Amnesty International: "Dmitry Vorobyovsky may have been detained because of his outspoken criticism of government policy, in violation of his right to freedom of expression. Furthermore, his detention beyond 48 hours without a judge’s order is in violation of Russian law and international standards"

posted 10 May 2016, 09:11 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 10 May 2016, 09:13 ]
"Activist Dmitry Vorobyovsky was forcibly taken from his home to the Voronezh Regional Neurological Dispensary on the evening of 6 May. Once there he underwent involuntary psychiatric treatment. His lawyer was unable to see him until 8 May in the morning and he has not been brought before a judge. Dmitry Vorobyovsky is well known in the city of Voronezh for his frequent protests in support of political prisoners and in opposition to government policy. He told his lawyer that some men knocked at his door at about 5pm on 6 May claiming to be from the gas company, but when he opened the door they turned out to be paramedics from the psychiatric hospital who forcibly detained him and drove him to the Voronezh Regional Neurological Dispensary. At the hospital he was tied to a bed for three hours during which he was injected with an unknown substance and given pills against his will. The doctors at the hospital claim not to know who called the psychiatric services and there was no known incident that led to his forced psychiatric treatment. When his lawyer saw him on 8 May he was calm and rational, however, he is not allowed to leave the hospital. It remains unclear what the alleged medical grounds for his detention and forcible treatment were and what medicines were administered. According to Russian law nobody can be detained for more than 48 hours without a judge’s order. When his lawyer asked the local prosecutor to intervene and demanded his release she was told that nothing could be done because of the Victory Day public holiday on 9 May. Dmitry Vorobyovsky may have been detained because of his outspoken criticism of government policy, in violation of his right to freedom of expression. Furthermore, his detention beyond 48 hours without a judge’s order is in violation of Russian law and international standards."

- Amnesty International

Source: 
"Urgent Action: RUSSIAN FEDERATION: ACTIVIST FORCIBLY DETAINED IN PSYCHIATRIC HOSPITAL: DMITRY VOROBYOVSKY," Amnesty International, 9 May 2016
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