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Russian law enforcers in Crimea refuse to take citizen journalist Danilovych, who is on a hunger strike, out for a medical examination

31.03.2023, 18:09

Citizen journalist Iryna Danilovych, convicted in occupied Crimea for allegedly storing explosives, was not taken to a civilian hospital for examination yet again.

Her father, Bronislav Danilovych, reported this to QIRIM.News.

According to him, Iryna was supposed to be taken out for a head MRI on March 29.

"They fooled me again, even though the head of the pre-trial detention center promised me to do this at a personal audience. They didn't take her out," said the journalist's father.

He noted that he visited the "head" of the medical department of the so-called "Federal Penitentiary Service of the Republic of Crimea" with a request to arrange an examination and treatment for his daughter.

"They claim that there is no threat to her life, that all the needed medicine for Iryna is available at the pre-trial detention center, and they refuse to accept those that are sent to the detention center for her. All doctors in the FPS system are controlled by the FSB, it seems that they were trained in Buchenwald or some other Nazi concentration camp," Danilovych said.

He noted that his daughter was still on a dry hunger strike, demanding a full examination and treatment.

"It is difficult to get information from her quickly. We are entitled to two dates a month, where we talk through the phone, looking at each other through the glass. Her lawyer also has a hard time arranging meetings with her, often there are no free rooms for lawyers to meet with prisoners," said Iryna Danilovych's father.

We remind you that 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.

On March 21, Iryna Danilovych 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 Danilovych.

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