In Rostov-on-Don, a court sentenced Lusina Grigoryan, an endocrinologist at tuberculosis hospital No. 19 of the Federal Penitentiary Service (MOTB-19), to two years of restraint of liberty and two years of a ban on practicing medicine on charges of causing death by negligence (part 2 of article 109 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation). Grigoryan did not provide insulin to prisoner Dmitry Baksheev, and he subsequently died from a diabetic coma. This is reported by "Sota" with reference to Baksheev's lawyer Alexei Avanesyan.
Grigoryan pleaded not guilty to causing death by negligence (Part 2, Article 109, Part 2 of the Criminal Code) and intends to appeal the verdict of the Oktyabrsky District Court of Rostov-on-Don.
A criminal case of negligence was also opened against the head physician of MOTB-19, writes Sota.
Baksheev died in MOTB-19 on February 16, 2020. Representatives of the Main Directorate of the Federal Penitentiary Service for the Rostov Region initially stated that tuberculosis was the cause of death. But Baksheev's lawyers, Aleksey Avanesyan and Yulia Fedotova, demanded two forensic examinations, one of which confirmed that Baksheev died from a diabetic coma caused by medical errors.
Avanesyan said in an interview with Kommersant that, according to the case file, on February 1, 2020, Baksheev was placed in MBOT-19 with a diagnosis of pulmonary tuberculosis, but instead of the tuberculosis and pulmonary department (as indicated in the medical documentation), he was placed in a psychiatric ward. Later, hospital staff told the investigation that Dmitry allegedly behaved aggressively, which is why he needed psychiatric help.
There, a phthisiatrician and a psychiatrist, knowing that the prisoner had diabetes mellitus, prescribed him a number of drugs that promote hyperglycemia (increase in blood sugar) and require careful selection of insulin therapy. Appointments from the endocrinologist were received only a few days later. A post-mortem examination found that insulin therapy was chosen incorrectly, which led to the development of diabetic ketoacidosis (coma) and the death of Baksheev.
Baksheev and his wife Natalia gained media notoriety as "Krasnodar cannibals" and were convicted of murder. According to investigators, 36-year-old Baksheev killed 34-year-old Elena Vakhrusheva at the behest of his wife Natalya, who allegedly was jealous of her husband for an unfamiliar woman with whom the Baksheevs drank together. After that, Dmitry allegedly dismembered the body of the murdered woman, buried some of the remains at the crime scene, and brought some home. Photographs with body parts of the murdered woman were allegedly found on Baksheev’s phone, and investigators allegedly found the remains of Vakhrusheva in the refrigerator and on the stove of the spouses, Kommersant Kuban writes.
Lawyer Avanesyan considers the Baksheevs innocent of murder and cannibalism. According to the defender, they simply found a dismembered corpse and took photographs with it.
At the trial, the fact of cannibalism was not considered due to unprovability. The investigation, according to the lawyer, presented neither the murder weapon, nor the motive, nor any other evidence of guilt. The accused did not admit their guilt.
Despite this, the story of the "Krasnodar cannibals" was quickly overgrown with rumors. The media wrote that the Baksheevs began to hunt people back in 1999, they euthanized their victims before they died, and then killed them, made various dishes from them, and the rest was canned and allegedly delivered canned food to Krasnodar catering establishments. However, the UK denied these rumors.
Baksheev's wife, Natalya, continues to serve a 10-year sentence on murder charges. Baksheev's lawyers buried him on February 22, 2020 at their own expense, since he had no relatives except his wife.
Prison hospitals in Russia often become places where prisoners are sent not for treatment, but for punishment. One of these hospitals, KTB-1 in Krasnoyarsk, was previously reported by The Insider.