Robert van Voren: Psychiatry as a Tool for Coercion in Post-Soviet Countries

posted 2 Sep 2013, 10:01 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 2 Sep 2013, 10:02 ]
July 2013

By Robert van Voren

This study was requested by the European Parliament's Subcommittee on Human Rights

Since the disintegration of the Soviet Union there have been repeated reports of a renewed use of psychiatry for political purposes. Most of the more recent cases concern the Russian Federation and Ukraine, and although in none of the cases long-term hospitalization in a mental facility with compulsory treatment followed, the main questions are whether we are looking at a systematic abuse of psychiatry and what the reasons are that these abuses occur again. [Read more]