In July 2022, the Chairman of the Investigative Committee of Russia held a reception of citizens on the issue of providing seriously ill children with medicines. At the reception Mr. A.I. Bastrykin heard out the applicants from Kaliningradskaya and Tomskaya oblasts. All applicants are parents of children with serious illnesses who do not receive medications fully although it is prescribed by law. Based on the practice of constant direct interaction with citizens whose rights are violated, and the inaction of responsible officials that is a threat to their life and health, the Russian Investigative Committee takes measures of a criminal nature. So, on the instruction of the Head of the Investigative Committee of Russia, the Main Investigation Department adopted procedural decisions to launch criminal cases on crimes of mentioned category committed in these regards. Subsequently, the decisions of the investigators were canceled by the supervisory authority.
The problem of non-provision of medicines and medical devices is of acute social significance, has a systemic nature and currently requires the adoption of decisive and effective measures. So, the Chairman of the Investigative Committee of Russia turned to the Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation on the issue of the legality and validity of the actions of his subordinates.
The Head of the Department instructed the investigators of the Main Investigative Directorate of the Investigative Committee of Russia to re-launch criminal cases, urgently investigate them and give a fundamental legal assessment of the actions of all officials, as a result of which citizens are deprived of the legally guaranteed drug supply.