“Prisoners of the Psyche: Forced Psychiatry in Today’s Russia”


Compulsory psychiatric treatment of people accused of dissent has fallen from its former prevalence in Russia, with laws passed after the breakup of the Soviet Union. Concerns about a return of Soviet-era punitive psychiatry are arising, however, after the court-ordered psychiatric treatment of Mikhail Kosenko, an activist who attacked a police officer during a demonstration.

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