Friday, August 18, 2017

City Without Drugs employee Igor Shabalin found guilty of unlawful imprisonment

Yekaterinburg courts found City Without Drugs employee Igor Shabalin guilty of unlawful imprisonment on Thursday.

Shabalin has been sentenced to two years and four months in federal prison following accusations of locking up and handcuffing nine female patients at City Without Drugs-- a controversial addiction recovery facility founded by current Yekaterinburg Mayor Yevgeny Roizman, RIA Novosti reports.

Following Shabalin's sentencing on Thursday, Yekaterinburg police authorities arrested Sergei Kolesnichenko, another former employee of City Without Drugs. Two former patients of City Without Drugs filed complaints against Kolesnichenko earlier in the spring accusing him of detaining them within the facility against their will.

"[The police] have waited for more than six months [after receiving the complaint] and now they suddenly try to arrest him and do what they had already done to Igor [Shabalin]," Roizman said in a comment to the press, according to RIA Novosti.

Both Shabalin and Kolesnichenko plan to appeal their sentences.