Citizen journalist, contributed to many independent media outlets, in particular, the InZhyr-Media project and the Crimean Trial initiative, has been imprisoned for political reasons in the temporarily occupied Crimea since April 2022.
Lived in the village of Vladyslavivka near Feodosia. Worked as a nurse in Koktebel, was engaged in citizen journalism and published her materials anonymously. Covered the topics of the rights of healthcare workers and cooperated with media outlets that covered political trials in occupied Crimea.
On April 29, 2022, she was abducted by four Russian law enforcement officers wearing civilian clothes. The abduction was caught on camera. Meanwhile, a search was conducted in her house, all equipment was seized. There was no connection with her for 13 days. As it turned out, Danylovych was held in the FSB office for 8 days, forced to pass polygraph tests, threatened, and given food only once a day. On the 13th day of detention, her family was informed that Iryna was in a pre-trial detention center in Simferopol. She was charged with “illegal possession of explosives”. In July 2022, Danylovych reported being beaten by FSB officers and subjected to psychological pressure by Russian security forces. During the trial, the court allowed the defence to question only one of the 15 witnesses, ignored the fact of her abduction, the allegation of torture and the false testimony of one of the witnesses.
In the Simferopol Detention Centre, Danylovych contracted otitis, but despite her serious health condition, the court continued to consider the case. On 28 December 2022, the Feodosia City Court sentenced her to 7 years in prison and a fine of 50 thousand rubles. During the proceedings, the judge deliberately did not allow Iryna Danylovych to receive medical care, which forced her to go on a hunger strike in March 2023. After that, Danylovych was examined by doctors who stated that she had hearing loss and needed treatment.
On 29 June 2023, the Court of Appeal “commuted” the sentence, reducing the term of imprisonment by one month. In August 2023, Danylovych was transferred to Russia to a general regime colony in the city of Zelenokumsk, Stavropol Territory. She has not yet received medical care, which could endanger her life.