Andrei Babushkin: "They say there is no death penalty in Russia. And most people believe that our justice system is truly humane. It’s possible that my deputy, Andrei Mayakov, believed that at one time"

posted 13 Mar 2017, 09:33 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 13 Mar 2017, 09:33 ]
"They say there is no death penalty in Russia. And most people believe that our justice system is truly humane. It’s possible that my deputy, Andrei Mayakov, believed that at one time. 
But on 15 September 2016 Ms Mamaeva, a judge at Moscow’s Babushkinsky court, sentenced Andrei to six years in prison. She sentenced him in the full knowledge that he suffers from diabetes and a severe form of hypertension, that his spleen and gall bladder have been removed, and that he suffers from sleep apnoea (a condition leading to interrupted breathing during sleep). Life for someone with these disorders is not easy even in freedom. In a remand centre or a penitential colony, he simply won’t survive."

- Andrei Babushkinhead of the Moscow-based human rights organisation Committee for Civil Rights, member of the Human Rights Council under the President of the Russian Federation, honorary chairman of the fourth convocation of the Moscow Public Oversight Commission (ONK), and member of the third convocation of the Moscow ONK 

Source:
Andrei Babushkin, 'Human-rights defender Mayakov faces death in prison,' Moskovsky komsomolets, 5 March 2017 [in English: Rights in Russia]
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