07MOSCOW4091, ARAP RELEASED FROM PSYCHIATRIC HOSPITAL

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07MOSCOW4091 2007-08-21 15:02 2011-08-30 01:44 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Moscow

VZCZCXRO5884
PP RUEHDBU
DE RUEHMO #4091 2331502
ZNY CCCCC ZZH
P 211502Z AUG 07
FM AMEMBASSY MOSCOW
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 3101
INFO RUCNCIS/CIS COLLECTIVE

C O N F I D E N T I A L MOSCOW 004091 
 
SIPDIS 
 
SIPDIS 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 08/21/2017 
TAGS: PHUM PGOV RS
SUBJECT: ARAP RELEASED FROM PSYCHIATRIC HOSPITAL 
 
REF: MOSCOW 3953 
 
Classified By: Political Counselor Alice G. Wells for reason 1.4 (d). 
 
1. (C) Summary: United Civic Front activist Larissa Arap was 
released from the Apetity psychiatric hospital on August 20, 
after being hospitalized against her will for more than six 
weeks.  The hospital required her to agree to follow 
outpatient therapy before they would allow her to leave. 
United Civic Front spokeswoman Marina Litvinovich credited 
Human Rights Ombudsman Lukin's interest and intervention in 
the case in getting Arap released early.  End Summary. 
 
2. (SBU) On August 20, The Apetity psychiatric hospital 
released United Civic Front (UCF) activist Larissa Arap to 
her family.  The hospital, which has not publicly commented 
on the case, required Arap to agree in writing to follow an 
outpatient course of treatment, according to press reports. 
Only six days earlier, the head of the Apetity hospital, 
Evgeney Zinin, said that Arap would hospitalized for at least 
two weeks until her condition had improved to the point where 
"she is no longer a danger to others." 
 
3. (C) UCF spokesman Marina Litvinovich told us that Human 
Rights Ombudsman Vladimir Lukin's activism was responsible 
for securing Arap's early release.  (On August 15, Lukin told 
us that while he was disappointed in the court's August 10 
decision to continue Arap's hospitalization, he would 
continue his interest in the case.)  UCF Murmansk Chairwoman 
Yelena Vasilevna told our consulate in St. Petersburg that 
UCF leader Garry Kasparov has offered his support for Arap's 
medication and outpatient treatment. 
 
4. (SBU) In a press interview, Arap claimed that she signed 
the agreement in order to be released, but vowed to continue 
her fight against the hospital authorities in court in order 
to clear her name and to remove any leverage that the 
Murmansk hospital officials might have to attempt to 
re-commit her.  On August 22, the Murmansk court will review 
the original July 18 decision to commit her. 
 
5. (C) Comment: Previously, Lukin has played a forceful 
behind-the-scenes role in combating the abuse of psychiatric 
hospitalizations.  His public success in helping to secure 
Arap's early release brings credit to the Ombudsman's office, 
while airing an issue that requires remedial attention. 
Melville

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