Chairman of Investigative Committee Remained Unsatisfied With the Investigation Into the Criminal Case on Failure to Provide Medication to Sick Children in the Vladimir Region

A resident of the Vladimir region appealed to the Chairman of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation Alexander Bastrykin during his reception via video conferencing. The complainant reported that her seriously ill child was not provided with discounted medications and medical products.

Even after a criminal case for negligence against Alexander Zhestkov, the former acting director of the department and now deputy director of the regional health center, was opened in 2021, the necessary drugs were not purchased. At the same time there are court decisions obliging to do it.

Bastrykin heard a report from the head of the regional Investigative Committee, Artem Kulakov, on the progress of the criminal investigation and noted the unsatisfactory work of the head and his subordinates, including due to red tape, according to the website of the department.

Bastrykin ordered to conduct an on-site service inspection of the entire territorial division with the subsequent adoption of personnel decisions. Also, Artem Kulakov was instructed to submit a rapid report on the situation of the provision of medicines for seriously ill children in the region. All materials will be submitted for study to the central office of the department.

“We are talking about seriously ill children, it is not easy for their parents. We are officers of the Investigative Committee and must make tough decisions if we are talking about violations of the rights of children with disabilities,” said Bastrykin.

Let us remind you that the court in Suzdal is currently considering a criminal case against the former head of the Regional Pharmacy Warehouse Nelly Zinovieva. She is accused of negligence, due to which 35 disabled children were not provided with vital drugs. Zinovieva herself does not admit guilt, saying that she was made the last resort in this situation.

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