Terminally ill Russian inmate dies despite ECHR efforts
MOSCOW, September 8 (RAPSI, Diana Gutsul) – Vladimir Kondrulin, 61, an inmate at a tuberculosis hospital under the Federal Penal Service Department for the Chelyabinsk Region who was to be moved to a specialized hospital and placed under permanent medical supervision by decision of the European Court of Human Rights, has died of prostate cancer, his attorney told RAPSI on Tuesday.
The European Court requested in August that the Russian authorities provide emergency medical assistance to the terminally ill inmate.
Kondrulin had prostate cancer, which metastasized to the pelvic lymph nodes. “His diagnosis is on the list of diseases that can be used to release a prisoner from his term under a government resolution. However, the Metallurgichesky District Court in Chelyabinsk and the Chelyabinsk Region Court had ruled against releasing him,” attorney Sergei Petryakov said.
These courts considered Kondrulin’s requests for release in January and April, respectively. Kondrulin appealed to the European Court of Human Rights after his applications were turned down.
“We will request that the staff of the Federal Penal Service Department for the Chelyabinsk Region be called to account for failing to provide this medical assistance,” Petryakov said.