Four thousand died in Russian prisons in 2015 due to poor healthcare system

Russian Prosecutor General Yuri Chaika said that in the past year, about 4,000 prisoners died in Russian prisons due to the poor healthcare system.

"The mortality rate among the persons kept in detention, remains high. 3,977 people died in 2015. 87% of them died of various diseases, complicated by a poor medical base, slow renewal of equipment and the lack of certain types of medical services," Chaika said, speaking in the Federation Council.

According to him, prisoners living with HIV are exposed to huge risks. "Now more than 62,000 people with this virus are living in isolation. They can only wait for help from the state, no one else," Chaika said.