FSIN probing into death in colony of General Poleshchuk convicted of fraud

FSIN probing into death in colony of General Poleshchuk convicted of fraud
Vladimir Poleschuk

The defense of the military man claims that he was seriously ill and needed to be released from punishment.

The Directorate of the Federal Penitentiary Service of the Russian Federation for St. Petersburg and the Leningrad region is conducting an official check on the death of Major General of Reserve Vladimir Poleschuk in colony No. 5, where he was serving a sentence for fraud with Defense Ministry housing, Kommersant reports. Poleschuk became ill at the end of December, but the ambulance team that was called for him could not save the serviceman and recorded death. The defense of the convict claims that he was seriously ill and needed to be released from punishment.

Former employee of the Khrulev Military Academy, Vladimir Poleschuk, who served in the armed forces for more than 30 years, was convicted in May 2017. The Krasnoselsky Military Court of St. Petersburg found the retired military, who was the Head of the Department of Occupational Health and Safety of the Military Academy of material and technical named after A.V. Khrulev, guilty of Swindling on an especially large scale (part 4 of Art. 159 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation) with the living space of the Ministry of Defense. According to the prosecution, he illegally privatized about 15 departmental apartments. Poleschuk was sentenced to seven years in a general regime colony. He was sent to serve time in colony number 5 in the village of Metallostroy.

December 20 last year Poleschuk complained of chest pain and deterioration of health. He was taken to the colony’s medical unit and an ambulance was called for him. The doctors conducted resuscitation procedures, which, however, yielded no results. The doctors recorded the death of the convict.

Poleschuk's lawyers, Anastasiya Cheremchuk and Inna Gorodinskaya, during the trial noted that their client was seriously ill. In particular, according to the defense, he suffered from diseases of the circulatory organs and the endocrine system. Lawyers remarked that such diseases give a convict the right to be released from punishment in the form of imprisonment.

However, the examination the court appointed by the decision of the lawyers did not agree with the arguments of the defense. According to Cheremchuk, at the court debate, the lawyers said that imposing imprisonment on Poleschuk meant depriving him of life.

The regional FSIN Directorate reported that upon arrival to the colony, the Major General was examined by doctors. At that time, there were no complaints from him. At the same time, lawyers made repeated attempts for him to be examined by departmental commission, which could resolve the issue of his possible release for medical reasons. The defenders argued that during his time in the colony Poleschuk’s health had greatly deteriorated: the pensioner complained of pain in his heart and legs. Attempts to achieve his examination, however, were unsuccessful.

The lawyers filed the last application for the medical examination on October 19 of last year, but within a month, as required by law, no response was received. The defense sent complaints about the failure to provide assistance to the FSIN, the prosecutor’s office and the ombudsman, but Poleschuk died before they were addressed.

The FSIN’s Directorate for St. Petersburg and the Leningrad region stated that during the General’s stay in the colony, diseases from the list established by the Russian government’s decree No. 54, were not identified. The lawyers of the pensioner are awaiting the results of the departmental check and responses to their complaints to the regulatory authorities.

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