Human rights activists concerned over health of Bolotnaya case suspect Krivov

Scientist Sergei Krivov, who went on a hunger strike to protest his arrest for participation in last year's disturbances on Moscow's Bolotnaya Square, has lost over 17 kilograms in weight since he was taken to the detention facility, deputy head of the Moscow Public Monitoring Commission Andrei Babushkin said.

"Krivov has been on hunger strike for 39 days. A doctor visits him daily and takes his blood pressure, but tells him nothing about the pulse and does not take his temperature. The (Krivov) weight loss is 12.3 kilograms (in the hunger strike). In all, he has lost 17.8 kilograms since he was put in prison," says the Babushkin report posted on the Web site of the Presidential Human Rights Council on Tuesday.

The report said Krivov "was dizzy and weak."

Human rights activists visited the Matrosskaya Tishina detention center before drafting the report.

Babushkin reminded that Krivov, a physics and mathematic Ph. D., is the father of two small children and his mother has disabilities classified as second group (In Russia, disabilities are categorized into three groups, the first of which is most serious).

Therefore, the activist offered Presidential Human Rights Council Chairman Mikhail Fedotov and Russian Human Rights Ombudsman Vladimir Lukin to "propose a change in the measure of restraint for Sergei Krivov."

Krivov went on a hunger strike on December 14. He said his arrest was illegal.

The March of Millions permitted by the Moscow authorities to be held on Bolotnaya Square on May 6, 2012, developed into clashes with the police. Over 400 people were detained in the disturbances.

A criminal case was opened on the March day on the charges of "appeals for disturbances" and "violence against persons in authority." The charges were brought against 18 suspects, among them Krivov.

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