Mother of child suffering from epilepsy, who was detained in Moscow with foreign drug, is witness in case – Federal Customs Service


The woman who received a foreign drug for her child who is suffering from epilepsy is a witness in a criminal case involving the transfer of psychotropic substances across the border, the Federal Customs Service said.

“The Moscow resident is now a witness in this criminal case,” the Federal Customs Service press service told Interfax.

The criminal case was opened on the basis of the article dealing with illegal transfer over the customs border of the Customs Union in the EAEU narcotic substances psychotropic substances, their precursors or analogues.

According to the Federal Customs Service, the woman was detained at a post office while receiving pills of the seizure tranquilizer Frisium, which is not registered in Russia.

“The Moscow resident received three international mail parcels containing Frisium. The batch contained a total of 600 pills. The drug is on the list of psychotropic substances whose turnover in Russia is restricted by the Russian government’s Order № 681 of June 30, 1998,” the agency said.

The woman said she had ordered the drug online for her 25-year-old son, who has epilepsy. She did not produce a doctor’s prescription or a decision made by a concilium stating that this drug needs to be used, the press service said.

Lighthouse Director Lida Moniava earlier told Interfax a sick child’s mother had been detained by customs officials at a Moscow post office while receiving a parcel containing Frisium, which she had ordered online for her son, who has epilepsy.

The mother’s detention drew broad public response.

The Russian Investigative Committee told the agency it had not opened and had not accepted for legal proceedings a criminal case against the woman.

According to the Russian Criminal Procedure Code, preliminary investigations into criminal cases involving crimes enshrined by the article dealing with the smuggling of narcotic substances and psychotropic substances are conducted by investigators from interior affairs bodies, but the Interior Ministry has not officially commented on the situation yet.

Lawyer Yekaterina Romanova later told the agency the woman was a witness in the case. Responding to a question as to what investigative actions have been conducted with the woman, the lawyer said she had been questioned.

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