Nobody bears responsibility for medical aid in preliminary prisons


A letter from behind the bars

I, Vadim A. Rodnianskiy, have stayed in the preliminary prison No. 13 since February this year. I am directed here by the Vatutinskiy district court of Kyiv.

In the small hours in the morning of 13 February an incident occurred in cell No. 178, as a result of which I got a cerebral trauma and lost my left eye.

Since then I turned to our medical workers more than once with a written request to undergo a complete examination, to invite an ophthalmologist and neuropathist and to render me the necessary medical aid. Up to now all my requests are ignored.

The state of my health is fast deteriorating: blood and pus permanently soak from my eye-socket, my temperature is always high, I have headache, nausea, more than once I fainted. In 1989-90 I underwent two very complicated operations on my eyes (cherothomia and scleroplastics). Obviously, due to the trauma I lost my left eye, and the seams on my right eye widened. As a result I am loosing my eyesight completely.

Besides, the lack of treatment of my cerebral brain trauma may bring about irreversible consequences.

Writing this complaint, I want to attract attention to the fact that all the responsibility for my life and health lies upon the administration of the preliminary prison No. 13.

I demand to examine the state of health and to hospitalize me immediately.

17 September 2000

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