Cheboksary resident Alexander Moryakov, who lost both legs after being wounded in the Northern Military District, has not been able to get a ramp installed in his house for six months. The commission recognized that the entrance technically does not provide for the installation of such a structure, and the management company made a wooden flooring on the stairs, which is unsafe to walk on. Due to the lack of a ramp, Alexander cannot take his daughter home after his wife left the family.
24-year-old Alexander Moryakov from Cheboksary, a professional military man who has taken part in the North Military District since February 24, 2022, contacted the RT editors.
“I’m from Vorkuta myself. There he graduated from the Polytechnic Institute to become a pastry chef and went to work as a conscript. I liked the army so much that I decided to go to work under a contract. He served in Naro-Fominsk and Abkhazia,” says Alexander.
According to RT’s interlocutor, he has always been interested in military topics: weapons, equipment, tactics themselves. When the special operation began, he, without hesitation, went to get the ribbon: “I couldn’t have done it any other way. This is my job. Moreover, our entire unit went, I wouldn’t let my boys go there alone.”
For the successful capture of the positions of the Ukrainian Armed Forces and the rescue of his colleagues, Alexander Moryakov was awarded the Order of Courage. “We took one village, the battle lasted for seven hours. The guiding tank hit a mine on the bridge, our soldiers could not get out. My friend and I thought that they were stunned or something else happened to them. They rushed to the tank, opened the hatches and pulled out three people,” he recalls.
On May 20, 2022, Alexander was supposed to go on vacation to see his parents, wife and little daughter. But due to the delay of a colleague who would have replaced Moryakov, the rest had to be postponed.
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On May 22, Moryakov’s unit set out on a combat mission. “We began to occupy the forest belts, but it was clear that the trenches were not ours, possibly under fire. There was a very strange, wild feeling that they were waiting for us,” says Alexander.
After 15 minutes, the first mine flew under the feet of Moryakov and his colleagues: “At such moments, the only chance to escape is to bury ourselves in some hole. My comrade and I rushed to drag everyone into the shelter, some by the hands, some by the scruff of the neck.”
Sailors managed to cover the last fighter and was about to dig in himself when a shell hit his feet. “I didn’t have enough half a second to jump. Mina cut off both knees,” says RT’s interlocutor.
Alexander’s colleagues called an infantry fighting vehicle, bandaged the wounded comrade and injected him with painkillers. According to Moryakov, for the first time after being wounded he woke up in a helicopter, and the second time he woke up only in the hospital.
“There is no technical possibility”
Alexander had both legs amputated, and for 11 months he was treated in a Moscow military hospital. There he underwent retraining and received the rank of senior warrant officer. In May 2023, Moryakov got a job at the military registration and enlistment office in Cheboksary. In the same city, he bought an apartment on the first floor of a residential building. The entrance and staircase were not suitable for wheelchair use. Therefore, Alexander and his aunt Lilia submitted an application to the city administration with a request to install a ramp with an electric lift.
The SVO participant submitted the first appeal in mid-May 2023. On June 1, a commission came to him to inspect the house and understand how it could be equipped for the needs of a wheelchair user. Administration employees drew up an act (available to RT), according to which “there is no technical possibility to adapt the living quarters of a disabled person and (or) common property in an apartment building taking into account the needs of a disabled person.”
The document states that “the slope of the ramp does not meet regulatory requirements; there are no supporting handrails. The steps on the entrance staircase are of varying heights and there are no accessible handrails. The height of the door threshold exceeds regulatory requirements. There are no devices on the stairs for a disabled person in a wheelchair to move along them.”
Since the commission recognized that it was impossible to install an electric lift in the entrance, Alexander and Liliya asked to make a separate entrance-extension in the house, where a gentle ramp would fit. The administration organized another visit of the commission, however, as its representative told Moryakov, the meeting was organized only so that the residents of the house would chip in to install a ramp. According to Liliya, the commission did not allow either her or her nephew to familiarize themselves with the act drawn up this time. The document was sent to the Ministry of Construction of Chuvashia on June 26, but the family never received any response. This was confirmed by RT and the Cheboksary administration.
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On August 23, Liliya and Alexander received a letter from the administration (available to RT), which stated that the Ministry of Construction of Chuvashia would conduct an inspection of “the economic feasibility of reconstruction or major repairs of an apartment building.” As follows from the letter, after this a conclusion will be made, and if the decision is positive, all documents will be transferred to the Ministry of Labor of Chuvashia to allocate funds for the arrangement of an accessible environment for citizens with limited mobility.
The administration also advised the family to contact the management company (MC) that services Alexander’s house so that they could help install a ramp. However, Lilia previously contacted the Criminal Code, where she was told that the city should deal with this issue. In turn, the management company installed wooden flooring on the stairs of the first floor. However, the design turned out to be unsafe to use.
“Sasha himself cannot go down or up this flooring. He has a splinter in his left hand, it only works halfway, it’s hard for him to pull the stroller, the wheels slip off, he rolls out backwards and can simply break his head,” says Aunt Moryakova.
RT sent a request to the Cheboksary administration with a request to help understand the situation faced by SVO member Alexander Moryakov. Officials confirmed that the apartment building was designed without taking into account the needs of people with limited mobility, so there are no ramps and the entrance has narrow and inconvenient passages.
On October 9, employees of the administration, the Ministry of Construction and the head of the Defenders of the Fatherland foundation went to Alexander’s house again. As representatives of the city leadership explained, “at this stage, the municipal budgetary institution “Housing Fund Management of the City of Cheboksary” contacted the management company LLC “UK “Gorod”” servicing the house, which will install a certified aluminum ramp. It will be installed before November 1 of this year.”
At the same time, Alexander says that the aluminum ramp will only temporarily solve his problem: “And then what? I need a normal entrance and exit to the apartment. When I arrived to work at the unit, my military commissar said that in a couple of days they would make a ramp for me. And so it happened, everything was decided, they sent me a photo. Now I’m ready to make it myself, just give me about 10 sheets of metal. I’m tired of begging for a ramp, I don’t have the strength.”
Alexander also needs normal conditions for movement so that he can finally be reunited with his two-year-old daughter. Her mother left the family after she learned about her husband’s injury. Now the girl lives with Moryakov’s parents in Vorkuta. “I have a job and an apartment, all that remains is to resolve the issue with the ramp and I will immediately take my daughter with me,” he adds.