court in Zaporizhya on July 15 disregarded the highly questionable
nature of the psychiatric assessment, as well as objections from Ms
Radchenko, her family and lawyer and ordered her forced psychiatric
treatment, more pressure is needed to secure her release, and to
ensure that the spectre of punitive psychiatry is laid to rest –
hopefully once and for all.
International has issued a second
demanding that 70-year-old Raisa
Radchenko be discharged now, in advance of an independent assessment,
and for the harassment of her daughter and grandson to stop. An
(in Ukrainian) was
launched on Thursday with the same demands.
former Soviet political prisoners, whether held in labour camps or
psychiatric hospitals, later spoke of how important it was to know
that people in the West were campaigning on their behalf. Not one or
two, but many.