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Heat, unsanitary conditions and diseases – relatives of political prisoners told about inhuman conditions in the pre-detention centre of Simferopol

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In the detention cell, which contains a citizen of Ukraine Vladimir Balukh, there are 20 more people with him, but the camera is designed for 16 places, and there are not enough beds for everyone. According to relatives, prisoners have to sleep in turns. The size of the camera is 42 square meters (6 x 7). The standard of sanitary area in the cell for one person is set at 4 square meters.  At this time, one prisoner in the cell has slightly more than 2 square meters.

Relatives of other political prisoners told about this situation to the Crimean human rights group.

People lack a free and personal space – all personal things, including food, household appliances and hygiene products, are in the cell and take up a lot of space. In the cells it is unbearably hot and stuffy, since the air temperature in Simferopol rises to 40 degrees in the daytime. People wash and dry their sheets directly in the cells. From this, air in tight rooms becomes too moist.

The cells are poorly lit, the prisoners eyesight is deteriorating. There are unsanitary conditions in the cell – cockroaches, ants and other insects. Prisoners are bitten by fleas and mosquitoes. The toilet is located directly in the cell; it is one for all and covered with just a cling film. Because of this, the cells have a specific smell.

On a walk, prisoners are taken to a semi-open room, which is smaller than the camera itself, it is under a roof and the sky is not visible in it.

The food that people are given is practically inedible. Prisoners can only eat what their relatives bring to them. But products are shared with other prisoners. As a result of poor nutrition, many have lost much weight.

Such conditions of detention are unacceptable. According to the practice of the European Court of Human Rights, such conditions of detention are inhuman and degrading treatment.

Life in such terrible conditions leads to an exacerbation of chronic diseases of prisoners and the emergence of new ones.

In particular, the relatives of Vladimir Balukh reported that he was suffering from headaches due to exacerbated sinusitis. Also, problems with the heart were aggravated, Baluch had high blood pressure.

A few days ago, on 23 June, the lawyer of Baluch during a meeting with him in the detention centre drew attention to signs indicating deterioration in the health of his client. The lawyer of the Ukrainian will apply for a full medical examination of Baluch.

Crimean lawyers and relatives of other political prisoners often say about the deterioration of people’s health in the detention centre. CHRG recorded complaints about the failure to provide medical assistance to Emir-Usene Kuku, Arsen Dzepparov, Vladimir Dudka, Evgeny Panov, a citizen of Ukraine of Afghan origin Kabir Mohammad. On 20 June, the state of health of the figurant of the “case of Ukrainian saboteurs” Vladimir Prisich sharply deteriorated. He, according to relatives, was numb in part of his head, bleeding started from the nose, and he lost consciousness.

As relatives report, many o f the prisoners are not given medical assistance on time, and even if it’s provided, it is not in full.

In addition, according to Crimean lawyer Emil Kurbadinov, political prisoners, many of whom have been in custody for more than a year, are not given the opportunity to see their relatives.

Such actions of the Russian authorities against Ukrainian political prisoners are an additional way of pressure on them. Thus, the occupation authorities are trying to break the will and suppress people from all manifestations of their civil position, different from the policy of the Kremlin

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