobova
Correctional Colony 16 in the village of Murmashi
Photo from the website of the Federal Penitentiary Service’s Office for Murmansk Oblast

Prisoner Denis Munin, who is serving time in Penal Colony No. 16 in the village of Murmashi in Murmansk Oblast, won a lawsuit against the prison infirmary. He proved that he had not received necessary treatment and obtained redress of injury inflicted on the person's health in the amount of 5 thousand rubles. According to Novaya Gazeta, the court's decision is precedent — prisoners have never proven failure to provide medical attention in the Federal Penitentiary Service unassistedly.

Prisoners complained about the lack of healthcare in Penal Colony 16 in the summer of 2019. 25 people with serious diseases and disabilities wrote an open letter to Andrey Chibis, the acting Governor of Murmansk Oblast, in which they called treatment delivery a torture. They reported that due to the lack of paramedics, the health post in the colony existed only on paper, but in fact medical attention was not provided to prisoners, complaints were not recorded and medications were not administered. The Karelian office of the Federal Penitentiary Service, to which the infirmary in Penal Colony 16 is subject, responded that there was no problem with care delivery to prisoners: staff was manned, medical care was delivered fully and there was enough medication.

One of the convicts, Denis Munin, filed a lawsuit against the infirmary. According to him, he was not treated properly for hypertension and hepatitis, so there was a significant deterioration in his condition. On September 25, the Oktyabrsky District Court of Murmansk delivered judgement. It agreed with the prisoner's arguments, having subpoenaed his medical card and having made sure that the actions of doctors did not meet the approved standards. In addition to redress in the amount of 5 thousand rubles, Munin was also assigned a medical check.

According to Novaya Gazeta, other prisoners of Penal Colony 16 filed similar lawsuits as well.


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