Stop the harassment of healthcare workers in Russia
Doctor Tatyana Revva, from the intensive care unit in Kalach-on-Don and a whistle-blower, is facing formal reprimand and potential dismissal after she repeatedly complained to the hospital’s management about the shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) for medical workers, as well as other work-related issues. She might also face criminal prosecution for libel following the complaint her hospital manager had filed with the police.
Similarly, doctor Yulia Volkova, was accused of committing an administrative offense under the Russian “fake news” legislation, for calling for health care workers to be provided with PPE.
Thanks to the publicity and your engagement, the case against her was closed. But Tatyana is still facing severe penalties simply for exercising her right to freedom of expression and for raising matters of public interest. She should be able to do so without fear of reprisals.
Take action in support of healthcare workers in Russia.
Call on the Minister of Health Mikhail Murashko to urgently:
- Take necessary steps to end reprisals against Tatyana Revva and ensure that she is able to perform her professional duties and exercise her right to freedom of expression without any further obstruction or harassment.
- Ensure that all health workers who raise issues at their workplace, including lack of PPE and other equipment, unsafe working conditions, or inadequate pay can do so without fear of reprisals;
- Look into the reports of shortage and inadequacy of PPE provided to hospital staff in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic and take urgent steps to ensure health and other essential workers are adequately protected.