Russian disabled, elderly reveal abuse on Internet

9th June 2011, Comments 0 comments

Residents of a Russian home for the disabled and elderly on Thursday accused its management of drugging them, exploiting them and stealing their property in YouTube videos posted after they fled the institution.

The videos were recorded by journalists from a local newspaper, whose editorial offices have become a shelter for five people who fled the home near Vladivostok, in Russia's Far East.

A young disabled man, Vladimir Lebed, said he was forced to work for a mere 200 rubles per month ($7.20/4.90 euros) and was "put into an isolation ward and given shots" of drugs when he asked for more money.

Another woman in the video complained of unsanitary conditions in the facility and said staff in the home stole elderly people's property after confiscating their documents.

"They don't let us keep our passports and infringe on privacy," she said.

The director of the home, Viktor Logachev, told Russian state television that the videos were "dirty lies" spread with the help of "dishonest media outlets".

But regional prosecutors have started looking into the allegations of the retirement home refugees, the television said.

The institution apparently has a history of fraudulent management as the previous director was convicted in court two years ago for stealing more than 100 apartments from inhabitants of the home over the course of a decade.

© 2011 AFP

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