Mikhail Maksimenko has been put in Butyrka asylum
Prisoner’s transfer to hospital was made possible due to human rights advocates.
The Head of the Main Directorate of Inter-Agency Cooperation and Internal Security of the Investigative Committee of Russia Mikhail Maksimenko has been hospitalized to Butyrka detention center’s psychiatric hospital.
As the representative of the Public Monitoring Commission (PMC) in Moscow Eva Merkacheva told Interfax, the decision to hospitalize Maksimenko was taken by the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia after human rights had “raised the alarm and began complaining on all possible levels.”
Let us recall that another person involved in the case of bribe-taking from the kingpin Shakro Molodoy, the ICR General Denis Nikandrov, had earlier told PMC members, who had been visiting him in the pre-trial detention center, about sharp deterioration of Maksimenko’s health. Nikandrov was confident that FSB investigation applied strong psychotropic drugs to the former.
After their visit to Maksimenko’s cell, human rights activists started actively seeking urgent hospitalization of the detainee, as well as an independent examination of his health.
The source at the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia has confirmed Maksimenko’s transfer to the Butyrka’s prison hospital, where he will undergo a complete physical examination. He has refused from treatment in Lefortovo. Moreover, Maksimenko had stopped taking prison food fearing that they “add something to it.”
It is worth noting that relatives and lawyers of another famous Lefortovo prisoner, Dmitry Zakharchenko, has recently appealed to the Federal Penitentiary Service and the PMC demanding him tested for psychotropic drugs.
Let us recall that the Head of the Main Directorate of Inter-Agency Cooperation and Internal Security of the Investigative Committee of Russia Mikhail Maksimenko, his deputy Aleksandr Lamonov and the Deputy Head of the ICR Main Directorate for Moscow Denis Nikandrov had been detained and then arrested by the court on charges of bribe-taking from Shakro Molodoy’s sidekicks. According to investigation, they were to mitigate the measure of restraint for thief in law Andrey Kochuykov, so that he would later be released, in exchange for 1 million dollars.
Saburova believes that the Russian authorities violated articles 2 and 5 of the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, guaranteeing the right to life, as well as the right to freedom and personal inviolability.