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Activist on Hunger Strike Is Refused Hospitalisation

16 October 2012 

Source: (info)

Moscow city and Moscow region  Persecution of activists

Oleg Prudnikov, a Left Front activist who has been on a ‘dry’ hunger strike in a Moscow detention centre since 12th October, has been refused hospitalisation. His fellow activists are posting updates on Twitter

“They’re taking Oleg Prudnikov straight back to the detention centre. He was not offered any help. He’s feeling very ill,” they wrote on Twitter. Staff at the detention centre had sent Prudnikov to hospital on Monday evening, according to the Russian news site Grani.

Gennady Stroganov, who is on dry hunger strike alongside Prudnikov, is also feeling unwell. Activists are calling for people to call the detention centre to ask about their condition. No news has emerged about the well-being of Maksim Vinyarsky, who is also on hunger strike with them.

According to Grani, the press service of Left Front has said that a series of single person pickets took place on 14th October at the detention centre on Simferopolsky Avenue in Moscow, in support of the activists on hunger strike.

On 12th October, Prudnikov, Stroganov, Vinyarsky and Dmitry Smirnov were sentenced in court to 15 days in prison. Aleksei Stekliyev, Justice of Peace at the 370th judicial sub-district of Moscow’s Tverskoi district, found the activists guilty under Article 19.3 of the Administrative Offences Code of the Russian Federation (insubordination to police orders) due to their protest on the Red Square in support of Vladimir Akimenkov, arrested in connection with the 6th May disturbances on Bolotnaya Square. Two protests were carried out on Thursday in support of Akimenkov. The first took place by the Matrosskaya Tishina detention centre; nobody was arrested here. Later, nine people were arrested on the Red Square for having set off flares and firecrackers, and unfurled a banner with the words “Freedom to Vladimir Akimenkov” on the Lenin Mausoleum.