Dr. Anastasia Vasilyeva Bio, Age, Activist, Arrest, Charges, Russia Alliance of Doctors Trade Union

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Dr. Anastasia Vasilyeva Biography

Dr. Anastasia Vasilyeva is a Russian activist and the head of Russia’s Alliance of Doctors trade union. She was arrested on April 3, 2020 after for allegedly violating the restrictions on travel imposed to curb the spread of coronavirus. This was after she tried to distribute medical gear to medical workers in hospitals in the region of Novgorod.

Dr. Anastasia Vasilyeva on Coronavirus Response

Dr.Vasilyeva criticised the Russian government on its Coronavirus response. She alleged that the authorities were playing down the scale of the outbreak and pressuring medics to work without sufficient protection.

“While the whole world is facing an outbreak of a new coronavirus, Russia is facing an outbreak of a community-acquired pneumonia and as usual, we’re facing the lie of the authorities.”

Russia had reported only a few hundred coronavirus cases and insisted the outbreak was under control. A week later they reported 4,149 cases in the country – four times more than what they reported a week earlier. They had assured the citizens that they had everything it needs to fight the outbreak and even sent planeloads of protective gear and medical equipment to Italy, the U.S. and other countries. Still, hospitals across the country complained about shortages of equipment and supplies, and earlier this week, the union began a fundraising campaign to buy protective gear for hospitals.

Dr. Anastasia Vasilyeva  Arrest

Dr. Vasilyeva was arrested together with her colleagues after they tried to deliver protective gear to a hospital in need, according to The Associated Press. She allegedly tried to bring more than 500 masks, sanitizers, hazmat suits, gloves and protective glasses to a hospital in the Novgorod region about 400 kilometers (about 250 miles) northwest of Moscow on Thursday when she and the others were stopped by police on a highway.

The police allegedly accused them of violating self-isolation regulations. They were taken to a police station and held for hours and had to ask hospital workers to come to the station to pick up the gear.

They were held in custody for a night and appeared in court on charges of defying police orders. She was ordered to pay fines totaling the equivalent of $20.

After the release she said; “It was not about the money for them, It was about breaking me but I’m even more convinced that we’re doing the right thing, and we will definitely keep on doing it.”

After her release she was almost immediately detained again and charged with defying police orders. Video posted on Twitter shows a dozen police officers gathering around Vasilyeva and two of them dragging her into the station.

The spokesman of the Alliance of Doctors, Ivan Konovalov, alleged that Vasilyeva was physically assaulted in the process and even fainted briefly.

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