Tuesday, March 28, 2017

City Without Drugs VP sent for psychiatric evaluation after delay of appeal

Yevgeny Malenkin, the vice president of the City Without Drugs Foundation accused of holding patients in a rehabilitation clinic illegally, was sent to a clinic for psychiatric evaluation last week after a Sverdlovsk regional court postponed consideration of his appeal.

In 2012, authorities issued an arrest for Malenkin on charges that he held patients at the drug rehabilitation center illegally and was engaged in the illegal sale of drugs, ITAR-TASS reports.

Yevgeny Roizman, the mayor of Yekaterinburg and founder of City Without Drugs, took responsibility for assuring that Malenkin would appear before investigators.

Malenkin had been difficult to locate, however, leading the investigators to request that the court prolong the terms of his arrest for two months. The court has yet to set a date for the reconsideration of Malenkin's appeal of the ruling, according to ITAR-TASS.

Malenkin asked the court to be released on bail or to be put on home arrest, saying that his children and parents were seriously ill and needed his help. He also referenced a number of character references that had been submitted to the court from various organizations.

The court is reluctant to release him again, however, to avoid difficulty in getting him to appear at a later date, ITAR-TASS reports.