The ECHR has awarded 40 thousand Euro to relatives of deceased prisoners with HIV

The European court of human rights (ECHR) has obliged the Russian government to pay 40 thousand euros to the relatives of the two HIV-inficirovannymi prisoners who died in a medical correctional facility № 4 FPS in Karelia. It is reported by the human rights organization “Area Law” with reference to the lawyer Ilnur Sharapov, representing the interests of victims.

It is reported that the Russian government asked the court to dismiss the complaint of the relatives of the dead on the grounds that they were supposedly under close medical supervision and receive appropriate treatment.

However, in conclusion, the ECHR noted that the Russian authorities did not provide medical findings that demonstrate the provision of quality medical care. Relatives of the dead filed an expert report that identified shortcomings in medical care of patients. In particular, infectious disease physician rarely did prisoners, prisoners only once underwent immunological testing, they also were denied antiretroviral therapy.

In November 2016, the Minister of health Veronika Skvortsova said that in 10 Russian regions, there is a critical incidence of HIV. She noted that the virus is spreading across the country unevenly: the performance is directly dependent on the activity of drug trafficking.