Muscovite awarded $320 in compensation for illegal compulsory mental treatment
MOSCOW, January 27 (RAPSI) – Moscow’s Tverskoy District Court awarded 20,000 rubles ($320) to a Muscovite for illegal admission to a mental hospital, lawyer Ilnur Sharapov told RAPSI on Monday.
In June 2011, Yevgeny Alyokhin was arrested by police allegedly after a family conflict and forcibly transferred to a psychiatric hospital, where he was held within 29 days, the attorney said. He was given antipsychotic drugs and kept in a common hall but not in a hospital ward, Sharapov added.
In November 2014, the Moscow City Court overturned a lower court’s ruling on compulsory treatment. Following that, Alyokhin turned to the Tverskoy District Court seeking a 1-million-ruble ($16,000) compensation for moral damages but was refused. Later, the Moscow City Court vacated a ruling denying compensation and ordered retrial in the same lower court, which recovered 20,000 rubles from the Finance Ministry.
The claimant disagreed with the amount of the awarded compensation and would challenge the ruling in a higher instance, according to the lawyer.