No money no freedom: Sick fraud suspect to stay in jail

Unable to pay a gigantic bail, an ill businesswoman being held in pre-trial detention in Moscow will not be released.

This comes after Natalia Gulevich’s family was unable to raise the record 100-million-ruble bail demanded by the court. Her lawyers had offered to pay seven million rubles, but were turned down.

Gulevich was charged with fraud and jailed a year ago. For the past eight months, she has been suffering from bladder dysfunction. Her lawyers say she has not been diagnosed by a doctor.

The case has brought reminders of entrepreneur Vera Trifonova and lawyer Sergey Magnitsky – both of them died in jail amid allegations of insufficient medical care.

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