Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Prokhorov says Yekaterinburg drug rehab raid was politically motivated

Metals oligarch and political figure Mikhail Prokhorov released a blog post on Saturday condemning a Friday raid on a Yekaterinburg drug-rehab facility as an attempt to discredit a popular political candidate.

Prokhorov, the leader of the Civic Platform party, said that the raid on the City Without Drugs facility in Yekaterinburg by local officials was politically motivated, RIA Novosti reports.

"Realizing that he is unlikely to retain his post in an honest political battle, the governor decided to discredit the more popular candidates," Prokhorov said, according to RIA Novosti.

The Civil Platform leader said that his party views the raid on the drug-rehab center as connected to legal action taken against the editor-in-chief of the Ura.ru website. He alleged that both were politically motivated matters linked to 2013 local elections.

Yevgeny Roizman, the head of the City Without Drugs organization, joined the Civil Platform party's civic federal committee in October.

Police raided the facility on Friday morning after stating that they found people held against their will. The facility was the subject of three investigations into mistreatment against addicts undergoing drug rehab treatment. One patient died earlier this year after being taken to the hospital following addiction treatment.

Roizman confirmed the raid on Friday. A lawyer acting for City Without Drugs said that the organization would lodge a complaint against local authorities, RIA Novosti reports.