Thursday, July 19, 2018

Yekaterinburg Mayor Roizman resigns as head of City Without Drugs

Yekaterinburg Mayor Yevgeny Roizman announced last Wednesday his resignation as head of controversial anti-narcotics organization City Without Drugs.

Roizman, who co-founded the organization in 1999, first announced his intent to resign from the organization in September after being elected as the mayor of Yekaterinburg, The Moscow Times reports.

Initially, Roizman believed he could serve as mayor and head of City Without Drugs and vowed to work closely with the organization during his mayoral campaign.

"I am the founder of the organization, I could never leave it...the fund will exist as long as I am alive," Roizman said earlier last year, according to The Moscow Times.

In November, City Without Drugs Deputy Head Igor Shabalin was sentenced to 2.5 years in prison on charges of illegally detaining patients for rehabilitation services against their will.

City Without Drugs first came under fire in 2012, when a criminal case was opened against the organization after a women died in one of the organization's clinics, The Moscow Times reports.