Dr Khorinyak – Russian doctor charged for giving pain relief to dying friend – finally acquitted

271014“To look at a human suffering, knowing that you can help and not do anything is just wrong. I am a doctor. I swore to help people. But I didn’t expect to become a criminal.”


On 21 October 2014, the Oktyabrsky Court of Krasnoyarsk acquitted Dr Alevtina Khorinyak and L.N. Tabarintseva of charges of drug trafficking and forgery for helping a dying cancer patient in excruciating pain obtain pain medication.

Writing to ehospice about the acquittal, Dr Khorinyak said: “When I heard the verdict, I felt the happiness of freedom, but I am still not fully aware of that, because for three and a half years I felt aggrieved and needed to control myself and I could not express my emotions. It is wonderful that the second judge was able to take a fair decision…read more

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Published on: 27 October, 2014 | Last modified: 27 October, 2014