Monday, July 16, 2018

Yekaterinburg mayor Roizman called into questioning over case against former employee

Just two days after winning the mayoral election in Yekaterinburg, Yevgeny Roizman was summoned to questioning from investigators on Tuesday as a witness in a criminal case against a former employee of his City Without Drugs rehab facility.

As candidate for Mikhail Prokhorov's Civic Platform party, Roizman was one of few opposition members to win a mayoral seat in regional elections last week, The Moscow Times reports.

This week's questioning was related to a case against Yevgeny Malenkin, the former head of City Without Drugs, who is accused of illegally detaining rehabilitation patients at one of the foundation's facilities.

In the Yekaterinburg mayoral election, Roizman received just over 30 percent of the vote. His opponent, United Russia-backed Yakov Silin received 26.5 percent. The winner will be formally announced later this week, according to The Moscow Times.

Roizman is known for his open opposition of the Sverdlovsk region's administration. Analysts have voiced concern that local government could be paralyzed by a feud between city hall and the administration.

Roizman recently criticized Yekaterinburg's bid to host the 2020 World Expo and the city's decision to host four World Cup matches, The Moscow Times reports.