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Ukrainian ombudsman asks Russian counterpart to provide Bekirov with immediate medical aid

The political prisoner remains in the remand center in the occupied Crimea
15:48, 23 July 2019

Ukrainian political prisoner Edem Bekirov
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Lyudmyla Denisova, the Ukrainian ombudsman, turned to her Russian colleague Tatyana Moskalkova, urging her to provide Edem Bekirov with the immediate medical assistance. Denisova posted that on Facebook.

"Edem Bekirov, held at No.1 remand center in Crimea and Sevastopol, detained by Russian FSB agents at Chongar checkpoint on December 2018, feels worse," reads the message.

Denisova pointed out that Bekirov is a person with special needs, he suffers from diabetes and heartaches.

"Yesterday, he could not even come and see his lawyer because of the damage to his spinal nerve. Every day of Bekirov staying in the remand center poses risk to his life," Denisova said.

Related: Political prisoner Bekirov suffers from pneumonic fever, - wife

Edem Bekirov is a Crimean Tatar activist, charged with the illegal purchase, passing, storing, transporting or carrying weapons (Article 222 of Russia's Criminal Code).

However, the activist's family says he was arrested for the pro-Ukrainian stance.

June 11, the ECHR obliged Russia to transfer Bekirov to a hospital because of his health status; Russia has not yet lived up to it. The court ruled that Bekirov will stay in detention until February 11, 2019.

Related: ECHR obliges Russia to provide Bekirov with proper medical examination

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