Maginitsky persisted in his story, and in November, 2008, he was arrested. He was subjected to sleep deprivation, inhumane conditions, and neglect of his medical problems, but he would not retract his testimony or sign a false confession. Over the following year, he developed serious health problems, including pancreatitis, for which he was scheduled to undergo surgery in August 2009. A week before that, he was shipped to a maximum security detention facility where no medical care was available. He made repeated requests for such assistance, but they were denied.