Target: Aleksandr V. Bortnikov, Director of the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation
Goal: Investigate the circumstances behind a prisoner’s extensive injuries and provide him with the appropriate level of medical care
Magomed Aliev, a prisoner being held on charges of recruiting others to acts of terrorism, was recently admitted to the hospital for serious injuries after a pen was inserted into his skull through his eye socket. Authorities have kept a close guard on Aliev and want him moved back to prison as soon as he regains full consciousness, a move that his doctors say would put his health at grave risk. Sign the petition and urge the Russian authorities to respect the medical needs of prisoners.
It is unclear how Magomed Aliev ended up with a pen in his skull, an injury that required a six-hour operation. Officials claim that Aliev inserted the pen himself in a suicide attempt, but Aliev’s family and lawyers suggest that he might have been tortured; when Aliev’s lawyer visited his client a few days prior to the injury, he observed that Aliev was agitated and covered in bruises.
Since his admission to the hospital, Aliev has remained under close surveillance; despite the fact that he has not fully regained consciousness, he is cuffed to his hospital bed by one hand and one foot. He is also under constant video surveillance and has six guards watching over him. His doctors have requested that his foot be unfettered, but so far law enforcement officials refuse to comply. They also maintain their intention to return Aliev to prison as soon as he regains full consciousness, despite repeated recommendations from Aliev’s doctors that he remain hospitalized to treat a case of meningitis.
No matter what their crimes, all prisoners are entitled to adequate medical treatment. Furthermore, the circumstances surrounding Aliev’s injuries merit much further investigation. Sign the petition and demand that Russian authorities ensure Aliev’s safety and well-being as long as he remains in custody.
Dear Director Bortnikov,
I am writing to express my grave concern for the health of Magomed Aliev, who remains hospitalized after having a pen inserted into his skull through his eye socket. His injuries merit further attention, both medically and from an investigatory standpoint, and he must be given the attention to which he is entitled.
The most pressing issue currently facing Aliev is his health. Prison officials want to move Aliev back to his detention facility as soon as he regains consciousness, but his doctors contend that such a move could be disastrous for his health, especially given the case of meningitis he has contracted as a result of his injuries. They have also repeatedly requested that Aliev’s foot be removed from restraints, but to no avail. It is imperative that prisoners, no matter what their crimes, receive adequate medical attention, and so far Aliev has been denied the proper level of care. It is of the utmost importance that his doctors’ recommendations be respected.
The second issue that merits attention is the circumstances surrounding Aliev’s injuries. Although prison officials claim his injury was a self-inflicted suicide attempt, Aliev’s family and lawyers maintain that he showed signs of torture, including agitation, bruises, and other markings on his body. It is incumbent upon Russia to investigate any and all allegations of torture, especially those connected to such severe injuries.
No matter who the person or how deplorable their crime, all prisoners are entitled to medical care and safety from torture. I demand that Magomed Aliev’s human rights be respected.
[Your Name Here]
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