The Prosecutor General’s office has revealed a lack of drugs to combat HIV in the colonies

The lack of drugs

Prisons in 2015 received no drugs for prisoners with HIV and hepatitis b and C, amounting to more than 300 million rubles, said in the response of the General Prosecutor to the appeal of the organization “Area law”, human rights project participants the punk-groups Pussy Riot Hope Tolokonnikova and Mary Alekhine.

In the document dated 17 February (at the disposal), signed by the Deputy head of Department for supervision over legality of execution of criminal punishments of the General Prosecutor’s office, Sotchenko, it is specified that under current law the Federal service of execution of punishments before 1 February of the current year submits to the Ministry of health requests for the necessary preparations, after which the Ministry of health allocates the government contracts for the supply of medicines.

In 2015, the Federal penitentiary service just turned to the Ministry, the delivery of drugs in institutions of the penal system began in March. However, prisoners did not receive the number of vital drugs. “The most popular drugs, such as Zidovudine and Efavirenz, were delivered only in December 2015”, — stated in the answer Department.

Drugs Lamivudine and the combination drug Lamivudine+Zidovudine, which represent more than 80% of antiretroviral therapy, have not been delivered to the prison in 2015. The same situation exists with drugs of reserve regimens — Etravirine, Saquinavir, Enfuvirtide and Ribavirin. As a cause of a supply disruption, the Prosecutor General indicated that “electronic auctions on these drugs carried out by the Ministry of health, did not take place”.

As noted in the answer of the Prosecutor General, the total amount of bids submitted by the FSIN, amounted to 2.3 billion rubles. “in fact, the same set of drugs worth 1 billion 989 million rubles”, — stated in the document.

28 auctions

Treatment “Zone of law” were sent to the Supervisory authority on 19 and 21 January. As follows from the documents placed on the portal of public procurement and listed in the complaint of defenders in 2015 was not held 28 auctions to supply drugs.

“As a result of disrupted contracts for the purchase of drugs violated the right of HIV-positive prisoners to receive specialized medical care in places of detention. As the convicts are forced to interrupt the treatment prescribed by a doctor-an infectious disease, it threatens the deterioration of health status, decrease immune status, increased viral load,” explained the publication of “the Media” lawyer “Zone of law” Sergey Petryakov.

In prisons now contains 62 thousand 544 people are diagnosed with HIV. Such data at a roundtable in the Public chamber brought on 19 February, acting head of the organization of medical-sanitary provision of the Federal penitentiary service Alexander Priklonsky. Thus, infected 9,8% of all convicts and persons in custody (646,3 thousand people, according to the Federal service on 1 February). In November 2015 in Rospotrebnadzor noted that HIV-positive behind bars amount to about 6% of people with this diagnosis.


The representative of “Area law” Bulat Mukhamedzhanov in conversation with suggested that the auctions did not take place due to sharp currency fluctuations. “As prices jumped, the prices set by the Ministry of health, is not consistent with market value. Therefore, all those who collaborated with the Ministry of health, refused to participate in the auctions, because it has become unprofitable”, — said Mukhamedjanov.

The head of the Federal scientific and methodological Center for prevention and fight against AIDS Vadim Pokrovsky has told that knows about a similar situation, not related to the penitentiary system. According to him, the Centre was waiting for delivery of several drugs, for which the Ministry of health announced the auctions, but none of the suppliers did not want to participate in them due to the low starting price.

The actions of the Federal penitentiary service has allowed “to a certain extent, to normalize the situation”, said in the response of the Prosecutor General. Thus, according to the state program “Justice” were also acquired drugs of highly active antiretroviral therapy in the amount of 16.5 million rubles That allowed to continue the treatment of HIV-infected and patients with hepatitis convicted during December and January. In 14 regions where there is most urgent need for drugs (this is, in particular, Kabardino-Balkaria, Mordovia, Stavropol and Perm Krai, Leningrad, Murmansk, Pskov, Tambov and Sverdlovsk region), for the purchase was sent 13.5 million rubles.

In addition, the Director of the Federal penitentiary service Gennady Kornienko asked the Minister of health Veronika Skvortsova with a request to take immediate action.

awaiting a response from the Ministry of health.