MOSCOW, March 17 (RAPSI)  - Russia’s High Commissioner for Human Rights Tatiana Moskalkova has forwarded an appeal in defense of the rights of Russian man Oleg Nikitin prosecuted in U.S. on several charges to the  Director of the country’s Federal Bureau Of Prisons Michael Carvaja, according to the ombudsman’s press service.

According to Moskalkova, Nikitin suffers from several deceases and needs regular use of certain medicine. However, American authorities have failed to examine him physically and approve the drug use.

The ombudsman has requested the U.S. prison official to provide required medical aid to the Russian citizen and to inform her about the measures taken, the statement reads.

Nikitin and several other defendants could face up to 20 years in jail and a $1 million fine if convicted of violating the International Emergency Economic Powers Enhancement Act and the Export Control Reform Act of 2018; and up to 5 years in jail and a $250,000 fine if found guilty of conspiracy to defraud the United States.