3 doctors of Vishnevsky military hospital convicted of bribery
The hospital management would set prices for free state-provided services.
The Moscow District Military Court convicted three doctors who held senior positions at Vishnevsky’s Central Military Clinical Hospital of the Defense Ministry. According to the court verdict, all of the accused are to serve their terms in a strict-regime colony: 9 years for Colonel Sergei Svistunov (deputy chief medical officer), 5 years for Dmitry Mokritsky (head of Dept. 54), and 3.5 years for Avetis Melkonyan (head of Reception Dept.). In addition, Svistunov was sentenced to a fine of 4 million rubles and Mokritsky is to pay 2 million rubles. The sentences were more lenient than those requested by the prosecution.
As the CrimeRussia reported previously, the prosecution began in the autumn of 2015 after other hospital workers wrote a letter to Russian President Vladimir Putin. The claimants said that the hospital management would assign themselves large bonuses while demanding 150 to 300 thousand rubles ($5.000) for medical services that should be free due to the state quotas. A prosecutor's check confirmed some of the incidents. So, Svistunov, Mokritsky and Melkonyan were arrested in November 2015, accused of taking bribes from patients. The investigation revealed that, depending on the complexity, the price of a procedure was between 30.000 and 350.000 rubles.
We should mention that Avetis Melkonyan (head of Reception Dept.) fully admitted his guilt already at the investigation stage, he also testified against the other bribe-takers. Dmitry Mokritsky (head of Dept. 54) admitted his guilt partially, while Svistunov, the number one defendant in the case, maintains his innocence even after the verdict has been read, claiming all the allegations are groundless.
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