Ulyukaev's defense told about his bad health caused by stress

Ulyukaev's defense told about his bad health caused by stress
Alexey Ulyukaev Photo: Mikhail Pochuyev / TASS

The former head of the Ministry of Economic Development may have diabetes, however because of the house arrest he can not meet a qualified doctor.

Ulykaev’s lawyer Larisa Kashtanova declared in court that her client, accused of extortion of 2 million dollars ($33 thousand), has lost a lot of weight, has an initial vertical cataract and suspicions of retinal break,   RBC reports. At the same time, according to her, because of the house arrest, Ulyukaev can not get qualified medical care.

Kashtanova told that the former minister may have diabetes. However, it is not possible to make an exact diagnosis, as Ulyukaev can not call a doctor. Under the terms of house arrest, he is forbidden to communicate with anyone, except close relatives. The ex-minister is allowed to call an ambulance, which doctors do not have necessary skills and equipment.

Also, Kashtanova reported about severe headaches, giddiness and coordination disturbance. The lawyer emphasized that because of chronic diseases, Ulyukaev needs regular medical examination. She provided a petition for permission to visit the clinic to court on November 17. It was supposed that there Ulyukaev would pass a series of diagnostic procedures and would be able to visit a dentist.

The court has refused to grant the request of the defense. According to the judge, similar questions are not resolved within petitions. Lawyers should refer a request to allow Ulyukaev meeting doctors through the court’s office.

The ex-Minister of Economic Development Alexey Ulyukaev was arrested on November 15, 2016, at the office of the Rosneft company. He is accused of extortion of a bribe of 2 million dollars ($33 thousand) from the head of the company Igor Sechin.

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