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Complaints of journalist Iryna Danylovych ignored by prison administration in occupied Simferopol

22.06.2023, 12:53

The administration of the Simferopol PTDC-1 disposes of all letters by citizen journalist Iryna Danylovych, who has been convicted by the occupation court, where she complaints about violations on their part.

This is stated in her address, a copy of which was viewed by the RFE/RL project "Krym.Realii".

According to the address, the administration ignores her written statements and disposes of her formal complaints to higher authorities.

"In a PTDC, like in ordinary slums, there is a special group of people who are so confident in their unlimited power that they elevate themselves above any law," Danylovych notes.

She also states that she has prepared three statements for the prosecutors, but the detention center employees are preventing her from sending them. In one of such statements, Iryna Danylovych reports having been deprived of the right to make phone calls to her relatives for over three months, in the second she writes about her letters to her lawyer being deliberately intercepted. The third statement is about the administration not giving her the book sent to her from the outside over half a year ago, without explaining the reasons.

As IMI reported, Iryna Danylovych was detained on April 29 in the occupied Crimea. She was detained on her way from work on the road from Koktebel to Feodosia. Her house in Vladislavivka village was searched, her phone and laptop were seized.

In late July 2022, Danylovych said that officers of the Federal Security Service of the russian federation (FSB) beat her and continue to pressure her.

On December 28, 2022, the occupation court of Feodosia, Crimea ("judge" Natalia Kulinskaya), sentenced citizen journalist and human rights activist Iryna Danylovych to seven years in prison on the charges of illegal storage and manufacture of explosives under Part 1 of Art. 222.1 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation.

On March 21, Iryna Danylovych wrote a letter announcing she was going on a dry hunger strike until "the treatment begins or until biological death." In the letter, she reported on the deterioration of her health: hearing issues and a possible microstroke.

On March 22, 2023, multiple human rights organizations called for the immediate hospitalization of Iryna Danylovych.

Iryna was not taken for the promised medical examination for a long time following her hunger strike, because "judge" Natalia Kulinskaya deliberately set the date for reviewing the case material on the day when the prison administration were planning to take Danylovych to the hospital.

Iryna Danylovych worked as a nurse, and was also a citizen journalist, covering the problems of the health care system in Crimea and sharing information about the war in Ukraine.

The Prosecutor's Office of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea has opened a case regarding the illegal searches and detention of Iryna Danylovych.

On April 23, 2023, Iryna's father Bronislav Danylovych said that his daughter was not receiving the treatment she had been promised.

On May 2, 2023, the Russia-backed Supreme Court of the occupied Crimea referred the case against citizen journalist Iryna Danylovych backed to the occupiers' Feodosia City Court because the defendant had not completed the review of the case.

The Russian-backed Supreme Court of the occupied Crimea scheduled the hearing of the appeal against the Feodosia city court's ruling in the case against the citizen journalist Iryna Danylovych for June 15, 2023.

On June 15, 2023, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has accepted the application regarding the unlawful detention of citizen journalist Iryna Danylovych in occupied Crimea.

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