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8 months pregnant - and in jail...

Last post 07-29-2009 2:29 AM by Mudwhiffluv. 2 replies.
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  • 06-07-2009 12:53 PM

    8 months pregnant - and in jail...

    Signatures are now being collected in support of the letter to the President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Medvedev protesting the imprisonment and barbaric treatment of Elena Ermakova, a home midwife and the director of the Center for Parental Culture, Saint-Petersburg. Elena, 40, has five children (the three youngest are 2, 4 and 8 years old) and is in her ninth month of pregnancy.
    She is charged with illegal medical practice (and yes, she is a M.D.). The paradox of the situation is that the Russian law does not forbid to give birth at home, but does not allow to provide women wishing to do so with adequate medical assistance, since a license to perform midwifery services cannot be obtained and and practising without a license is illegal.

    The decision to imprison Dr. Ermakova was made by the court judge S.
    Komaretskaya, St. Petersburg, Primorskiy district, on March 30, 2009 (case
    1-123/09) based on Elena’s failure to attend court hearings on that day due to illness. A written statement from Elena saying that she was unwell and had to seek medical help was presented to the Judge by Elena’s husband and her attorney, but did not influence the court’s decision. A medical document from Elena’s obstetrician confirming Elena’s illness didn’t help, either. Elena was taken into custody right from the doctor’s office.

    In prison, besides insufferable conditions, Elena was abused, both verbally and physically. She is in a very poor state, undernourished, suffering from cardiac pain and expressing suicidal thoughts. Prison doctors cannot be trusted here, for they are part of the system and the case strongly smells with politics. The justice system in Russia is corrupted as ever. The local Human Rights representative, Mr.Mikhailov, did not responded to a letter send by Elena’s husband and co-signed by 500 people who knew her personally.


    We have less than one week left before we submit the letter.

    Please sign and pass this information on to any potentially interested parties, be it organizations or private persons.

    For those who speak both English and Russian, you are more than welcome to sign twice. Please leave your name, the place of residence, professional occupation and any comments you may want to add.

    The Russian text of the letter is here:

    The English translation of the letter is here:

  • 06-07-2009 5:09 PM In reply to

    Re: 8 months pregnant - and in jail...

    I forwarded this information to my daughter who just came back Friday from a month in Russia.


    I get up every morning determined to both change the world and have one hell of a good time. Sometimes this makes planning my day difficult. --E.B. White
  • 07-29-2009 2:29 AM In reply to

    Re: 8 months pregnant - and in jail...

    Does anyone know what happened with this case?

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