Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Police raid Yekaterinburg rehab center on patient abuse accusations

Police raided a Yekaterinburg-based drug rehabilitation center this weekend after an investigation accused the center of beating and illegally detaining patients.

The raid happened in the women's quarters of the rehab center. Officials from the Interior Ministry's raid-response unit tried to smash in the door but were unable to. Female patients opened the door for them, according to Yevgeny Roizman, the founder of the City Without Drugs Foundation, The Moscow Times Reports.

Valery Gorelykh, the head of press for the local branch of the Interior Ministry, confirmed that raids were taking place and that they were in connection with an open criminal case on kidnapping charges.

Police have been investigating City Without Drugs Foundation centers since one of the center's female patients died in June after being hospitalized, according to The Moscow Times.

Roizman defended his center, claiming that the woman's drug use was to blame, writing in his blog that her immunity was low due to her use of heroin and krokodil, a homemade opiate.

Police currently have two separate cases against Roizman. Patients have come forward claiming that staff assaulted them and locked them up against their will. A police spokesman also said that patients were "subject to daily humiliation and physical violence," by the center's staff, according to The Moscow Times.