June 9, 2011

RUSSIA: Russian senior citizens home investigated

VLADIVOSTOK, Russia / ITAR-TASS / June 9, 2011

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The prosecutor’s office in the Primorsky Territory launched inquiries in the media reports over a cruel attitude towards elderly people at an elderly asylum in Vladivostok.

“The violations against the rights of elderly people at an elderly asylum recorded in a video address posted in the Internet on Thursday will receive a legal assessment,” a senior aide of the territorial prosecutor Yelena Telegina told Itar-Tass on Thursday.

On Thursday, five elderly people, who allegedly escaped from the Sedankino elderly asylum outside Vladivostok, posted a video address at a website of a regional media outlet. In the video address they are telling about numerous violations of their rights by social workers and the brutal attitude towards them. The veterans stated that they were forced to work for 12 hours a day for 250-500 roubles a month, their documents are seized and are used for illegal real estate deals. Meanwhile, elderly people complain about a bad care and the lack of doctors.

The employees of this elderly asylum were already involved in the court proceedings. The Sovetsky District Court of Vladivostok sentenced the previous director of the elderly asylum Yuri Sinkevich to seven years in prison, finding him guilty of fraud and office abuse. The detectives found out that the former director Sinkevich and several his subordinates misappropriated the housing of the inmates of the elderly asylum in a conspiracy for many years.

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