Practice Relating to Rule 118. Provision of Basic Necessities to Persons Deprived of Their Liberty
The Russian Federation’s Regulations on the Application of IHL (2001) states:
Feeding of prisoners of war at the division (brigade) prisoner-of-war collection sites shall be organized at the expense of the division food stock in accordance with the specially established rations, whenever possible account shall be taken of their habitual diet. When escorted to places at a distance of up to 50 km, prisoners of war may be provided with food that does not require cooking.
Whenever necessary, captured uniforms and footwear of enemy armed forces or second-hand military kit can be made available to clothe prisoners of war.
Prisoners of war shall get both timely first aid and specialized medical assistance as required by their state of health.
Temporarily retained enemy medical personnel may be used for providing medical assistance to prisoners of war, preferably to those belonging to the armed forces upon which they depend.
Whenever necessary wounded and sick prisoners of war shall be evacuated on a temporary basis to the military units medical posts where they shall be accommodated separately from the members of the Russian Armed Forces. Those in need of qualified and specialized medical assistance shall be sent to prisoner-of-war hospitals.
The Russian Federation’s Combat Manual (2005) states: “An adversary, who has yielded himself prisoner, must be disarmed, if necessary, provided with medical care and handed over to the commander. Prisoners of war must be treated humanely.”