PMC requires urgent hospitalization of Maksimenko and checkup on psychotropic substances

PMC requires urgent hospitalization of Maksimenko and checkup on psychotropic substances
Mikhail Maksimenko

The representative of the Public Monitoring Commission reported a sharp deterioration in health of the senior Investigative Committee employee. His condition is not better than one of the General Boris Kolesnikov, before he jumped out the window of the ICR, Eva Merkacheva said.

Rights activists of the PMC demanded immediate hospitalization of the IRC Head of the Office of Interagency Cooperation and Private Security Mikhail Maksimenko, who was earlier arrested on charges of receiving a bribe.

As the Deputy Chairman of the Moscow PMC Eva Merkacheva reported to RIA Novosti, the checkup is necessary to detect traces of the possible use of psychotropic drugs to the person under the investigation.

Merkacheva described the sharp deteriorating of Mikhail Maksimenko’s health. She noted that in the last days, "Maksimenko lost 15 kilograms, had difficulty walking and looks very bad."

"He flatly refuses the treatment in Lefortovo: the pills that were given to him here got him worse. Initially, he stopped eating prison food, fearing that something could be added in it. It began after the story with psychotropic drugs. We have made a recommendation to immediately hospitalize Maksimenko, so he goes through medical checkup and treatment outside Lefortovo. His condition is worse than the General Kolesnikov’s (the Deputy of the former Main Directorate for Economic Safety and Counteracting Corruption Chief Denis Sugrobov, arrested with him for taking bribes and creating an OCG in 2014), before he jumped out the window of the ICR building on the Tekhnichesky Lane", said Merkacheva.

According to the human rights activist, the sharp deterioration of health of the ICR officer was noted after he became aware of the possible use of psychotropic drugs against him by the FSB.

It is to be recalled that, in the beginning of October, the second person involved in the case of taking bribes from the kingpin Shakro Molodoy, the ICR General Denis Nikandrov, informed the members of the PMC about this fact. He said that three weeks prior to the visit of the human rights activists, Maksimenko was taken for investigation by the FSB, where he was given tea with psychotropic drugs. According to Nikandrov, after that, Maksimenko had not remembered his name and recognized anyone.

"He had difficulty walking. When he was supposed to write a complaint, he wrote it for long time, with breaks, as if forgotten how to write. He almost did not eat or drink. He says that every three days he forces himself to push something down his throat, but he feels sick", Merkacheva said.

Maksimenko’s lawyer Alexander Vershinin previously told the Moscow City Court that he gave the Head of the detention center all documents about diseases and contusions of his client to assign him a treatment in early September. However, the detention center management did not respond to it.

It is to be recalled that the three senior ICR officers – the Head of the Interagency Cooperation and Private Security Mikhail Maksimenko, his Deputy Alexander Lamonov and the Deputy Head of the ICR Main Directorate in Moscow Denis Nikandrov – for a bribe of $ 1 million tried to soften measure of restraint and as a result to release one of the closest assistants of the kingpin Shakro Molodoy, Andrey Kochuykov, but were detained by the FSB. They were arrested by the court until 15 September. Later, the arrest was extended until December 19.

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