Doctor, recommended by human rights activists, sees no injuries on Dadin

​Dadin claimed he has been tortured in the Segezh colony in Karelia.

A doctor, who has been recommended by human rights activists, has not confirmed injuries as he examined oppositionist Ildar Dadin, who serves a term for participation in illegal rallies and has complained of being tortured.

"On Nov. 11, to penal colony number 7 of the Federal Penitentiary Service (FSIN) in the Republic of Karelia has come Professor of the Russian National Research Medical University named after Nikolai Pirogov, an epilepsy specialist, Vasily Generalov," FSIN’s press service said.

"Vasily Generalov, recommended by human rights activists, has come to the penal colony with the purpose to examine Ildar Dadin to reveal any traumas, which could be caused by use of illegal measures of influence against him."

The press service said the convicted refused "from detailed medical examination with use of special medical equipment, including an encephalograph."

"He has agreed only to a visual examination to reveal evident body damages," the press service said. "The visual examination was conducted by a council of doctors, including Vasily Generalov."

"The medical examination has not revealed on Ildar Dadin’s body any traces of damage," the press service said. "A special medical report was written after the examination."

Russian media earlier pushished Dadin’s letter in which he claimed to have been tortured in the Segezh colony in Karelia. After that, Russian Human Rights Ombudsperson Tatiana Moskalkova requested the Federal Penitentiary Service authorities and the Prosecutor General’s office to look into this case. T

he Karelia Directorate of the Federal Penitentiary Service and the regional Investigation Committee also initiated investigations. Independent doctors who examined Dadin found no signs of injuries on his body.

Dadin is the first person in Russia sentenced for violation of Article 212.1 of the Criminal Code (repeated violations of the rules of public gatherings).

In Dec. 2015, Moscow’s Basmanny District Court found Dadin guilty on four counts of participating in unauthorized protests in Moscow. Dadin was sentenced to three years in a penal colony but then the Moscow City Court reduced his jail term to two and a half years.

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