There have been accusations by the United States that the Russians are again instituting Soviet-era punitive psychiatry at a time when paradoxically the United States has been exposed by human rights activists as instituting punitive psychiatry against dissidents. The Citizens Commission on Human Rights writes that while pretending to be authorities on the mind and mental health, psychiatrists actually have no scientific basis for any of their treatments or methods. Psychiatry has actually repackaged normal variations in emotions and behaviors as diseases in order to sell drugs. This is actually a brilliant marketing campaign, and it certainly is not science. The Moscow Times reported on Oct. 10, 2013, "Top Clinic Denies Return to Soviet-Era Punitive Psychiatry."
On Wednesday Russia's top psychiatric institution held an open house in an attempt to popularize its work, amidst accusations that a revival of Soviet-style punitive psychiatry has been occurring following the sentencing of an opposition protester to mandatory mental treatment. The Serbsky Center of Social and Judicial Psychiatry opened its doors to about a dozen journalists on an annual tour of its facilities. This was an attempt to lessen suspicions of corruption in the evaluation of Mikhail Kosenko, who was a participant in last May's opposition rally on Bolotnaya Ploshchad which ended in clashes with police. Kosenko, who is now 38 years old, is said to have been diagnosed with a form of mild schizophrenia in his youth.
Kosenko has been convicted by a Moscow court of taking part in riots and attacking a cop during last May's authorized rally on Bolotnaya Ploshchad. Kosenko was sentenced to indefinite mandatory psychiatric treatment despite the fact that he had never required such treatment previously. Although this has prompted accusations that there has been a revival of punitive psychiatry being applied to dissidents in the Soviet Union, it seems unfair to insist such a situation only exists in Russia.
Courts order psychiatric treatment for dissidents who were never in such treatment daily across the United States. In the United States the lawmakers in all 50 states, as upheld by the federal lawmakers, have made it legal to have people kidnapped to mental hospitals without reading them any legal rights and without any charges. The targets of this tyranny are than drugged up, beaten, and isolated in preparation for what the FBI refers to as their day in court. This day in court consists of a few moments before a politically appointed county judge who works closely with the psychiatrists. The psychiatrists, who examine the patients for a few moments, briefly testify with another physician by their side, with no sworn in testimony and no jury.
A lawyer, who is appointed to the defendant in these kangaroo court proceedings, meets with his client for a moment and is actually working with the judge and psychiatrist. Lives and families are ruined in a flash with these cases. The FBI and U.S. Attorney General's office generally uses even a swift, fixed court order for short term outpatient treatment as an excuse to have the targets of this tyranny labelled as mentally ill and isolated from society for the remainder of their lives. It appears only the wealthy and actors and actresses in Hollywood can beat what is actually a sentence of slow and methodical torture and death in these cases.