High Commissioner applies for the prompt release of Anton Mamaev

13 July 2017

On July 12, High Commissioner for human rights in the Russian Federation Tatiana Moskalkova visited Anton Mamaev, a seriously ill man convicted to 4.5 years in prison, in the city clinical hospital No.20.

"Talking to me, Anton Mamaev expressed his gratitude to the medical staff of the hospital and the employees of the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia for their sensitivity and the conditions created. The young man is under constant supervision of doctors, he timely receives necessary help. I want to note especially Anton’s courage. Despite the current situation, he does not lose heart and believes in justice", - Tatiana Moskalkova said.

"I want to emphasize that Anton Mamaev is an invalid of the first group and he has a set of diseases that prevent serving of punishment in accordance with the list of diseases approved by the Government of the Russian Federation," stressed the High Commissioner.

The High Commissioner also stated that she filed an application to the Moscow City Court to release Anton Mamaev from further serving his sentence due to severe illness.

In addition, Tatiana Moskalkova appealed to the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia with a request to speed up the medical examination of the convict.

"I am in constant contact with Anton’s parents, representatives of the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia and the prosecutor’s office. I will do everything within my powers to ensure that this complicated situation is settled as soon as possible and with a positive result", the High Commissioner emphasized.

"Today the problem of seriously ill convicts is systemic in nature. I hope that the draft law developed by me on the compulsory release of seriously ill prisoners from custody will be adopted by the lawmakers as soon as possible", Tatiana Moskalkova said.

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