Human rights advocate: Iryna Danylovych suffers a stroke in the Simferopol PTDC
The Crimean citizen journalist Iryna Danylovych, who has been unlawfully imprisoned by Russia, suffered a stroke in the Simferopol PTDC, said ZMINA project manager Victoria Nesterenko on November 2 while presenting the list of suspects in the persecution of Crimean journalists and bloggers, Ukrinform reports.
"While still in the Simferopol PTDC, Iryna Danylovych suffered one or multiple strokes. Now she has been moved to Russia, where, thanks to pressure from human rights activists, they at least ran some tests and an MRI on her. And the MRI confirmed that she had suffered a stroke. Her guesses about her medical condition that she had made while in the Simferopol PTDC were confirmed," she said.
Nesterenko reminded that the journalist also fell ill with otitis media. "She constantly complained that her health was deteriorating. She was never given medical care. Even though human rights advocates and her relatives raised this issue constantly. As a result, she became deaf in one ear," she stressed.
The rights activist emphasized that the non-provision of medical aid is a mechanism of pressure on political prisoners and journalists imprisoned in Crimea and the Russian Federation.
She said that since the start of Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine, the police recorded 142 cases of attacks and death threats to journalists in the temporarily occupied Crimea.
As the IMI reported, the human rights organization ZMINA says (citing the findings of independent experts) that an independent analysis of the medical examination provided to the Crimean citizen journalist Iryna Danylovych, who has been imprisoned by Russia, revealed that she suffers from acute otitis media, has neurological disorders and brain damage, and may have suffered a stroke as well.
In August Iryna Danylovych's father, Bronyslav Danylovych, said that she had lost all hearing in her left ear and is receiving no medical assistance.
Earlier, she had been moved to a prison in Zelenokumsk, Stavropol region, Russia.
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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