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In Vladimir the Court Handed Down a Verdict in the Case of Expired Ventilators for the Patients With COVID-19

The defendants were sent to a minimum-security penal colony

In Vladimir, the Leninsky District Court issued a verdict in a high-profile criminal case involving obsolete ventilators delivered to medical organizations in the region in April 2020.

Heads of two Kostroma organizations – director Andrey Gerasimov and commercial director Oksana Ryzhova – were found guilty of selling substandard medical products, as well as fraud on a particularly large scale (item “a” part 2 article 238.1 and part 4 article 159 of the Russian Criminal Code).

“The crimes were committed in conditions of a shortage of artificial lung ventilation devices during the global pandemic of coronavirus infection and the need to equip healthcare institutions with medical equipment as soon as possible,” the Vladimir regional prosecutor’s office stressed.

The department says that the defendants sold 97 FAZA-5NR devices to seven commercial organizations in the Vladimir region for a total sum of over 10 million rubles. They were manufactured in the period from 1998 to 2002 and were in storage for more than 20 years, the registration certificate on them expired in 2008.

The purchase of the ventilators was carried out for charitable purposes for medical organizations that provided assistance to coronavirus patients. The perpetrators misled the representatives of commercial organizations, including the State Duma deputy Grigory Anikeev, by claiming that the medical devices were benign.

The prosecutor’s office also said that Andrei Gerasimov concluded a contract with a Moscow firm to supply 800 such devices for a total of 56 million rubles. As a result the company bought 290 expired ventilators and paid over 20 million rubles for them.

The defendants pleaded not guilty to the crimes. The prosecution requested an 8-year minimum security prison for the director of the Kostroma organization and a 7-year prison term for the commercial director.

On July 6 Leninsky district court sentenced Andrei Gerasimov to five and a half years in prison with a fine of two million rubles. Oksana Ryzhova was sentenced to five years and one month in prison and a fine of one million rubles. Both will be sent to a general regime penal colony. The sentence has not entered into force and may be appealed.

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