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Convict Ukrainian citizen Andrei Lugin in Crimea cut his veins in protest against his re-transfer to the territory of the Republic of Mordovia (RF) and the lack of proper medical care. Lawyer of the organization "Regional Center for Human Rights" Vitaly Nabuhotnyi shared the corresponding information, with reference to the wife of the convict Irina Lugina, the Center for Information on Human Rights reports.

The lawyer recalled that on April 24, Andrei Lugin and Yury Mikhailov, serving their sentences in prisons in the territory of the Russian-occupied Crimea, went on a dry hunger strike.

Today, April 26, they were supposed to be transferred to the correctional colonies on the territory of the Russian Federation.
On the photo: Andrey Lugin

According to the lawyer, Lugin and Mikhailov were sentenced in 2010 under the verdict of the Court of Appeal of the ARC. The decision came into force in 2012 by decision of the Supreme Specialized Court of Ukraine for the consideration of civil and criminal cases. After annexation  they were moved from the Crimean peninsula to the territory of Russia for the first time by the Federal Penitentiary Service of the Russian Federation in mid-2016.

Earlier, on April 24, the Ukrainian citizen Andrei Lugin who was convicted by the Ukrainian court prior to annexation, announced a dry hunger strike in the prison of Simferopol. The prisoner refused to recognize himself as a citizen of Russia and demanded to immediately resolve the issue of his transfer to mainland Ukraine. Lugin has a number of serious illnesses, including one very rare, but medical assistance to the prisoner is not provided.

Lugin's family lives in the Crimea, but the Russian authorities took him from the Crimea to one of the colonies of Mordovia.
In March 2017 Lugin was brought from Mordovia to Simferopol to conduct some investigative actions and officers promised to leave him in the Crimea. However, on April 26, his return to Mordovia is scheduled.

Lugin drafted and forwarded an open appeal to the Ukrainian and international authorities, in which he requested to make the Russian Federation comply with the PACE resolution of October 12, 2016, and not transfer other convicts from the Crimea as well as return to Ukraine those convicts who wish it.

On March 17, the Verkhovna Rada Commissioner for Human Rights Valeria Lutkovskaya transferred 12 people from penitentiary institutions of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea to the mainland of Ukraine. The transfer was carried out using the ad hoc mechanism, which was previously proposed by the Ukrainian Ombudsperson.
Negotiations on the transfer of Ukrainian convicts to mainland Ukraine were held between the offices of Ombudsmen of Ukraine and Russia for more than two years.
On April 25, the office of the Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights sent a letter to Russian Ombudsperson Tatyana Moskalkova with a request to investigate the situation with the prisoner Andrei Lugin, who went on a hunger strike in the annexed Crimea.

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