Russian doctors published an open letter to Putin demanding that Gorinov be given medical assistance.

Russian municipal deputy Alexei Gorinov, convicted for so-called “fakes” about the Russian army, is in a serious condition, according to his lawyer: despite an aggravation of his lung disease, prison doctors refuse to treat him.

On 8 December, Gorinov’s lawyer described his condition as follows:

“Alexei has no strength, even to sit on a chair and talk. Several times he practically fell down […] The doctor comes, measures his temperature, says “temperature 36.7, no treatment is required and leaves”.

The authors of the appeal to Putin explain that Gorinov has “signs of acute respiratory failure, as well as a severe course of the infectious process”. According to them, the convicted municipal deputy needs “hospitalisation and a wide range of diagnostic and therapeutic measures, which are impossible outside the hospital, including detection of possible reactivation of the tuberculosis process”.

“Such a person’s condition is life-threatening and can quickly deteriorate […] From our professional point of view, we believe that in this case there is a violation of two paragraphs of Article 41 of the Constitution of the Russian Federation at once, namely Clause 1 (everyone has the right to health care and medical assistance) and Clause 3 (concealment by officials of facts and circumstances endangering the life and health of people entails liability in accordance with federal law),” the authors of the letter wrote. 3 (concealment by officials of facts and circumstances endangering the life and health of people entails liability in accordance with federal law),” wrote the authors of the letter, which was signed by almost 100 Russian doctors of various specialities.

As Meduza notes, Oleksiy Gorinov is the first person convicted under the article on “fakes” about the Russian army, which appeared in the Criminal Code shortly after Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine. In July 2022, Gorinov was given a 7-year colony sentence for suggesting during a municipal meeting that a minute of silence be observed to honour the victims of military aggression in Ukraine. In November 2023, Gorinov was charged with “justification of terrorism” because he discussed the war with other prisoners.