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No to punitive psychiatry against Nadiya Savchenko!

04.09.14

A number of Ukrainian psychiatrists, including former Soviet political prisoner Semyon Gluzman, are calling on the world psychiatric community to put pressure on the Russian authorities over the unwarranted ‘examination’ of imprisoned Ukrainian officer Nadiya Savchenko in the notorious Serbski Institute

September 3, 2014

Appeal to the world psychiatric community

The history with the Ukrainian air force officer Nadezhda Savchenko has acquired a psychiatric aspect. Detained by Russian secret services on the territory of Ukraine, she was illegally transferred to Russia and by a decision of a Russian court sent to the Serbski Institute (currently the Federal State-budget Institution «State Scientific Center for Social and Forensic Psychiatry named after Serbski» of the Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation) to undergo a forensic psychiatric evaluation.

As a air force pilot on duty and a officer of the Ukrainian army, she regularly underwent medical check-ups, among them psychiatric ones. The mental health of Ms. Savchenko was before never subject to any doubt. This is confirmed both by relatives and fellow officers. On basis of this we can assume that the motive to send the Ukrainian officer Nadezhda Savchenko for psychiatric examination is her courageous behavior in a Russian court.

We, Ukrainian psychiatrists, remember the recent history of declaring healthy people mentally ill behind the walls of the Serbski Institute in Moscow. We also know about new cases of political abuse of psychiatry in the Russia of today. The authoritarian political regime in Russia is able to use the «psychiatric cover up» also in the case of Nadezhda Savchenko.

We urgently ask you to pay attention to this case. And to put pressure, both personally and within the framework of the work of national psychiatric associations, on the Russian authorities, who continue the practice of psychiatric repression in their country.

We, psychiatrists, have the obligation to terminate this practice. Otherwise, to the list of victims of abuse of psychiatry for political purposes who were “determined” mentally ill in the Serbski Institute in the USSR (Natalya Gorbanevskaya, Valeriya Novodvorskaya, Anna Mikhailenko, Vladimir Bukovsky, Pyotr Grigorenko, Leonid Plyushch and hundreds of other dissidents) the name of Nadezhda Savchenko can be added.

Signed by the following Ukrainian psychiatrists:

Tatyana Almashi (Zakarpatiya)
Anatoly Voloshchuk (Odessa)
Semyon Gluzman (Kyiv)
Yuri Zakal (Lviv)
Vitalyi Zakladnyi (Poltava)
Lesya Kosovskaya (Ternopil)
Angela Levitskaya (Chernovtsy)
Igor Martsenkovsky (Kyiv)
Sergei Mikhnyak (Lviv)
Irina Pinchuk (Kyiv)
Oleg Chernysh (Lutsk)
Vladimir Shkrobot (Ternopil)
Sergei Shum (Kyiv)
Vladimir Yashchenko (Chernigiv)

see also:
Savchenko: Abducted, then charged with ‘illegally crossing the border’
Nadiya Savchenko: Unbroken in Russian detention, now Ukrainian MP
“They torture POWs here” Moscow voices in defence of Nadiya Savchenko
Nadiya Savchenko’s treatment amounts to torture, lawyers say
Savchenko: Appeal delayed while psychiatric assessment goes right ahead
Memorial recognizes Nadiya Savchenko as a political prisoner
Russian investigators want Savchenko trial behind closed doors
Nadiya Savchenko to face forced Serbsky Institute ’psychiatric examination’
Russia claims release of Savchenko and Sentsov not part of Minsk deal
Nadiya Savchenko: Yanukovych fell, so will Putin
Nadiya Savchenko’s defence hopes for a swap of prisoners
Russian TV helps prosecution in Nadiya Savchenko case
Nadiya Savchenko appeal hearing due on July 25
Russian court recognizes ‘Donetsk & Luhansk People’s Republics’
Nadiya Savchenko confirms she was taken to Russia by force (updated)
RUSSIAN FARCE
Oleg Sentsov’s detention extended again
Nikita Mikhalkov also calls for Oleg Sentsov’s release
Prominent film directors express concern over FSB prosecution of Oleg Sentsov

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