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Vika’s Case

Article 122 of the Criminal Code defines liability for crimes related to HIV infection. Moreover, the penalties for this article are provided not only for…

Article 122 of the Criminal Code defines liability for crimes related to HIV infection. Moreover, the penalties for this article are provided not only for the actual infection with the virus, but also for putting another person in danger – if the person, knowing about his diagnosis, did not warn his partner about the disease, but the infection was not transmitted. This is what the girl Vika is accused of, who last year asked for help in “EVA”. We tell what happened before, during and after the trial.

Prehistory

Vika is a pupil of an orphanage. At age 15, she was diagnosed with HIV. Vika told Mediazone journalists in detail about her life, in this article we would like to concentrate on the trial.

In June 2016, Vika (17 years old) met in a social network with F. (31 years old). She did not tell the man about her diagnosis. When they had an intimate relationship, the girl offered to use a condom, but F. refused. After several meetings, Vika began telling F. that she had an HIV-positive girlfriend. She was afraid to tell directly about her illness. F. offered to be tested for HIV together. As a result, he has a minus, she has a plus. F. filed a complaint with the police at Vika. On April 19, 2017, a criminal case was initiated against Vika under Part 1 of Article 122 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation – a deliberately putting another person in danger of becoming infected with HIV. On August 31, the deputies were taken to court.

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