After university he worked as a TV documentary maker.
He was imprisoned and repeatedly beaten after making a documentary about a detention camp in a neighbouring republic.
During this time his flat was broken into and he was ‘outed’ as a homosexual – in a state in which homosexuality is not tolerated despite its theoretical ‘legality’ throughout Russia.
He fled to the UK and sought asylum.
While living in NASS accommodation he became depressed and started drinking heavily and received treatment for this within his local psychiatric service.
He was detained in 2003.
While in detention he was raped by a fellow detainee.
His depression worsened and he became determined that he would kill himself if removed.
He was seen by a consultant psychiatrist who recommended admission to hospital.
Despite this he was given removal directions. These were cancelled following intervention by a Member of Parliament and an article in the national press. He was admitted to psychiatric hospital as a detained patient.
He was found to be HIV positive.
He remained in hospital for a year, with minimal improvement in his mood and episodes of heavy drinking and aggressive behaviour before being discharged into NASS accommodation.
Following an Immigration Tribunal ruling he was given discretionary leave to remain in UK where he remains depressed and in close psychiatric follow-up.
His HIV related illness has deteriorated and he is currently about to start antiretroviral treatment.
He is pursuing a civil claim for inappropriate detention."
Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 January 2008 12:22