Russian mother faces jail for trying to sell son's seizure gel

| Updated Jul 26, 2018 at 3:18pm



The mother of a seriously ill boy of six is facing up to eight years in prison in Russia for trying to sell anti-seizure medication she says she no longer needed for her son.

When Yekaterina Konnova tried to sell several tubes of diazepam (valium) rectal gel online, police mounted a sting operation and she was arrested.

The gel is not registered in Russia and she is accused of selling drugs.

Charities have appealed for the case to be dropped and laws to to be changed.

They fear that if the mother-of-two is imprisoned, her younger son, who has suffered from epileptic seizures and other illnesses since birth, will perish in care and his elder brother will be put in an orphanage.

Ms Konnova, who is raising the children on her own after their father reportedly left them, tried to re-sell the gel on the online forum where she had originally bought it, Russian media say.

She was arrested outside a Moscow metro station trying to sell the medication for a total of 3,250 roubles (£39; $51).

A crackdown on drug-trafficking in Russia, which has been battling hard drugs like heroin for decades, has led to a shortage of opioid painkillers in recent years.