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Journalist Iryna Danilovych goes on a hunger strike until "the treatment begins or until biological death"

22.03.2023, 15:39

On March 21, citizen journalist Iryna Danilovych, imprisoned by the occupiers in Crimea, announced she was going on a dry hunger strike until "the treatment begins or until biological death." This is said in Iryna Danilovych's letter, accessed by KrymSOS.

The letter refers her health deteriorating and her dry hunger strike starting March 21.

“In her letter, Iryna Danilovych suggests that her symptoms may indicate a microstroke. Despite the deterioration of her health, the journalist has not yet received professional medical care. In view of this, Iryna Danilovych announced she was going on a dry hunger strike "starting 21.03.23 ... until the diagnosing and the start of her treatment are arranged or until her biological death," said the chair of the KrymSOS Board, Oleksiy Tilnenko.

KrymSOS cited the full text of Iryna's letter:

I am informing you that I have been having hearing issues and a permanent ringing in my left ear, which causes me unbearable suffering. Whenever I am moved from Simferopol to Feodosia, my health deteriorates. Such symptoms may indicate a microstroke.

Feodosia city court judge Kumenskaya N. V. has known about the state of my health since 30.11.22, as has the acting chief of the pre-trial detention center, Kharchenko V. A., and the chief of MSI-91, Tsarkov I. M. However, I have been unable to receive an examination or medical assistance in the pre-trial detention center this entire time.

My condition prevents me from reviewing the audio monitorings of the case. Therefore, on 21.03.23 I refuse to review them. I am willing to continue immediately after my recovery.

Ignoring my illness, constantly moving me from Simferopol to Feodosia, failure to provide me with medical care is inhumane, contradicts all humanitarian principles, and can be equated to torture!

I demand to stop abusing me and announce I am going on a hunger strike starting 21.03.23, 8 o'clock, until the diagnosing and the start of my treatment are arranged or until my biological death.


Photo by KrymSOS

We remind that on March 21 came reports of Iryna Danilovych fainting while being transported to the Russia-controlled Feodosia city court. Despite her health rapidly deteriorating, the Simferopol pre-trial detention center issued documents claiming that Danilovych did not have any health conditions that would prevent her transfer.

On December 28, 2022, the occupation court of Feodosia, Crimea, sentenced citizen journalist and human rights activist Iryna Danilovych 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.

The Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs condemned the Russian occupation authorities in the temporarily occupied Crimea for "sentencing" Ukrainian citizen journalist Iryna Danilovych to 7 years in prison.

Iryna Danilovych 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, Danilovych said that officers of the Federal Security Service of the russian federation (FSB) beat her and continue to pressure her.

Iryna Danilovych 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 Danilovych.

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