Andriy Snigovyj was originally detained by the police on 6 August 2008, on suspicion of having caused serious
bodily harm leading to death. He was in police detention for almost five months despite the fact that under
Ukrainian law he should only have been held by police for a maximum of 10 days. The police refused to hospitalise
Andriy Snigovyj claiming that they did not have the resources to provide a guard beside his hospital bed. Instead,
police officers organised four unsuccessful attempts to transfer the seriously-ill detainee to Dnipropetrovsk remand
prison, south east of Kiev.
Andriy Snigovyj was forced to make the journey between Nikopol police detention centre and Dnipropetrovsk remand
prison four times in a prisoner car, as twice the personnel of the remand prison refused to accept him. This journey
can take up to 22 hours as the train takes an indirect route in order to collect prisoners from several towns.
According to a local human rights group, on another two occasions he was not even allowed to board the train
because his medical documents indicated he needed to be hopitalized. The last time Andriy Snigovyj was refused,
28 December 2008, he attempted to slit his wrists at the train station in an act of protest. According to his mother
the police officers accompanying him beat him for trying to do this and then transferred him to a police detention
centre in Ordzhonikidze, a remote town, where he was detained in an isolated cell and not given any medical
On 26 January 2009, Andriy Snigovyj was at last accepted by the remand prison and since then his health has
seriously deteriorated. He has lost over 10 kg in weight and started to suffer from complications of his HIV-infection,
consisting of pus-oozing sores in his mouth and all over his body. Following complaints by Andriy Snigovyj's mother
to the prosecutor, the Ministry of Health, the National Aids Centre and the state agent of Ukraine at the European
Court of Human Rights Andriy Snigovyj was taken to the Dnipropetrovsk AIDs Treatment Centre at the request of the
state agent of Ukraine at the European Court of Human Rights. After a short medical examination he was told that
there was “no indication for antiretroviral therapy”, which could slow the progression of his disease. He was then
transferred back to the Dnipropetrovsk remand prison where he received no treatment. Andriy Snigovyj’s mother
visited him a week ago and told a local human rights group that he is in constant pain, almost immobile and that
she fears he could die at any moment.