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Crimean journalist Iryna Danylovych loses all hearing in her left ear

22.08.2023, 17:33

Crimean citizen journalist Iryna Danylovych, who has been unlawfully convicted in Russia, has lost all hearing in her left ear.

This was reported by her father, Bronyslav Danylovych, to the ZMINA Human Rights Center.

Iryna's father also said that when his daughter arrived at the Zelenokumsk prison, a medical officer confiscated her medication, remarking that the pain would go away when she “goes deaf,” as mentioned in the August 21 statement by nine Ukrainian and international human rights groups.

Human rights activists noted that the Russian authorities illegally deported Danylovych to the Russian Federation and denied her medical care in prison. They demand the immediate and unconditional release of the Kremlin's prisoner, that she be allowed to come back to Ukraine and provided with timely and competent medical care while she is in prison.

The statement was signed by: the ZMINA Human Rights Center, the Crimean Human Rights Group, the Center for Civil Enlightenment "Almenda", the Regional Center for Human Rights, the Crimean Process, the Front Line Defenders, the Human Rights Watch, the International Federation of Human Rights and the World Organization Against Torture within the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders.

As IMI reported, on August 14, Iryna Danylovych's father said that she was being moved to a prison in Zelenokumsk, Stavropol region, Russia. According to him, his daughter still has not received the necessary treatment. While in the Simferopol pre-trial detention center, she complained of a severe headache caused by otitis media.

On June 29, 2023, it was reported that the Russian-backed Supreme Court of Crimea changed the ruling in the case of Iryna Danylovych, who had been previously sentenced to seven years in prison on charges of storing an explosive device.

Iryna Danylovych was detained on April 29, 2022, 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.

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