Nadezhda was sent to Dr. Friedrich Joseph Haass Hospital, one of the medical facilities of Federal Prison Service located in Saint-Petersburg. The patients at the hospital are jealous of those who leave. They are jealous not of those who leave to go home, but back to the penitentiary. They say that, in the pen there are walks outside, and for those who have some energy left, work where you can even chat within a unit. But in the prison hospital, all life goes by in a tiny square with the four bunk beds.
Nadezhda: "No, a walk is not allowed [at Dr. Friedrich Joseph Haass Hospital]. The first time I spent ten months there in 2014, my time was all spent in a room with no air. Just imagine, when I left it, on the loose [to the colony], it hit me… It was February, my immunity is low after the surgery, no breasts already. It hurts all over. You are not allowed to do anything, so I got sick immediately. They had a doctor there, such a nice man. He prescribed antibiotics, I had an inflammation of my bronchi".
Nadezhda: "In Dr. Haass Hospital, death is everywhere. A ghost walks there. Everyone dying sees him, I swear. A tall fella. I think that this is him, Dr. Haass himself [Dr. Haas worked in Moscow in the 19th century and is profoundly known for his work to humanize the prison system. In 2018, the Catholic Church officially canonized him as a saint]. As soon as the ghost appears in the doorway, it means that somebody will soon die. So, for instance, we are standing, and a ghost walks in. Where? And then somebody dies next morning in the room. I was even telling Katya on the phone. There is no luck to anybody there, just death – both to men and women. It is such a rare case if someone leaves this place alive and unharmed. When you are in the prison hospital you see human fear every day. You were talking to your roommate one day, and the next day she is gone. I don`t know how to explain this; it is as if you are losing something as if you are ripped out of something, it is indescribable. Young women, leaving families behind, it is so hard."