17 January 2018, Wednesday, 4:23

Other Russia activist retired from army for medical reasons


Russian opposition member Igor Shchuka returned from the Belarusian army on a decision of the medical board.

He wrote this on Twitter. The decision to retire Igor Shchuka, who has hepatitis C, was taken in late July, but the activist remained in the army for almost a month without medical care and a special diet, Grani.ru reports.

The activist was examined at the Republican Clinical Psychiatric Hospital Navinki, but no mental disorders making him unfit for military service were found. But the medical examination showed that Shchuka probably has hepatitis C. He was sent to hospital to confirm the diagnosis. The activist says he hadn't have hepatitis C before.

Shchuka was illegally sent to the army on May 27, when he visited his parents in Salihorsk, the Minsk region. Anna Shchuka, the wife and activist, said her husband has a number of diseases allowing him not to serve during peace time. Besides, Belarusian laws forbid to call up conscripts with criminal records. Shchuka and National Bolshevik Party member Tatyana Kharlamova were sentenced to 10 months in a detention facility in 2009 under part 1 of article 282 (stirring up hatred), part 2 of article 282.2 (taking part in activities of an extremist group) and article 319 of the Criminal Code (insulting a representative of the authorities). The activists were tried for a protest action against granting control over Bolshoy Island in Zabaykalsky Krai, Bolshoy Ussuriysky Island and Tarabarov Island in Khabarobsk Krai to China.