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A prisoner from the Crimea Andrei Lugin was taken to the territory of neighboring Russia without medical assistance. The wife of the arrested Irina Lugina reported in the comments to Krym.Realii.

“On May, 6 the lawyer received the official response from the medical unit of the remand prison. They reported that allegedly a doctor examined him [Andrei Lugin – ed.] and he could be transferred to Mordovia without medical support. Few days later, he was taken without medical support to the Russia territory to the Krasnodar city. They did not remove the stitches and did not provide rehabilitation after the operation. After that he was taken to Rostov-on-Don, and then to the colony in Mordovia”, Lugina noted.

She said that she applied to the European Court and various international human rights organizations on this issue.

Earlier on April 24, the Ukrainian citizen Andrei Lugin who was convicted by the Ukranian court prior to annexation, announced a dry hunger strike in the prison of Simferopol. On April 26 he cut his veins in protest against his second transfer to Republic of Mordovia (RF) and lack of medical service.

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 proper 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 Mordova was 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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