Wednesday, August 16, 2017

City Without Drugs under investigation for alleged illegal imprisonment

Russian investigators launched on Saturday a criminal case against the City Without Drugs, a residential drug rehabilitation facility in Yekaterinburg, for allegedly imprisoning a man who was not a drug addict.

Authorities maintain that City Without Drugs held a 26-year-old man on its premises against his will. The man, who was released from the center on Friday, claims he was neither seeking drug rehabilitation nor under the influence of drugs when he was detained by the facility, RIA Novosti reports.

The center has faced scrutiny over its controversial treatment, which includes complete isolation during the detoxification and withdrawal processes.

The man claims he was imprisoned by the facility for nearly three weeks at the request of his parents, who did not approve of his "passion for music," according to RIA Novosti.

Officials are further investigating claims that at least nine female patients were reportedly held illegally by facility head Yevgeny Malenkin and center employee Igor Shabalin between 2011 and 2012.

One of the female patients, Tatyana Kazantseva, died at a local hospital following treatment at City Without Drugs. Medical officers found injuries on her body that were determined to have been inflicted prior to her death, RIA Novosti reports.