Saturday, November 25, 2017

Police detain suspect in death of rehab patient

A suspect has been detained by police for suspicion of involvement in the death of a drug addict undergoing treatment at the Gorod Bez Narkotikov foundation.

Police say Igor Shabalin was involved in the illegal treatment of addicts at the foundation. The center allegedly uses unorthodox and illegal treatments, including total isolation of patients as they overcome withdrawal symptoms, RIA Novosti reports.

Shabalin is also suspected of pressuring witnesses to provide false testimony.

The deceased patient's name was Tatyana Kazantseva. The 29-year-old woman was placed in the center earlier this year. In June, she complained of feeling sick. She was taken to the hospital one week later, where she died. A spokesman for the fund said that Kazantseva died from meningitis, according to RIA Novosti.

Kazantseva's death resulted in the opening of several criminal cases against the fund over the abuse and death of people undergoing treatment. A court, meanwhile, ordered that an autopsy be performed on Kazantseva's body, which would require it to be exhumed.

According to controversial anti-drug crusader Yevgeny Roizman, Russia's healthcare establishment is using the case as a pretext to crack down on the group, RIA Novosti reports.