Covid-19 outbreak observed in Russian colony with Ukrainian political prisoner Kiyashko

Source : 112 Ukraine

Ukraine’s human rights commissioner noted that some political prisoners have already come through the infectious illness
17:14, 1 July 2020

Ukrainian political prisoner Ihor Kiyashko
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The coronavirus outbreak is registered at the Russian penal colony, where Ukrainian political prisoner Ihor Kiyashko is illegally kept, as Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights Lyudmyla Denisova reported.

“At the penal colony in Nizhny Novgorod Oblast, Russia, the quarantine is imposed as a lot of prisoners have clinically confirmed infection with Covid-19. Besides, the coronavirus infection was diagnosed with prisoners who were kept in the same room with Ihor Kiyashko,” Denisova wrote.

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According to the ombudsman, due to the loss of bed capacity in the medical unit of the colony, infected persons are placed in the dining room and club for leisure and it endangers that other prisoners may also get infected.

Besides, Denisova noted that due to the absence of the means of individual protection and inappropriate medical and sanitary provision, some political prisoners have already come through the infectious illness.

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According to Worldometers, 654,405 people are infected with Covid-19 in Russia; 9,563 people died.

Citizen of Ukraine, lawyer Ihor Kiyashko was detained on April 10 in Nizhny Novhorod. On April 11, he was charged with the attempt of smuggling and espionage. According to his wife, Kiyashko went to Russia for medicine as his son had a relapse of Staphylococcus aureus.

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As we reported, several Ukrainians imprisoned in Russia and the annexed Crimea are in critical condition.


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